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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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2,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,458
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 33
Gots: 374 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.27/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - A watery pumpkin orange color. A bit of sunrise amber that is transparent.

Smell - Not much going on here. A bit of vine and faint, light pumpkin spice. Not so impressive.

Taste - Terribly awful. Painfully plain. A light, carbonated and fizzy vine-like taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light-bodied and plain. I don't get much pumpkin taste in this at all. A boring mess from Coors. This pretty much just tastes like Coors Light with a bit of vegetable and vine. Nothing special.

Photo of rand
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive reddish amber, opaque with a chilled haze, forming a fluffy, wispy head. It smells of ripe pumpkin bread, slightly sour and funky, like the bread had gotten wet and was sitting out for some time. The flavors veer from the nose, with earthy yeast and non-descript ripe fruit creating the flavor profile. Caramellly malts are prominent, giving the beer a bready complexion. Pumpkin is in there, but just a touch, along with a smige of nutmeg or holiday spice. Hops aren't contributing much to this one. Finishes dry and slightly astringent.

Fairly easy to drink but unremarkable, this is more of a Belgian wit with touch of pumpkin spice, and doesn't stand up to some of the full-flavored pumpkin ales that are popular this time of year.

Photo of carolinahophead
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Giving this fall offering a try this year and somewhat interested.
A: I do like the color and did pour a nice head. It does have alot of carbonation.
S : Most places serve this beer way too cold and as it warms this aromas do appear. Some spice and some good malt, maybe a little pumpkin.
T : This is a smooth beer with sweet spice and malt flavor.
M : A medium mouthfeel with alot of carbonation. Let's say a alright finish and makes me want to have another sip.
O : Not bad from the Blue Moon lineup. A nice beer to try for who likes the macro brewers. Better than the original Blue Moon wheat ... maybe because its fall .

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

Poured from a long neck brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep amber with a one and a half finger tan foam head that faded fast and left minimal lacing.

Smell: Malty and a little spice, some hops underneath. Nothing very different than a standard American amber ale.

Taste: Much like it smells, tastes more like a very average amber ale. I was expecting more pumpkin and spice from this one, but it just wasn't there.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

Overall: They really need to amp up the flavors in this one. As it is, it's very unremarkable and not a very good representation of a seasonal pumpkin ale.

Photo of Murrhey
2.3/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A: Not tremendously impressive, light brown coloration. Lacing and retention both limited.

S: Not pumpkin in the smell, too subtle for me, but otherwise smelled nicely for a macrobrewery.

T: Yurgh. Not great. Thin flavor.

M: Inconsistent feel, and thin to boot.

O: I'd avoid next time.

Photo of socon67
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pour is orange with visible carbonation. Clear and with a quickly dissipating foam.

S - Not much here. Slight smell of cinnamon but that's it.

T - Decent. Some pumpkin flavor and some clove and nutmeg spice.

M - Carbonation is a bit high and kinda ruined this one. But it is quite drinkable if you can look past this.

O - Average. Nothing great but it is as good as any standread pumpkimn beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, and some subdued pumpkin pie spices. Taste is exactly the same as the smell but the spices are more assertive here. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. A bit too much carbonation in my opinion. Overall, this is actually a pretty good pumpkin ale. I wasn't expecting very much and for what it is I was impressed.

Photo of harrymel
1.02/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Best by 27FEB12

A: brownish with no head formation and excellent clarity. Spackled surface bubbles with no lace.
S: Cardboard. Thats it. I am really getting nothing else here.
T: Wow, first drain pour in quite some time. Really awful. Tastes like plastic and cardboard. Fetid.
M: thin with hi carbonation.
O: This beer is horrid, I would recommend this to not one person. Not even my worst enemy.

Photo of zhanson88
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear copper color with about 3/4" of white head. Lacing is decent, retention is non-existent. Not bad.

Smell: Wheaty malts are most prevalent up front. A touch of spice (mainly nutmeg). Not really much else. Smells like a lightly spiced wheat beer.

Taste: Pumpkin and spice flavor is slightly more prevalent on the palate than on the nose. Wheat malts are again probably the flavor that stands out the most. Not bad, but not good either.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Not the smoothest drinking beer, even when it warms. Overall, a very average pumpkin beer. Nothing insulting about it, but just plain.

Photo of buschbeer
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours burnt orange in color. It is clear and has a couple inches of tan head.

S - It's not big on the nose. I get molasses and some weak spices.

T - I get some caramel malt along with some sweetness. Not much pumpkin flavor.

M - Watery and thin.

O - About as expected. A buddy get this to me to try. Glad I didn't buy a sixer.

Photo of atr2605
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a transparent amber with an off white head with much better retention than I was expecting. Actually a pretty nice looking beer
S-Extremely light pumpkin aroma with a faint nut presence and low hop aroma
T-Again the pumpkin is pretty faint but there is also some sweet malt and spice
M-light-medium bodied
O-not a great pumpkin ale but acceptable for the price and for being a macro brews shot at a micro brew. Wouldn't seek it out again but tip of the cap to coors for trying.

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

I have drank this one over the years and thought it was a great offering for the season. Now that I have "seen the light" its just an average brew. Not tasting much of the pumpkin that I had anticipated. It has a great color and good carbonation and is a great session type beer BUT has a hight ABV of 5.7%. That was a nice surprise for a lower price six pack.

Photo of Phelps
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a tulip.

Cherry-orange and brilliantly transparent. Pretty beautiful color, actually. The airy, fizzy head gets about two fingers tall before popping away to a thick, sticky top layer.

The pumpkin in the nose reminds me of baby food. No other way to put it. Wheat and almond notes are also there before clove shows up.

The flavor is comparatively light. There might be the nutty almond and the slightest hint of pumpkin in there, but mostly it’s just sharp graininess. A touch of sweetness with a clean finish.

Carbonation is mild and pinching in a silky medium-light body.

There’s not much to Blue Moon’s pumpkin ale, which is about what I expected. Easily quaffed, but as flavor goes, it’s in the bottom tier of pumpkin brews.

Photo of JackieTH
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

orange with a smallish head that had decent retention. Smell was watery, as was the taste, reminds me of regular blue moon with some attempt at pumpkin spices. This is certainly not a pumpkin ale for craft beer geeks. I really can't think of any reason to ever drink this again unless the last two choices in the world are between blue moon and blue moon pumpkin.

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....

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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