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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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2,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,459
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 33
Gots: 376 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
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 chefhatt
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich amber color with not a lot of head to it. The aroma is light of allspice and not much else going on. The taste is very bland, but a hint of allspice and toasted malts come through. It has a smooth mouth feel and nice carbonation to it and is drinkable.

Photo of dfclav
1.83/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Harvest moon pumpkin ale

Best by march 07, 2011

Poured into perfect pint glass. Beer given to me from a friend at work.

A - orangish/amber color with a quick 1 finger head that left in about 10 seconds with no lacing.

S - this is a tough one. Not much smell on this guy...that domestic ale alcohol the smallest bit of peppery spice....that's it really. Nothing the bottle says.

T - boy this is a bland pumpkin ale but what did I expect? The smallest bit of pumpkin, no cloves no allspice...little bit of pepper and oranges...My buds are failing me here, I got nothin'.

M - light, at least it has decent carbonation.

D - this was not a good pumpkin ale, not that I was expecting much but it didn't even meet the criteria I had thought it to be. If you want pumpkin ale spend the extra few bucks and get one that's worth it. You'll thank me.

Photo of Durge
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, dark amber-copper color with a fair white head and modest signs of lacing. The aroma is sort of a light caramel allspice idea, leafy and pretty mild. Nothing outstanding. The flavor brings orange leafiness and harsh toasted almond. It's acrid with a vague soapiness evident at times. I pick up some caramel toffee hidden under the surface but it's mostly about the grassy/leafy thing which doesn't excite me. It's medium bodied and lively. Reasonably drinkable if you are okay with the taste.

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

Not as good as I had hoped. Blue Moon regular is much better as is Jack's Pumpkin Spiced Ale which is my favorite of all of the pumpkin ales. It didn't have a lot of spice or a lot of pumpkin flavor either. I was disappointed in it as I had hoped for a better flavor from this beer. I drank a couple of six-packs because the store I buy from was out of my first choice. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it, but it was OK.

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

Appearance is a crystal clear light brown with an off-white head that quickly disipates. Hard to pick up smell but hints of spices, orange or citrus fruit, light malt or bread. Tastes kind of neutral or even with hints of spices and very light pumpkin undertone, nothing really jumping out at me. Nutmeg and nutty aftertaste. Goes down pretty smooth. Keep this one around for my wife, she likes it and i can drink it but not at the top of my shopping list.

Photo of Aphexwolf
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark orange, small head with little retention, medium carbonation.
Smell: Caramel, sweet spices.
Taste: Medium hops, sweet and spicy, oddly no pumpkin taste stands out.
Mouthfeel: Light and chewy
Drinkability: Good, easy on the stomach.
Sumary: This is a good beer. I gave it a 7.7/10, or a C+. What's disappointing is that there is no pumpkin taste, except maybe a faint hint in the aftertaste. The appearance is okay, but I do like the smell of the beer. The drinkability is good for ale. Overall this beer isn't really exciting, and it doesn't stand out from other fall/Octoberfest/seasonal beers, but I still wouldn't turn this beer down. I would drink it again.

Photo of redzone3120
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-bright amber color which is slightly foggy. Has a thin lace that dissipates quickly.

S - Has a slightly bitter IPA smell, with a characteristic "pumpkin ale" aroma. Doesn't really smell like pumpkin to me but it smells like most of the other pumpkin style brews.

T - Reminds me of an IPA with extra spice, and some subtle notes of pumpkin. Maybe a little lemon.

M - Very fine carbonation that finishes smooth.

D - Very drinkable, not overpowering, but well balanced.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown-orange amber with a nice tan creamy head. Lacing that disappears after a few seconds.

S - Pumpkin and spices.

T - Decent pumpkin beer. Malts were nice and creamy. A little bit of a skunky aftertaste.

M - Nice and creamy, good carbonation.

D - A decent Fall beer.

Photo of jerryjeff
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nondescript, maybe catch a bit of pumpkin scent but not much. A bit of light malt.

Bit of body, but not much heavier than a standard pilsner macrobrew. Reasonably carbonated, slightly less than average.

May be best part of brew, this is a nice mahoghany copper color. Poured to non-existent head.

Light malt, slight bit of spice but fairly bland.

Rather, but nothing exciting to report

It doesn't taste bad it just doesn't seem to taste much like a pumpkin ale. Better brews can be had for less.

Photo of danronian
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This season I decided to try a few pumpkin ales. The first I tried was great, but considering this came out of a "sampler case," my expectations were a bit lower.

