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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:
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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 JamesMN
3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unreadable code inked onto the neck of the bottle but I'm assuming this beer is fresh.

Appearance: Translucent amber with virtually no head retention. The bit of suds that stick around are off-white in color. One of the least pleasant looking beers I've seen in a while because of the lack of a head or any lacing.

Aroma: Nice pumpkin pie spices with an underlying pumpkin puree that bodes well.

Taste: The front end is mostly fizzy Amber Ale territory but things pick up flavor-wise near the finish. The allspice and nutmeg come first really make an impact on the palate. The actual pumpkin flavor is, unfortunately, harder to place. It sort of flickers in there for a moment in the finish and then disappears. The aftertaste is an onslaught of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Once the palate adjusts to the flavor profile the malt character comes adding a distinct breadyness. At 5.7% ABV there is a good amount of flavor thanks to the added spices.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with the right amount of carbonation and average drinkability. The spices to get a bit drying after a while.

Final Thoughts: I've tried (and home-brewed) many pumpkin beers and have come to a few conclusions about the style. The first is that there are a few different types of pumpkin beers, with Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin Ale falling into the 'spiced pumpkin' category (as opposed to the 'pumpkin puree' or 'pumpkin pie' group). The second thing I've realized, based on personal taste, is that a pumpkin beer is either excellent or decent. I've just never had a bad one. That's why, for me, Harvest Pumpkin Ale falls in line with many other decent pumpkin beers. It drinks like a pedestrian attempt and the style, which is just fine because it's good. I'd definitely recommend this one to any Amber Ale drinkers looking to broaden their horizons. Would I drink it again? Yep, one of the only Blue Moon products I can say that about.

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Photo of screamking
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours burnt orange/amber with a thin khaki head, which disappears quickly. Watery pumpkin aroma, with hints of allspice and cinnamon. Slightly artificial smelling. In the taste you get more of that watery pumpkin. Hints of cinnamon are in there as well, but that's about it. Lots of carbonation here, way too much. The carbonation overwhelms the majority of the notes, what little there are. Blue moon actual make some alright brews but this one could use a tune up.

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Photo of scratch69
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Aromas of allspice, nutmeg, and clove with a hint of pumpkin.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. An above average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable but i've tried better pumpkin beers.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Contrary to the photo shown, the label/name has been updated to Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (but everything else looks the same). This was on sale at Safeway today,but due to Colorado's stupid liquor laws which only allow 3.2abv beers at groceries, I had to go to a liquor store and pay a dollar more for 2% more alcohol per beer, approximately.

Weird sensation of being able to actually twist the cap off followed by a good looking pour into a tallish goblet. Great color, deep, orangy amber, and not such a bad head on this either. Aroma is that of an average pumpkin beer: spices and vague gourd funkiness. Flavor is crisp and smooth, with the spices really hanging in the background and the pumpkin itself more of a ghostly presence, but it's refreshing, I will say that. I could probably drink a lot of these but I've got some other treats in the fridge to move on to.

Overall a solidly-average pumpkin. I would get it again - kinda nice to have a decent one that isn't huge alcohol to drink for football games and holiday get togethers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It plays the part, a clear coppery orange color. It actually grows a reasonably-sized and fairly compact light tan head and keep it up moderately well. Lacing is deposited on the glass in pretty good quantity by way of spotting.
Spicing is plentiful, perhaps a bit too heavy under the pumpkin flesh. It gets a touch harsh. Otherwise, there's a pretty nice caramel sweetness. Malts are pale and are just strong enough to build on. The spiciness in the finish is somewhat nondescript.
The feel is okay; it's a little thin in the body, but it's crisp without being too crisp and has a bit of smoothness pulling through.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It's getting cooler, the Bears are losing: definitely pumpkin beer season. This one pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light graham cracker, light cinnamon, and light clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slight underlying vein of stale gingerbread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a decent enough little pumpkin beer, though not something I could see drinking many of, no matter how bad the Bears are doing.

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Photo of armiakhe
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

the appearance of Blue moon harvest moon pumpkin ale is a clear dark orange with minimal head and not a lot of lacing. It smells of a slight pumpkin spice with a hint of smokey cinnamon in the aftertaste. Its just an average pumpkin ale but has some hops to it as well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap somewhere I don't remember, I think Ship's Pub in Albany, NY.

