Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
72
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1,053 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

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Ratings: 1,053 | Reviews: 221
Photo of Fro_daddy121
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ale with a smooth finish

Photo of waltc21
2.27/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

bland..typical processed beer..only drink if you have little choice

Photo of colonia25
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is only okay

Photo of Beastdog75
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Also known as Pale Moon at one time, this is another Coors attempt at a Belgian style under their semi-craft Blue Moon name. While not a bad brew by any means, this certainly has a "macro-feel" to it and is probably more suited to those just getting into the style.

Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale pours a nice, semi-murky copper color with a finger and a half worth of cream colored head that lasts for about a minute and leaves some lacing. The aroma produced is of some light fruitiness (some banana comes to mind) and some citric hoppiness. There is a low-moderate amount of carbonation to the brew and it does have a bit of a smooth mouthfeel overall. The flavors within are mostly of some light, sweet grains (a bit fruity and nutty) and the citric hoppiness. I don't want to say it's watery (because it isn't), but the flavor is a bit mellow for the style. The malts linger on for just a tiny bit in the aftertaste, but the citrusy hops hold on for a little bit more and give the beer some dryness in the finish. The beer finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a beer that isn't exactly going to wow anyone, but it really isn't all that bad and would be a good craft beer to have on hand if you're expecting company and want to offer something a little bit different than your standard Big American 3.

Photo of TheMarkE
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a quickly disappearing head of foam, little lacing, and plentiful carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.

Taste: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Slightly funky aftertaste from the yeast.

The Verdict: It’s OK. Drinkable, inoffensive, but rather bland. If I have to order an orange flavored macrobrew, Shock Top is still my first choice. I suppose this would do in a pinch.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of white foam covers most of the top of the beer. Light Brussels lacing. Faint aroma of light malt and not much else. The taste is a gentle spicy and somewhat earthy light malt. Body is moderately carbonated.

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber color, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops influence in the aroma. There is some sweetness and herb aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A mix of hops and herb flavors, that make for an interesting Pale Ale. The hops flavor is not dominant. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Pale Ale, but I prefer others over this.

Photo of Mike_Moe
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber color, light brown head.
Aroma: Light beer smell.
Flavor: Light toasted malt flavor. Medium light body, acidic carbonation
Overall: Besides the slightly toasted malt taste, this beer doesn't have much flavor. Its slightly hoppy with a harsh finish.

Photo of ckollias
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this brew from a 12oz bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear brown hue with white head that ends in a wispy lace.

S: Spicy Belgian aroma with some hoppy notes.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a Belgian yeast flavor that finishes on the dry side of malty.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so-so pale ale.

Photo of llevise
3.99/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink a lot of beer--but it was just commercial garbage like Millers or Coors. This is a Coors product, but I sure think that it's a step in the right direction. It was kind of a stepping stone for me, although a few other beers were too, namely Leinenkugels and Shock-Top. I like this beer. It's light, it's perfect for drinking when the weather is warmer. It has a nice taste that is refreshing. I love the citrus taste and the spice after taste. It's the perfect after work beer, it's what I buy for parties now, and it is the beer to get when you end up in a place that doesn't serve micros. It has a light head, which is nice when you are looking for something refreshing. It's my everyday beer now, and I really like it, but it in no way has kept me from learning more about and trying other types of beer.

Photo of janubio
2.16/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330 ml. bottle, label reads "Blue Moon" and "Blue Moon Brewing Co. I guess they try to hide is from Coors. Hazy pale colour, with a samll head that fades to nothing in a short time, leaving a small lace. Smell of citrus and grains, with some skunky and artificial notes. Carbonation is good for a soft drink., decent and refreshing palate. Taste of citrus and some spice. And soft drink., everything very faint. Not bad for a Coors, but nothing I'll try again. And aobut the Belgian Pale Ale.... strange mis betwwen that and a Belgian White, it doesn't work.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Our interpretation of a pale ale is brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth finish and Cascade hops for a subtle hop aroma. We add a twist of orange peel and hibiscus for a well-rounded, balanced taste." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale, this beer has changed its name several times over the years, from Pale Moon to Blue Moon Belgian-Style Pale Ale, and most recently to the upcoming "Rounder". Available as a standalone 6 pack or almost always included in the variety pack mix.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon Pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden-cream sudsy head over an deep amber-orange body with very high clarity. Carbonation is plentiful and spritely, Retention is average at best- a light surface cover takes a while to clear but no lacing is disappointing. 2.5

