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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: 37
Gots: 592 | 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: 713 | Hads: 2,613
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Label: Feb 13 08750T. Declares Natural Ale...Crystal malts.

Clear dark ruby copper pour with khaki thin settling bubble cap. Zero carbonation showing.

Mild spiced aroma of regular banana bread.

First swigs: Carved pumpkin mash in the can, with the can flavor included. Some non-descript spices like root beer over ale. Tacky apple butter.

Thin bodied, light weak and tight carbonation. Curiosity persuaded me to grab this. I would not try this again.

Last swigs: Watery apple butter. For the market crowd only. Even the label says that this is "flavored" ale.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a couple lumps into a 1/2 finger head that lingered a little while down to a nice frothy topped covering that lasted throughout the rest of the beer. The color was a very nice pumpkin color (duh?) that reminded me of a fresh peach seed. Lacing looked good. There was a strong pumpkin aroma sort of like when you first pull pumpkin pie from the frig after being leftover from Thanksgiving a week later. The taste was sort of overpowering with flat pumpkin flavor. It could have been a tad sweeter or good with a little more hop flavor. Somethings missing, it seems just a little to mild. Mouthfeel was light, but frothy on the back of the tongue. Almost right.

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Photo of bashiba
1.53/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured a nice pumpkiny orange with a small white head and almost no retention.

Smelled ever so slightly of toasted malts and cinnamon.

Taste initialy of a mixture of raw pumpkin and light malts which quickly followed a sour off flavor mixing with minor pumpkin spices. Just flat out bad.

Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from any coors product. Thin and watery with almost no body to speak of.

Drinkability was terrible. I forced myself to drink one thinking maybe it would get better, but didn't. Will never, ever drink another.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.92/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This on starts out with bubbly, orangey head.. then looks like it's going flat. But the carbonation is still present..and it has a nice effect on the tongue.

The color is almost redish-orange in the body to light orange around the edges.

The taste is pumpkiny, but almost like uncooked pumpkin.. still it's not a bad effect. The spices are forward, but not overpowering. The malt is nicely balanced with the spices.

I think this ale would pair well with the heartier seasonal foods.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle.

This pumpkin ale poured a clear, deep amber color with creamy, light yellowish foam that settled. The smell was slightly sweet and malty with light spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). The taste was slightly sweet and tangy and malty with light pumpkin pie spices and a hint of caramel, and a spicy sharpness in the finish. The mouthfeel was tangy but smooth with medium body and modest carbonation. The lightly sweet and spicy flavor lingered. This was an OK beer, but a bit too sweet with too little actual pumpkin flavor or texture.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice mellow pumpkin aroma with maybe a bit of coriander underneath. Dark cream colored head settled fast into a thick coat and leaves a bit of stringy lace as the beer level sinks. Transparent chestnut colored beer with an orange hue and masses of fine bubbles shooting to the surface. Light malt and mellow pumpkin in the flavor, maybe a bit of hops in there. Mostly mildy sweet with a pinch of bitterness, and a fairly clean finish. Moderate body with a pretty soft mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of straight up pumpkin so I would have liked some more hops or spices in there, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of chilidog
3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this twice over the autumn saving most of them for Thanksgiving. While the pies baked, the beer was complimented by the aroma in the air.
The beer poured a dark orange amber with a thick, creamy slight tanned head. Lace was fair and stuck around awhile. The aroma was no dought, pumpkin spice. The taste carried the pumpkin along with some nutmeg and cinnamon. A mild carbonation made a nice mix of the toasted malt and slightly tart hop. A crisp, tart mouthfeel is left, slightly dry like pie crust.
I think Coors did a fine job here. I'll bring it in again next year.

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Photo of drifter29
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

my first sampling of this brew and i was really looking forward to trying it. It pours a warm copper color with minimal head that dissipates quickly. The initial smell hints of a stronger ale with a significant pumpkin overtone. I found the taste to be a little weak and not as full bodied as i would have liked. Unfortunately, I only had one and would have liked to follow it up with numerous others as the drinkability is high. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fall beverage.

