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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
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700 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 700
Hads: 2,536
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 34
Gots: 514 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 scaliasux
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance - Medium amber. Appears pretty clear. Thin, white, quickly dissipating head.

Smell - Pumpkin and spice, mainly cloves and nutmeg.

Taste - Sweet, spicy and pumpkin-y. Spicy flavor also tends to the nutmeg and cloves. Thin and somewhat cloying. (260 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.25/5  rDev +38%

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to December 22 2014.
Spiced aroma. Pours bright copper orange with full white head. Slight lacing of glass. Taste is mild lightly spiced, hint of caramel. No hops, no bitterness. Refreshing, but could use more pumpkin in the mash. (271 characters)

Photo of ChainsawBane
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Smell-had some pumpkin spice. Defiantly better than the 2013 bottle I had.

Taste-same as smell, the pumpkin, some spices are there. However, the taste becomes flat after drinking it after a few minutes. The taste starts off good, ends not so good.

Final Thoughts-better than 2013's version, but lacks with keeping the taste staying fresh. (342 characters)

Photo of PawPawPepperoni
1.06/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I found this to be an exceptionally bad beer. I had a twelve pack with co-workers and no one finished a bottle. It's now July and still have some in the fridge because we can't give it away. Also note that Michelobe Ultra was an option often chosen over this. It tastes like the great-pumpkin took a crap in glass of miller-light. (330 characters)

Photo of MSUEmilie
2.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Having enjoyed Blue Moon Belgian White I decided to try their pumpkin ale. The pour was a clear orange with a thin dissipating head, no lacing.

I enjoyed the pumpkin spice aroma but that was about where my enjoyment ended. The flavor was that of an average ale mixed with pumpkin spices and followed by a perfumey after taste.

This isn't a terrible beer but if you were in the market for a really good pumpkin beer I'd look elsewhere. (437 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish copper. Decent head at first. No lace remains.
Smell: Spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Taste: Pumpkin and spices.

Not bad. The smell is slightly better than the taste, but not by much. The nutmeg is very clear in the smell. The taste of pumpkin is light, but there's a definite bite to the drink with spices. I'm impressed. Although I wouldn't probably get it again, I am impressed from this Blue Moon offering. (429 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1/3/14. Part of a 'Make your own 6' from the local Baker's (Kroger's) about 5 weeks ago. Also seen this one in their 'Autumn Sampler'. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with about a 1-finger off white head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is on the light side and is of pumpkin and spices. The taste is actually very pleasant with the spices and you can taste the cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg as well as the pumpkin. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Good carbonation for this one that wasn't overdone. Overall, better than some other pumpkin ales that I tried and liked this one. (692 characters)

Photo of coalcracker
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a bit light on spice and pumpkin. Taste is very clean with a hint of pumpkin and spice. The wheat body is notable and melds well with the pumpkin and spice overlay. A bit more fuller-bodied than I had expected. Overall, not knocked out by this rather toned-downed and overly-clean seasonal ale. Certainly palatable and quite good, but not optimal for those seeking a more robust pumpkin ale. (400 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best by JAN1314.

Appearance: Pours a thin amber body without much of a head.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices (cloves, allspice, and nutmeg per neck label). Very nice!

Taste: Gingerbread cookie and spice flavor. Slightly sweet pumpkin. Not overpowering, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Decent rich, full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: Decent pumpkin ale from the big boys. (409 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very nice copper color with 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head. It has really good retention as well. Very good looking beer.

S - Fairly light aroma, especially for a pimpkin spiced fall beer. There are pie spices present such as nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. There are also faint smells of pumpkin and you can really pick up on the malts as well

T - Not too bad. Pleasantly surprised. The pumpkin is definately there and the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are much more pronounced than they were in the aroma. Very drinkable

M - A medium bodied beer. It has slicker feeling in the mouth. Not objectionable by any means, but I prefer a creamier style beer when drinking pumpkin style beers

O - Not a bad offering by Coors. I can see where this would appeal to someone drinking a pumpkin beer for the first time. Would do in a pinch although it wouldnt be my first choice when drinking a pumpkin ale. (907 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Kind of a meh beer. Poured a bit cold with a small to medium size, cream-colored head that soon settled to a large island and ring and no lace. Color is a clear, somewhat lighter orange amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is beer, malt and a little pumpkin. Flavor's like nose, with carbonic tang dominating, on the dry side, and leans to bland. Body is controlled by over carbonation. Finish is like flavor which is short lived, but has the long lingering tang. One thing I like is the underplaying of the pumpkin flavor, but they went too far. Forgettable. (563 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma: I get nutmeg followed by sweet caramel and then a hint of allspice. Some corny aroma mixes with some fruity pear and apple esters. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Deep gold in color with crystal clarity. Fine white head, that seems to last.

