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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%


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:
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(Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008)
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanking me for doing a favor for him, my buddy picked up the blue moon sampler pack. drank out of a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a pale amber colored body with a finger of white head. the head lasts a surprisingly long time and leaves behind nearly complete rings of lacing.

S- semi sweet caramel malts. lots of orange and something floral/herbal from whatever they decided to add to this one. hibiscus the bottle says.

T- the taste is similar to the nose. faint caramel malt. heavy on spices and orange zest.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. no complaints here.

D- this was a nice gesture, but its not something i can see myself buying. i will admit that this was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 16:24:07 | More by jwinship83
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rowew

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date stamped on the neck. Same style design as the other Blue Moons with a red theme to the label. I had this on tap at Coors field too, but basing review on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a nice off white head, decent retention but very little lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, a bit of what I think of as belgian yeast notes, and a little bit of floral hops late.

Taste: Medium bodied, tastes right along with what I would expect from the aroma. Dominated by a nice malt backbone with a mild hop and yeast component.

Overall impression: Just what I've come to expect from Blue Moon - nothing stellar, but a drinkable offering that may just be your saving grace at a BMC bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 22:32:20 | More by rowew
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DoubleJ

California

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought there was Blue Moon and its seasonals, nothing else. So this was a surprise when I spotted it. Made with cascade hops, hibiscus, and orange peel...is this going to be a hoppy Blue Moon? On to the beer:

Poured into a flute...now I'm thinking they wanted to copy Budwieser Ale. Red, orange, yellow hues, this is a lovely array of color. The head is thick on top and retains adequately. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. There's the hibiscus, but the cascades and faint esters are easier to detect. This could be refreshing.

It's unusual to taste these flavors in a beer of this color, but I'm liking it. Faint esters and orange peel, the beer turns into bready caramel with fruity esters tagging along. A touch of flower pedal, it's sweet. The cascade hops provide some flavor in the finish. This beer is crisp and light in the mouth, and it goes down without a hiccup.

Belgian-style Pale Ale might be misleading for this beer, but who cares if you enjoy it? A welcoming addition to the Blue Moon line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 06:10:44 | More by DoubleJ
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 06:16:30 | More by tjsdomer2
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SamN

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Moon comes out a lovely amber color with brownish highlights. Medium thick, firm foam head. Visible carbonation from the nucleation point of the Perfect Pint. Aromatic, sweetly hoppy balanced smell, malts just a touch off, can't put my finger on it. Easily the best aroma from any Coors product I've ever had. Taste is mildly hopped with a nice biscuity malt backbone. Sturdy taste, more good balance. I pick up some strange sort of ham-like flavors. Feel is still a little thin, more body needed. Overall, a pretty sessionable beer, and probably the best of the Blue Moon lineup. More flavor and aroma here than the usual "craft" beers from BMC.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 20:27:19 | More by SamN
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - coppery/light red in color, somewhat murky, with off-white foam that dissipates very quickly.

Smell - I actually can smell a little bit of the hibiscus, but not as much of the orange peel. In general it just smells malty.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a musky taste in general, and generally a little more malty feeling than hoppy. Also pretty normalized in the end, with very little bit of anything predominating over anything else. Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. It's a little generic in taste, but not boring either. Still tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:25:38 | More by Nerudamann
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Clear dark rusty copper color with a decent two-finger eggshell colored head which didnt last very long. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts, a little fruit, and a little (not Belgian) yeast. Smells decent enough.

T - Kind of a one-note sweet caramel malt with a nice hit of orange. Orange flavor tastes like a natural part of the brewing process rather than synthetic orange syrup like a flagship BM. Hops provide bitterness for balance but no other real character. Says it's brewed with hibiscus, but cant detect any. Decidedly NOT Belgian. Closer to a brown ale than anything else. I actually liked the taste.

M - Light bodied with prickly carbonation. Finishes very clean.

