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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

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2,409 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,409
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 33
Gots: 325 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of rudzud
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at pizzeria unos.

A poured into a tall pint glass a copper hue with a one finger cream head that faded to leave nice side lacing.

S - typical unimpressive pumpkin fall spices. Fairly mediocre.

T - More of the same unimpressive tastes.

M - typical average lowish carbonation.

O - Overall this really isn't worth the buy. If id known id already had this I would have held off....

rudzud, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden brown with a thin head that disappears quickly. Light lacing around the edges remains.

S - Possibly a light pumpkin, mostly just the hops. Hard to tell.

T - In the mouth it is sweet with a light cinnamon flavor. After swallowing, a taste of pumpkin seeds sticks.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

O - Doesn't have enough pumpkin flavor for me to buy again, but if you like a beer on the sweeter side, it's not a bad overall. Really, they would do better if they named it something other than pumpkin, because it has good flavor, just not the pumpkin.

JustinAniello, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
1.93/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a decent looking amber color that is slightly hazy with a medium amount of carbonation bubbles and about two fingers worth of head that is very fine and is a light tan color that lingers nicely, leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass
S: very gentle on the pumpkin spice notes, kind of just has a bland scent with a bit of pumpkin to it
T: bland, not much at the begining or end and only slight pumpkin taste in the middle, bland bland bland
M: medium carbonation in the beginning, not bad through the middle, leaves a bit of zest feeling on the palate afterwards
O: not a good pumpkin, no depth, no complexity, no taste really, just bland and not something i would buy again

BigPlay1824, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jwkron
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A low-down easy review of this beer = not so good, taste left to be desired. Why I am even reviewing this beer, is the question…………………………………….I mean seriously…………………………………..…………….…..why?...you want 250 characters/ Here they are…………………………………………………………

jwkron, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Paincane
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber orange poured into pint glass with short-lived off-white head leaving a rim of lace along sides of glass.
S: Malty aroma with wheat. Not much pumpkin aroma.
T: Sweet malt with some cloves and cinnamony taste. Not much pumpkin noted.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
A bit sticky on the backend.
O: Actually, this is a decent brew but not really able to notice pumpkin flavor. Considering the brewery, I surprisingly enjoyed it but really would not consider this a pumpkin beer.

Paincane, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Dave128
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pumpkins caught my eye in the grocery store today. The price tag even moreso. I love pumpkin beers so I figured I'd see how bad Coors messes my beloved style up. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Not a bad looking beer by any means. Pretty clear orange amber color with an offwhite head that rose about 2 fingers with a pretty rigorous pour. This beer laces a little bit, but tends to slide down the glass eventually.

S - Meh. Can't smell anything beside wheat and grassy malts. Definitely no pumpkin or clove smell.

T - No pumpkin flavor. I don't think in a blind taste test I could tell that it is a pumpkin beer. I do, however, get the spices advertised on the label and the taste turns out to be half decent... but not marketed as a pumpkin beer.

M - Thicker than I thought it would be but still lighter than I like pumpkin beers to be. Carbonation is pretty much spot on.

O - I feel like this beer would be much better received if it wasn't labeled as a pumpkin beer. If it were just blue moon harvest ale and just contained spices I wouldn't have had many problems with it because it does that nicely for its price/brewery.

Dave128, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of jsisko01
4.8/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a darkish, amber color with a 1" creamy white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell - All I can really smell is the malts and maybe a hint of caramel. Something sweet I guess.

Taste - Quite bitter at first, but not overwhelming. Afterwards, you can taste the pumpkin along with some spices and maybe caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation. A creaminess hinders in the mouth.

Overall - I like this beer quite a bit. I'd definitely get it again.

jsisko01, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 3" off-white head but I looked away for a minute and when I came back it was gone. Body is a dark clear amber, looks nice. Not a whole lot of smell, there's a little malt, and I don't really smell pumpkin. Taste is fairly standard Coors with at most a hint of pumpkin. Probably the weakest pumpkin beer I've ever had.

MoreThanWine, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a decent light gold color with some ruby red tinted hues.
S: The aroma is dominated by wheat malt and the beer has a slight nose of pumpkin and some cinnamon sweetness.
T: The beer is really dominated by that great wheat malt character and instead of an orange note, you get a nice dose of pumpkin flavor at the end. Nothing fancy but decent.
M/O: Very light and drinkable for a pumpkin beer. This fits the mold of being a good beer but nothing too extraordinary to wow the palate.

pzrhsau, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of UncleAddie
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours orange, amber color. Minimal to no head upon pouring.

S: Sweet smell of hops with a hint of a metallic smell that lingers. Hints of spices comes through at the end.

