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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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698 Reviews

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 2,532
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 34
Gots: 511 | 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: 698 | Hads: 2,532
Photo of scriabin
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a little strange drinking a "pumpkin ale" from blue moon, as bm to me is synonomous with a belgian white, but I got over it. This one pours with an orange color and a slight head. The taste is slightly bitter ale with some hops, floral overtones, and - of course - pumpkin flavor. Although it goes down smoothly, the bitterness limits one to one or two glasses. Overall a nice beer for a cool fall day. (407 characters)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.44/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried my first pumpkin ale out of the bottle. I thought it was horrible. Later I tried it again, but I poured it into my glass. I suddenly became impressed.

This is brewed owned by Coors? I can't believe they could make a beer this nice. It has a nice amber body and a white creamy head. It has a subtle aroma, but it is a terrific aroma of pumpkin spices. The flavor jumps out a lot more in the glass as did the aroma. This is my first pumpkin brew and I think it is pretty good. I will definitely be looking for this beer every fall. (541 characters)

Photo of Bcant
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a head about 1 cm eggshell in color, consisting of small bubbles. The color is an uninspired amber that has taken the pumpkin to heart with an orange hue. Mild smell, in fact its so mild that it takes a bit of sniffing to get a metallic whiff, which follows through the taste that has notes of aluminum. The mouthful is a bit oily and the after taste is slightly parching. Nonetheless, it is sort of an average, or ordinary beer. Not worth looking for but it’ll do in a pinch. (488 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a small tan head. Good lace and a nice looking beer.

A light pumpkin pie aroma wafts from the beer. There is a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose as well. Pretty nice.

The beer has a strong malt flavor that is unlike the smell. While it is not bad, it's certainly not what I was expecting. The taste was pretty bland and uninteresting.

The mouthfeel is thin and easy. Nothing too remarkable.

The appearance and aroma really offered a promise of a great beer. However, the taste lacked the complexity of the aroma and just didn't add much to the experience. (600 characters)

Photo of zacharius
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber body with a thick white head that quickly shrinks. Smell is of sweet caramel with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Taste is spicy, hoppy with a hint of pumpkin. Body of beer is watery and seems a little too spritzy. Beer is drinkable and a bit different than most beers out there. (301 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light maltiness with a pumpkin aroma that overlays. It has a natural pumpkin scent, not like canned processed pumpkin. It smells like my homebrews. The taste is relatively good. It is smooth with a nice pumpkin flavor that is not overpowering and finishes creamy. It has a decent malt palate of pale and crystal malts. There are hints of nutmeg and other spices; very tastey. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good pumpkin seasonal. It has good flavor and drinkability. This is a winner for Coors. (678 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much average across the board, pours a nice amber orange with off white head that is nice to the eye, shrinks to respectability. The smell is not really pumpkin but a light nutmeg smell mixed with molasses and caramel, a pine hop presence is detected, the taste has a nice nutmeg beginning and the sweet malts will smack the lips, then the hop will cleanse the palate, not bad but not really a pumpkin ale, more a harvest. (429 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I've been on a pumpkin kick this past week, I was pleasantly surprised when a local Charlotte bar just received some Blue Moon Pumpkin. Compared to Cottonwood and Post Road, I put this brew somewhere right in the middle (with Cottonwood coming out on top). Very drinkable and tasty, it actually has hints of honey, pumpking, and cinnamon, though not too strong. Nice aftertaste and appearance. No real strong scent. (421 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I love pumpkin brews grab em when I see em,this one pours a nice copper with a nice two fingered fluffy head but it didnt retain itself to well or leave any lacing.I picked up huge amounts of malt in the aroma but not a big pumpkin nose I got some orange peel mainly with some pumpkin spice notes that come after a while.Taste is decent not over the top on pumpkin but nice and subtle with the spice in the finish has a nice lightly sweet malt profile to it just a light citruisy hop note late wich is very faint.A respectable brew from Coors (thought I would never say that) subtle and quaffable for the fall season. (631 characters)

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Nice looking label that gets you read for Fall with ripe pumpkins. Freshness date labeled on the bottle in ink labeled for February 13 2004.

Amberish copper color with a nice 1 inch head on top.

Smells like toasted malt and sweet spices.

Taste is sweet malt up front with spicy nutmeg, but the finish is not so great. Peppery completion. Taste becomes sour and tart.