I enjoy regular on-tap Blue Moon Lager but was wasn't overly impressed.

The color is impressive (dark amber) but the aroma is minimal. The taste is good but not impressive. Tastes a lot like a non-pumpkin ale.

The mouthfeel is smooth and not overpowering.

The finish is lingering but not memorable. The labels boasts it has a lightly spiced finish but I didn't taset it.

Not something I would try again but since it was a cheap Pumpkin Ale, I did want to give it a try at least!

Photo of bierguru
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A -
deep golden amber body thin head creamy but fadequicks

S -
nutmeg slight sweet pumpkin smell as well as a slight spice and on the backend caramel

T -
decent amount of pumpkin taste mildly from allspice finishes with a biscuity caramel taste

M -
mildly heavy just above the feeling of water dries your mouth out

D -
its drinkable not the best style of the beer but not the worst flavors are weak but there

Photo of SamN
1.92/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a perfectly clear orange/amber color. Thick, smooth but fine head of about two fingers initially, but thins to just one after a few moments. Nice color in light, but out of light turns to a murky, dirty looking beer. Some light lacing left as head fades out a bit. Smell is a real shock; a musty, slightly bitter/rusty/oxidized smell, accompanied by bland and flat cereal malt and pumpkin rind. Pretty gross smells, I really cannot find any redeeming qualities in the aroma. Taste is a flowing, almost creamy malt and pumpkin flavor. Toasty nuts, some faint caramel notes. Hints of cleaning solvents present, unfortunately. Taste, overall, is bland and uninspired. Boring, boring beer. Hardly any real pumpkin tastes, spices are faint and far-away and all your left with is a cheap tasting shell of a beer. Mouthfeel is, of course, light and empty feeling. Drinkability? Decent, since there's not much to this.

Overall, this is nothing to wait all year for. Bland and boring, only a faint suggestion of real pumpkin beer.

Photo of Spider889
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this to another friend's Halloween party. Where Punkin' Ale, SA Winter mix pack, GLBC Oktoberfest and Eliot Ness, plus my homebrewed Black IPA are available, this was the last beer on my mind. So I nabbed a bottle and took it home to tick later.

I always assumed this was an Oktoberfest or mild brown ale or something. But I need to stop underestimating the Blue Moon seasonal stuff. While not great, it's certainly the best thing going for Coors. And the only other Blue Moon I've tried, Full Moon, I didn't mind either.

This beer is unassuming, unimpressive, though certainly not a bad beer by any means. Looks very clear with a small white head that receded immediately, but left a thin fizzy coating on the surface that lasted the entire glass. A dark yellow color with a touch of pumpkin meat orange only visible in the wider part of the glass.

Smelled like I initially feared: like a marzen, which I don't particularly like. Sweet and doughy. Oh, and sweet. Rather thin and unassuming. Some faint spiciness, but it's difficult to pick out a specific one. Does nearly nothing to betray the flavor beneath. Did I say sweet?

Taste is strange after the smell: tastes like a pumpkin ale! I read the bottle, and see that it is a pumpkin ale. Starting to make sense. The bottle also claims it to be an amber with "pumpkin, clove, allspice and nutmeg." I don't feel like it's an amber at all though. The spice is very mild. I would have like a lot more, and would have loved to have gotten some of it in the nose. Cinnamon dominates, slightly sweet. Not bad actually; though it is certainly sub-par compared to all the excellent pumpkin ales I've had this season...

Very carbonated, lots of visible bubbles rising up. Crisp and clean.

Drinks very easy, I can see why my friend was drinking this all night. Not likely a beer I'd ever personally buy, but now I know it's something I wouldn't mind drinking at a party or something in the future. Impressed for where it came from, but not so impressed for what it claimed to be.

Photo of claspada
2.26/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aromas are basically non-existant. Some caramel maltiness, but not enough to save it.

The tastes completely 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. Pretty watery, eh...

Photo of scoobybrew
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - amber color with a decent head that settles quickly into a well retained lace

S - hints of pumpkin spices a faint non-distinct malt

T - mild pumpkin and spice flavor with all-too-crisp finish, no hop detected but balance is okay

M - light to mild medium body, high carbonation

D - This is a very average pumpkin beer at best. The mouthfeel and crisp finish significantly diminish what this beer could be. The pumpkin reminiscent flavors are mild here, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but the aforementioned crispness, carbonation and body really do this one in. The best part about it is how the beer looks. This might be a gateway beer - but not much more than that.

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
3.75/5  rDev +21%
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
2.32/5  rDev -25.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
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
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,459 ratings.