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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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2,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,406
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 33
Gots: 323 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red, amber and orange appearance, head diminishes almost instantly. Aroma was pumpkin & solvent.

An initial big relative alcohol feel, but that does eventually recede and allow the small amount of pumpkin (in a good way) to accomodate the taste buds. The beer does get better as it goes. No hops, no bitterness, very small malt bill, more like warming instead of roasting, I think the color comes from the pumpkin, not the grain.

A good spice feel comes on halfway down. Palate just had to get used to (I don't know how to spell acclimated prolly). Don't drain pour this, it gets better.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of HUXC
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice dark golden orange. Rich with color.

S- Nothing special, very faint smell of spices. Can't at all tell that there's pumpkin in it.

T- With blue moons reputation the taste of this beer was not very impressive. The only thing pumpkin about this beer is the slight aftertaste.

M- Medium amount of carbonation, takes away from what ever the beer has left.

D- Its an average beer to drink. Having one or two isn't awful but any more then you might get sick of the taste.

HUXC, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of satchmo91
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a Blue Moon brew, this beer was especially clear, and was the first one that didn't hit me in the nose with coriander.

A - Golden-amber colour, very clear (especially for Blue Moon) White foamy head.

S - Metallic, amber-ale aroma. Very faint spice, may be imagining it.

T - Light initial bitterness followed by wheat and very faint spice. Nothing in the way of pumpkin to speak of.

M - Light to Medium body: flavours mature a touch and wheat comes out. Finishes Metallic.

D - This was a decent brew. I frankly wasn't impressed, but there wasn't anything that really threw me off, except mediocrity.

satchmo91, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Clamwacker
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I don't really like most pumpkin ales, but I decided to pick up a six pack of this for my girlfriend, since she does, and since Blue Moon is one of the few "macro" brews I really like, I figured perhaps they would do something right with this one.

I guess not! It's watery, with a very vague flavor that I guess I would describe as pumpkin, but that could very well be the power of suggestion since I have the bottle sitting on the table near the pilsner glass I poured it into.

The thought that comes into my mind while tasting it is that it is like the store-brand version of a soda you really enjoy -- the basic groundwork is there, but something went just a little wrong somewhere along the line.

The bottle describes it as a "full-flavored amber ale", but it is nothing of the sort. The other two brews I sampled today were Pyramid's Juggernaut Red Ale and Sierra Nevada's Tumbler Brown Ale, and both of those fit that description better, despite not being amber ales by definition.

I do like the smell, sort of a yeasty, almost spicy scent. It reminds me of the first homebrew I impatiently crack open before it's finished bottle conditioning, just to see how it's coming along.

One positive note is that it is pretty drinkable. By that, I mean I will probably finish this 12 ounce glass without pouring it down the drain. My girlfriend seemed to like it OK, so it's got that going for it.

Clamwacker, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had some bad pumpkin ales before, but after drinking this beer, those pumpkin ales are starting to seem better.

A-dark amber orange though translucent, thin white head, not too bad looking

S-light wheat with a hint of pumpkin...sorta, the more you smell, the more you can differentiate the pumpkin, but the scent should be stronger, no spice

T-taste is just...light. pumpkin is near absent. no spice, nothing positive here...seriously

M-despite the other bad characteristics, mouthfeel isn't too bad. medium carbonation, goes down real smooth

D-actually very drinkable. despite lacking positive qualities, the beer isn't bad if you choose a beer to drink a lot of. I bought a 6-pack and i was able to enjoy the experience. It is a good beer to bring to a function or some place where you're not going to be focused on the taste.

AdamBear, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Adolph J. Coors Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale. 1997 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (1.75 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Rather weak and not very well blended. Sampled 10/31/1997.

1998 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Rich orange color. Nice light pumpkin tang to malty body. Zesty carbonation. Much better than I remember. Sampled 10/20/1998. 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear rich amber red color. Light spicy nutmeg front. Rich malty body with light pumpkin flavor and toasted notes. Dry texture. Finishes hot and dry. Sampled 10/16/1999.

2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV?--20 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear thin bright amber orange color. Mild pumpkin hop front. Smooth creamy mild sweet crystal malt caramel pumpkin malty body. Balanced smooth mild nutmeg spice hop end. Malty. Sampled 10/4/2004.