An average Fall brew that honestly left me disappointed. (504 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
2.27/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Man, this is orange, living up to it's pumpkin name. I discovered pumpkin beers when one of my local brewpubs (Quarryman, sadly , now out-of-business) brewed what tasted like a slice of pie into thier beer. Unbelieveable, and only could get it at this time of year. (Lucky enough to be the last beer I had from the place too..) They set a tough bar, and this was the first "octoberfest/pumpkin" beer I'd tried since then.

As I said, very orange and dark red and smells spicy and almost like a bubble gum. When in the mouth, a little better than average with bite and foam, and aftertaste leaves a very un-beer taste.

Taste is, well, bubblegum. I taste a little of the spice they put in but unlike the Quarryman's pumpkin, this is devoid of any real pumpkin flavor. It was more towards regular Coors with spice added. I'm not going to get this again, and I would have preferred the original Blue Moon. (A beer that is also not beer like but much better.)

Drinkable? I suppose if you like this sort of thing, but having just tried the JW Dundees Pale Ale and it was $2 cheaper, try something else for this price and you'll likely be happier. (1,149 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice head--two fingers thick. The liquid is clear and has a dark orange/amber tinge to it. Only demerit is the nearly complete lack of lace.

A strong sour milk aroma to start with! Okay, some pumpkin is there, which is refreshing from other pumpkin beers that really feature cinnamon and nutmeg. On the third whiff, some soapiness is present. This is very surprising since this glass was being used for a pumpkin beer flight and this aroma has not been present thus far.

Closer to a scotch ale or a mild in flavor. The "pumpkin" aspects are quite muted. The hop is light and only present in the aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied with a proper amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is mild and short-lived--rather watery.

Oddly, this is a quaffable beer. Certainly, it is far more flavorful regular lawn mower beers. Unfortunately, it is rather one-dimensional, lacking complexity. (891 characters)

Photo of cptnjck101
1.33/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Maybe it's just me, but I want my beer to taste like... beer. I don't know what the hell this shit was, but it wasn't beer. I got a six pack of it because I had never tried it and I figured a Coors product could only be so bad right? Wrong. It took me and my roommate the better half of a month to kill just four of them. Put the fifth in my collection and gave the last one away to a stripper, who drank about a sip threw it away. If you really, really like pumpkin give it a try, otherwise stick with a real beer. (515 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a white two-fingered head, fades quickly, leaves a touch of lace. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Color is nice, clear amber. Nose is spice. Starts and finishes sweet and spicy reminds you of a pumpkin pie. Took a chance since the expiration date was coming up but it is fine - a real deal at $1.57 for a 6-pack, expiration date is 2/15. (360 characters)

Photo of JamesBerry
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of this beer at a last-resort package store down the street from me. Sadly, it was the best-looking beer they had available that particular night. At first, I was impressed with the deep amber color and hearty head. Soon after, however, Coors' shoddy attempt at passing off a crap brew as a craft brew became apparent. The head fizzled out, leaving an oily feeling on my tongue, which didn't exactly complement the transparently artificial pumpkin (that is to say, nutmeg and cinnamon) taste. (512 characters)

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

Tan head that quickly faded. Brownish orange in color.
Aroma of sweet caramel malt, spice, and a hint of pumpkin.

Taste shows a sweet biscuity, caramel malt and spices as the dominant flavors. Hint of pumpkin. Hops fall short of balancing this one. Sweet overall. Add some crispness to the finish and I'd like this one a lot better.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.
Drinkability suffers a bit due to the malt sweetness becoming a little cloying.
Overall a solid pumpkin ale, but I'd like to see some more hop bite. (521 characters)

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

Orange colored with a low beige head and good carbonation. Pumpkin aroma is light but primary characteristic with spices a bit lighter. Nice balanced pumpkin-spice flavors but not quite spicy enough for my taste... leans toward pumpkin. Light-medium bodied with a spicy finish.

A good version for a macro ... but not my first choice to buy.

Label states: "Ale brewed with natural flavor" & "Vine ripened pumpkin and spices with traditional Crystal malt"

Best Before (?): Feb15 ('04)
Tasted: 12/16/03

($1.16 / 12 oz.) (529 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a festive orange-amber color. A plump and creamy head looks to have some staying power, but dwindles to a bare covering and fairly sold collar.

The smell yields pleasant pumpkin notes, some decent albeit light spiciness thrown in and a tad yeasty, too. A bit more than I expected from Coors, whatever that's worth. More cinnamon aromas emerge as it warms and endure for the entire sampling, earning bonus points from this cinna-head.

