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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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219 Reviews

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,067
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 41.61%
Wants: 14
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 219 | Hads: 1,067
Photo of sharlie
4.76/5  rDev +47.8%
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.

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Photo of OverToad
4.63/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a brewmasters collection 24 pack at Sams which also included Blue Moon and Full Moon.

This is by far the best tasting beer out of the Blue Moon line-up. I drank a few of these right off the bat and this is a really easy beer to drink.

Color is a reddish clear with nice head. Smell is fantastic.

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Photo of Catherine8189
4.31/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.25/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A:pours copper colored with creamy looking white fluffy head
S: smell is citris cascade hop notes with some malt coming through
T: piney citris notes then a cmooth bready smooth finish actually this is well balanced im surprised
M: lite to medium body very carbinated but is very refreshing too im stuck
D: i can drink alot of these no problem yummy beer

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.23/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours dark and amber with somewhat of a head

S - smells like orange peel with hops and malt

T - tastes mostly like what it smells like; malty orange peel with hops and hibiscus...

M - very carbonated with the tangy feeling of citrus

D - very drinkable with a good finish

Ive usually have the original Blue Moon and I was impressed with the pal ale version...still holds true to the citrus flavor that reminds you its a Blue Moon....I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Blue Moon and a good tasting pale ale with a crisp orange taste..

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Photo of mttfrog13
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance = amber/orange/brown and cloudy. Has a nice 2 finger head

smell = Smells very floral, but full of spices and differnt flavors. Citrus smell as well.

taste = This is a great tasting beer. The flavors are balanced and interesting, with a nice crispness to them.

mouthfeel = Very very crisp.

overall = My favorite of the "Moon" series. If you like blue moon, but think its too complex or heavy, definitely try this beer.

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Photo of injipoint
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unbiased - didn't know it was a Coors when I bought the six-pack. Certainly drinkable and quite pleasant as a first beer after emerging from "Irene" hibernation. Maybe not the long taste of a Belgian but I would put it in with other Pale Ales. 5 to go which will be nice when I get to them.

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Photo of dedrick
4.09/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A - Poured to a small, short lived head. Orange, amber color. Not much carbonation.

S - Nice soft, rich odor. This definitely smells like a Blue Moon product. Orange peel is obvious in the smell.

T - Not anything like an American Pale Ale, though it is dubbed a Belgian-style pale ale. It doesn't have that bitter edge that most pale ales have, which is nice for a change. The Orange peel, again, is obvious in taste and the normal pale ale bitterness is replaced by that wonderful spiced characteristic that most Belgian beers are known for. I'm enjoying this beer a lot. Though, it could use more of that Belgian aftertaste and could have a bit more body. It's almost a little bland, just a little.

M - Good soft, buttery feel going down. Again, it could use a little more body.

D - Certainly drinkable, I could go for a few of these in a row.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.07/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, almost peachy or sunset colored. Two fingers of white head emerge and settle fairly quickly with some minimal lace.

S - There's a beautiful aroma, something floral and spicy. Hops are here but the hibiscus mentioned on the bottle is very well represented as well. There is a sweet graininess behind the floral aroma with hints of butter and caramel.

T - Big floral taste from what I assume to be the hibiscus. Sweet, fruity malt pulls through with hints of apples and grapes along with nutty flavors pulling through late palate. Minimal hop bitterness in the finish. Great harmony of flavors here.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft to moderate carbonation.

D - A good, solid beer with plenty of flavor. I could see myself sessioning this stuff regularly. Overall a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Vashtar
4.06/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is beautiful
The smell is nice. It slides down the bottom part of your nose (the part you would slide down if you were a tiny human and slid out of a nostril).
The taste is... I can't describe it other than saying it tastes like Archie and it's hipster.
The mouth feel feels like taking a lowly inflated balloon and letting it deflate in your mouth.

It's interesting. Not amazing, but interesting and fun. I wouldn't want more than one at a time. It seems drinkable until you get far into it and then it grows old.

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Photo of dfillius
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of off-white head with great retention. Crystal clear amber-gold liquid. Very good looking.

S: Bread, cascade hops, barley breakfast cereal. Smells like MBC's Celis Pale Bock, a beer I am fond of. Not complex, but solid nonetheless.

T: Like a Bitter with a sour/funky twinge at the end. Bready with slight hop character. Could be hoppier. Very similar to an English Bitter. Little "Belgian" character, except the noted twinge. Goog, but minus a little for the lack of Belgian character and hopping. Enjoyable overall despite the noted shortcomings. Similar in flavor to Celis Pale Bock as well

M: Chewy, sweet, mildly bitter.

D: Good. I'd love another at a sunny BBQ or a bar. I'd consider buying a sixer, but only as a second tier fallback.

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Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a winter mix samplar esp for this beer. Glad i did. I think this little pale could be the best Moon of the bunch.

It poured a nice copper-like orange. An egg-shell colored head was full and did maintain a good film to lace pretty good. Even had some ring lace to it. Carbonation was good in my opinion for it softened the mouthfeel though a slight fizz could be had if you placed the glass to your ear.

