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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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72
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1,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

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Ratings: 1,053 | Reviews: 221
Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin offwhite head that dissipates into a ring around the rim rather quickly. Amber body with a hint of redness. Extreme floral scent. Smells like potpourri and grass. Very complex flavor, but not very balanced for my preferences, which don't tend to favor overbearing hoppiness. An assault on the tongue with medium hop bitterness and overbearing grassy notes. I'm not a fan of pale ales, but I will do my best to grade within a style I'm not familiar with. I think the hoppy bitterness is probably balanced within the style (if not to my liking), with strong notes of tobacco and acetaldehyde. I imagine this would go over well with the PA crowd. Smooth mouthfeel and finish. If I felt particularly violent and manly, I might drink a few of these on a given night. They just feel aggressive in my mouth.

More User Reviews:
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 marvin213
2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It looks like a fizzy beer from Coors. It's more orange than brown or yellow. You can hear the fizz. A motionless, uniform fizz-lid tops this liquid. At the end of a longneck, it would look like a cap. For better or for worse, that's the most interesting think about the look.

I smell a hint of orange peel, but not much else. Whether it's the Belgian yeast, the carbonation level, or, more likely, a combination of both, you can actually smell the fizz of this beer. As I check the label and really dig for hibiscus, I get a bit of a floral aroma. With the ingredients thrown into this one, I'm disappointed with the nose.

It's bitter and borderline medicinal. This isn't what Cascade hops are supposed to do. It tastes more like an American Pale Ale, as the Belgian yeast influence is hardly noticeable. You're left with what's like a bitter astringent mixed with organic syrup. You know that with hops, herbs, and orange peel, there's bound to be potential, but this recipe leaves each ingredient without complement. They're there, but they don't mesh right.

Though carbonated, the taste is dull and flat. Unfortunately, it's one of those variety-pack beers that will prevent me from going variety pack. Short of awful, it's hardly worth trying.

Photo of generallee
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A best before date is printed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden color with very good clarity. On top the head builds up a light fluffy layer of soapy foam before quickly fading down to a small ring on the top. It is just off white in color and its lacing is very slick and slides down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light sweetness of malt with a hint of citrus and a very slight spicy accent.

Taste/Mouth feel: The main body has an almost honey like sweetness with a slight hint of citrus, mild spices and a fruity melon like thing going on. There are some light hop notes as well that work nicely with the subtle spices. It finishes on the sweet side with a smooth, wet and mellow texture. Its carbonation is soft and its medium gives it an easy drinkability.

Notes: Overall it's fairly simple and safe. Its note a stand out but it slides down nicely.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.66/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark golden or copper in color. This beer was difficult to pour as the head formation nearly foamed over. This beer has no mouth feel as it and finishes smooth. there is no hop aroma or bitterness, this beer is all sweet and malt flavor remains through out.

Photo of mikechance
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - weak light brown

S - not much of anything

T - bland and nothing

M - light

O - poor

I enjoy the occasional Blue Moon Ale, but this beer really disappointed. It lacks any decent qualities and I don't know who would drink it --- too void of flavor for craft beer drinkers and not enough for main stream drinkers to consume.

Photo of Jason
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the neck of the bottle.

Bubbly lace on top of a completely clear brassy amber liquid. Ripe orchard fruit of apples an pears, wild herbs and a hint of sweet biscuits round out the nose. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Wet maltiness, toasty with a slight tiny sugary note. Very fruity ... of fallen orchard fruit. Peppery alcohol, dry biscuity finish.

A half decent try at the mid-range pale ales of Belgium. Its tried to be some where between Fat Tire and De Koninck and Palm Ale but lands somewhere else.

Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle.

The pour is glowing almond amber, under a light tan head.

Head goes to a very thin film, thin collar and some fine slippery lacing.

Dull fruity nose, with just a hint of yeastyness.

Malt up front, mildly hopped and with some continuing floral qualities and light yeast. Barely “Belgian” in character, tastes more like a Coors like take on a very mild winter warmer.

Drinkable yes, with enough sweetness to use in the proverbial marinade for chicken or pork. Would work as an entry level beer for Belgian newbies looking to get their feet wet with a non intimidating new kinda beer.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden orange. Clean looking with a surprising frothy head, that laced the side of the glass for a while.