Taste is a little on the candyish side, but not bad. The malts are there as are the requisite fall spices. Softer than Buffalo Bill's taste-wise. This has better balance I think between the malts, the pumpkin, and the spice flavors. The aftertaste gravitates towards an enjoyable cinnamon-clove thing that makes for a thumbs-up ending.

Mouthfeel is sturdy, not too heavy. An artificial sweetness pushes it towards cloying, but it's not *that* sweet. Does drape in the mouth a bit, though.

A very nice drinkable seasonal for both fall and winter. It was a decent crossover hit at a Halloween party I went to. Guys and gals alike, while they didn't go crazy over it, all seemed to enjoy the change of pace with this pleasant spice-style beer. (1,192 characters)

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

Poured out a golden-amber-orange with a thin white head. Clear and bright with decent carbonation. The aroma gives off a slight vegetal spiciness with pumpkin, light cloves, nutmeg and sweet malt. The beer is light to medium bodied with a medium sweetness, but finishes dry. On the whole, the beer is somewhat flavorful, but is actually very drinkable. This beer held back, but is decent on it’s own. A light example of the style, not nearly as bold and flavorful as Dogfish Head or Smuttynose. (495 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.29/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Re-Rate 10-15-04

Dropped mouthfeel down a little...rest remians the same...this is just not very good...their White Ale is 1000 times better...tastes almost like a cheap micro like Glueks..
Pours a semi clear orange color with a tanish head...Nose is toasty...not a lot of spices or pumpkin...nice medium, creamy mouthfeel....flavor is low on the pumpkin and spices...a very subtle pumpkin flavor but really more of a toasty, amber ale like taste to it....flavors are muted....but at the same time this has a ncie mouthfeel and slides down nicely...

I would not recommend this...not enough pumpkin and spices....not a horrible beer, but there are many better pumpkins out there... (703 characters)

Photo of Winter
2.66/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber with a touch of red. Off-white colored head. Aroma is of fleshy pumpkin. It's lightly spiced with cinnamon and all-spice. Sweet malty aroma. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Initial impression is a malty and sweet. It has a vegetable flavor, sort of a cross between cooked squash and pumpkin. Finishes a little better as it capitalizes on the spices utilized- nutmeg, cinnamon and all-spice.

This was the blandest of the pumpkin beers I've tried this season. It totally is lacking in flavor. I think if you're going to make a pumpkin beer you should go all out and utilize the familiar pumpkin spices or pumpkin flavor. This one comes across as a conservatively "safe" tasting beer when compared to others like Buffalo Bill's, New Holland's Ichabod or Lakefront's Pumpkin lager. Not sure if I'd recommend this one at all. Pretty weak interpretation of the style. (893 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer turned out to be the total opposite from what I expected. Poured a golden color with a small head and it didn't leave too much lacing on the glass. The aroma wasn't very strong, but there were noticeable amounts of spices and malts there. The flavor was what surprised me. It was a very clean taste that was smooth on the tongue. I suppose there was a little pumpkin-type spiciness in the flavor, but not as much as I expected. The malts were there in the taste as well as a refreshing hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and it was easy to drink. Maybe just a little too much yeast, but I really enjoyed it. It wasn't as much of a spice/herb beer as I expected, but I still really enjoyed the taste. (710 characters)

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

Beer pours a nice bronze with an off-white head that quickly dissipates. Virtually no lacing.

Beer smells of spice and grain. Not as strong or as nice smelling as other pumpkin beers.

Taste is also milder that I expected. Some pumpkin and spice taste is present, but not enough. Some malt sweetness as well. Beer seems under carbonated so the mouthfeel does suffer a bit. Beer is easy enough to drink, but has a thin stretched quality. I really like pumpkin beers, but this is far from the best of the bunch. I like regular Blue Moon (by far the best product from Coors), so this is more of a disappointment. (616 characters)

Photo of proc
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to an orange-ish/red in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that of malt with a slight sweetness to it. A bit of vegetal smell is present as well. Taste is that of light caramel with a slight sweetness to it. Not a flavor powerhouse, but it is a nice change of pace. Paired this up with a thyme/rosemary/garlic encrusted pork loin and sweet potatoes which seemed to bring out the taste a bit. (405 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not at all impresive. Heavy, flat profile flavor - heavyhanded bittersweetness, like Mr. Beer canned malt. Pumpkin? Nowhere to be found, and not much in the way of spices, either. About the most eloquent description I can give of the beer is "blah." (249 characters)

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.