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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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,057
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 16
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 219 | Hads: 1,057
Photo of Mikie
1/5  rDev -69.1%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Pluffmud
1.56/5  rDev -51.9%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.82/5  rDev -43.8%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of marvin213
2.05/5  rDev -36.7%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a translucent copper color with a moderate off-white head that dissipates in short order. The aroma is mild and unimpressive. The first sip was actually not bad, yielding a mild, somewhat wheaty flavor with a hint of orange. The honeymoon ends there though, with subsequent sips unmasking a mishmash of dilute wheat and nickel (I don't supposed I've ever actually tasted nickel, but I expect it would taste an awful lot like this). A cheap, wheaty fog lingers in the back of the throat for way too long, and further imbibing offers little relief. The label touts cascade hops, though their presence is subtle and used to ill effect. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this brew, but this manages to fall short of even my paltry expectations. (750 characters)

Photo of janubio
2.16/5  rDev -33.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
2.17/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack, only because I'd never had it. Worse than Blue Moon, and really devoid of any character whatsoever. Poured a decent copper color with minimal head. Not much going on aroma-wise, aside from a little malt. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with a little malt and some apple skins. (331 characters)

Photo of wolfbeast
2.39/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see this marketed as a Belgian Ale, as it has more characteristics of a lager than anything else.

The appearance of it was below par when poured, large volumes of carbonation only produced a small head, which is never a good sign, IMHO.
The smell was average, a little sweet, citrus-y, not very hoppy at all.
Taste: I wasn't impressed. For an average cheap lager it would be a good taste, but not for what this was marketed as.
Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation there too, I'd almost think someone made a mistake at Coors when producing this batch.
Drinkability: It drinks down OK, it's not special, not heady, just average.

Overall, not one of the best beers I've ever tried, and definitely should not have been marketed as a Belgian Pale Ale - that's been the biggest mistake. (801 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.45/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Belgian Pale Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a amber color, produced a off white head with average retention and below average lacing. The aroma of the ale was faint, wheat and coriander. Light in body, this ale is very sweet, some toasted malt, very fruity although i cant put my finger on the fruit. not a lot of balance here- not much to talk about other then its just not a very good beer. (417 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
2.47/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of mikechance
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
2.51/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber brown color with a medium-sized, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly flowery but mostly citrusy. Has only a slight hint of the yeasty smell typical of Belgian styles.

Taste: Has a slight touch of hoppiness backed by a considerable fruity flavor and a bit of malty sweetness. A strange orange flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Watery and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A really sub-par beer if they're aiming for a Belgian Pale Ale. However, it's not THAT bad if you think of it as a Coors product. Still, it's not something I think I'll have again anytime soon. (716 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
2.51/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: good color, a nice reddish hue with an off white 1 finger head which dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing down the glass.

S: hint of hops and grains.

T: citrus taste that is followed by bitterness

M: really thin and flat, just a little more fizz than tapwater.

Overall, must have gotten a bad beer. I can't see why anyone would choose to drink this. maybe they just wanted to create a style that they could incorporate with the word "moon" somehow. (459 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ummm... I don't think so. Unfortunately I didn't drink this before Coors got their hands on it so I'm not sure, but it's complete garbage if we're going to characterize this as a Belgian Pale Ale. Zero head, not much carbonation, clear rust in colour. Lacking in any real depth. Smells like honey and malt, but I don't detect any yeast - a hallmark of the Belgian. Quite malty and sweet in taste, but not well-balanced. Nice dry finish. Never buying this again. (461 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not a huge fan of the Blue Moon beers that I've had, but as I explain in my last review, a friend of mine (alas, not a beer guy) brought over a whole goddam twelve pack of Blue Moon products the other night and we have several left over. So, I decided I should review them. This is #2 of 3.

Pours a decent amber color with a relatively nice head that fades fast and leaves no lace. Nothing terrible about the appearance, but nothing noteworthy either. The nose is sort of sweet and hoppy, as if someone took a Blue Moon witbier and dumped some hops in the kettle. Kinda funky to be honest, almost strawberry-ish. The taste is just as bland as I'd expected. Flat and uninspired but with a noticeable hop presence. Very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is thin but it actually finishes nice and dry at the end.

Again, another very ordinary beer from Coors. The style suggests at least some complexity, but this beer, much like the Blue Moon flagship witbier, is dull and lacking of so many elements. A watery imposter. (1,018 characters)

Photo of rashbash22
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- very light amber color with a very light lacing that is very hard to detect unless looking up close.

S- wheat, grains, grass?, coriander, corn?

T- starts with a extremely sweet flavor up front with a very lightly dry ending that tends to die out quickly and leaves a macro brew lager flavor lingering.

M- starts out decent then feels like you just drank flavored water

O- A style that blue moon did not try too hard to make. will not buy again. (451 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Somewhere deep inside the fine brewery of Coors, there is a very smart man in a very high position that tasted this beer and decided that it was marketable as Belgian Pale Ale. That man should step outside his cubicle and sample a few other representatives of the style before walking this path again.