T: Pumpkin taste is nearly non-existent. Bitter taste lingers on the outer edge of the tongue lasting well after the beverage is swallowed.

M: Medium body, little carbonation.

O: The lack of pumpkin flavor is a serious let-down being as it was purchased with a pumpkin ale in mind. There are much better options out there.

UncleAddie, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of CEversole
1.27/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Intermideate brown to an almost read color, one finger head that dissapates into nothing, little to no lacing.

S: Very dissapointed. I smell no spices or pumpkin, or anything that is recognizable of a P.A. Just seems to be a bit of hops in the background.

M: This is the best thing about the beer, and thats not saying much. Kinda crisp, thats about it. Moderate carbonation.

T: I am very dissapointed in the taste. I know its coors, but I don't think they even tryed to make this taste like a pumpkin ale. Very bland, no taste at all. A very, and I mean VERY, small hit of some spices. You really gotta be looking for them. Nothing to even write here.

O: I'm not one to bash a beer just because it is made by the "man" (macro-breweries) but damn, come on coors. not pleased in my first P.A. of the season.

CEversole, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Herky21
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Thick. You can tell when it swishes back and forth. It's got that pumpkin ale body you come to expect. Deep brown and syrupy (slightly syrupy).

Smell: Spices are subtle, maybe nutmeg, or whatever else is in pumpkin pie. The fragrance is really subtle, not like some of the stronger pumpkin ales. The alcohol is very subtle too.

Taste: A little pumpkin on your palate, and I mean a little. It's not a bold beer, and every detail: sweetness, pumpkin flavor, spices---- well, they're all TOO subtle.

Mouthfeel: It's a full bodied beer. Really smooth though. The carbonation hits the back of your throat after the sweetness opens up the show.

Overall: It's not bad, but not a beer I would want again. Stronger, bolder pumpkin ales have swayed my expectations quite a bit. If you've never had a pumpkin beer, and you try this one, don't let it turn you off. And it really wasn't bad, just not good enough to pay for twice. Pumpkin ales are such an extreme idea--- the problem is this one aims for balance so hard that it misses out on bold flavors. It just doesn't work.

Herky21, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber color with some reddish-orange hues. It looks pretty dull with a minimal carbonation. It had no head at all even after a pretty vigorous pour.

S: A profound malty scent comes through initially. There is this sort of metallic smell that almost overpowers everything else that is trying to come through. With some searching, subtle spices are present, mostly cloves.

T: The taste is much better than the smell. Spices of nutmeg and cinnamon are quite noticeable as well as the same malts found in the smell. Unfortunately, that metallic sensation is still present. There is a stunning lack of pumpkin though.

M: It is medium bodied with minimal carbonation and not a very lively feel.

O: This certainly does not hold up when compared to other pumpkin ales. There wasn't much of anything pumpkin-y about it. There are definitely better options out there.

BilbosNuts, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of tdm168
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber with 1/4" of head with decent retention. The smell is grainy and metallic. Taste is grainy and metallic up front with faint pumpkin and spice in the finish. The flavor profile is weak at best. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied.

This is forgettable. By far the worst pumpkin beer I've had yet.

tdm168, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very orange color. Maybe a little dark copper color if you'r'e really splitting hairs. Quarter inch fizzy head that disappears pretty quickly, a little bit of lacing.

S- Very faint pumpkin. Mainly citrus aroma, but a little pumpkin is noticeable.

T- Starts off dull. A little pumpkin comes through, but mainly a small amount of hops bitterness throughout the whole drink. I thought the pumpkin would be sweeter or more prominent, but if this was a blind taste test, I would never have guessed this is a pumpkin ale; tastes more along the lines of a weak amber ale.

M- Light and fizzy on the palate. Carbonation level may be a little aggressive, but doesn't detract from the brew.

Overall, this is a strangely disappointing brew. I was expecting more pumpkin and it simply did not deliver.

boilermakerbrew, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A bright orange body with a one finger white head; brillant clarity with visible carbonation.

S: Not much pumpkin or spices, but loads of wheat dominate the nose. It's a real struggle to get any real pumpkin characteristics out of the nose, but with a few swirls it's possible.

T: Could fool me that this is a pumpkin ale. Barely any spices are noticeable, much less pumpkin. Those faint flavors are masked with loads of wheat, caramel malts, and a hint of sweetness. Overall, pretty boring.

M: Thin body; lively & crisp carbonation; watery texture.

O: Was looking for a pumpkin ale and all they had at the store was this. I would have probably been better off not getting anything. Low ABV makes it easy to drink quite a few, but as a pumpkin ale, I'll pass.

BrewCrew2010, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Phocion
2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark copper body with a thick, fizzy off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves not even the slightest sign of lacing.

