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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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2,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 700
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20%
Wants: 33
Gots: 338 | 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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Photo of ngeunit1
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours amber-brown/red-brown. About two fingers off light head that fades fast and leaves no lacing

S - A little bit of sweet and spiced hops, overall very bland aroma. Feint pumpkin scent.

T - Fairly bland in the front, only a bit of the hops and malts. Eventually the spices and the pumpkin give some depth, but these are not overly strong flavors. Aftertaste is a touch of pumpkin spices (allspice and nutmeg).

M - Light and fairly crisp. Pretty carbonated.

D - Very simple beer. Not too many flavors, which also means it goes down pretty easy. Just wish there was a bit more to speak of there.

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Irish style Pint Glass

***Note: this beer was sitting out of the fridge for about 20 mintues, so it may have had an effect on the overall presentation.

A - Pours a 2 finger sudsy head that quickly dissolves away. Not not soda-like, like lets say a Budweiser, or other macro lagers. Therefore this beer generates no lacing either. Before the head fizzles away though, it is off-white with hints of bright yellow. The beer itself it a nice orangy copper color, with some slight effervensence.

S - The smell of this beer is pretty typical for pumpkin beers; the smell of various spices seem to dominate the nose more than pumpkin aroma. Spices notable in this beers aroma are nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice, and a slight toffy-like aroma. Pumpkin aroma does make itself known but it very faint.

T - The taste is almost exactly like the smell. Lots of spice up front, and slight pumpkin in the finish. Compared to other run-of-the-mill Pumpkin Ales, this beer is better than most. This beer seems to have a lot of caramel in the taste, and tastes like a very sweet Oktoberfest with some pumpkin. A slight tang lingers on the back end of the tongue. but overall, not bad.

M - The mouthfeel is fairly soft, but kinda thin due the lack of head, and carbonation. The complexion of this beer is slightly sticky and does make you rather thirsty as you are drinking it, but nothing too extreme.

D - The drinkability of this Pumpkin Ale is extremely high. Maybe not as high as Jack's Spiced Pumpkin Ale, but still pretty high. Would be deemed a very sessionable beer

Photo of AlexCorleone
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Orange-brown with, decent head but settles all too quickly.

Smell: Malts with just a hint of sweet fruit. I can maybe smell pumpkin if I think of pumpkin.

Taste: Goes down smooth and pretty generic, then the allspice and nutmeg hit, along with just a hint of pumpkin.

Aftertaste: Sweet, feels light and crisp.

Photo of jdgsatx
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- Very nice copper color that fits this fall seasona.

Smell- Faint pumpkin smell.

Taste- Its brewed as a pumpkin ale and while its not heavy on the pumpkin side, the flavors do come together quite nicely.

Mouthfeel- Not a heavy beer, very drinkable.

Photo of FosterJM
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11th review on BA
Bottle poured to pint glass

App- Murky light brown. 1/4 in tan head. Little carbonation.

Smell- Faint malt and even fainter pumpkin, maybe a trace of nutmeg

Taste- It is what it is. A mass produced seasonal.

Mouth- Thin taste, there and then gone

Drink- Not my favorite but wouldnt pass it up if it was free.

Photo of lavellen
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pumpkin beer. Certainly not an exemplary one. Not amazing, but not offensive. Nothing else to speak of. The head and aroma and color and taste were all basically the middle of the road you would expect from a mass production brewer. The Coors of Pumpkin ales.

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

Appearance: Pours to an amber-brown, with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Smells slightly spicy, maybe some mild earthy malts. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste: Fairly sweet up front with some spicy hops on the finish. Rather bland.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a minor amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad pumpkin ale, yet not very exciting either.

Photo of thatguy3579
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown, cloudy, little head, no lacing.

S: Sweet and spiced.

T: Brown sugar sweetness, pumpkin, and gingerbread spices. Some tanginess as well. Typical pumpkin ale, perhaps a little thinner than expected.

M: Creamy, quite carbonated.

D: Tasty but not overwhelming.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep reddish orange body. Pretty decent head.

S: Strongly malty and yeasty. Only the barest hints of pumpkin.

T: Big maltiness. Strong notes of Belgian yeast. Rather phenolic. Mild notes of spices and none at all of pumpkin.

M: Medium-bodied. Pretty much what you'd expect.

D: I don't really care for pumpkin, so I'm not sure what's worse: a pumpkin beer that tastes like pumpkin or one that doesn't. I'm going to go with the latter. On its own merits, it's an inoffensively decent amber ale. It receives demerits for false advertising, though.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Orange-brown with a minimal head, almost no lacing or retention.

Smell: Malts with just a hint of nutmeg. I can maybe smell pumpkin if I think of pumpkin. Get a little too close and there's a hint of metal.