Smells mild with some bready yeast, but nothing jumping out.

Taste is clean and biscuity, with more bitterness than I expected, and a decent mouthfeel with a surprising amount of body.

Not too much going on with it, but it is overall a pretty smooth and drinkable Pale. Don't turn your nose up at it based on the label.

Photo of Mora2000
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

This beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong biscuit malt. The flavor is wheat and some biscuit malt. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A average to below average beer, not something anyone should seek out.

Photo of NicholasCasber
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Despite all other reviews that I read prior to trying this beer, I didn't find it overly carbonated. The head was quick to assemble, however it didn't last incredibly long, after about a two minute wait, it was nearly all dissipated. The color is a light amber, with a white head.

S: The smell wasn't overly intense, and didn't have an off-putting aroma, but it wasn't as impressive as I'd had hoped.

T: The taste was par at best, for a pale ale, it felt that it was slightly sweeter than other bitter pales that I've had before. I was surprised to see this as an ale, as it has more of the characteristics of an american craft lager.

M: The mouthfeel for the beer was something left to be desired. It's hard to put my finger on it, but I found me scraping my tongue.

D: This beer is not something that I'd reach for on the day to day, even if I was looking for a "craft" or "specialty" beer.

Overall, not severely impressed, but at the same time, not disappointed, I found that this beer was better consumed once warmer than initially out of the fridge.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.82/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear amber hue with a quickly fleeting weak off white head with fine sporadic lacing not much for the eye let us smell. Aromtatics are better than expected with some hops flowing mild citrus notes and a very one dimensional artificial sweetness. Flavor is pretty weak with a touch of sweetness and blend of terrible spices, very weak and I wanna be a craft brew but I'm not feel can't really tolerate this brew. Mouthfeel is thin and weak with a horrible spice up after taste, drinkability as a whole rates very low in my book. I'm glad I bought a single to sample this sorry excuse for a Belgian pale.

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. 2012 bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours clear deep amber with a tan head that has limited durability but leaves some lacing on on the glass. The sweet aroma is malty with hints of toffee, orange and vague spices. The flavor is subdued but nicely crafted -- the hallmark of Blue Moon. Belgian yeast is apparent but certainly not pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with good medium carbonation.

O: slightly above average. Best suited for transitional (towards craft beers) beer drinkers.

Photo of frankiepop
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not so pale first of all, and it has a rather robust sweety like flavor for a pale ale. Ok so it's probably not really a pale ale even in the Belgian scheme of things, but this is a drinkable not so bad brew. Reminds me the saison thing. Works in a pinch.

Goes well with Anne Murray music "and when you touch me I just fall in loooove agaaain"

Photo of poop_brew
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. A wonderful appearance, a nice beer on a cool thanksgiving day!

S: an average citrus aroma with a subtle hop finish. Pretty average though.

T: a nice taste, but not quite was I was looking for in a Belgium pale ale.

M: great drinkability and a smooth carbonation beer.

O: a decent brew. Great for the holidays, but probably wouldn't drink it every night. I'd recommend it to a friend if try hadn't had it before.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice bright amber color, totally clear with a 1" off-white fluffy head, dissipates pretty quick and is gone.

The aroma has caramel scented malt, a bit too much. allspice and herbs pop out with red fruits in the back.

a light, jazzy feel at first, quickly becomes mellow and rather flat however. A nice herbal kick, mild spices and earthy effect from the cascade hops...but very mellow for cascade. Dry wheat and rye effects not very potent, decent balance of flavor except the caramel flavored malt is too slick feeling and overpowers way too much. It also has that classic Coor's sour-malty aftertaste.

not undrinkable and a nice try.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours orangish amber with a white finger width head. Average retention. Resulting lace is spotty.

Smell - Slight spice on the nose, with a bit of grass and/or flowerly character... must be the hibiscus.