2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--20 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear bright amber color. Mellow nutmeg pumpkin hop front. Crisp tangy clean thin fully fermented CO2 caramel crystal malt mild pumpkin body. Tangy citrus hop fresh spice end. Zesty. Sampled 9/15/2005.

2006 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--20 IBU's.? (3.75 / 5.0) Creamy lacy orangeish head. Clear bright dark amber orange color. Mellow pumpkin spice hop front. Lightly roasted dry sweet caramel crisp mild Belgian wheat ester body. Mild nutmeg hop clean end. Blandish. Sampled 9/15/2006. Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale--Ale Brewed With Natural Flavor--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection.

2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--20 IBU's.? (4.25 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Pumpkin. Mild lace head. Clear thin bright amber bronze color. Clove nutmeg All spice Pumpkin mild hop front. Creamy mellow sweet spicy toasted caramel mild Pumpkin fruit body. Tangy mild hop Pumpkin malt end. Sampled 8/26/2007.

2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--25 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Pumpkin. Rich dense off white mild lace head. Clear bright thin dark amber color. Mild nutmeg pumpkin hop front. Crusty cloying dry sweet tangy toasted caramel biscuit mild pumpkin fruit rich body. Mild nutmeg clove hop spice clean mild pumpkin end. Refreshing & zesty. Sampled 8/14/2008. 6-Pack $6.99.

2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--20 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Pumpkin. Clear tight off white lacy head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild pumpkin spice floral mild hop front. Smooth mild sweet crisp caramel mild pumpkin fruit spice body. Clean dry refreshing subtle spice Belgian hint end. Nice mellow Pumpkin Amber Ale. Sampled 9/22/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale--Ale Brewed With Natural Flavor--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Pumpkin. Mild lace off white foamy light head. Bright clear thin rich amber color. Aromatic mild pumpkin clove all spice mild hop front. Mild sweet smooth zesty toasted pumpkin caramel malt spicy mild fruit body. Clean lingering nutmeg mild hop spice end. Well balanced mellow pumpkin flavors. Sampled 9/3/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

philbertk, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Appearance is a nice reddish amber color with a hefty white inch-thick head that recedes slowly. It's clear and transparent, with a lot of tiny bubbles fizzing their way up to the top. Lacing is stringy and it sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is full of malts, some yeast and little else. Maybe a little whiff of spices at the end. Certainly no pumpkin.

Taste is sweet and malty right off the bat, with a little bit of spiciness and yeast on the back end. Not very much of an aftertaste, but there is an odd flavoring at the end that lingers for a bit. Maybe that's the pumpkin? I don't know, but there is also a light alcoholic warming as the beer settles down your throat. Mouthfeel is substantial enough, with a slight amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

Drinkability is above average with this brew, owing to the clean, crisp feel and the decent taste. Could have knocked back another one and probably would not have minded at all. It isn't the best pumpkin ale I've had, but it certainly isn't the worst.

r0nyn, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Dionysius86
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A = Very much an autumn color (reddish orange). Very thin beige head that fades within thirty seconds, hardly leaving a trace. Slight carbonation.

S = Maybe it's just my amateur "beer nose" but I don't really catch anything distinctive about the smell. Just a typical hoppy smell.

T = The typical "fall flavors" (pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon) are slight compared to other pumpkin ales (particularly Dogfish Head Punkin Ale). Leaves sort of an odd aftertaste.

M = Crisp, light

D = Not for me. Being a fan of pumpkin ales and Blue Moon, I thought this would be terrific. I was truly disappointed.

Dionysius86, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Tunafever73
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 16oz glass. Shallow head that dissolved quickly. This beer has the color of perfectly brewed iced tea (you people from Carolina know what I'm talkin about). The pumpkin flavor is almost completely masked by the clove and allspice. Nice deep flavor, not overly strong. Little to no aftertaste.

I liked this brew and I am not a punkin fan. I immediately went in for a second and wasn't let down.

Tunafever73, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Lemke10
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in mid 2010 for about $7.50.

I loved the taste of Blue Moon and was hoping this beer would deliver as well. This pumkin ale is quite difficult to describe. There really isn't much of a smell to the beer but it does have quite a heavy taste. It does leave quite an after taste though which I didn't really care for with this beer. You really have to search for that pumkin taste which is very faint.