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Photo of Rio
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange color, with a bit of a brown tint to it. Had a nice, off-white head, but it disappeared by the time I tossed the bottle into the trash and looked back at it. Brings a bit of sweetness to the nose, but mostly dominated by a spice flavor I almost want to say is nutmeg.

The nutmeg flavor is much heavier in the taste than the aroma made me think. It's not that it's a bad flavor, just a bit too strong of a flavor, with a mean bite at the end, almost like when you suddenly feel the urge to sneeze, and you suck a bit of a raw spice up your nose. Smooth and crisp going down.

Not a bad beer, but just seems a little uneven to me. Definitely worth a try, and pretty drinkable, but not something in my regular line up.

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Photo of winomark
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium copper with a quickly fading light tan head. Aromas of candy sugar dominate the nose. Wouldn't know this was a pumpkin ale unless you told me. Palate is quite boring. No pumpkin or pumpkin pie spice noticable. Light mouthfeel, and with almost no flavor. Boring. I don't see how they can bottle this and call it a pumpkin ale. No character, no flavor, and no need to try this one under any circumstances,

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Photo of Trentonator
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this on a whim right before Halloween. It pours an amber/orange color, very fall-like. Head is white, but short lived, as is the lacing. The taste is a bit like Blue Moon's Belgian White with some pumpkin and spices in it, pretty tasty. I could drink a few of these in a session, especially around Haloween, I thought it complimented the pumpkin carving quite well.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly dark orange/amber color with a pretty decent sized head. After a minute or two this has dropped to just a little with no lacing.

A decent smell of pumpkin and various spices. A little yeasty smell is detected as well.

The taste is quite pleasant, almost like a decent pale ale mixed with pumpkin bread although not to the point it is too sweet. Some hop bitterness detected in the back end.

Mouthfeel is smooth in the end with moderate carbonation up front. Not too watery or oily.

A very drinkable and sessionable beer.

This is the first pumpkin ale I've had and considering that this is made by the 'dreaded' Coors, this beer comes out pretty good. If the others are better I'm in for a treat this fall. It isn't a 'WOW this is the best beer ever' beer but it's pretty good. Definitely worth a try.

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

Brown long-neck bottle.

Poured a clear copper/amber color with a decent head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Aroma was malty sweetness.

Flavor was the sweet maltiness with some discernable pumpkin. An decent beer.

This was the second of three pumpkin beers we tasted this evening in a back-to-back comparison, and the only one that was drinkable. Nothing like our pumpkin beer tasting of last year, where several were very good.

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Photo of budgood1
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slightly hazy orangish/copperish colour...frothy head appears and dies down to thin layer. there is a slight bit of lace too...aroma mostly malty and a bit spicy...i can't really pick up any pumpkin. upon tasting...the overall character of this pumpkin brew appears; light pumpkin...nutmeg...pumpkin pie spice...and maybe a bit of cinnamon and clove. rather pleasant considering this is my first pumpkin brew. some malt backbone...although the overall body is on the medium to light side. finishes slightly spicy and on the refreshing side. not a bad little brew...a sixer every autumn is probably worth it.

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Photo of wailingwench
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper in colour with a somewhat creamy, tiny bubble head.

Eye Candy: Deep amber, almost brown, with a fizzy overflowing head. This vanished quickly and gave way to some thin lacing. Plenty of rising carbonation.

The Nose Knows: Light toasted malt with a touch of spice.

Tonquland: Clean and crisp, somewhat thin m/f but works overall. Light and toasted malt flavors initially, transitions into an astringent taste, then squash-like, finishes with a slight bitter end. When warmed, allows more of the spices to emerge.

Bender Factor: A solid gas station/grocery beer. I would certainly purchase this over anything else, except Saranac. If one wanted a fall seasonal and didn't care for a strong pumpkin or spice flavor, this would be their brew. Good for a beginner or for a long day of football (and as a Bills fan, there are some really long days ahead).

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Photo of scriabin
3.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.44/5  rDev +43.7%
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.

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Photo of Bcant
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of filabrazilia
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of zacharius
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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