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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
okay

2,211 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 33
Gots: 221 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998)
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Photo of IPAcraig
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking beer. Pours a reddish-amber with a two finger head. The head faded quickly. No lacing.

Unlike some pumpkin beers, this beer has a definite pumpkin aroma, not just spice. In fact there is not much spice present at all. Just a faint hint of pumpkin and a bit o malt.

Again this beer taste like pumpkin; not like a spiced pumpkin pie. I like that this beer actually taste like pumpkin, but it could use more spice. It also is not as sweet as the nose would suggest. There is an odd bitterness that is apparent. The bitterness really lingers; like the stem of a pumpkin (like tree bark almost)

There are much better offerings out there. I doubt I will have another one of these. The odd bitterness is slightly off-putting. Needs spice.

IPAcraig, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of iceball585
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden brown color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin cover, lots of carbonation bubbles rising

S- Pumpkin, spices, grains, slightly metallic smell

T- Grains, malts, cloves, hints of spices and pumpkin (but not much), kind of watery tasting

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, watery finish

D- Not much flavor

I'm kind of dissappointed w/ this one. Really not much flavor in this beer. Nothing stands out in this beer that would make me want to buy it again.

iceball585, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of scott
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice russett with an enormous head that lingers. Subdued malt with the aroma, no pumpkin. Well carbonated, this is crisp and somewhat refreshing. But the tast is less than spectacular; this tastes like a macro lager to me.Againn no pumpkin and very dissappointing. Some non-BA friends brought this over expecting more flavor as well. It also has a bitter finish that won't go away.

scott, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I gave in on this one only because it was a seasonal. I am really not a fan of Blue Moon in general, but figured I would give this one a shot and see how it fared. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Poured a nice clear deep pumpkin colored amber with a huge off white fizzy and foamy head on the top. A ton of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom kept it replenished enough that it had some nice side glass lace present. The aroma was very inviting, tons of spice were blowing you away from the very beginning. I was quite impressed with how strong the aroma of nutmeg and spice coming off of it was. A nice malty and bread like back was apparent as well and this translated over to the taste wonderfully. A deep rich spiced flavor came over you immediately. It had the definite pumpkin pie spiced taste, but not overblown. This was subtle enough to get the pint across without being too sweet and really making you say enough. Great feel, nice and light with a great medium body and full flavor. The carbonation stuck around until the very end and made it feel very full. I easily could have had more then one and was quite surprised with how easy of a drinker it was. Overall I really actually enjoyed this. I have had some better seasonals before, but this was a solid offering and there was no doubt about it. I would not hesitate to try this one again, it was really well done and light enough to be sessionable. My first good experience from Blue Moon, heck it had to happen sometime.

mikesgroove, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a pretty amber color with a medium sized white head. Very sweet malty aroma, with a fairly pronounced spiciness. The taste was malty with a persistant, obtrusive spiciness. This was a too spicy beer, one that wasn't very enjoyable. My wife likes these, fortunately. She can drink the rest.

lordofthewiens, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of JMBSH
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color and appearence: Nice burnt orange color. Head is nice and thick after a hard pour.

Aroma: I have not had one of these in a number of years. So I am a bit surpriced by the light scent of spice.

Bitterness: A hint of bitterness. Seems like the right amount for this style.

Alcohol: Seems higher then the 5.60 % that is listed on this site. Makes me think twice before having more then two.

Flavor and aftertaste: The flavor is not that strong in the spices. I have a hard time picking which spices I can taste at all.I would have preferred a stronger taste.

Balance: A good beer to have when relaxing at home. Can see having more then one for the night though.

JMBSH, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a clear reddish-orange with a foamy off-white head.

Aroma was spicy with a mix of allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. Sadly, the pumpkin presence was low.

Taste was on the thin side with the spices present but less on the pumpkin which I was looking for.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This was easy to drink but I really missed the pumpkin flavor.

Monkeyknife, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-orange body with a medium-sized, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Mild aroma that's light on the pumpkin and heavier on the spices, mainly allspice and clove.

Taste: Lightly sweet, grainy flavor with a meager amount of pumpkin flavor. More of the allspace, clove, and nutmeg spicing. Dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: I finally gave this pumpkin ale a try. I was getting SICK of having local area beer store employees hold it up going, "Hey, you want this beer or what?"

ChainGangGuy, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of shererjt
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep, clear, amber color with a beautiful, light-beige head. Nose was malty with rich caramel and a subdued spiciness. Thin body. Dry, bitter finish with some pumpkin spices late. Not much in the way of malt. I thought the spicing was right; it was just that the underlying beer needed improvement. Dinged the mouthfeel for the thinness, and it's probably something you *could* drink a lot of but to me the flavor was just not worth it.

