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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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2,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,169
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 30
Gots: 198 | 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 Berticus
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%

You have to really hunt for the pumpkin. Very hard to find any spice notes.
The malt is a bit different than you would normally expect with the blue moon beers.
The smell is the same as the spring ale only much less sweet.
Taste is like a bit more bitter than usual bock.
Not worth it, its a funky knock off of an octoberfest.

Berticus, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of DeepSix
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearence is very light red, with just a tad of head that soon disappeared.

The smell is not quite as pungent as other pumkins ales I had, the smells noted, but not quite as overpowering, cinnamon is certainly there.

The spice taste is noticeable, again the cinnamon is noticeable along with a couple of other spices maybe some nutmeg. Nothing overpowering which is good, and a tint of hop bitterness here. It has a watery feel and light bodied, the carbonation is mild.

A good no nonsense pumpkin ale here, could drink it all day, though a little bit high ABV to be a session.

DeepSix, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of mwa423
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours about the same color as the bottle it came out of with a small head.

The smell is a strong pumpkin spice smell

When you taste it there is lots of spice but I really didn't taste any pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is only average with pretty strong carbonation and a bit of a bite when it hits the tongue.

Overall, it's about like Blue Moon in terms of quality, a step above, but not at all a high quality pumpkin ale.

mwa423, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of TerjUGA
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%

It pours a dark copper color with good size off white head and little lacing.

very good smell of spices and vegetables, very inviting smell.

you can really taste the spices in this beer, the pumpkin taste isn't overwhelming you just get hints of pumpkin as you drink it, it really taste a lot like pumpkin pie because of the combination of spices a hints of pumpkin taste, goes together very well.

mouthfeel is nice, medium carbonated, not to heavy.

drinks very easy, goes down well, one of my favorite pumpkin ales because the beer isn't killed with overwhelming pumpkin flavors like some brews.

TerjUGA, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with good clarity. Its head is off white in color and builds up big and fluffy before quickly fading to just a very thin covering. Lacing is slick and slides down the glass as I drink.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of pumpkin with spicy clove and cinnamon over sweet bready malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor fairly mild with a semi-sweet bready malt mixed with touch of pumpkin and over cooked vegetables. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of clove add a pleasant spicy character that is well balanced and not overpowering. The finish picks up some mild hop bitterness and the spices slowly fade off the tongue. It has a slick watery texture with a light body and mild carbonation.

Notes: I like that the spices don't dominate the entire flavor but the pumpkin could be a little more vibrant and it seemed to lack body. Overall it is still not bad and it is easy to drink.

generallee, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured amber with a thin head of white foam. The head quickly gave way to a thin spotty film with minimal lacing.

S - Malty with hints of caramel and spice. Slightly metallic.

T - Malty with hints of spice (pumpkin). Slightly sweet up front, but finishes pretty dry.

MF&D - Overall not a bad ale, but as far as seasonals go, there are just way better ones out there.

nasty15108, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A darker amber than I'd anticipated, with decent lacing and retention and carbonation bubbling up.

Smell: Fall spices and minor pumpkin, with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Not terribly complex, but balanced and nice for the season.

Taste: A nice balance of fall flavors, mostly with the spiciness aspect, though it doesn't lean too terribly heavy on that thankfully. Could use more pumpkin, but isn't too sweet, and the nutmeg, pumpkin, and vanilla flavors seem to work well overall with the taste.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly pretty medium-bodied, with a good fullness and adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: I feel like this brew immediately gets a bad rap because it's Coors, when it's really pretty decent for the style. It's nothing spectacular, and nothing I'd get on a regular basis, but it's easy to drink and flavorful enough to make it a sessionable brew. Not something I look forward to in the fall, but something I'll pick up everyone once in a while as the season goes on.

asabreed, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of hdofu
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%

Not bad for Coors. A brown ale with a white head ale. Has a spice rack smell to it. Tastes good initally having strong taste of cloves and nutmegs and allspice followed quickly by the trademark coors bitter malt finish. Feels kind of watery on the tongue. Goes down pretty easy and is kind of lite so I could throw a few back.

hdofu, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%

Bought this for my sister since she's not a beer drinker but wanted to try a pumpkin ale. I went cheap in case she rejected it (she did), but this beer was worthy of the rejection. Poured a transparent, light orange with a one-finger head that died slowly and left some lacings. A rather dulled pumpkin and spiced smell; like they didn't want to put alot it so it would be more bland for mass consumption. The pumpkin flavoring is weak and there is no "liquid pumpkin pie" reference here. Light to medium bodied with a sharpness on the backbite that comes from spicy overkill, this is not that sessionable. I've had worse pumpkin ales, to be frank, but I don't see myself buying another sixer of this.

clayrock81, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Shaw
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%

Pours a pretty copper in color with an off-white head.