(Smell) Aromas of biscuity pale malts, a hint of medium toasted caramel grain, a mild herbal and faintly citrus hop character provides a moderate bitterness. A touch of wheat may thicken up the body a touch but doesn't make much of an impact otherwise. Not an unimpressive aroma, just rather simple. Potency is medium at best. 3.25

(Taste) Up front is a wave of simple clean, lightly toasted caramel malt sweetness, following through with a moderate sweetness to the finish. The malt choice is indicative of an Amber or German-style malt variety, a little less "pale" in character than anticipated. Hop presence is markedly herbal and a touch floral, surprisingly less bright citrusy than expected for Cascade hops. Finishes mildly dry with a touch of graininess and an herbal and floral note that may stem from the hibiscus addition, the finish drags on with a resinous hop oil for quite some time. It's neither truly pale nor truly Belgian, but it's certainly enjoyable in its own. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Malt texture is very slick and smooth, with a touch of carbonation comes off a touch creamy and mellow. Body is medium for the style, just shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is low, a ridiculously clean drinking beer. One of the most gratifying aspects of this beer comes through in the mouthfeel, even if it reveals the beer to be less Belgian-style than it seems, it works out well in the end. 4

(Overall) This Blue Moon choice isn't hardly as bad as the die-hard craft drinker may proclaim it to be. It's not all that true to style, Belgian Amber may have been a better name choice due to the slightly toastier malt used, but this is a very clean-drinking beer with an appealing floral and herbal finish of hibiscus and mild Cascade hops. A very sessionable choice, this is a decent choice to merge drinkers to the long and winding road of Belgian Ales, but coming from the other direction may find this beer a bit too far off the beaten path to satisfy everybody's Belgian fix. 3.5

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Belgian-Style Pale Ale
3.34/5.00

Photo of BigBrewStu
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

What a rough punch this beer packs! Or what do you call a flavor that hijacks the entire beer drinking experience? Not really a Belgian, and less so a pale ale. This is a strange beer that will baffle you, so try it if you are a die hard--or else pass!

Photo of sharlie
4.76/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Needless to say I am a little bias when rating this beer. This is my favorite beer flavor and all. I must say however, I do not enjoy it in the bottle, I prefer this beer on draft. A crisp orange to top it off makes this beer delicious. It is a very common beer that most enjoy.

Photo of Catherine8189
4.31/5  rDev +39%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have to drink it on tap and with an orange! Very full, crisp, smooth mouthfeel. If you want to step up from the run of the mill light beers to dip your toe into a more flavorful beer I think this is a good beer to do it with. There is not much risk involved with trying this beer. There is a slight heaviness that comes along with enjoying this beer.

Photo of KYGunner
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale Pale Ale coloring the body is quite thin and the head almost non existent.

The scent is so weak it's almost unattainable but after some work I get a few hints of fruit and malt. Hints of raisin emerge to a caramel maltiness.

Tastes of tea and sweet raisin emerge from a weak body. Bits of malt and candied sugary sweetness can be found which makes me wonder if the brewers had the budget I think they could achieve a very tasty brew. This beer screams inexpensive for mass appeal but I think it could be so much more.

Photo of raynmoon
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks nice, amber with a fluffy head that sticks around, but it smells not so good. A lot of noble hops and some grassy grains, sweetness from the malts. Overall, it smells nothing like a Belgian Pale Ale.

A slight hop presence on the front but it goes quickly into that typical sweetness from a macro beer. Really let down here.

It would need a nice yeasty kick, a better grain built in the back and a some bitterness to be a real belgian style pale.