Interesting, but I'm glad I bought just a single. If it tasted as good as it looks and smells, it would rock.

shererjt, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a big fluffy head that lasts a good bit and leaves a wild lace design as it drops. Color is rusty orange, perfect for the season and style, and the bubbles are plentiful yet patient in their race to the top.

Aroma has something too metallic and inorganic lurking underneath, and something too potpourri-like, but you do get the expected allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove elements. So you take the good with the bad in this department.

Flavor pumpkin-ish enough to give a hesitant thumbs up. All the spices mingle well, and there's even a trace of what I imagine real pumpkin guts taste like. Who has ever really tasted the stuff straight-up? It's always spiced or curried or baked to hell...I suppose that's why it's a little harder to judge a pumpkin ale than your other spiced ales. Ultimately, it's kind of tame and ho-hum, especially considering some of the simply awesome pumpkin ales out there.

Mouthfeel is probably a little too carbonated, taking some oomph away from the spice melange, but also robust enough to not feel thin or inadequate.

Beer snobs can't be bothered to give this one good marks, but it's not bad at all. It's not among the best or worst pumpkin ales, performing decently in the middle-ground of the style.

Metalmonk, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, for a coors product, this is a pretty good one. Terrific looking beer, nice orange/amber color. Pours a nice head, but disappates quickly. Smells of corriander, pumpkin, and cinamon spices. If this were naturally carbonated, it may reveal better flavors. But highly drinkable, decent taste, a little light on the mouthfeel, but not a bad beer.

bigdeuce, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale pours a copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a tad sweet, malt being most noticeable. There is a very light mouthfeel. The flavor is very mild, perhaps a hint of clove as the bottle would suggest, but it's not really noticeable, there are some pumpkin pie like spices, but they are really pretty mild too. There is some pumpkin pie like after taste, but it's minimal. I'm not the biggest fan of pumpkin ales, this one didn't do much to change that opinion.

Drew966, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of ruleof72
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice redish golden brown with a thin head that sticks and decent lacing.. The smell hints at nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of pumpkin, not bad, but not as intense as I thought it would be. The taste was even but did not seem to carry over the smell of the beer. It had a slight toasted flavor wit a little hint of the spices I noticed in the smell. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good, no problems here.

In summary, a nice beer but not quite enough "pumpkin" for me. Definitely worth a try.

ruleof72, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of albern
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a beer that fades very quickly. The color is copperish amber, the head is nice, and it does retain for a bit. At first, the smell is all cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, and other spices. This beer seemed to have potential. The initial taste wasn't bad, but the poor carbonation, flat malty taste, and the bland spiciness really compromised this beer. It got worse as it warmed to the point that I just didn't want to try anymore. As some reviewers stated, the name is a misnomer because this is a Coors product, and had I known, I would have skipped it altogether. Coors is a weak product and this one seems to fit into their target audience. Keep going if you are in the mood for a nice pumpkin ale. Perhaps the biggest problem here is that the backbone to this product is just a mediocre ale with additional flavoring.

albern, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was marketed as "Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale," so I think a name change might be in order on this site...

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. A dark, clear red color with an finger of off white head that dissipated after a minute.

Smell: Wow, the pumpkin and spices really come through here. This is like taking a big whiff of some refrigerated pumpkin pie - not as strong as the fresh stuff, but the smell is still unmistakable.

Taste: Underwhelming after the fantastic smell. Somewhat of a macro beer flavor introduction, but then finishes sweet and spicy with that delicious pumpkin pie note. If they had used a better base for the brew I think I would be in love. The pumpkin pie flavor lasts and lasts.

BucBasil, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this bottle was labeled "harvest moon" so i'm not sure if they have changed the name or maybe i just couldn't find it on BA. the label looks just like the picture on this website but the name is different.

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a snifter. left a creamy and thick lace and sheet. the body was a very dark amber color.
s - earthy and grainy.
t - toasted bread.
m - clean and thin.
d - crisp and very refreshing. this is easily drinkable and not a bad fall transitional beer.

GPHarris, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively poured into a tulip. Ruby/mahogany body with a fluffy retaining white head.

Smells of fresh cut oranges, with mild spices protruding from underneath. Hints of toffee and caramel malt, with a seltzer like aroma. No pumpkin in the nose.