O - Honestly, this has no qualities that resemble a Belgian Pale. It's almost as if Coors tried (and failed) to mimic the taste without using any Belgian yeasts strains. As a beer? Not bad at all; in fact I kinda enjoyed it. As a Belgian? TERRIBLE.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:33:09 | More by TempeBeerMan
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor along with a delicate hop bitterness and a good yeast fruitiness. The esters aren't as pronounced as a traditional BPA, but the subtle character suits this well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good starter Belgian ale. It's nothing like the traditional style, but for people who are new to yeast esters it's a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 21:31:07 | More by WesWes
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Pegasus

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear toned copper body, atop which is a massive, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. The glass walls are adorned with Belgian-style lacing. The carbonation is slight, with rather small bubbles, and drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of wheat and caramel, orange peel, and some spicy hop notes, rather pleasant.

Taste: Opens with a strong Cascade hop note, soon after there are prominent caramel and toasted malts, and solid bread flavors, and later, bitter apple peel as well. Spicy alcohol and orange rind bring the taste to a close. The hop notes linger on well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Much better than I expected. It will never be a "top 100" beer on BeerAdvocate, but I would be delighted to find Blue Moon Pale Moon in a convenience store of a small, rural town, or on tap at a national restaurant chain. Nicely done.

Presenation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 13:40:17 | More by Pegasus
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a see-through copper with a nice fluffy white head that disappears fairly quickly.
S: malts and bread dough
T: touch of caramel sweetness to start, followed by some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Malts make up the majority, with some faint graininess going on. Nice hoppy finish that rounds off the beer well.
M: Moderate body and average carbonation. Very crisp.
O: Pretty good beer overall. No complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 21:01:26 | More by jsdunlop
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish color with a 1/2 inch head.Smell is a bit fruity, some malts. Taste is malty, some fruits, easy drinking and refreshing.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not the best of this style but a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 16:56:27 | More by tone77
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cjl1209

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"This Belgian-Style Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade hops and a touch of hibiscus and orange peel."

A - Pours a clear copper color with a 2 finger off white bubbly head. Decent lacing throughout.

S - Spicy hops and apples. A little on the weak side though.

T - Nice subtle fruity tones with an emphasis on apples. Mild spicy hop flavor with a touch of flowers.

M - Light but with high carbonation levels.

D - Medium to high. This is a good solid brew with some tasty flavors that I would have no problem having multiple offerings. My only gripe is that the carbonation may be too high and cause some bloating/gaseous problems when numerous are ingested.

Final Thoughts: By far and away the best of the Blue Moon lineup. This beer is about as close to a craft offering as BMC has gotten so far and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 18:08:19 | More by cjl1209
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smibroncos

New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured a orange amber with almost no head and no lacing on the glass. A little disappointing on the pour.

S. For what it lacks in looks the aroma is favorable, nice citrus notes with some lemongrass, and floral scents.

T. Same as the smell good citrus flavor, light malty sweetness, and some hops bitter bite.

M. Medium bodied, average carbonation, average duration

D. I would definately drink this brew again good character, balance, and flavor. I liked the citrus, malts, and hops. Best Coors beer I have drank to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 02:16:41 | More by smibroncos
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spitInTheOcean

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color. crystal clear. poor head retention. low carbonation.

smell is mild malty and sweetness.

taste is a good variety of malts. a little hop bitterness without any real flavor, and a crisp finish.

a light thin beer with a crisp finish. i suppose it could be called 'refreshing.'

a good beer. not very complicated, but its nice to see coors trying to make an ale and not look like fools doing it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:04:36 | More by spitInTheOcean
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip. Deep amber brown hazy color. Nice thick white foam with actual lacing!
Smells of malt and spices...slight belgian yeast.
It deff has some nice flavor for something out of the Coors Brewery. Malty, yeasty, with a bit of spices. Easy drinker, and probably one of the best macros out there. I got this as part of the winter sampler and would buy again (in a pinch).

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:16:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their Winter Sampler...

Appearance - Poured a finger of white head, quickly dwindled to a cap. Color of the beer is a translucent briliant amber. A fair amount of lacing after the session.

Smell - Definitely get belgian yeast, some sweet citrus, and touch of floral hops.