It smells of spices and vegetables.

The taste is good. It doesn't go overboard on pumpkin spicing, instead, it goes for actual pumpkin flavor, but not so much to be overwhelming.

It has a creamy body that works well with the pumpkin flavors.

This is one of the better pumpkin ales I've had.

Shaw, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

Bought a single of this for $1.69.

While it's advertised as a pumpkin ale, I get no smell or taste of pumpkins which I feel is kind of odd. Instead it tastes and smells like cinnamon among the other usual fall type spices. Pours a beautiful copper color and is easy to drink, but the lack of pumpkin flavor in a pumpkin ale was disappointing.

oriolesfan4, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of palffyfan
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance - Pours a medium brown/orange color, white head and plenty of bubbles.

Smell - Sweet citrusy flavor, that is not particularly strong.

Taste - Medium-bodied beer that is slightly sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Nothing special or impressive. No particular flavor stands out.

Drinkability - The beer is certainly drinkable but it fails to impress. I don't think the taste would wear on me but the beer is pretty boring compared to what else is out there.

palffyfan, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

12oz twist-off-cap bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear vivid orange amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Generally I think of Pumpkin Ales has having a little more cloudiness, but I'm sure Coors has a filter-everything policy, especially since these are meant to be consumed out of the bottle.

Spicy aromas with a little bit of the familiar pumpkin aroma. Some off putting plasticy aromas are in there, not sure what's causing that.

Light pumpkin flavors with a bit of toasty grain. A little bit of a creamy crust flavor comes in. Medium bodied with higher carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of pumpkin lingering. Some of the plastic flavor is in there as well. The flavor is an improvement over the aroma, but not by much.

This isn't as bad as AB's Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale, as this one is actually drinkable. However, it has a very artificial taste and smell to it, like extracts were used instead actual pumpkin being added.

BeerSox, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pale orange in appearance. White head and clear.

S. Spices and slight pumpkin. Nutmeg, cardamom. A bit of grain.

T. A mix of random spices with very little pumpkin. Mineral water. A decent malt body saves it a little. At least it has some substance. The pumpkin is very subtle.

M. A zingy zip of carbonation. Otherwise medium bodied. Fairly smooth.

D. This is not the best offering from blue moon, and is not really much of a pumpkin beer. Drinks decently, but this Harvest Moon sure could benefit from a bit more flavor to make me more interested in drinking more than this single.

Notes/Thoughts: If I didn't know any better I'd think this was a harvest ale. The spice is the only suggestion of otherwise. Not even close to the best pumpkin ale out there, but drinkable nonetheless.

Stinkypuss, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Off white, one finger head with fairly short retention. Minimal lacing. Deep, clear amber.

S - Smells like pumpkin pie. Not much like pumpkin, but a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, vanilla, and brown sugar aroma going on.

T - Unfortunately it's a little less interesting than the nose. Early on there's a noticable pumpkin element with cinnamon and nutmeg following. Mid palate, the slight pumpkin flavor mingles with a vanilla aspect, but this quickly becomes bitter, akin to eating nutmeg right out of the jar. Somewhat weak overall.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated. Terribly inappropriate for the style. Lower carbonation would've allowed more of the sweet malt to come through, which was masked completely. Thin body never works with these fall beers.

D - One of these is enough. I had this last year and didn't think much of it, and after revisiting it this year I think this will be my last purchase. No reason to have another one.