Taste - Starts with some mild caramel malt, then that flowery, almost like a mild honey hibiscus character comes in. Slightly spicy. Finishes with an even balance of soft caramel, flowery hop and hibiscus character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Somewhat Gentle, smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale here. Certainly the most enjoyable Blue Moon product I've come across. This won't blow the roof off the beer world, but it's approachable and entirely drinkable. Reminiscent of the Steelhead Extra Pale Ale.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick off-white head that thins pretty quickly, sitting on top of a coppery/bronze/sunset color that has total clarity.

Light brown sugar in the nose, fruits like pomegranate and mango, and that certain something typical of so many corporate brews (ie. even though this is an ale, there's a pervading smell of cold steamed veggies).

Flavor is a bit off, considering the style, but not that bad for what it is. Has a cinnamon-y, or potpourri, sort of spicing, some orange zest, with the malt having a toasted/caramel-like edge...the yeast is clearly a bit lower grade than most authentic Belgian pales, and the hops are on the fruitier side. Pretty juicy, with the sweetness well-controlled and the spicing done tastefully. One to drink with an open mind and open palate, because it's really not very "Belgian" at all.

Too carbonated, not having the softness and smoothness it really should. A little bit of fruitiness sticks around in the finish, and this even has a little stickiness, texturally. The bubbles are just too bright.

Nothing totally offensive, but it drinks more like a spiced American amber than a Belgian pale ale. There's such a high standard for Belgians of any variety, this sort of so-so American attempt is pretty weak if you're a fan of the real deal. But in a blind taste test, you could enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day and not be ashamed of it.

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, translucent amber with a thick cap of dense, thick, foamy, fizzy, white head that has rather good retention

S - caramel and citrusy/floral hops

T - caramel, faint spice, floral hops

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is not like many BPAs out there. It doesn't have any hint of Belgian yeast nor the traditional spices. It's primarily caramel and some faint floral hops. It's a pass for me. This won't impress any fans of Belgian ales.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive amber red, with average lace and a pleasing bouquet of floral hops and mellow citrus.

Taste is hearty and full, with a definite hops presence. However, it's clever how they've obscured the bitter followthrough so typical of pale ales.

Curious and well-done, and quite drinkable. I'd consider this one a 'starter' towards moving into the more complex IPAs.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good from what I can see in the bottle. Fairly cloudy brown.

Smell: Caramel. That's about all I get.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, more caramel, but the thick, creamy mouthfeel is nice.

Drinkability: Comforting, but not inspiring.

Overall: Definitely my least favorite in the Blue Moon family.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.79/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint. From notes

A: The body is a reddish copper hue, with a slightly clear appearance. The head pours a one finger formation and the retention sinks, but still is present throughout. No lacing.

S: A warm not of biscuit in the aroma, with a low level of aromatic hops. The esters from the yeast show a hint at the spiciness. 

T/M: Good medium mouthfeel and a bread taste. Creamy on the palate and smooth. Not too much Belgian spice, but a nice clean toasted aspect. Low levels of carbonation make this true to style. Lingering finish isn't that bad with a nice coating of malt. 

O: overall, one of the better offerings from Blue Moon. Well enjoyed.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a Belgium Pale Ale expert....so I really don't know if Blue Moon nailed this beer or not. I will say that this is a decent beer and worth a taste. The color was more amber and clear. There was not head and it did not lace (obviously). The nose was disappointing for me cuz I could not smell much of anything. Usually I like to smell some hop, pine, citrus, or something with my pales...but not here. The taste was decent...nicely balanced....and not "overly Belgiumie"....I am not a fan of Belgium style beers. Mouthfeel is good and definitely worth a taste.

Photo of RickS95
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is close for the style, a pale copper, but it's too clear for my liking. I'd imagine it's to sell beers to us Americans, but the clarity doesn't work for me. The head is off white and a finger thick. Has a faint resemblance to an IPA head, but even that isn't quite right. Decent retention and slight lacing.

For all they supposedly put into this beer, I expected more in the way of smell. I struggled to pick up anything of note before finally catching some orange peel. Didn't get the Cascade hops at all.

The taste improves upon the smell quite a bit. The hops finally show up with faint citrus and the wheat provides a crisp, spice-like flavor.

It's very smooth for the style. Even with the spices, which present slightly in the taste, the wheat brings everything together in a smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. It's probably a good beer for those who grew up on American macros and are afraid of making the jump to craft/import beers.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.