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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
71
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2,069 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,069
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 27
Gots: 143 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998)
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veech

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

This seasonal from Coors was a nice surprise. A: Deep amber with appropriate carbonation and head. Light lacing that dissipated quickly.S: Memories of mom's pumpkin pie: light nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves with pumpkin sweetness T: Less than the nose hints at, but nicely crisp and light with the aforementioned spices rounding out an everpresent pumpkin earthiness. M: light and smooth a surprisingly refreshing mouthfeel D: I typically don't expect to session spiced or fruit beers, but this one is an exception. I would recommend picking up a six pack of this seasonal ale.

10-18-2006 15:25:45 | More by veech
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -11.7%

This brew pours a very pretty hazy copper color with a medium light tan head with good retention. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is kind of weird, with pumpkin and other vegetables in the forefront, as well as a bit of spice. Light-bodied with mild pumpkin and malt flavor. The flavor is kind of off, and the pumpkin disappears pretty quickly, leaving a fairly bland lager flavor in its wake. The finish is mildly sweet and short. Could be better.

10-17-2006 21:38:48 | More by Dogbrick
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SetarconeX

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Crystal clear reddish-orange color, with a respectable bit of froth. Smells, well a bit like pumpkin, with a hint of bitterness and nutmeg...but it's a much weaker scent than I expected.

This carries over into the flavor. Much more watery than I both expected and wanted, especially considering what normal Blue Moon's like. Doesn't lean as heavily on the spices as I'd like it too, and the pumpkin just isn't enough on its own.

A bit of a letdown, really.

10-16-2006 23:09:04 | More by SetarconeX
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msolar

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +22.3%

Decent Pumpkin Ale, not quite as sweet as some of the other Pumpkin Ale’s which is a good thing, I think. It still tasted like beer without an overwhelming spiced flavor.

I’ve had about 4-5 Pumpkin Ale’s so far this fall; Saranac’s has been my favorite to date.

Blue Moon’s was pretty good. Nothing special, but I’d certainly buy it again.

10-16-2006 00:32:11 | More by msolar
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vtfan77

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Crystal clear copper color (unintentional alliteration, I assure you) with about a half inch white head.

S- Sweet malt with a caramel-like aroma. I can't say I really detect any pumpkin or spices here.

T- That caramel malt takes center stage with some toasty flavors as well. No spices to speak of, but there is a squash-like flavor on the finish (the pumpkin, I suppose) and a twinge of bitterness.

M- Quite thin, pretty watery and not a whole lot of carbonation.

D- Pretty good. Not the tastiest of beers, but it's not bad. I could put down a few in a session no doubt.

Pretty bland, but it's not bad. Obviously there are much better pumpkin beers out there, but this isn't horrible. Probably one that would appeal to a decent number of people. I won't recommend it, but would drink it in a pinch.

10-15-2006 23:39:14 | More by vtfan77
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Fuller

Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -12.6%

A - pours a dark orangish brown body with a creamy tan head.

S - a sweet malty aroma with some pumpkin and cinnamon.

T - starts sweet and turns to a pumpkin and spice flavor. More spice than pumpkin though. The two are not balanced and do not work together as they should and cause an unpleasant aftertaste.

M - light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - just not an enjoyable brew.

10-15-2006 03:20:55 | More by Fuller
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours to an amber-copper color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. It leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is light in malt and pumpkin pie spices. Not alot there. The flavor is of caramel malts and the light pumpkin spices. It is easy drinking, and not overpowering in the spices like other pumpkin brews. This one is ok.

10-14-2006 22:18:09 | More by BeerBuilder
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RJLarse

Washington

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

I picked up a six-pack of Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a mug.

Pours a dark copper color and is clear. A small one-finger off-white head forms, and is somewhat resilient. There is a little lacing on the sides of the glass. There are many bubbles rising in the beer.

The smell is fairly faint, and earthy. There is a bit of a peaty aroma and some spices.

The taste is fairly sweet with a little vegetable and spice flavor. There is a bit of a caramel malt flavor, and a sharp slightly acerbic finish.

The mouth feel is smooth and clean.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s not unlike a typical Marzen, with a vegetable (pumpkin) angle. I’ve never really eaten pumpkin, so I don’t know how pronounced that flavor is in this beer. I put this largely in the Oktoberfest category, and it’s not bad.

10-14-2006 04:06:48 | More by RJLarse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -14.9%

Inoffensive, but comes off as an odd-tasting Blue Moon Belgian White. Its kind of a mish-mash of spice and light beer. Really, nothing unpleasant, but unless given a body for free, I doubt I'd touch the stuff. Maybe something to ween the kids of Keystone?