Lightly toasted buttered malt. A backing of assorted mild spices, nutmeg, paprika, pepper, and all spice. Mild sour and twangy pumpkin rind texture on backend. Finishes clean and kind of hits the spot for a nice September/October day.

Pretty tasty in my book, a decent pumpkin beer.

HoustonTX, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of atrus138
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Poured a dark red/orange with a sticky head that stuck around for a little while. Moderate lacing.

You can smell spices, but there's not a whole lot of pumpkin there. You can definitely tell that it's a drink for the fall.

Again, you can taste spices, most notably cinnamon, but the pumpkin is a bit underwhelming. Not bad by any means, but I was expecting more pumpkin flavor. You can detect more flavors as it warms up a bit.

This is an easy beer to drink. It's a bit chewy and goes down pretty easily. I'm still trying to find a pumpkin ale that actually has a noticeable pumpkin flavor. For what it is, it's a fine beer to get in the mood for the season.

atrus138, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of toycellar
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking alot of the fall releases and this one fits in good. Not too much pumpkin in this one as other brands but all in all I find this to be quite drinkable. Poured into my trusty pint glass, it pours a deep amber (I'm outside) and leaves little to no head. Not much smell, although I can pull out the allspice, which is pleasant, still looking for the pumpkin....the taste is nice and rich, kinda malty. A little lacing as it is drunk down but overall a calm brew. Has a nice finish, I get a caramel taste after the swallow, which is good, but where's the pumpkin? Overall as compared with the other fall brews I've been trying this one rates pretty good, I could probably sit and drink a six pack while watching the Yankees today. I'd like a little bit more pumpkin flavor but maybe it would blow away what Coors is trying to capture with this one.

toycellar, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of domtronzero
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange with a 1 finger, tightly packed white head. No lacing. Aroma is only faintly of Pumpkin Pie. A little nutmeg and clove and allspice are noted. Hints of cinnamon. Flavor is lacking. With the aromas coming out of the glass, I didn't expect the beer to be so bland. Not much spiced flavor. A little malty goodness, with a little bitterness, but no real pumpkin flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. A little refreshing, but only because of its easy-drinking factor. I'll pass this one up next time.

domtronzero, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On first taste, this one seems a bit lacking in the pumpkin/holiday category (and frankly, overall flavor). However, after one or two, this becomes a nice beer (not sure if that is positive or negative: I consider it a positive). Pours a brownish amber color with a nice, off white head. Generous retention which is abnormal from other Coors/Blue Moon beers.

I must admit the aroma is a bit distracting. Not much pumpkin, and the spice that is involved is a bit weak and doesnt seem very "festive".

Tastes just like a spiced brown ale. Nice body and some nutty flavors mixed in with the spiciness. Again, after the first one or two sips, this becomes a very good beer. I am not sure if that is me, and therefore a detraction of the overall rating, but that is my opinion.

I could see a six pack going down very well on Halloween night. This one is a borderline decision as to whether I would seek it out again. Medium body is sticky and evident. A sixer is probably enough, but certainly try atleast one or four.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Albetsons in Highland

Poured into a pint glass with a golden brown color and a small white head

Smell was full of spice and nutmeg

Taste was very similar to normal Blue Moon with just a little pumpkin zest to it

Could drink a fiar amount of these, but heavier than most BM products

Floydster, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not one of the better pumpkin ales. I decided to try this in my quest for the perfect pumpkin ale. Overall, it's not very impressive. Taste & smells like a macro brew with some mild pumpkin aftertaste. It's a pretty weak attempt at one of my favorite seasonal styles.

jdubjacket, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a mild copper amber color with a nice foamy head that has some lacing. Aroma has some pumpkin spice in it, somewhat bready like pumpkin pie upfront. Taste is somewhat thin and watery with the pumpkin barely holding up in the taste. A second sip is less watery than the first but still leaves very little of that pumpkin essence on the tongue.

Not a bad effort overall but nothing impressive either. Then again, none of the Blue Moon beers are that impressive to me anyway.

Brad007, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of schoolboy
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for Blue Moon branded stuff due to a beautiful experience while drinking some of the "Belgian." I also like pumpkin beers - I think they were one of the first "flavored" beers I appreciated (the Crooked River Brewmeister, Stefan, made a special batch and sent some along with his wife Kitty- I liked that).

This one is just OK. It could use a bit more ... something. Maybe the spices, maybe the pumpkin. I like it, but don't want to buy it again (that's half the reason for this post - to remind me not to get it again).

schoolboy, Sep 15, 2007
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 2,211 ratings.