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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

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714 Reviews

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,614
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 37.86%
Wants: 37
Gots: 593 | 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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Reviews: 714 | Hads: 2,614
Photo of gbarbee
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Slight pumpkin spices
Taste: Slight pumpkin flavor
Mouthfeel: Light
Drinkability: A decent beer but not one that I would choose to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KLHBB
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty caramel color, smell of cloves, wheaty pumpkin pie spice taste. Light carbonation, overall it's just a little sweet and light. I'm saving the heavier pumpkin brews for colder days. On a hot day like today, this is a good reminder that fall is coming.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale brewed by Coors Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 5.70% Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale pours out of the bottle, a nice light brown color with an off white head. The smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. You also pick up on some grains and sweetness in the smell of this brew. At first the the taste is bold with flavor. It puts you in mind of pumpkin pie. There is a lot going on in this brew. A lot of bold flavor with a nice clean finish. The mouthfeel is nice bold and clean. Nothing bad to say about this brew. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. Coors did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A moderate pour produce a billowy two inch head which sticks ok. The beer is a slightly hazy pale amber with moderate carbonation.

Definitely both pumpkin and spice in the aroma, which follows through in the flavor. Nutmeg is most prominent, but it's not overdone. Caramel and bready flavors in the malt base. Clean finish with just a little lingering spice. Just a kiss of earthy hops.

Not an over the top beer by any means, but worthy of a try. The flavor evokes pumpkin without overwhelming the malt.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer pours a pretty red-orange with a tantalizing head that unfortunately fades to the outer rim.

The smell is of faint pumpkin and pumpkin spices and lager malt.

It tastes not bad after the first sip. Slightly sweet bready malt with an decent dose of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Subsequent sips left me wanting more, however. I can't shake the blue moon in the both the taste and mouthfeel. Too much carbonation and too light bodied for me. The aftertaste is of pumpkin spice but with a sour bready malt.

Overall it's an ok Pumpkin beer, quite predictable. Have it at a party, but spend your money on Anderson Valley, Uinta or Shipyard.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

8/30...pours consistent clean amber, very low foam. Light buttery pumpkin nose. Faint. Taste is a fake sickly sweet pumpkin pie cookie, no bite whatsoever. Did they add sugar to this? Terribly sweet, all out of balance. Not good. Drain pour.

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Photo of TheMarkE
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Appearance: Amber orange with a decent head that disappears quickly, decent lacing, and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, somewhat creamy.

The Verdict: It’s OK. An average pumpkin ale, the flavor seems to disappear quickly as it warms.

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Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +61.8%

Love this beer! Spicy and flavorful without being overwhelming, and the pumpkin flavor comes through without being cloying or artificial. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. And the alcohol content is perfect to take the chill out of the air on those brisk Autumn afternoons.

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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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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.