Taste - Begins with a touch of funk and belgian yeast, sweet citrus flavors of tangerine and orange, slight spiciness like coriander and white pepper, finishing with dried breadcrust and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall - Some pretty good flavors going on here for a macro brew, a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:11:36 | More by blackcompg
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass the beer pours a translucent ruby amber color with a decent finger's width whitish head, decent retention and lacing. The nose is somewhat muted but consists of citrus and wheat with a hint of spice, coriander? The flavor starts with a malty sweet base from which the citrus fruit character and wheat builds. Mildly bitter with a good hop character. Finishes slightly dry and crisp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, an easy drinking pale ale. I wouldn't go and actively pursue it but I wouldn't refuse it either.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 15:43:42 | More by hopfacebrew
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daddydawg80

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 18:05:43 | More by daddydawg80
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Amber body. Head is unacceptably anemic for a Belgian ale.

S: Incredibly fruity and yeasty. Reminds me of apples.

T: Just when I was expecting yet another bland offering from the big boys, I get blasted with a burst of hops when I take my first sip. Citrus and pine are definitely noticeable. Malt is bready and rather understated.

M: Light to medium, middling carbonation.

D: This was certainly a pleasant surprise. It won't cause you to redefine your conception of Belgians, but it has distinct strong flavors, a rarity for BMC.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 06:58:52 | More by BarrelO
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JMad

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was an orange, amber, copper color with a thin white head.

I could smell mostly floral hop aromas, orange citrus, and yeast.

Tastes strongly of orange and citrus hops, and wheat bread.

This beer has a medium body and a juicy finish.

It's good but the orange flavor is a little overpowering I don't know if I could drink very many.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 21:30:19 | More by JMad
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this one out. I must say... people are being way too harsh on this beer. Being that it's from BMC, it's a stab at a rare style from them and it's actually pretty good and refreshing. Nice floral aroma, touch of hops and some dark malts, finishes smooth. Not the best belgian pale ale I've ever had but definitely above average. For the price, it's hard to beat and well worth a try if you just ignore the label.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:46:40 | More by marlinsfan4
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam on the house.

Smell: Simple, humble pale malts with bits of caramel and bread. Mild whiff of citrus hops alongside a drop of orange oil. Meager hint of hibiscus.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly toasty and lightly sweet caramel. A mild flavor of hibiscus -- a stern reminder of the herbal-blend tea bags I always get around to dead last in the assortment box (maybe today will be the day for them). Citrusy touch of orange peel, but also from the use of Cascade hops. Light bitterness. The final half is a mix of light floral, fruity, toasty maltiness hints. Finishes smooth but quick. At no point did I clearly detect any distinct yeast-derived esters or characteristic phenols. Huh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing here particularly cries "Belgian!" However, it's reasonably likable and certainly more enjoyable than most of the mundane product Coors shuffles out the door.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 18:10:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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JerseyPaul

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, light orange color with plenty of carbonation; off white head dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet malt w/ citrus & spice notes; mild hoppiness with fruity Belgian yeast notes

Taste: Sweet, lightly caramel malt with a touch of orange & spice; very light hop bitterness with no alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; good carbonation; smooth but not watery

Drinkability: Goes down smooth & easy; consumable in large quantities in one sitting

Overall, Pale Moon is another respectable entry from Coors' foray into craft beer. As is the case with most of the beers in this line-up; it's a toned down version of the style that the average beer drinker will try & like. You can do better, but you can definitely do worse too.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 19:59:06 | More by JerseyPaul
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a clear amber red colour with fizzy quickly dissipating head.

s-some sweet malt smells, citrus, hoppy bitterness

t-slight hoppiness to it, mild malt flavours to it, a little yeasty type notes....kinda muted IMO.

m-solid mouthfeel for the abv.

d-very...not too controversial but solid for the line.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:52:54 | More by Mit
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Jerone

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a good cream colored head that stays around, good lacing too.

Not a real strong smell, but smells of wheat malt and maybe a tiny bit of hops.

The taste is pretty good but doesn't seem to fit in the style. Toasted wheat and malt with a crisp clean finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

Maybe the best of the Blue Moon series, very enjoyable, but still not as good as a craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:19:33 | More by Jerone
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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