Taste: Goes down smooth and pretty generic, then the allspice and nutmeg hit, along with just a hint of pumpkin. Taste goes south at the very end, where a metallic taste kicks in.

Mouthfeel: Feels light and crisp, but coats the mouth in a fairly unpleasant way.

Drinkability: Goes down really easily - the metallic aftertaste almost helps the drinkability - you want to drink more to wash away the aftertaste.

The back of the bottle says that the "inspiration ... was an amber ale" and I can see this. This really isn't a pumpkin ale, but an amber ale with some spices and just a bit of pumpkin. This isn't a terrible effort, but after I was pleasantly surprised by the original Blue Moon, I was expecting a little more here. I mean, it's alright and drinkable, but there's no reason to seek this one out.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bought a single bottle just to get into the spirit of the season. poured the bottle into my new belgium goblet:

a: nice show on the pour! decent head but settles all too quickly, leaving weak lacing. red - orange, nicely colored and clear brew.

s: a bit of spice comes thu on the nose. sweet spicyness but not much of it

t: OK here goes: not too sure what to make of this! tastes better than I expected (but I cant go so far as to say good) really not a bit of pumpkin but a definite spice back flavor on top of a macro style main thrust

m: foamy.

d: very drinkable.

Photo of ChrisCage
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This is a copper/bronze color and is super clear, as I can see lots of big bubbly carbonation rising to the top of the liquid....some of it clinging to the inside of my glass. The head is silky and dense, yet it isn't too thick upon the initial pour, and settles rather quickly into a soapy layer over the brew. The lacing is alright, leaving a viscous film with several small clumps of foam on the glass.

S- The aromas are not as prominent as I was hoping for, being primarily of spicy goodness...nutmeg, mild clove and another mild whiff of freshly opened canned pumpkin. It's generally mild aroma profile doesn't leave much else to smell....maybe some small amounts of malt and hops.

T- More of the same here, but right at the back of my palate, I notice there is just a touch of alcohol coming through. The spiciness blends well with the malts used and there is more of a hint of ginger rather than clove that was in the aroma.

M- It's light to medium bodied and there is plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation to keep it clean and refreshing. There isn't much else to say here....fairly average, maybe a step below what I expected.

D- It's easy to drink but IMO there are most definitely better versions of a pumpkin beer out there...this one has macro brew paw prints on it....it's not an offensive beer and I'd drink it again, but I'd look for something else on the shelf before getting this one again.

Photo of showell
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really special to be honest. I've had better pumpkin beers. This one does have a nice color, sort of a pumpkin orage. The scent is slightly reminiscent of pumpkin, but mostly malty. Flavor is the same. Mostly malt, but just a hint of pumpkin. I couldn't taste the spices they said were there. Mouthfeel and drinkability were nothing special. I'll finish the sixpack, but won't do another one.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin off white head.

S: Smells of a light bready malt.

T: Has a light caramel malt flavor with a bit of pumpkin spices on the finish. Not a whole lot going on.

M: Medium to light with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Moderate

This didn't have a whole lot of flavor going on. Very light spice flavors with a bit too much carbonation for me.

Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LET IT WARM A LITTLE, TO BE FAIR. Big difference, seriously. Unfortunately, the typical Macro flavor lingers at times. It's unfortunate that Coors couldn't break its habits and avoid that, on this one.

A= orange-amber, pours with some foamy head and settles into nice rimming and pooling.

S= mild but some nice malts, some cooked pumpkin, some hops florals, not much if anything in the spice area.

T= slightly thick and malty, some pumpkin like the canned version, modest bitters, slight hops floral notes.

M= lightly tart, with residual malts and pumpkin.

D= fine, not sure what it would go with food-wise, maybe just nice to enjoy a few as a beverage. Hmmm how about with some pumpkin pie? lol

Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's October and the time of Octoberfest beers and pumpkin beers. The word pumpkin sucked me in. Oh I know it's a macro, that's ok, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top the mist is a sweet corny macro smell, but with nice hints of cinnamon and spice and everything nice. Pours into a biergarten mug, nice pumpkin bronze with a foamy pillow top head. Out of the mug, an additional noticeable smell is nutmeg. Taste is sweet and tart, some bitterness but the maltiness stands out more than any hopping. The spices are also very evident, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Mouthfeel is good carbonation might be a little high but is acceptable. Aftertaste is flatly bitter with lingering spices. This is a decent beer, it has the corny macro twang but aside from that it is quite drinkable.

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in pint glass.

A - Pours with a 1 finger off-white head. Clear copper color.

S - Pumpkin and malt. Spices are pretty faint.

T - Faint pumpkin taste but I'm disappointed with the lack of spices and a solid flavor backbone. Has a certain sweetness to it which is nice.

M - Light to Medium body. High carbonation.

D - the lack of flavor makes this a very drinkable beer. I keep going back for another sip in hopes of discovering some hidden flavor but it's just not there. Still very drinkable.