Flavor: Fruity sweetness up front, followed by flavors of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. No real pumpkin noted. The apple and corn flavors make this taste more like apple pie. Creamy mouthfeel, but ends somewhat flat.

Overall: Not a lot of complexity, but has the proper mix of spices. Not as bad as I thought it would be--I've had worse this season. (595 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber with a decent head litte lace. The smell is spice a little wheatish and sweet malt. Taste has a little more pumpkin to it then the smell and u can taste the sweet malt with a pie spice blend. The mouthfeel is thicker then expected and has just a touch of sting. Overall is pretty good and prob the best seasonal from blue moon. (348 characters)

Photo of NoBeerSnob
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not being a huge fan of anything pumpkin, I was somewhat ambivalent about trying this ale, but I was glad I did. The pumpkin and allspice were lurking behind nicely balanced hops and malt. I don’t know if I’d enjoy more than one or two of these before reaching pumpkin pie overload, but it’s certainly a nice seasonal choice. (331 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.01/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass date on the bottle says feb/17/14

A: Nice copper orange amber color, good white head upon pour, but it quickly dissipates.

S: Strongly dominated by pumpkin pie spice.

T: Strong taste of artificial pumpkin, easily the most pumpkin flavors ive had. This is nice at first but quickly becomes annoying, I don't think I could have more then 2 of these at a time if that. A definite metallic taste.

M: This has an alright mouth feel, a little more carbonation then there needs to be( typical of blue moon beers).

O: This was great at first strong pumpkin first, but quickly becomes overwhelming. I recommend trying this if you like pumpkin beers as its got the strongest pumpkin flavor of any beer ive tried. (748 characters)

Photo of Caj1
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the Fall Sampler 12-pack, this is probably tied with the Rounder for my least favorite beer. There's nothing explicitly bad or wrong about this beer, but it's so purely average that it really isn't worth any extra consideration. I know I wouldn't go back to buy a six pack of the stuff - after the third in a week I feel like I've had enough to last the rest of the autumn.

From the regular old Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale bottle (lovely painting of a pumpkin patch, wheelbarrow and giant blue moon) it pours a nice copper brown with just the slightest amount of haze. I get about a finger of foam which doesn't last very long at all but leaves a good deal of film on the surface of the beer. The lacing on the side of the glass is minimal and of the soap sud variety.

Smell is very straightforward - a lot of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) and a lot of malt, not much else. Taste is also just as straightforward with lots of spice, lots of malt, slight hoppy bitterness and earthiness and just the slightest hint of pumpkin flavor. If it weren't advertised on the bottle I probably wouldn't know it was pumpkin beer at all. Mouthfeel is crisp and clear but heavy enough that I know it's a cold weather beer.

So there you have it; not good, not bad, which leaves me very indifferent toward this beer. If you like spice you might like it, but there are better beers of this variety out there and your bucks would be better spent on those instead. If someone gives you one for free though, don't sneer at it. It's good enough and goes over well at social gatherings.

To good health and good beer. (1,612 characters)

Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was the main beer they were advertising at the place I went, so me and my friends got it.

A - I didn't have it poured into a glass, the place i was at had it on bottles, so appearance goes off of the bottle. The label looks like a typical beer label, you'll see a valley of pumpkins with the giant iconic moon in the back.

S - I couldn't really get a whole lot out of the smell, maybe because it was out of the bottle, i got some small hints of spices or baked bread kinda thing going on.

T - Tastes like straight up pumpkin, which is exactly what it should be. a lil bit sweet, not a whole lot of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied. goes down pretty easy.

Overall, not too bad...i dont think i've ever been disappointed with a blue moon, you know what your going to get with them, quality, but nothing overly special or anything to go crazy over (856 characters)

Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is essentially pumpkin pie in a glass. Definitely not a bad thing if that's what your in the mood for, and I was.

A: Honestly can't remember for the life of me. 3.5!

S: Smells of sweet pumpkin and lots of spice. Could almost be a wintertime drink.

T: The most pumpkin flavor I've ever tasted in a beer, and I loooveee pumpkin. Very heavily spiced with a sweet start and finish. Ever so skunky, however, but Blue Moon tends to do that for me in general (still enjoy it).

M: Just like eating a pumpkin pie. Seriously.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. If you want something for after a meal, or just something for the fall season, I would recommend this brew. Any pumpkin lover will like this. Fact. (709 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

October 2013:Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Seasonal Collection, Blue Moon Brewing Company. "A pumpkin ale crafted with the fall flavors of cloves, allspice and nutmeg and brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish. 5.7% Alc. by vol.

The look: Clear, copper-y, deep amber colored, a good match for pumpkin flesh.

The smell: Fresh, spicy, wheat-y and pumpkin-inny. They're all here.