This one pours a clear red-orange, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells somewhat generically of pumpkin pie spicing, and not much else. I'm guessing this wasn't made with actual pumpkin.

The pumpkin pie spicing is the dominant factor here, but it's honestly not as bad as you'd think. There's some mild caramel as well.

This is light bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

One of Blue Moon's better variants, but very far from the top tier of Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Minimal head with little lacing, and a dark copper gold color

S- Cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice.

T- A slightly above average perception on the pallets of the flavors above.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Coats the mouth nicely with medium high carbonation.

D- Great balance of pumpkin and cream, but maybe a little too much carbonation.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"A pumpkin ale crafted with autumn's bounty of vine-ripened pumpkin and flavors of cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Then brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish." Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (Previously known as Harvest Moon) is brewed in the Pumpkin Ale style. Available as their fall seasonal, I picked this up as part of a 12 pack variety kit. Date on the bottle is December 24 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy, thin dirty white head that dissipates quickly. Body color is a copper orange with some medium haziness and substantial carbonation. Head quality is pretty bad and lacing isn't present either. Not a pleasing appearance. 2.25

(Smell) Spices are prominent with allspice, cloves, nutmeg and (lesser, if present at all) cinnamon. The pumpkin, normally a centerpiece to the flavor and sweetness is faint, dry and perhaps too young. There's some odd tartness in the nose too, indicative of less-than-ideal age pumpkin. The malt sweetness is a bit shallow in this beer, led solely by an almost impossible-to-find wheat malt. Could either use a slight reduction in the spice or an increase in the malt bill, but a little of both would be ideal. 3

(Taste) Similar to the nose but even less pumpkin in the taste. Mostly led through dry pumpkin spices, there's a general lack of pumpkin and malt sweetness in the flavor, and thus a notable imbalance to the whole thing. Finishes grainy dry with a caramel and allspice blend, the former of which was concealed completely before. It's not the worst flavor in a pumpkin ale but there's little to no pumpkin character to enjoy and a general lack of sweetness. It leaves for something to be desired. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Sharply over-carbonated, only accentuating the intensity and dryness of the spices more and focusing less on the pumpkin and malt sweetness. The wheat texture adds little thickness to the texture and doesn't help much. Body is light/medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. As mentioned before, there's a great imbalance between the spices and the malty sweetness that should be expected for this beer. 2.5

(Overall) For the majority of this drink I thought I was drinking a spiced ale rather than a pumpkin ale. The majority of the pumpkin character, which played a very minor role in flavor and aroma, was very unsweet and just didn't contribute at all. The spices were collectively too intense to let hardly any other flavors through. The overall concoction was sharply out of balance. This isn't the first beer that has been limited on pumpkin and heavy on spice, but it is suggestive that pumpkin ales released too early in the season are not likely candidates for a good quality well-rounded pumpkin ale. This beer needs to have a lesser spice emphasis and a more pumpkin drive to be enjoyable for me. Not recommended. 2.5

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First Reviewed on: 09-20-2006
Style: Pumpkin Ale

Notes: Pours out a clear dark orange with a minimal head. Minimal lacing. The body is very thin. There is a slight pumpkin note accompanied with a hint of smokey cinnamon in the aftertaste.

Opinion: Not a bad pumpkin ale just an average one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KKB
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So I’m not going to break this beer down by the old ASTMO, because I just really don’t like it. I’ve had it before and I have a ton of beer that is in my fridge that I need to take down before I leave Houston, and that date is encroaching rapidly. I can’t bring myself to just throw this beer away or even drink it without reviewing it, because I just hate it so much and I don’t ever want to have to buy it again in order to review it. Now lets move on to my brief inebriated thoughts as I casually dismantle this beer.

I think that it is a failed approach to a pumpkin beer. A caricature of what a beer is supposed to be. In fact, I could even see someone without an ounce of beer knowledge thoroughly enjoying it. It tastes like a big, stupid, pumpkin. Like a horrible, watery, metallic, facetious, hyperbolic pumpkin. I just hate this beer. I want to meet the guy who gave this the nod as the beer they wanted to put out there. And I just want to say to him that he, no matter who he is, is better than what this beer represents to me. It’s a cop-out, it’s bad, deceptive, blunt—literally without any subtlety or complexity. It’s not even about how bad this is, it’s more about how you can tell there is no love here. I’m not sure that even one person involved in the brewing of this cared at all about trying to really make a beer they thought people would enjoy you know? It tastes like a marketing campaign.