PatrickJR, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is pretty malty with some spice and pumpkin scents

T - The taste is mostly of spiced malt not much going on

M - This beer has a lighter body little watery with medium carbonation to it

D - Well its the season for pumpkin beers so right now its not bad kinda average over all its something fun and different going in the fall season

armock, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

This beer poured a orange/brown with a single-finger tan head that lingered. The smell is mostly malt with a little bit of what may be pumpkin in the background. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that definitely has some pumpkin in the middle and some spices and a bit of bitterness towards the end. The mouthfeel is a little watery with some fine carbonation. This is probably the least impressive beer I've had from the Blue Moon section of Coors, but it's still fairly drinkable and worth a try if you think it might appeal to you.

TheTrevor, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of botham
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%

12 ox bottle poured into a goblet. pours a rich golden amber color with two fingers of light orange head that remains for a few minutes, leaving light lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with a subtle spiced quality, from the pumpkins, and a caramel base. distant notes of wheat malt and citrus are present in the background.

taste is flabby, with the same spiced quality as the aroma, yet no malt base to back it up, along with a stale finish of residual grain and wheat malt. not impressive.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft CO2 and a finish of residual grain.

drinkability suffers with this one. for a pumpkin ale, this is a flabby and unbalanced example. the malt base which is absent here would have complimented the spiced quality, as well as given the brew some much needed body. overall, this is one that most can skip over without any second guessing.

botham, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Beerislife652854
4.33/5  rDev +40.1%

My local packie just started to sell this (August 30).

A - Crystal clear deep amber with a decent head, there is some lacing.

S - Very mild, almost non-existant.

T - Again, very mild. Some autumn spices, nutmeg, pumpkin pie.

M - Not overly carbonated. Smooth.

D - A nice beer for the transition from summer to winter.

Beerislife652854, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange with big foamy head. Head dissipates quickly to a white film and leaves no noticeable lacing.

Smell: Faint nutmeg and sweet malt. Smells like Coors otherwise.

Taste: Pumpkin, malt, nutmeg and some stale hoppiness. Aftertaste is odd: strong nutmeg and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Watery and lightly carbonated. Aftertaste stings at times.

Drinkability: Better than the other Blue Moon seasonals (besides maybe Full Moon), but that's really not saying much. This one was not as smooth as anticipated, but flavor wasn't too sweet or over the top. Not a good pumpkin ale, but I wouldn't object to drinking it again.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz from the coop.. for about $1.35.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

1" head has descent lacing and a nice collar.. brew is crystal clear amber orange.

Aroma is cooked pumpkin with allspice and nutmeg...

Palate is better than expected.. better flavor but could still use alot more malt to make everything mesh. dry spices out of the gate move into some minor caramel and finish with a dry vegetal spice note. Overall.. the body needs more uumph.. and the palate would benefit from some more malts... this is a damn site better than Buffalo Bill, but still needs alot of work.


JohnGalt1, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Amber/Orange color. Poured with a full thick foamy white head. Decent lacing,

S: Spices, mainly clove. Pleasing mild sweet aroma to balance.

T: Clove, range of spices. Flavor lingers then slighlty bitter.

M: Medium body, but nice and crisp/sharp. Well carbonated.

D: Something a bit different that was pretty good. Might wear on me after a while though.

Haybeerman, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

Well, this started off promising as it was nice and amber and it smelled fairly decent as well with some faint cinnamony/nutmeg aspects.

The taste falls a little flat simply because it isn't spiced quite enough for me. Its there but just barely. I was hoping for a little more pumpkin pie taste.

Drinkable, but I doubt I'd buy any more.

Tilley4, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%

It looks good coming out of the bottle. A nice copper hue with a decent head. After that though it was all downhill. This is only the 2nd Pumpkin ale that I have ever had, but it seemed to be missing a key ingredient... Pumpkin. There really is no scent to the beer and the taste is pretty average. I can't find a hint of Pumpkin in this beer at all. In fact I'm beginning to think that Coors took a batch of Killians and just slapped Pumpkin Ale labels on the bottle. The mouthfeel and drinkability are average. I will manage to drink the rest of the six pack but it was definitely a disappointment. I won't be seeking this out again.

tdawgydog, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%

The second Pumpkin Ale I've had in 3 days and I'd have to say the other was better (Smuttynose). Amber color to this, with a thick tan head, although that fades quickly. Faint pumpkin aroma but really there's nothing there. Tastes like many of the ingredients for a decent pumpkin pie: spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. It was however a little watery and bland. Now that I've tried this, I see no reason to have it again.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
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