The aroma carried a citric hop, pine and yeasty bread.

The taste was a good citric balance of hop with a hint of pine.

The mouth was soft and easy. Non-intrusive to a meal and leaves a slight dry pine needle fo finish.

Drinkability, oh ya. Very smooth and easy. Goes down perfectly if not close. I hope they six pack this stuff. A hit im sure it would be.

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Photo of SJI
3.99/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

More of the same from the Blue Moon Brewing Company - a highly drinkable, delicious ale. The aroma and flavor are both quite fruity, although neither the orange nor hibiscus can be easily distinguished from the characteristic Cascade presence. If there is a true Belgian aspect to this pale ale, it's lost on me. But beyond that, this one has few flaws.

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Photo of llevise
3.99/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st off this is not anything like a belgian pale and i will be rating it like an american amber

pours amber with a 2 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells of earthy hops and english pale malts

taste is very close to brooklyn lager - earthy hops and a good carmel bready malt backbone

mouthfeel is light/medium good carbonation very crisp and refreshing

drinkability - this is by far the best beer i have had by coors but blue moon brews are still overpriced for what they are and i doubt i ever buy the summer mix 12 that this beer came in

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of rcfunk
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just going to come out and say it. I think Coors does a great job with their Blue Moon brand across the board. Beside Blue Moon itself, Pale Moon is my favorite beer they produce under the label.

Belgian Pale is a style of beer underrepresented in American craft beer. Pale Moon showcases enough Belgian yeast ester to stand out from a regular pale ale yet still be sessionable. If you want to taste a little yeast in your pale and experience a good introduction to a somewhat obscure style. Give this one a try.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with slightly redish tones. a decent white head sticks around and even leaves some decent lacing.

Smells are... yes I do believe that might be Belgian candy sugar, hint of orange peel, cascade hops don't add a ton to the aroma but its there.

Taste is sweet with some spiciness and herbal notes late. Finish is a bit weak, but still ok for the style. Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with good carbonation that isn't too much. As I drink it, the hop presence shows up a bit more and blends well. Very simple and understated, not over the top and a charicature of what the style should be. Yet it still maintains solid flavor.

So far, my favorite from the Blue Moon line outside of the original Blue Moon.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a dark amber, translucent and almost copper color. The head poured at 1/2 inch thick and maintained a 1/4 inch thickness throughout the drink with heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is primarily malt, with a hint of really subtle hops. There is a slight skunk/stale scent but not too much or unappealing.

The taste is is soft and well rounded...mainly malt (but not too sweet), some hops (but not too bitter) and a smooth finish with a hint of bitterness that really only creates a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is pleasant; sweet and soft with a slightly dry aftertaste. The carbonation is at a minimum.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. The smell was a little off but the flavor and mouthfeel was good. Worth a try and very drinkable at 5.4%.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with full off white head. Good retention of head. Fair lacing of glass. Smells sweet, honeylike.
Taste is citrusy, slightly sweet and grassy; overall pleasant on the tounge with just enough bittering from the hops to save it from being too soda-like.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Pale Ale has a pretty thick, off-white head and a clear, amber appearance with lots of streaming bubbles, but not a lot of lacing. The aroma is sweet and similar to brown bread. Taste is likewise sweet, malty, brown bread, caramel, and a very light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is mostly watery, and Blue Moon Pale Moon finishes fairly dry and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I recommend it.


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Photo of ikantspel
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after seeing this on the shelf for a while decided to give it a shot

12 oz bottle poured cold into a sam adams boston lager glass

pours a tea color with little head

smells like an i.p.a you can definitely smell the sweet hops and wheat

as Larry David would say, "Pretttyyy prettty good". perfect amount of hops paired with the sweet flavor of this hibiscus make this one helluva pale ale

i work at a grocery store that stocks this and am pretty sure we sell a 6 pack per week. shame, it deserves better than that

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Photo of nasty15108
3.84/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Koningshoeven glass.

A - Poured a clear copper color. Decent head of white foam that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly film. Above average carbonation.

S - Malty with hints of caramel/sugar.

T - More of the same. Hints of orange and spice, with a dry finish. This ale reminded me a little of "Old Slugger Ale" by Coperstown Brewery.

MF&D - Not bad for a Coors. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of rdub
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite Blue Moon brew to date. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Slight copper color, one finger head dissipating into nothingness. Smell was biscuit-y and mild. Taste was slightly hoppy but nothing compared to real pale ales. Mouthfeel was medium with big bubbles. Drinkability was very good. This would be a good introduction to some to the pale ale world until they can try a real one.

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Photo of DJED69
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best if the "Moon" brews. Pours a nice clear copper color with decent lasting head. Smells of faint Belgian aromas and a nice pop of American hops. Taste follows suit. Some light Belgian stylings with decent (Cascade?) hops on the palate. I actually really liked this with a bowl of spicy chili. Wish I had another to follow up with. Worth a try.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.