10-13-2006 01:53:15 | More by tempest
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Tallboy

Antarctica

3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: A verry distinct amber orange with a frosty head that leaves without saying goodbye .
Smell: A yeasty malt scent at first followed by the pumpkin and cinnamon and various other spices .
Taste: A nice bready malt that soon turns into a light but sweetly spiced pumpkin type taste that is all to quickley dominated by the strong cinnamon "afterburn" at the end .
Mouthfeel: A rather medium - candy carbonated body .
Drinkability: I do like this offering from Blue Moon/Coors and will not hesitate to drink a few durring each brewing season , but for some reason the cinnamon ratio is just way to high without much else to counterbalance it all out. Other than that small flaw this is a pretty good beer!

10-12-2006 15:57:26 | More by Tallboy
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thebarnesbomb

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +19.7%

Drank this straight from the bottle, so I couldn't get a good look, or smell, of this beer. Mouthfeel is mostly light and creamy, a good amount of carbonation and body. Taste is mostly of spices, not overpowering though. There was very little that I could pick up on with the taste of pumpkin, but mostly the spices came through and malts. Overall a very pleasant surprise and a good seasonal beer.

10-12-2006 02:15:18 | More by thebarnesbomb
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zeff80

Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Pours out a dark amber or orange color with maybe a little red in it. A one-finger head with no lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty (nutmeg) and of cloves. There was a subtle pumpkin smell as well.

T - It tasted most of clove, nutmeg and malt. I really didn't detect any pumpkin.

M - It was crisp and light to mudium-bodied.

D - It wasn't bad. I don't like pumpkin but I thought this beer was pretty good. I don't think I would get it again, though. It just wasn't what I want out of a beer.

10-10-2006 22:17:49 | More by zeff80
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +32.7%

This beer is not a true pumpkin ale. It's more like a pumpkin spiced ale. The beer tastes very nice. Complex. Pumpkin with nutmeg and caramel malts. Hop character is in the backround and blends nicely. The beer clings to the mouth nicely and is crisp. This is a beer everyone can enjoy. If you don't like pumpkin ales, don't be afraid of this one, pumpkin is just a spice in the brew.

This is a very seasonable brew. I was very pleased.

10-10-2006 14:35:19 | More by jasonjlewis
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CigarMatt

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -14.2%

I was not all to pleased with the taste of this beer. It could be because I was comparing it with several Oktoberfests that I had drank throughout the day, but the beer just left much to be desired in my opinion. It is a good mass-produced beer for the season for sure, it's taste is better by the second one, and it can be found in many places.

10-09-2006 19:48:56 | More by CigarMatt
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

I bought a case of this because I had a mild interest in their Belgian Wheat and thought I would give it a try.

I poured the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass and it produced a nice 1" head but it didn't last too long.

As I drank it, the lacing was very minimal.

I smelled the freshly poured glass and couldn't really pick up a significant hint of spiciness or pumpkin.

The taste was only average.... I was disappointed to note a lack of spice or pumpkin flavor... oh it was there.... just too understated for my taste.

The case is gone.... and I'll probably not choose to purchase it again unless it goes on sale.

10-09-2006 19:32:55 | More by TheBierBand
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donchata

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

The rich amber color give it a nice visual but the lack of carbonation gives an all to quick view of a weak thin white color. The nose was a hint of clove and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was fair with malt, nutmeg and watery citrus zest. The drinkability is disappointing with the nose and mouthfeel both lacking in consistency and an adequate finish.

Couple that with the fact that Coors is the parent company for this brand and you must come to the conclusion that this is a micro brew recipe formulated and produced without the attentive care it requires. The overall mass production process has to leave you with the impression that the quality has been compromised.

10-09-2006 19:27:47 | More by donchata
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brewmaster2

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +39.2%

appearance - it has a nice amber brown hue to it.just the right amount of carbonation, i thought it could have had a little more head to it with better retention.nice and clear not cloudy.

smell - it has a sweet malty smell mixed with spicy hop smell.thae smell was very inviting.

taste - a sweet malty taste mixed with pumkin spicy flavor you can also taste the nutmeg. a very balanced over all flavor.

mouthfeel - it had a full body feel in my mouth,perfect carbonation very smooth.

drinkability - it was a very smooth easy drinking beer.not overly spicy nor too much pumkin flavor very nice beer will definatly purchase again.

10-09-2006 17:38:02 | More by brewmaster2
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plaid75

New York

3.48/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing as well.

The smell featured a solid grainy malt aroma. There was little pumpkin or pumpkin spice for that matter.

The taste consitsed of a solid malt body. Not too sweet. Decent hop presence. However, not much on the pumpkin front.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a good drinkable ale. Would be better it relabeled as Blue Moon's Amber Ale.

10-08-2006 18:44:47 | More by plaid75
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -33.7%

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale is amber in color and has a completely clear body. The head of foam on this beer is creamy with a lively carbonation and it lasts a decent amount of time. The aroma of this beer is one of light spices with just a small amount of pumpkin

This beer is medium to light in body with a taste that emphasizes light malt with light spices such as clove, nutmeg, and others. The pumpkin factor in this beer is rather weak although it does come through a little bit more in the aftertaste. The overall taste is bland and the flavor of crystal malt is pronounced. The finish of this beer is a little bit metallic and not very good.