The beer begins with an appealing, bright copper-amber hue and with a formitable foamstand, at least at first. Quickly disipating the head leaves light traces of lacing, but then still.

Spicy aromas come from a nice blend of citrus hops, orange zest, and other added spices. But no real yeasty esters, phenols, or peppery character that is essential in Belgian varieties. A crisp caramel scent rides in the background and smells very American in the part-malt / part-grain malt profile.

For better, or worse the beer is farily consistent from the olfactories to the tastebuds. Again, a pleasant palate-cleansing citrus spicy character is there, albeit forced. A hint of maltiness persists but not at any meaningful level- just a decoration lurking behind.

The beer needs a malty backbone in the texture but it just isn't there. Partly grainy and partly malty, the beer falls apart as the beer hits the toung. Hops and spices dominate the bittered mouthfeel and sometimes approach astringent levels but the back off for a citrusy and fleeting finish.

Not necessarily a bad beer, but this beer should not be placed in the ring with the Rare Vos or Duvels of the world-- it's out of its class. ....and somebody, buy that Coors guy a real Belgian Pale! (1,555 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into clean clear glass courtesy of my brother Peter. Thanks Pete.

A Light brown body under a less than impressive thin light head that dissapeared quickly.

S Not much..some wimpy hops could be smelled.

T Boring watered down Pale Ale. Really, there are some malt, grain, hops tastes but it is all very distant, diluted by water(?).

M Light. There is a touch of moderate mouthfeel due to the distant tastes.

D Average at best due to the lack of tastes.

Notes. My least favorite of the three "Moons" that I have tasted. (Blue, Full, Pale). I am not even sure that this can be considered a Pale Ale let alone a "Belgian" Pale Ale. Oh well. (662 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend brought a six pack of this over recently, and a bottle was left over from that. Have had this beer several times over the years, but not in a long while, so might as well review it.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer pours a semi cloudy, bright orange, with a dull copper hue. A frizzy off white colored head rose, and faded, leaving minor spotty lacing. (remember this having a more creamy head, maybe that's draft)

S: Malty orange peel, sweet malted barley, apples, and sugar.

T: Sugary caramel, oranges, malt, and little metallic dirty penny bitterness that lends a dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly sticky in syrup kind of way, but crisp.

O: Have had my share of this a few years back, but now it gives me a headache, to be honest, not sure why. As a faux craft beer, it's average. As a Belgian Pale ale, it fails, imho. It has it's place though. As for me, when I see a non BA, or non-craft beer enthusiast drinking this, I see someone that knows there is flavor in beers beyond Adjunct lagers. Basically it's a gateway to better beer, imho, and for that, it has its place. (1,138 characters)

Photo of DoppleJock
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

04/11/2010
12 oz. bottle poured into Maudite tulip glass.

A: Poured a clear copper with quickly dissipating head. Almost no lacing. Not a good start...

S: Mildly sweet malts, hint of orange peel. Actually smells pretty grainy.

T: Can barely taste the toasted malts. A little bit of orange peel, but that's it. Not much going on here at all...

M: Thin and watery.

D: Easy to put down more than one of these, but why bother? Not something I'd try again. (456 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright orange amber. Gigantic white foam heads.

Smells ... fairly harmless, actually. A bit of spice and orange, perhaps some other citrus.

Taste is bland. Some sort of soury apple, maybe some orange . . . perhaps a bit of pepper. Just too watery and forgettable.

I'd stick with blue moon. The carbonation level is way too high. (339 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of BrianBoruma
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Appearance: Finger thick head of white foam that dissipates after a few moments and does cling slightly to the side. Liquid is amber colored.

Aroma: Kind of disappointing. Was hoping for more. I get a bit of malt and that's it.

Taste: Malt. It's got some slight spice notes, which I'm guessing come from the addition of orange peel and hibiscus (according to the bottle anyway) but it's lighter than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel. Fuller than I expected. Decently carbonated, but doesn't finish as dry as I'd expect based on the addition of the candi sugar they mention (again from the bottle.)

Overall. Eh, I feel like for an American interpretation Fat tire wows me a bit more. This one isn't bad but overall I'm unimpressed. (768 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz. twist off bottle opens with a light hint of carbonation and poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear amber golden with a light cap of just off white foam. Retention is brief and an ever so soft carbonation drifts upward.

Caramel malts on the nose are prominent, with a light touch of spice and an equally light hint of Belgian yeast notes. Warms to offer a bit more yeast notes but offers a mostly roasted malt and citric hop character. A bit afield for the style.

More of the same in flavor with caramel and some orange flavors up front and some spice after that. Finishes a bit sweet yet offers a flash of roasted bitterness on the finish. Comes across as an English Pale in body and feel given the light carbonation. (735 characters)

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