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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

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1,891 Ratings
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Ratings: 1891
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.48%


Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

a way overly spiced pumpkin beer in my opinion. on tap at dave and busters, this one pours a nice amber shade with a faint orange glow and a fleeting off white head. the nose is nutmeg and clove, a little vanilla, and red and caramel malts. no squash to speak of. the same is true of the flavor, where the heavy spice dose totally crowds out any real pumpkin thats in this beer. its very desserty, like a pumpkin pie, seasonally okay, but to me id like to see more of the actual pumpkin. all the spice makes it a tough beer to session, even though the body is just medium and the carbonation is good. its not a bad beer, dont get me wrong, and definitely better than some of the other blue moon seasonals, but ive come to like my pumpkin beers to showcase the vegetable, not the spice, and this one is just too spice based for me. others may disagree.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 16:20:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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laramis

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the beer pours with a nice amber color and a small orange-white head that does not last for to long, very little lacing

S: smells of pumpkin and the associated spices nutmeg clove etc, hints of wheat

T: there is a strong pumpkin flavor though it is probably not real pumpkin, the spices are noticeable, it has a refreshing flavor somewhat sweet and it leaves a pleasant after taste

M: the mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth not overly carbonated the sweet flavors and spices tend to lessen by the time you swallow

O: i like this beer its nothing spectacular but very enjoyable i like the balance the beer has and while some may dislike the slight sweetness i actually like that aspect, overall this is a solid seasonal choice

serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:18:35 | More by laramis
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first Blue Moon review. I bought a 6 pack of this about a week ago and paid more than it was worth, thats for sure. But I drank all five and left 1 to review, so here it is.

A: This beer pours a deep, reddish-amber color with a solid 3/4 in soapy white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Aroma consists of some pumpkin spice, though I doubt they use real pumpkin in this one. I get some clove, nutmeg and maybe some wheat or yeast.

T: Taste is consistent with the smell, allspice up front followed by traces of clove and nutmeg.Has a wheat-type finish with a dry, yeast aftertaste.

M: creamy and smooth, the taste starts with sweetness from the front of your tongue and follows with dryness towards the back of the mouth.

O: For a twist off cap, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Im not buying that they use real pumpkin from vines, but it is a nice artificial pumpkin pie flavor with a good balance of sweetness and blandness.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:40:21 | More by SouljaSaia17
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TownDunkel

Texas

3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale - Another got to try before halloween!

Appearance - A nice meaty orange hinted medium brown, just about what you would think of a pumpkin ale. Nothing spectacular but nice

Smell - Great smell of orange, nutmeg, and other seasonal spices

Taste - Pretty bland with not much flavor... aftertaste seems more to me of light pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation needs some more and it doesn't seem to match

Overall - I dont think I would serve this at a party but might be a nice addition to halloween sampler.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 04:07:38 | More by TownDunkel
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial Pint.
5.7% ABV, JAN0713 printed in yellow on neck.

A - Harvest moon pours a beautiful deep burnt orange color that highlights the tiny carbonation bubbles which stream from the glass' etching. A big cream colored head rises above the beer only to lower to a clumpy skim leaving little lace behind.

S - Upon twisting the cap off, Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin offers a nice inviting aroma of ample spiciness but, once poured into the pint, the aroma changes significantly. It's spiciness is muted and overshadowed by a prominent dusty, dirt-like smell which clouds the beer in general. The glorious orange gourd shows itself with nuances pulling through the mild malt base that lingers with caramel sweetness.

T - Malt accentuated, caramel and toast apply an overarching sweetness to the beer which helps it's lacking aroma build some steam, though rolls are reversed. In flavor, pumpkin disappears to the background, happy to let spiciness develop more but the sprinkle of the ground elements blend together without allowing any of the parts' characteristics to break away from the whole.

M - Smooth but slick on the tongue, the small carbonation bubbles contained within Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale gloss over the tongue and tickle in the throat. Medium bodied and sweet mid palate, this beer falls away cleanly with no real finish of spice, dropping off blandly.

