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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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713 Reviews

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 2,613
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 37.86%
Wants: 36
Gots: 591 | 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 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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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of hdf561
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured an almost bright orange amber, with a thin ring of white head that quickly dissipated to nothing, leaving no lacing. The same look of every other pumpkin ale. Scents of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices that I cannot accurately separate and sweetness. It's a typical, sweet pumpkin ale scent. Taste is sweet, with prominent pumpkin and the same undifferentiated pumpkin pie spices, but with some slight undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some caramel malt flavors throughout and a bit of wheat cracker on the finish with a toasted malt aftertaste. Not bad, but a bit sweet, like most pumpkin ales, the wheat cracker is a nice addition to the flavor profile of an otherwise standard pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, about what I expected from a pumpkin ale. Overall it's a standard pumpkin ale, with all the good and bad that comes with the style. It manages to separate itself slightly due to the addition of wheat malt, but it's not enough to raise it above "It's a pumpkin ale." status.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear brownish-orange with a thin head and almost no lacing.

Smell is faint pumpkin and spices up front with maple and brown sugar on the finish.

Taste follows the smell: Spices and faint pumpkin first and finishing with brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is an above average pumpkin ale with a nice maple and brown sugar finish.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - transparent body of amber, 2 fingers of khaki foam, moderate amount of rising carbonation

S - fresh pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, caramel, touch of wheaty grain

T - spiced pumpkin (with noticeable cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves), big caramel sweetness, drying finish with spices

M - smooth thick medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - It's an ok pumpkin beer. Good enough for its price tag.

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Photo of LordBeardman
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a orange/amber color. I barely got any head off it and it quickly dissipated.

S: The smell was pretty faint, what I could smell was a sweet pumpkin smell and spices.

T: Not too much spice, not too much pumpkin. A very average pumpkin ale.

M: Very smooth, easy to drink. The sweetness really hangs around in your mouth.

O: This beer just average. It doesn't try anything new. I would say it is a good starter pumpkin beer for someone who has never had one before.

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Photo of OttoS
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer tastes like they forgot to buy pumpkins so they just threw in allspice, cinnamon, molasses and the secretary's potpourri.

There isn't really anything wrong with the beer as it tastes like a run of the mill dark beer. Instead of crafting a pumpkin beer as a new recipe, it would appear that the beer is a clone of an existing product with a bunch of spices thrown in.

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Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok so I am no Beer "Supreme Abbot" but at least I know what I like when I taste it and Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a solid and respectably well tasting brew with lots of midrange appeal, sure its not as aggressive compared to others in this style range but it doesn't have to be, you want pumpkin, Its there, you want Spice its there you want to drink a ale that fits well within the constructs of a "golden sunny day" with the family in a farm picking harvest fare during a crisp october or november day, culminating in those Libra sky's the Autumn is known for, its all there, in my "Humble Beerpinion" are there better representative brews of this style? Of course but they might be off putting and too aggressive for most making an entry into "Craft Beer", those who are looking to test their taste buds in pumpkin "aleville" will find no injustice here and perhaps may discover a gateway to more complex offerings as palates evolve. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale Not a bad Brew just not the best but good enough to make you taste the Festiveness of the season and it offerings!

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Photo of mullincs
2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Nice amber color and slightly opaque, but unfortunately little to no head exists. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Smells like a typical pumpkin ale, which is a good thing. Plenty of spices to take in.

Taste - Not quite pumpkin flavored, but the fall spices are there. Certainly not overpowering, and maybe even a little underwhelming as the taste disappears a little too quickly.

Mouthfeel - The amount of carbonation is nice and makes this a drinkable beer. However, its way too watered down to really appreciate the flavors there.

Overall - Not a bad pumpkin ale, but too thin and not flavorful enough to really contend with higher quality craft beers.

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Photo of intensify
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a 6er poured into a tulip for full aroma. Not much of a head and what did stick around was very soapy. Has a nice copper color, however. First prominent aroma is that of a homemade pumpkin pie with obviously plenty of spices. Pumpkin and cinnamon are huge in the taste, but don't overpower the beer. I do enjoy the nutyness that this one packs. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but I don't expect anything else with the label "Blue Moon" on it. Overall a nice fall brew. Don't go out of your way to get one, but don't pass on it either.

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Photo of brewbattles
3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out:


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Photo of CervezaMesa
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just your average run of the mill pumpkin ale. Nothing real special here and no real pumpkin taste. This is from Blue moon which is a wannabe "craft beer" made by Miller Coors! Had to try it! Taste is very faint, mouth feel is a little bitter but not bad! Smell is very faint almost not there. Overall Blue Moon did not put forth a huge effort on this beer but when do they really???

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Photo of rx-beer
3.74/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle poured into Sam Adam's taster glass.

A - Pour right the center of the glass produces about two and a half inches of off-white head that gradually fades into a thin ribbon over an orange-amber that is clear and still. Very light lacing.

S - Smells like pumpkin pie. Aroma has notes of spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

T - Spice and nutmeg are very evident as the beer hits the tip of the tongue. This quickly fades to a pumpkin pie-like flavor accompanied by mild malty, wheaty, and bready taste. A spicey maltiness outlasts all other flavors well after the beer is gone.

M - A slightly spicey tingling sensation and light carbonation lead into this brew's medium body.

O - Of the few pumpkin ales that I've had, this is my favorite (the other two pumpkin ales I've tried prior to this one were Shipyard's Pumpkin Head and Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin Ale). Feels like drinking pumpkin pie. Quite enjoyable but I wouldn't have more than a couple of these in one sitting. I wouldn't need to have this beer available year-long, but would look forward to its arrival each year.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've drank so many of these pumpkin ales this season, they are all starting to run together on me. Oh well... here we go.

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: A dark gold, with hints of orange. With a vigorous pour, I got a one finger head that stayed for a bit. The brew left a decent amount of lacing as well.

Smell: A slight "beer" smell, but there was some pumpkin and spice in there as well.

Taste: And this is where the surprise came in, not much on the smell, so I wasn't expecting much here, but the taste was pretty impressive. I like Blue Moon products alright, but there is a bit of an expectation with drinking one, and this surpassed it wonderfully. I was really liking the strong pumpkin and nutmeg.

Feel: Medium, and balanced. Nothing really stood out here for me to be impressed with, but nothing here to complain about either.

Overall: A very welcome surprise from Blue Moon. I think of them, and I see the scores on here, and was expecting something very ordinary. What I got instead was a very enjoyable six-pack that I will probably buy again before they go out of season.

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Photo of rashley
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Unlike some reviews, I liked this beer.

Poured it into a pint glass and had to poor slowly as it developed a 2 to 3 finger head that was off white to slightly tan in color. Thick head with a slight rocky top appearance. The lacing was still visible on the upper part of the glass when I was half through with the beer. The head lasted for 3 to 5 minutes before dissipating.

I could definitely detect the pumpkin in the smell until my nose became desensitized to the smell.

The pumpkin came out more in the finish than in the liquid on the tounge. I could detect some citrus flavors as well. All in all, a very smooth and drinkable beer.

The beer had nice body and a medium mouthfeel.

Overall I liked this beer and would not hesitate to order it again.

After trying this beer in a restaurant I bought a 6 pack. It must have been from an entirely different batch. This time the pumpkin and spice aroma was very strong, and the flavor was extremely sweet and syrupy. Carbonation was almost non existent and it poured up with no head at all. Maybe this was just a bad bottle. Not sure, but now I am hesitant to even open the remainder, however I will in order to give this beer a third chance.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.