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

A: Copper color with small white head that fades almost immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Light grain and husks. Faint hints of pumpkin and spice. Very light aroma.

T: Very bland for a pumpkin ale. Light grainy flavor with hints of carmel, spice, and faint pumpkin.

M: Light bodied and watery.

D: This is weak attempt at a pumpkin ale. Bland with no character, I'll pass on this one next time. There are far better pumpkin ales out there.

Photo of jj311
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Mason Jar

Appearance: Amber and Orangish color. Semi-think foam head.

Smell: Overall decent. Subtle hint of pumpkin.

Taste: Tastes like Coors with a hint of pumpkin and spice. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly watery.

Drinkability: The first few were good, but I got tired of drinking this real quick.

This Ale is probably best suited for mainstream beer drinkers who want a slight change from the norm.

Photo of echoes
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a glass.

A: Has an amber-orangish color. Pours with a thick head that disappates very slowly. It is clear. Slight carbonation visible. Looks pleasant in color but overall not very impressive.

S: Very slight skunky smell mixed with pumpkin. Might sound like a bad combo for smell, but it actually smells subtly decent.

T: Not that good. The ingredients (vine-ripened pumpkin, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg) would seem to make for a great tasting amber ale but one can actually "taste the skunky smell" which spoils the overall flavor. For a pumpkin-flavored ale I would expect more pumpkin taste. A rich pumpkin taste would be preferable to me but the "skunky" element overpowers the pumpkin flavor.

M: Light and smooth. Some carbonation but not a lot.

D: Goes down pretty easy. I could drink another but it is not pleasing enough to the palate to have more than one.

Photo of thekanna
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, fizzy pumpkin orange bordering on amber with about a finger of white head which dissipates rather quickly.

S: Mostly metallic, some faint yeasts and sweetness.

T: Somewhat yeasty sweet malts, a bit of medicinal hops, rounded out by a pumpkin creaminess and sweetness, diacetyls, and a bit of pumpkin spice.

M: Medium carbonation, somewhat lighter body.

D: One of the more palatable beers I've ever tried from coors, but this by no means is a stellar pumpkin ale.

Photo of kneeland
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Really? What is this? It should be illegal to call this pumpkin. I think a better name is bitter ale. The mouthfeel is one of the best things about it, and even that's no good. The aftertaste is comparable to when you drink orange juice after brushing your teeth.

I like Blue Moon's beers. Not Coors so much, but the Blue Moon brand has been solid. So I was psyched to pick up a pumpkin ale from them. I was disappointed from the first sip and my girlfriend agreed.

The color is a good ale color, the head is just right, but it's just so bitter. I really can't find anything else good to say about it.

Photo of knoxtennessee
1.68/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty much what I expect from the folks who bring us coors light.

A- Looks like a copper beer. Really clear, perhaps too clear. Really thin, which is inapropriate for the style.

S- Almost none what so ever. This style is famous for smelling like pie, lots of sweet and spice and bread. This almost doesn't even smell like beer.

T- Right on par with the smell. The only discernable taste is a coppery metalic taste like oxygenation/stale quallity. Doesn't even taste like beer. At least cheap lite beer taste like beer, this was almost like drinking soapy water.

M- Watery. Again this style is supposed to be rich and full, but this one was probably thinner than water.

D- not drinkable. Very lame even for a blue moon.

Photo of Patrick999
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I know full well this is Coors, but even still, I honestly have to say that I was expecting more from this. I like Blue Moon for what it is, I was expecting a solid drinkable beer here.

Pours into a Sam Adams glass. Head's a little too fizzy-like-a-soft-drink. Nice amber color though.

Generic aroma, and I swear that if I take deep enough whiffs, I detect a little ammonia and soap. I swear I rinsed my glass out well! Some caramel maltiness, but not enough to save it.

Fail. This fails as a pumpkin ale. I don't get much pumpkin or spice at all. It's more of an amber ale, and not a very good amber ale at that. I get some squashy taste at the back end, that's about it, but not well defined at all.

Bubbly, fizzy mouthfeel, but really not too bad on this score. Fizzy but not overly fizzed out.

Easy to drink, if I'm comparing it to a 12% barleywine, but against others in this class, it doesn't stack up. I actually did think I would like this better than I do - I didn't try this just to bash Coors.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very below average. Pours a reddish brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Aroma is extremely light. Little bit of wheat, but pretty bland wheat. No accompanying characteristics, and no pumpkin whatsoever.

Taste is also very very thin. No pumpkin whatsoever. Actually made me re-read the label to make sure it was supposed to be a pumpkin ale. Basically tasted like blue moon to me. You could have taken blue moon, but some brown dye in it, and given it to me and I don't think I'd notice the difference, althoug hI haven't had a blue moon in a long time.

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