Lemke10, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drink by date inkjetted on bottle neck.

Poured a very nice golden amber, with a small off-white head stuck around for a while. I couldn't smell a whole lot, just some mild malts and perhaps a whiff of spice. Taste is pretty bland. Just not a whole lot of complexity. I pick up very faint traces of pumpkin, but clove? Nope. Finish is average and bitter, mildly carbonated. could drink one or two easily, I suppose, but don't really want to.

sixerofelixir, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is a spawn of the Blue Moon portfolio, which is part of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. It's been around since September 1996 and is now brewed in Toronto, Canada.

Right away we noticed the exceptional head retention, with tiny bubbles that leave some lacing behind. Bright copper color; clarity is perfect. Spicy sweet aroma, smell of gingersnaps, biscotti and caramel. A bit of smoothness comes out from the crisp moderately sized body. Spicy over the top with a hint of alcohol that warms after each sip; bready malt flavors for the base peak in the middle yet fade quickly. The caramel malt flavor seems to have more of an impact on the palate and does seem to balance the spiciness for the most part. Minimal hopping lets the spices come through fully with more of an allspice flavor than anything else. Finishes just as spicy as it started with a slow drying end.

We'll say it: too clean. Perhaps the lack of hops and bitterness? But this is to be expected coming from a big brewer. With that said, it just does not have the same gritty raw feel to it and it's hard to imagine a brewer chopping pumpkins for the mash when a beer is this clean. A good beer for the faint of palate.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight pumpkin, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, there is some pumpkin in here, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Wasatch, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of HeroJH
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. It's not as full flavored and complex as some might expect. This would be a light easy to drink beer, with a hint of pumpkin.

A - light brown. No head.
S - A touch of pumpkin...
T - Smooth. Tangy malt finish of bitter pumpkin. It's not complex. Very balanced. It finishes with a pretty lingering nice pumpkin taste.
M - Good, light carb.
D - good, easy to drink, some interest. The aftertaste of pumpkin is there and it tastes real and fresh, not just pumpkin spice.

HeroJH, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of L337ish
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The color of the beer is nice. A dark orange amber with an off-white head that fades quickly. Not much lacing to speak of either.

S: Not very strong. Some spices come through but other than that I can't really find anything distinctive.

T: Better than I expected. The spices that barely say hello in the scent go quite nicely with the a relaxed bitterness and nice hoppyness.

M: A nice vanguard of spices and malts lead the way for the nice clean finish to follow. Aftertaste is pretty short lived though.

D: Meh. I can't really see myself wanting to drink this outside the times when I just want a pumpkin ale. But if pumpkin ales are what you like, then I could see this being pretty drinkable.

I have mixed feelings about this brew. It's good, but there is something about it that just fails to keep my attention. Overall, definitely worth trying at least once.

L337ish, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty nice caramel orange maple color, smallish head that fades rapidly. Smell is a bit of bready malt, some cinnamon, lots of metallic character. Taste is ok, a bit of lightly roasted malt, a hint of pumpkin and nutmeg, fleeting finish. MF is soda, prickly, not very impressed here. Drinkability on this one is tough--I just don't like it that much. I tend to like pumpkin ales too. Metallic smell really holds it back for me. Not a fan.

LordAdmNelson, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a wispy head that disappears in seconds.

Smell: very little cinammon and nutmeg spice rise from the glass.

Taste: mild malt profile with some caramel, cinammon, nutmeg, and a mellow bitterness make up a bland pumpkin ale. Mild breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is short as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: if you want a pumpkin ale, this may hit the spot but it is low on my list of pumpkin ales I want to drink. Easy to quaff due to mild flavor profile, but when glass is empty I was looking for something else.

Gavage, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of BostonBrewins
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, brown amber. The white head quickly dissipates.

S - Smells yeasty, other than that not a whole lot comes to my nose. Very faint notes of sweetness and spice.

T - Very sweet and malty. Pumpkin flavor hits me in the finish. Pumpkin tastes a little artificial, but its there nonetheless.

M - A bit too watery for my tastes. Carbonation level is fairly high.