Aroma is nutmeg and wheat. Sweet caramel malts in the background along with a variety of other spices, notably allspice. Very thin on the pumpkin, and just the slightest yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is very thin. Somewhat grainy, and a bit of burnt sugar sweetness like a poorly made amber. Very light and indistinguishable spices, but that's about it.

Sharp and very thin and watery mouthfeel. Definitely light-bodied.

Overall, this is...well, bad. A little bit more malt, more pumpkin, and less Coors could probably save it, but as it is, stay away. Thankfully I only picked up a single bottle as a part of a mix-your-own six-pack.

Phocion, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours a rusted orange color into a DFH signature glass with a firger and a half of tan head that almost immediately fades to nonexistence.

S: its loaded with sweet caramel and spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.

T: spicy and sweet are the main notes in the taste profile, as is in the nose. A sweet mess with some spices thrown into the pot.

MF: light body, light carbonation, cloying in sweetness.

O: big old hot mess, nothing too pleasant about this beer, I would suggest it to no one.

nickthetick, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) It's amber. There was a good finger of head after a fairly aggressive pour. The head dissolved rapidly. There was no lacing.

S) Lightly roasted malt, nutmeg and cinnamon. No pumpkin.

T) I think that is pumpkin, but it is reminding me of sweet potato on Thanksgiving. The spices are mild. It all comes together pretty well.

M) A fairly light body with moderate carbonation. A decent finish.

O) This is an okay fall brew. Perhaps it doesn't bring as much pumpkin or spice to the party for most, but it goes down well enough for my tastes.

RoamingGnome, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live.

A: Half a finger of slight cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Semitransparent dark copper colour.

Sm: Cream, pleasant hops, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pumpkin is nowhere to be found. Generic caramelized malt, bland hops, and full barley. A simple build, but balanced. It's a nice flavour for what it is, but it's downright mislabelled.

Mf: Smooth and wet, partly suiting the flavour.

Dr: It's very drinkable, average ABV, and decent quality. But it tastes nothing like pumpkin and it's far from notable. Only pursue this if you're a big fan of blue moon.

kojevergas, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: copper amber, clear; carb beads pretty nice; head goes flat quickly
S: malty, sweet, but not very inviting
T: semisweet, moderately hopped pumpkin ale; the spice is pronounced, making this more enjoyable than other blue moons; the allspice and nutmeg are the more prominent spices
M: decent

Overall an ok, decent autumn beer

Arithmeticus, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 43 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip.

Pours a deep brown-red with a tall 3 finger head. Nicely laced. Settles into a cap that lingers.

Smells of some some slight biscuits or breads and just a hint of pumpkin rind. Not projected.

Taste is a slightly round, spiced brown ale with really very little pumpkin flavor. The finish consists of some malts and a hint of nutmeg, but almost nothing that would remind me of a pumpkin.

Mouthfeel has some weight to it, but is taken over completely by way too effervescence. This is on par with a coke in terms of carbonation. IMOit could back off considerably..you'd probably just be left with a mediocre brown ale then though.

Overall, forgettable, and pleasing..but safe and not especially delicious. Needs more pumpkin, more spice, more of everything and less carbonation.


Crossmd, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of agleas1
4.15/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm generally not a fan of Pumpkin beers, but this one is pretty tasty! Seems less "pumpkiny" than last years version. Recently had it at a beer dinner paired with a German brat and sauteed root vegetables...they were great together. In a word-delicious!

agleas1, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Why do I buy BMC? I should be quaffing a habañero Sculpin on cask instead I suppose, but this weirdly caught my interest while at 7-11 to pick up trash bags, so, anyway, here we are:

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear safety orange liquid with ECE/ACE amber highlights and a solid finger of ivory fuzz up top. Decent lacing and retention.

Corn and nutmeg in the nose with a hint of Cuban yams.

Spicier palate entry, with the allspice coming forward in addition to the nutmeg. Gentle sweetness more from malt than generalized rooty sugars. Medium finish with good carbonation. Not packed with flavor, but not too many off notes either.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, and very easy drinking.

I definitely wish there were more to this beer, but what is present isn't half bad.

augustgarage, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a SA perfect pint glass.

Pours a nice deep red chestnut with a 1 finger inch head that turns to a thing tight lace around the glass. Smells of nutmeg, spice, clove, and light pumpkin, nothing is really jumping out of the glass, but smells good nevertheless. The taste is a little spicy with a tingle of sugar, nutmeg, clove, ginger can all be found, still a little light on the pumpkin. Mouthfeel is light, over carbonated, kinda sizzles in the mouth like a Pepsi, then follows down smoothly. Overall this isn't too bad, but this has alot of work to do if it's going to compete with some of the other pumpkin spice beers out there.

gabedivision, Sep 11, 2011
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,409 ratings.