O - Blue Moon nails it on the head with their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. As a gateway craft brewery, their beers appeal to those looking to expand beyond the light, fizzy swill into something with more flavor and presence. Pumpkin ales can be daunting at times as not everyone cares for the gourd, but Blue Moon succeeded in making an approachable fall seasonal which neither excels nor fails. Instead, this beer is completely content to revel in it's mediocrity.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:45:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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IrishHockey

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I will say it, this is my favorite pumpkin beer for a few reasons. It seems to have a more balanced taste than a few others. The pumpkin and spices do not overwhelm the beer flavor and vice versa. Another factor is the price. $12.99 for a 12 pack is joy in a box. It tastes good and not over priced. I will buy more and stock pile to get my fix for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 14:32:58 | More by IrishHockey
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a crystal-clear ruby amber color. An off-white foamy head recedes to a chunky film, leaving spotted wet lacing on the glass.

The aroma is muted. Some cinnamon comes through, with general "allspice" notes as well.

The taste has a sweet beginning with a solid wheat-based body. Any pumpkin flavors are immediately lost on me. Faint spices come through, with allspice, nutmeg, and cloves coming to mind.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and very smooth, almost too syrupy though.

Overall, too much wheat, and little pumpkin for me. It's also too sweet. The spices are generic and this beer feels like it's brewed from a massive company. Oh ...

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 16:37:06 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Will96

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first try at a pumpkin beer. Amber Color lit pumpkin smell. Head was thick enough to float the cap. Finish with the taste of pumpkin spice. Nice finish with no bitter after taste. Just like a nice slice of pumpkin pie. Not to bad for a beer from the big breweries.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 03:15:46 | More by Will96
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JCB14


2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good head and head retention. The aroma was very bad and was slightly reminiscent of a dead fish. The flavor was okay, about average for a pumpkin ale. There was good balance in the beer with just the right amount of pumpkin spice flavor.

Overall not a bad pumpkin ale, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 14:50:00 | More by JCB14
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MEsoJD

California

3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a generic beer glass]

I: I received a 6 pack of this Pumpkin Ale as a gift. Now I'll say it right now that I have never come across a beer in this style that impressed me. That said, I'm always hopeful and while BlueMoon is more like an Intro/start to the world of better beer I place no prior bias.

B: [5.7% ABV 12 FL. OZ. Bottle Date. Can't Make Out. I presume it's recent] Pretty good presentation. Back story, ingredients, inviting presentation, and nice bottle ridges along with subtle art. Labels are plentiful(3) and give more insight than your average beer. I like it, but it's nothing worth shelving and it's a twist off (eepp).

A: Amber/copper/dark orange transparent body with a scattered/bubbly head (slow dissipation), and little to no lacing.

S: Pumpkin/nutmeg spice upfront and a clean/grassy presence.

T: Orange wheat, nutmeg, pumpkin spice complimented by sweet bread/toasty malt, light hops (if any), caramel, and an earthy/floral presence.

M: Crisp/slick finish, light bodied (watery), med/high carbonation (intrusive), and apparent alcohol (light).

O: Well it was decent, the body hurts the flavor, and the carbonation can come off as intrusive at times. So while I still haven't found that wonderful pumpkin ale, I'm always happy to review and know about a brew. Though it's far from terrible I wouldn't recommend it or buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:17:17 | More by MEsoJD
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Alfred


4.18/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is off the chain. Forget what the antiquated reviewers think; I can drink a six pack to the head by my lonesome, and not feel any raunchiness towards the makers. This beer is the shit!
I won't go into the Yuppy classifications : ASTMO...if you want pretentiousness check Google. I will keep it unadulteratingly real: this beer is good-quality pumpkin. Not the best, but drinkable, and worth the money spent. I have a bigger problem with the ass-clowns trying to act like like they know what "good beer" is. Fuk 'Em! and Fuk' Em good!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 04:28:14 | More by Alfred
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maki88


3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: Clear and rich burnt orange/deep rust color. There was a significant white-off-white head that quickly dissipated. Very much in keeping with the seasonal style.

S: A very spicy nose -- bold pumpkin aroma with a strong clove scent, with a tinge of sweet malt smell.

T: Strong spice flavor "on impact." The taste was more spicy and less "pumpkin-y" than the smell would have suggested. The tinge of sweetness is present throughout, until the spicy aftertaste from the clove.

M: Though it has a smooth feel, it seems to fall short by being too light. Carbonation was appropriate. In short, nothing outstanding in this area.

