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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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706 Reviews

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Reviews: 706
Hads: 2,572
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 37.86%
Wants: 36
Gots: 551 | 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 Saisons-of-the-Abyss
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

This is one of my favorite macro beers. It's refreshing, sweet, and super drinkable. The flavors are powerfully pumpkin-y and spicy, to the point of coming across as artificial. But artificial in the way that candy and instant ramen taste artificial - comforting and familiar. It feels like a treat to drink this on a hot day, and I wish it was more widely available outside of autumn.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

I was surprised at the differences between the rating items. The brew had a great appearance, except it had no head staying power, the aroma wasn't altogether great, but the mouthfeel was velvety, almost. For the most part, not a notable beer, but not bad either.

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Photo of derryd
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Drinking straight from the bottle. First pumpkin ale I've drank. Good pumpkin flavor, doesn't overwhelm the palette. The hops compliment the pumpkin flavor very nicely. This pairs well with chocolate, like drinking a chocolate pumpkin muffin. Overall a decent fall beer.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a light orange with a fizzy head. The smell was sweet with a little bit of pumpkin on the end. The taste had pumpkin and some spice, but compared to other pumpkin beers it's quite thin. Overall it was okay, but there are plenty of other options this year for good pumpkin beers.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%

Serving style : 12 oz glass bottle, poured for appearance

Appearance (3.5) : Honey brown in color, foamy and sudsy white two finger head that recedes rapidly. Lacing remains after it recedes. Funky break up of the foam on the top after it's gone - looks like mold and is pretty unappealing.

Smell (3) : Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, clean water. Faint fresh window glass and chemical.

Taste (3) : Heavy on the pumpkin spice, a very warm-feeling and cozy tasting beer. I can feel the chill of autumn and even imagine snow outside. Cilantro, a faint bit of fresh carrot, some honey, barley, and malts. Nutmeg and allspice. Some cloves. A very spicy beer, if you like spice. Slight pumpkin-bitter finish. Metallic pumpkin as it warms. It's just got this certain feel to it, I can't put my finger on. It makes you relive memories.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Up front carbonation gives way to a smooth, buttercreme finish.

Overall (3.13) : This was a nice beer. I would probably buy it again but in winter time. For some strange reason I'm getting this feeling of holding a girl for the first time on one of the first chilly nights of autumn. For a beer to recreate that is simply awesome. The taste is spicy and bland, but there's something there that's telling my brain that this is a good brew. I recommend it.

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Photo of scaliasux
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

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.

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Photo of ChainsawBane
2.75/5  rDev -11%

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.

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Photo of PawPawPepperoni
1.06/5  rDev -65.7%
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.

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Photo of MSUEmilie
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.86/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of NoBeerSnob
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of watermelon
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Caj1
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.