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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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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,444 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 700
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20%
Wants: 33
Gots: 338 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998)
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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Champion's.

A: A medium amber color, this pumpkin ale has a bit of depth to it. On the color spectrum, it falls between Summer Love and Arrogant Bastard. A white head is negligible.

S: Spices dominate, with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out. Clove and allspice linger below. The spices aren't concentrated, just a lingering aroma at the end.

T: A very mild ale, things don't get cooking until the latter part of each sip. Up until that point, breadiness is the biggest aspect of the ale. As each sip fades away, the spices kick up. Cinnamon and nutmeg, allspice and clove, the flavors aren't intense but they are present and add a nice full taste. I'm no pumpkin fan, so I find that I prefer the mild spiciness of this one over the in-your-face of others.

M: The mouthfeel is nondescript, the spices never get too strong. The ale provides enough diversion though, a brief interlude.

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep red hue that is basically clear. Some bubbles and a small bubbly white head with limited lacing. Tart scent, some underlying spice.

This has a sourish taste. There is some underlying spice and brown sugar, but this is essentially an ale with some attempt at being a pumpkin ale. Really, this tastes like a Blue Moon (the regular witbier) with a hint of spice. It's not bad, but it's not a beer-drinkers pumpkin.

Photo of Schmittymack
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Old Chicago Westy. Poured a bit darker than I expected--leans towards the tan side. I couldn't really pick up any pumpkin/spices in the nose but the taste was a bit of pumpkin spices, malt, and very little hop bitterness. Not a bad brew but I would like a little more pumpkin here.

Photo of Nerudamann
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look – amber color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of light khaki colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – more of a malty smell with spices. I can’t pick out any hint of pumpkin aroma.

Taste – malty again, with a little bit of a muskiness in the finish. A very artificial tasting pumpkin flavor comes out near the middle.

Mouthfeel – decently well-balanced, but leaning more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting beer, but for the type, not very thrilling or near the mark.

Photo of Vashtar
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is saturated and clear.

The smell is a bit typical, but it's really pleasant.

The taste is about average. It started out bitter, but then the bitterness went away.

The mouthfeel is really nice! Thick from the first time it touches your tongue and then it maintains a constant viscosity in your mouth.

Overall, I'd definitely buy a 12 pack.

Photo of travisnd
2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not really a wheat beer fan, but because it was a wheat pumpkin ale, I figured that I would try it. I was not a fan of this and had a difficult time tasting anything that resembled pumpkin. It tasted waterdown or something, I'm not sure but I was not impressed.

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a 1 inch frothy off-white head that falls to a creamy and patchy layer of foam and good lacing all the way down. Amber color and filtered clarity. Aroma is of fresh cut pumpkin, caramel malt, and pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is a balanced blend of crystal malt, vegetables (pumpkin?), spices, wheat bite and a tinge of hop bitterness to balance. Finishes on the dry side. Mouthfeel is light-medium, it is definitely a more autumn-oriented sipping beer much like an O-Fest. Overall it is very good and that's saying a lot coming from Coors. I've enjoyed this one very much and even self-professed non beer drinkers say they like the spiciness and think it is different enough to drink.

Photo of mikechance
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice rust color

S - pumpkin, spices

T - mostly spices, but very little pumpkin

M - light body, decent carbination

O - An average pumpkin ale with more pumpkin scent than taste (an issue I'm having with most pumpkin beers recently).

The Blue Moon Fall Seasonal 12-pack was only $11.20 at local grocery store so not a terrible purchase. Better than Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale which seems to get a lot of love.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into mug.

Beautiful pour, with a large off-white head that hangs around for a long time over a chill-hazed orange to amber colored body.

Virtually no aroma - picked up some cardboard, and if I try really hard, some very light spices.

Nice on the palate, with a moderate carbonation, but pretty smooth overall. Easy drinking, without much discernable - or should I say, overpowering - spice quality. Light vegetal quality as it warms. Good roasted malt quality, to give it an edge of Fall. Light English hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly rich for the ABV, but not thick - well done there.

Overall, I have to give this pretty high marks relative to some standard Pumpkin Ales - it's easy drinking, with nothing offensive, and just enough "meat" for the Fall.

Photo of phichifiji00
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a redish/amber color, with an inch of creamy white head that fades fairly slowly, lots of lacing.

Smell: malty, some hops, hints of nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Very bland only hints of the pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: nutmeg, hints of cloves/allspice, no pumpkin. Very bland, especially for a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, sweet.

Overall: Probably the least enjoyable pumpkin beer I've tried to date. Pumpkin taste is non-existent, the typical pumpkin pie spices are minimal and out of balance. The only redeming qualities are the beer's appearance and the mouthfeel.

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....

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.

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

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…………………………………………………………
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.