Photo of atomicbeer
2.47/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with almost ruby red cast, moderate bubbles rising, and a dense ecru cap. Aroma is first a light dose of citrusy, herbal, green hops and then toasted hawaiian bread and some extra candy sugar sweetness. Mostly lightly toasted malt in the taste, a bit woody and flat, just a bit of herbal/grassy hops, and just a bit of metallic twang. Mouth is a bit thin but fairly juicy initially then drying. Not really alot going on here - pale ale? not really; Belgian? don't taste anything Belgian; more of a generic amber ale.

Photo of Pluffmud
1.56/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

The only beer worse than this that I have tasted is Fosters. I would leave it at that, but am required to write more, so I will.
It's smells funky and tastes even worse. If a cow chewed on wheat and you took the drool from it's big ol' cow lips and bottled it, you would have this beer. It tastes stale and repugnant at the same time. Go ahead, stick an orange in it. It won't help.

Photo of daddydawg80
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have avoided this because it's from Coors; however, limited choices at my local grocer prompted me to finally give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised by the balanced flavors and body. This is one of the big boys' most notable attempts at craft type brewing (ie, flavor) and I applaud their effort. I would buy this again.

Photo of harveystarr
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This review may not be popular, however, that's why we all review beer. I'm a strong advocate for Craft Breweries and in general vehemently against the Big Boys ala AB, Coors, Etc. That being said, I must give credit where credit is due.
While I will always go for a craft with character in almost all occasions, I believe there is almost always at least one situation for each and all beers. Blue Moon Pale is a sessionable quaff with enough character to keep anyone interested, but "blah" enough to session all night.

App: No complaints. Great golden amber colour, with a small, tight head.
Smelll: Hops immediately, not overpowering, but just enough.
Taste: Even keeled, with a nice hop kick to it. Not too much character on the hops. Slight malt flavour. But they malt and hops do balance themselves nicely.
Mouth: Adequate, just under medium body.
Overall: Sessionable. Hard to hate, easy to overlook. But as said, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Satanic
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured in a mug it retains a clear hue mixed between orange and copper creating a white foamy head of about a fingers width that retained itself for a good five minutes before settling into a ring around the top of the iced mug. Decent amount of carbonation.

T - A strong taste of hibiscus mixed with bitter hops overwhelms the tongue at first before leaving the palette to produce a slight aftertaste of copper, perhaps being what this brew was conceived inside, and a little bitter flavour due to a slight roasting of the hops. All in all it is quite refreshing and easily drinkable, not a bad beer at all..

S - It has a subtle scent of ale and perhaps hibsus, it was more intense in the bottle for some reason then after I poured it into the glass.

M - It isn't thick nor watery, a good blend.

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer and I would drink it again, I would give it a 3.25/5. I found it in a bewer's winter sample kit. I can't wait for the next seasonal one!

Photo of Mikie
1/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I hate to give such a generic review, but I bought this variety pack of Blue Moon beers that included Valencia Grove Amber, Belgian Style Pale Ale, Sunshine Citrus Blonde, and Belgian White and, sad to say, the only one that tasted okay was the Belgian White. The other three beers tasted like they were the same beers put in different labeled bottles.

Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring a lovely burnt orange with a tinge of green, there is a slight creamy citrus aroma, mixed with the subtle notes of Cascade hops and hibiscus. On the tongue, there is a small but distinct hop attack which smooths out rather quickly leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste, all contained in a full but brief mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional either, this is a solid, simple pale ale, refreshing on it's own, but the crisp bitterness would be perfect with fish and chips, the sharp tang complimenting tarter sauce and vinegar. Cheers!

Photo of pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Clear light amber brew with a good sized white head. Retention is good, and there is a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S - Smells like a Killian's. Lighly malty, a hint of toast. Not much going on.

T - I don't see what is "Belgian" at all about this. It's decently tasty, if a little bit boring. Toasted caramel malt, a tiny little wisp of fruity hops on the back end. Overly sweet. Newbies might like this.

M - LIght in body and easy to drink. FInishes a little bit spicy.

I would have guessed that this was an easy going amber ale. Reminds me of that in between sort of beer that isn't really "craft" but is definitely better than piss lager. Michelob Amber Bock, Killian's Irish Red, Pete's WIcked Ale, and the like. This might be one notch above it's macro-brewed bretheren, but its still pretty plain.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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