O: A good, if unremarkable, seasonal beer. Certainly a solid choice to serve at an autumn gathering, though drinkability suffers somewhat on account of the spicy aftertaste. It seems to lack some of the complexity in flavor that makes other seasonal brews so enjoyable, while the flavors that do emerge can tend to be overpowering, particularly in the aftertaste. I wouldn't refuse one of these beers if handed to me, but given a cooler full of options I might dig around in the ice for a while before grabbing one of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 17:45:53 | More by maki88
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Cavanaghty

Maine

2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish copper color with a beige head that was about two fingers thick, no lacing.

Smell: I could smell just that fake pumpkin smell, like the pumpkin pie concentrate out of a can.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied. Taste like a freezer pre made pumpkin pie with some malts and hops added.

Overall: Not really impressed, this was simply just a "seasonal" flavor added to a Coors like all of the other Blue Moon beers, at least thats what I think. I really want to like the Blue Moon brews, I think they need to be more origanal with their brews and it might be better.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:35:06 | More by Cavanaghty
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mckenziac


3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Blue Moon seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark copper color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap.

Smell: Smells strongly of pumpkin pie spices, caramel malts, and a hint of pumpkin. Not as strong a pumpkin smell as most pumpkin ales.

Taste: Starts mildly hoppy with a sweet, caramel maltiness. Finishes spicy and sweet with some light pumpkin flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: Definitely an average pumpkin ale. The pumpkin isn't quite as dominating in this beer as in most pumpkin ales, which is kind of a nice change. However, there just isn't really anything there to take its place. It's not bad, but it's nothing I'd seek out regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:50:23 | More by mckenziac
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johnhcarr


3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

You know after drinking this a couple of time, I really enjoy this beer. As a matter of fact I buy this beer every year now. Its not something you have to think about its just a nice fall beer, not overly complex or confusing.

The initial smell is what you expect on an Autumn-fall day nice nosy spices. The mouthfeel is lacking but I understand this makes it far more consumable/drinkable. Its a touch over carbonated for my tongue, kinda sharp indeed but no so much that its annoying or harsh.

Nice fall beer

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:24:22 | More by johnhcarr
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A – this beer looks much better than it tastes. Pours a deep orange, almost red. Very little head, recedes quickly.

S – I smell quite a bit of pumpkin, and it seems to be made up of genuine spice, not the chemical additives you find in a lot of flavored beers.

T – unfortunately, it doesn’t smell like it tastes. There’s some richness behind the sweet pumpkin taste, but it’s just not enough to give push it up in rank.

M – decent. The sweetness helps this beer down the gullet. But the initial feeling is one of overly carbonated light beer.

O – this beer is no exception to my distaste of pumpkin ales, but I always try to give newer ones a fair go. I’d really like it if the spice was almost overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:01:35 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Billolick

New York

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, pours clear darker amber, under a very long lasting medium tan head. Leaves ample low strands of lace and sheeting.

Mild nose of mushy pumpkin pie spicing, and a slight off putting metallic nose.

Easy drinking, I will give it that. Moderate pumpkin pie notes, but basically dull and uninteresting in nature.

Buckeyenation got it right….”tastes like it was brewed by Coors”…and it was

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:16:40 | More by Billolick
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jbierling

Michigan

3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled this beer along with another similar choice (New Holland Ichabod Ale) and found it average. There was a hint of smell and taste of pumpkin and had a mild sweetness to it less evident than the Ichabod Ale. The bottle presentation was average at best too.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:24:32 | More by jbierling
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davecavemaster

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an off-white, creamy head. The color is a very clear orange/copper.
The foam does not last very long, and there is very minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma of this beer hits you the moment you pour it, and is definitely the highlight of this brew.
The pumpkin smell takes a backseat to the spices, so you get a lot of the clove and allspice in the nose.
Very pleasant smell.

As far as taste, I got the pumpkin flavor upfront, and then the spices as the beer washed around my mouth.
Some malty flavors are evident as well.

All in all, the flavors are a bit more subtle than I would have liked.

This beer has a kind of "clingy" mouth-feel, as it seems to stick a little bit to the inside of your mouth.
Very mild carbonation makes it a smooth drink.