The taste: Rather light on the tongue. There's the spice, and below it pumpkin meat. It sits on the palate pleasantly enough, the flavor's delivered, but…not quite enough. It just falls a bit flat. Maybe I don't care enough for pumpkin ales anymore, or maybe this one just doesn't do it. You have to keep it light enough to please anyone who looks for the Blue Moon logo.

For a hard-lined critic like myself, this one gets an "eh…"

October 2003:
Clear, earthy dark orange color, nearly bronze, with a full, off-whitish head, riddled with myriad brownish dots. (Subsequent tastings did not show this peculiarity.)
Nose is an immediate hit of sweet and warm spices, a bit vegetal, soft and mild, but pleasant.
Nice flavor off the bat, full, rich, aflood with spices (cinnmon, ginger, ...cardamom?) riding on top of the palate. Smooth, and malty, little hops, medium body,...and ulimately fading. Nice balance, decent taste, but I'd prefer a little more...then again, this is Coors behind the helm, who aren't normally in the business of challnging tastebuds. (1,469 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Walmart in Fayetteville, N.C.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Oct. 13, 2013
Misc.: My younger brother bought a 12-pack

Poured a dark caramel color with one finger of gray head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass and minimal retention on the way down.

Smelled pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, wintry spices, cloves and gingerbread.

Tasted similar to the smell with those winter spices leading the way. Also pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. A little lacking in flavor overall though.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Longer finish.

Not bad for Blue Moon’s version of a pumpkin beer. I’ve certainly had better, but this wasn’t the worst. (725 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish copper with great bubble retention. Produces a pretty good head, but it dwindles to form a very unappetizing layer of foam that looks like a soggy piece of bread has been allowed to dissolve in it. No significant lacing.

S: Pumpkin, warm spices, and a bit of malt and wheat.

T: A great amount of pumpkin and malt, with pie spices like allspice and cinnamon with a good presence as well. Wheat aftertaste. Finely guzzleable.

M: Pretty carbonated, but with a surprising creamy note as well. Very crisp, makes it all the more tempting to get another.

O: Is it a pumpkin pie? Not quite. Is it a well crafted, balanced beer? No. Is it perfect for a bonfire party or well-priced backup autumn beer? Heck yes. (723 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a orange-copper coloring with a slow flow of carbonation and a scant, filmy, white coating of head that quickly settles out into a ring. Aromas of roasted pumpkin, earthy notes, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, hints of vanilla, and a touch of sweet potato. Can't really fault anybody so far on this beer. Flavors are where things start to go awry. Syrupy and sugary sweet forward flavors of pumpkin come at you ham-handed, with an almost instant cloying. The spice characters are completely drowned out, and the roast notes don't stand a chance in balancing this beer out. I guess the saving grace is that the flavor is almost completely gone from your palate in a matter of seconds. The aftertaste is almost non-existent, with hints of toasted grain and a linger of sugary sweetness. Oily slick body, which helps expedite the disappearance of this beer from your palate, leading to an empty finish that I suppose will be deemed clean. This one started off alright, but the drop off was dramatic. (1,044 characters)

Photo of hdf561
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been hitting the seasonl October beers hard so I couldnt leave this one out....

I was acutally expecting alot more...cant smell or even taste the pumpkin in this beer. Can taste and smeel some of the spice and you can taste the cloves, and of course the wheat.

This is just an overall average beer, I wanted to taste some pumpkin but really it just tastes like normal Blue Moon with more spice.

Not a horrible beer but the October Fest Beers from Sam Adams, Lienenkugel, and Legend are better and more worth your time.

I would drink it if offered but will probably not purchase this again.

UPDATE 10/9/13

Gave this another shot and I think they have nailed the formula for this one now. Had a great balance of smell, taste, and drinkability with that warm feeling you want to get form the beers in the cold weather. Give this one a try (844 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a nice two finger white head with just a light tint of orange. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is dominated by a pumpkin spice smell of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Other lighter aromas of a roasted pumpkin and some brown sugar are there as well, giving it a very spiced pumpkin pie like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and pumpkin puree like taste. Upfront there is sweetness of a caramel flavor, which transitions to a more brown sugar taste as the taste moves to the end. Along with the transitioning of the sweet so too comes the spice flavors that were detected in the nose. The spice doesn't get as potent as the nose would have let one to believe however, remaining more on the lighter side. Along with the spice there is also a light citrus taste that is present throughout much of the middle and the end of the taste. All in all, in the end one is left with a lighter spiced pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better for accentuating the pumpkin flavors of the brew, but the lower carbonation did just that so overall the feel was pretty good.

Overall – A decent and rather easy drinking pumpkin ale that is very accessible and rather affordable. (1,578 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew from a 12oz bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange hue with an off-white head frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a no trail and a solid lace.

S: Malty aroma with hints of pumpkin spice, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Smooth slightly tart and malty flavor with hints of caramel and pumpkin spice.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent pumpkin brew – worthy of a try. (443 characters)

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.