D - Certainly not the best pumpkin beer I've had and I wouldn't recommend spending hard earned money on it, but I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered. This isn't macro brew swill, just mediocre craft style beer.

BostonBrewins, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of vette2006c5r
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is blue moons fall seasonal beer. The beer appears to promise a pumpkin taste, but none is present. The poured a dark amber color, and there was almost no color, and the beer had a "harvest" like order, but the taste of the beer was nothing speical, it was quite disaponting.

vette2006c5r, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass

Shows a light, grainy orange in the glass with a creamy white froth that dissipates quickly, below average retention, and average lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, "pumpkin flavoring", cereal grains, & brown sugar follow through on the palate with an emphasis of grains, cinnamon, & nutmeg. Although the nose is pretty, there is a clear artificial element to this beer and is a little over spiced. The flavor is nice, but simple....definitely above average, but nothing I'd call good...more like a not bad. This beer is very sessionable and would definitely compliment/not overpower a thanksgiving dinner. I can see a lot of people liking this beer, so, overall, not a bad effort from the team at Coors.

BevMoAndrew, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. I poured smooth, copper orange color, crystal clear with a small white head. There is little retention on the head, and minimal lacing. I like the darker color, but nothing else about the appearance is inviting.

The smell isn't strong, but at least there is some pumpkin in there. Also some malty aromas, a little chocolate even.

There is even more pumpkin on the tongue, along with the malt flavors... even a kick of pumpkin on the aftertaste. It's better than I expected for sure.

Not bad at all for a macro beer, not the best pumpkin beer I've had in the last few weeks, but not a bad effort.

theboozecruise, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of RickS95
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bronze-orange in color with a khaki head.

Has an Oktoberfest smell to it, particularly cloves. Pumpkin provides a backdrop of sweetness, but the strong autumn spices dominate the taste.

There is a refreshing bite in the mouth, it cleanses the palate after each drink.

It was a little too spicy for me; usually I like spicy food, but not in this beer.

I'd enjoy one of these, but no more.

RickS95, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light sulfuric notes, mild carmel undertones, definite clean lager characteristics.

Appearance: Clear amber colored pour with a sticky white head.

Flavor: Grainy, bread-like malt notes up front. Earthy hop bitterness to balance. Balance is nearly even. Just a hint of carmel sweetness. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A clean, easy drinking pumpkin beer. Too clean for an ale but it is what it is. Not bad but not good.

mattcrill, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Crystal clear, amber, head dissipates to a bubbly covering, almost looks like spit on water (not meant to be a bashing, but thats what it looks like haha)

S: Pure adjunct sweetness

T: Pretty adjunct like, but with some spices added, allspice in particular comes through, especially in the finish when the overly sweet flavoring starts to fade, some hops present as well and some of the pumpkin hits right up front

M: Carbonated a little strongly, medium body, works with the flavors in it

D: Flavors aren't awesome, but it is easy to drink and not too boring

Notes: I like plain old blue moon better. Both Harvest Moon and Honey Moon get too sweet. The problem is that it already has so much adjunct sweetness to begin with, than when you add all the additional sweet flavorings it gets too strong.

dpodratsky3, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No freshness date on bottle. Poured into a tall glass. Reviewed is a 3.2 ABV version.

A: Light amber with a distinct orange hue, medium bubbles rising to form a head that is nice initially but quickly dissipates to a nearly nothing layer on the top of the beer. No lacing.

S: Very little to smell, perhaps some generic malts and maybe the slightest hint of pumpkin, but I wouldn't thought it was that if this wasn't a pumpkin ale.

T: Initially tastes like a sweet light blonde ale, with medium malt presence and a little hops to balance. This light and rather generic mix of flavors lasts for a bit and then fades as a pumpkin and nutmeg blend rises to a crest in the aftertaste. This whole transition is clean and unoffensive, with no off flavors and nothing really to complain about.

M: Rather light and bubbly. Nothing remarkable.

D: Very drinkable due to slight sweetness and light composure.

Overall: A fine macro version of this style. Nothing especially good here to speak of, but nothing bad either. If you want a lighter pumpkin ale, this is it. But if you are looking for a more complex darker "harvest pumpkin ale" with notable hop, spice, and malt presence, look for something more expensive.

allforbetterbeer, Nov 20, 2009
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,406 ratings.