Overall, not a terrible pumpkin ale, but not a great one either.
Probably won't go looking for this one next season.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:21:25 | More by davecavemaster
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber color, clear, and with a decent head to start. The retention is a thin lace around the top of the beer, but does retain.

The aroma is pretty much you would expect out of an pumpkin ale. Nothing over the the top but definite hints of pumpkin pie spices. There is also a nice caramel malt to complement the the spice.

The flavor is not as strong in spice as it is caramel malts. But, all hints of clove, nutmeg, and all spice can be detected. Particularly towards the the finish, with a very mild hop profile.

The body is a medium slightly slick on the palate, but does have a moderate amount of carbonation is to make this ale very drinkable.

Years ago, before Coors took completely over. When this ale was produced in Tenn. I seem to remember a fuller pumpkin ale flavor. Now it seems to be a little watered down. Nothing terreble just nothing exciting, This Pumpkin ale seems to be better as an introduction to the style. Basically, for anyone who is a not a beer need.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:01:21 | More by Luigi
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PancakesbyMail


2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought at Rochester Wegmans, tasted same day. Bottle, poured into glass.

A: Translucent, nice orange color. Looks a bit thin. Small amount of head that dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S: The high point of the beer - lots of pumpkin pie spice and a strong pumpkin scent. Stronger than about any other pumpkin ale I can remember.

T: Overpowering notes similar to the smell - too much pumpkin pie spice, beer flavor is essentially absent. The pumpkin flavor is definitely there, but tastes a little unnatural - not sure whether they use any artificial flavoring. Cloyingly sweet and with a strong aftertaste of cloves, just wasn't a very appealing flavor overall.

M: Syrupy, with a tendency to 'stick' to the sides of the mouth. Very smooth as far as alcohol bite, and very high carbonation.

O: Not a particularly good beer, but not awful. Major problems were with the sticky mouthfeel and the heavy spices - not something you could drink a few of in a row, but it still lacks the heartiness of a good porter or stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:09:55 | More by PancakesbyMail
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BMW


2.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Blue Moon offering had the aroma of canned pumpkin pie filling--especially heavy on the clove, bready, with some lemon. The smell was probably my favorite aspect of this beer. It was like lighting some kind of an autumn-themes Yankee Candle under my nose.

The taste followed the aroma pretty closely. There was a very obvious canned pumpkin flavor--that processed, spicy, distinct flavor, although this didn't translate into something delicious. I found it sickeningly sweet with a lot of malt.

The mouthfeel was especially unpleasant. It was syrupy and lingered in my mouth in an unpleasant way.

Like the rest of Blue Moon's offerings, it's an attempt to make beer palatable to the widest possible audience, making it the safest, least offensive, lowest-common-denominator beer you will find. In other words, it's the Nickelback of beer. It's drinkable, but that's the nicest thing I can bring myself to say about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 01:45:01 | More by BMW
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drose23

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a frosted mug.

A: A nice amber, orangish color with clumpy, scattered lacing sticking around the top of the mug.

S: Pumpkin takes a back seat to the spices. Immediately pick up nutmeg, followed by cloves.

T: Follows the scent. The spices hit the palate first followed by pumpkin with no real alcohol kick.

M: Under carbonated, with a bready feel that lingers on the tongue after the swallow.

O: A decent fall seasonal beer. Kind of reminds me of Leinie's Oktoberfest. Enjoy by the campfire.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:58:44 | More by drose23
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours copper with a thick off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There are some visible tiny bubbles in the beer. I detect faint aromas of those pumpkin pie spices (cloves, allspice, and nutmeg). I get some of the malt in the smell as well. There is some mild pumpkin flavor in the beer and I get the malt with just some of those pumpkin pie spices. Everything about the flavor is mild, but this is certainly more of a malty pumpkin ale. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean. This is an average beer and not a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 00:08:47 | More by acevenom
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange, moderate cap of off-white foam, gone quickly. Pale notes of grain blend with mild pumpkin and firm seasonal cinnamon, clove and ginger. Taste very light, mild notes of pumpkin and spice on a weakly malted base beer. Fizzy, light. Not one of the best representations of a pumpkin ale... simply a weak, fizzy beer with a splash of the season.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 16:49:37 | More by rfgetz
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.