If one thing could be changed to make this beer better tasting, it would be a reduction in the amount of crystal malt. There is too much crystal malt and it leads to an unpleasant aftertaste. There also isn’t as much pumpkin as I would like. The beer is also a little too light.

Taken as a whole, this beer has little to offer the lover of pumpkin brew or any other brew. It isn’t as good as Blue Moon Belgian White (the company’s best seller) and it isn’t as good as most other pumpkin brews. It’s a seasonal beer to avoid.

10-08-2006 02:34:59 | More by BryanCarey
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allengarvin

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%

Very nice light mahogany color topped with a creamy, lasting head. Aroma is slightly malty, and only very slightly spicy. Here's a pumpkin ale where spices are quite restrained: one can taste a little cinnamon, and a bare touch of other spices, not strong enough to be recognizable. It is agreeably malty with some modest bitterness. Moderate body with average mouthfeel.

Clean, simple, and drinkable, but I prefer a little more interesting seasonal character in pumpkin beers.

10-05-2006 23:33:01 | More by allengarvin
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

I was hoping to say that I was pleasantly surprised despite the Brewer. I must admit I am actually a little disappointed. Pumpkin Ales are some of my favorite seasonal and I have yet to find one I didn't like. This Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale is pretty borderline. It does improve when it warms so … *let it warm* =)

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber color with a very creamy head that fades. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet nose of malt syrup dextrin, caramel, cinnamon and brown sugar. (Where’s the pumpkin?)

Taste: It does have some nice toasty malt characteristics and a few spices but very little pumpkin. The flavor is tasty but somewhat simple for the style. Pumpkin ales can be so exciting. This one is pretty middle of the road with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger but so little pumpkin it made me wonder "Where's the pumpkin?"

Mouthfeel: A bit thin. Light/medium body that could definitely use some more malt and some more carbonation to get past the watery center but the ginger pinches the palate a bit and makes up for it.

Drinkability: This is a cheap beer. For the price it has a decent amount of flavor. I won't buy it again but I wouldn't be ashamed to in a pinch.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

10-05-2006 22:53:33 | More by Phatz
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck brown bottle with a twit-off cap, BBD of January 28th printed on the side, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-brown color with some carbonation rising. The head poured a cream colored 1-finger thick and faded quickly into a thin film that clung to the sides.

Aroma: Toasted malts. There's a hint of some spices, maybe some cinammon, but it's barely there. No pumpkin aromas either.

Taste: Sweet and malty. The label says it was brewed with clove, cinnamon, and allspice but all I got was some clove. The only pumpkin flavor I got was in the finish, and it was rather weak.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, the carbonation complemented nicely as well. you would hardly know that this is a 5.6% ABV beer.

Overall: Not bad, just not great. I like my pumpkin beers with some actual pumpkin flavor and spiciness. This tasted more like an Oktoberfest beer to me.

10-04-2006 00:57:13 | More by FenwaySquid
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xav33

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, carved into 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured clear copper/brown with a medium slightly off-white mostly diminishing frothy white head.

Smelt of light roasted malt and slight pumpkin.

Taste was upfront, light sweet licorice and pumpkin and moderate toasted wheat bread followed by a very light medley of traditional pumpkin spices and a strong bitter burnt malt finish on a moderately long bitter spice finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium, slightly oily, fizzy with light astringency that turns to harsh astringency on the finish.

Overall, a pumpkin beer that is intriguing, in complex flavors and strong earthy autumn feel, nice raw pumpkin taste, but leaves a bitter taste on the finish.

10-03-2006 06:48:30 | More by xav33
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.08/5  rDev -32.7%

A - pours a dark reddish/orange color, with a thick tna head with an orange hint, with copious amounts of swift carbonation

S - this beer has traditionl malty aroma set as a background to pumpkin flavorings and added spices, the bottle says it has clove, nutmeg, and allspice but it smells more like a ambient sweet spiciness, kind of nondescript

T - the taste is overmalty, and when combined with the spices and flavorings, it creates an amalgamation of bland malty sweetness, not very spicy or pumpkiny

M&D - the mouthfeel is smooth, slightly fizzy, but with this odd flavor combination the drinkability is rather low

10-02-2006 23:13:27 | More by sinstaineddemon
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riversider76

New York

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours amber. Nice white head,and decent lacing. Smell is of weak malty pumpkin spice. Body is medium, not much carbionation. Taste is of malted pumpkin, with some earthy undertones,and spice. Not awful, but not great either.I liked Saranac much better.

09-30-2006 23:31:16 | More by riversider76
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