Don’t buy this beer. Just don’t do it.

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Photo of fischerking
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Golden, CO. Actually now called Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, not Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, although I'm sure it's the same recipe.

This beer had a nice, but strong nutmeg smell. Intense pumpkin and nutmeg flavor. Enjoyed. Not my favorite pumpkin ale, but better than average.

I drank it from a bottle from a Blue Moon Sampler 12-pack from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/19/2012.


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Photo of Mojo
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

This beer pours up a saturated amber color with a initial one finger off color fluffy head which dissipates quickly and no lacing. Smell is very strong pumpkin spice, clove, and bananas. Taste is a fizzy metallic up front followed by an overpowering unpleasant pumpkin tasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, but the aftertaste is just awful. Maybe I just don't care for pumpkin, but I'd pass on this if it ever comes my way again.

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Photo of nukem5
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice rich orange tea color or amber color with a decent head, slightly sticky to walls of the glass.

S: Aroma is just what you would think pumkin pie and spice . Cinnamon clove ginger nutmeg Slightly sweet malt in there at the back end of smell.

T: Taste is much of the same nice balance in malt spice and overall taste not to sweet.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium body with a good amount of carbonation slight metallic tang at the back end.

O: Overall a decent beer worth a revisit maybe next year.

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Photo of TheCondor
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this brew many times, but just recently sat down and actually did an evaluation of the brew itself. I used to like this beer a lot more, and either my tastes are changing or they sweetened the recipe this year. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice brown/copper color with a decent one finger that evaporates quickly but leaves mediocre lacing. The packaging is kind of neat. It's almost an orange color, certainly unique. The best part of the beer.

Smell - Whoa pumpkin spices, clove, and nutmeg. Overwhelming amounts. I can almost smell the sugar in this beer. In fact, I think I can smell the sugars. Very potent nose, though not necessarily a good thing in this case.

Taste - Just like the nose. Overwhelmingly sweet from front to back. Spices, brown sugar, nutmeg, and clove overwhelm the palate in a veritable assault on your taste buds. Yikes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation, but the sickly sweetness sticks in your throat like drinking hot soda on a hot day.

Overall - Try it once, maybe. It is powerfully sweet, doesn't even really resemble beer all that much. I think they sweetened the recipe this year, because I don't remember it being that strong last year. Either way, I won't buy it again. A poor offering from a generally good Blue Moon product line.

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Photo of sarajayne
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Darker brown almost like an apple cider.

Smell: Sweet aroma with cinnamon sugar and pumpkin spice.

Taste: Smooth crisp pumpkin pie taste. A balanced blend of flavors that are just right.

Mouthfeel: This is brew is best served ice cold. The colder this brew is, the better it tastes. I would defiantly say that one wouldn’t be enough but it depends on your preference.

Overall: the only way to describe is having a big piece of pumpkin pie with whip cream on top. This brew is 5.7% alc. by vol. but goes down so smooth. You can’t have just one. By the end of the night we were all drinking this seasonal collection brew

collage girls drink GOOD beer:

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear. Dark amber to light copper color. The fizzy, white head disappears almost instantly. No lacing.

Heavy spice in the aroma. Some sweet malt in the background, with a little bit of a funky metallic aroma.

Heavy spice also in the flavor. Probably too much. I would prefer more sweetness to provide a balance. The spice blend is great, though. One of the better pumpkin spice profiles I've had.

A light to medium bodied beer. Prickly, but nice carbonation. Not overly fizzy. A moderate length finish.

I really thought this beer was going to fall flat. It definitely blew my expectations out of the water.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a fluted glass. On the pour I got about three fingers of foam that went away really quickly. The coloring is a vibrant orange.

The smell was surprisingly good. I like the plentiful pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove smells.

The flavor is really overwhelming. The nutmeg and clove come through really strong. Unfortunately the back end is a punch in the jaw.

This is an average pumpkin beer. I would recommend many other over this one, but this one works for tailgates and hanging around the campfire.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of laramis
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of IrishHockey
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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