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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 metter98
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear reddish amber and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of orange peel and wheat are present in the nose along with notes of hibiscus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hibiscus seems to be a bit more prominent and there are also some notes of malty sweetness. A slight amount of bitterness from the hops is discernible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.
O: This beer seemed to be a bit too malty and sweet for the style and could have used some more hop bitterness. It’s definitely not as drinkable compared to the Blue Moon witbier.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an amber color, it has a light tan head on top that leaves a light lacing. The smell of the beer has a decent malt aroma with a touch of spicy hops. The taste was crisp and malty. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good surprisingly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and some spice. Not much else and doesn't really seems like a Belgian-style ale.

T - It tasted of spices and caramel. Some yeasty bite with a bready backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. Maybe it could convert some one to craft beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

snowed in at the inlaws i am stuck working through their fridge so this is what i get along with a slew of others.

the pour was decent, light amber with a head of white on top that seemed to last a few moments before collapsing in on itself. aroma of light spice, hints of lemon and a touch of grain, but very light an muddled together fairly well. flavor is about the same though a decent citrus fruit touch made it somewhat more drinkable and left a decent, and light dry touch to the finish.

overall it was better then most of their offerings but again that is not saying alot. still worked for a quick refresher before more shoveling.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing my Blue Moon Winter variety pack. Damn, it's been a while... This stuff pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, biscuit, light greens, and a touch of orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the greens are joined by strong grass and light pine needles to form a gang of bittering hooligans that mess with the already kinda so-so status quo. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pedestrian BPA at best, one that tries too hard to be all Belgain-y and pale ale-y without actually succeeding much at either.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of a blue moon sampler pack.

A: 1.5 finger head of slight but fair cream, decent thickness, and alright retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Light butterscotch, some bittering hops, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength aroma.

T: The bittering hops are thankfully not overdone, and they mesh well with the light caramelized malt note - which itself rides atop a pleasantly subtle barley foundation. Fairly simply built, but decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting partially the flavours of the body.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, quite affordable for an import, and decent quality. I'd have it again - especially if it were on draught.

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Photo of Jason
3.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Zero head retention & not much more lacing

S: Slight orange blossom & apple peels

T: Caramel, appleskins & pears up front. Dryness, appleskins & faint lemon hops as this warms. Finishes with apple peels & citric hop crispness, plus some caramel & more dryness

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation & some stickyness

Drinks alright, not a good or great BPA, but would do in a pinch. a touch too dry for my liking

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.82/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Apr 05 10 stamped on the neck - poured into tulip glass:

Pours a bright, clear, reddish orange-ish copper with a thin white head that becomes a thin layer of swirl. Some uneven lacing sticks.

The smell has a "Blue Moon" character with floral notes (from hibiscus), a slice of orange peel and a light citric note (presumably from the Cascade hops that states on the label on the neck).

The taste is grainy with some light caramel. There is a blandness to it. They might as well have used cluster hops rather than cascade in the flavour, as they are so subdued... Cascade hops in a "Belgian-style"...well, it's not traditional, but it is an international world, and may have worked well, but here they don't really do much. There is a spiciness to it...
but there is also a wet-cardboard-ish character in the finish.

Light-bodied,carbonated - more prickly than effervescent.

Well - it's a far cry from "Belgian-style". There are mild, "session" Belgian-styles - this is not one of them. It's not "bad", just has a certain blandness, and might appeal somewhat to macro drinkers who have not had true Belgian beers ... but there are mild, sessionable Belgians and Belgian-styles with more character...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber (darker than a copper) in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some slightly orangish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film covering about 50% of the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate notes of wheat, orange peel, and some floral/herbal hops.

T: Light to moderate amounts of malty sweetness with some light floral and caramel notes. Additionally there is a light herbal hop note which does not lend as much bitterness as I would have expected for the style.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer is somewhat easy to drink but it is much too sweet for the style and is slightly out of balance between the malts and the hops (almost like there is a slight lack of hops). Moderate amounts of complexity.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a clear copper orange. Pours a 1 and a half finger slightly off white head. Leaves some splattered lace. Good retention.

Aroma is of spices, yeast, caramel, earthy hops. The aroma is a little weak for a BPA.

Taste is of a lot of spices, slight alcohol, some hops. It is kind of hard to distinguish the flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: is very crisp. Not smooth at all, which is something I may have expected. Medium to full bodied. Highly carbonated.

Overall, not the best Belgium style beer I have had, but I didn't have that high of hopes as it is Blue Moon. I won't be having another one of these.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not impressed. Beer served in a snifter. This was 89 cents at the local store and I thought, eh...it's probably worth my 89 cents. I was mistaken.

Beer is kind of red, with a white head and some lacing, redder than I thought but looks like beer.

Smells like nothing.

tastes like nothing. Beer is medium to light in body, really thin no flavors at all...nothing...HELLO!!!! Bargh! What a waste.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I know I keep promising about The CANQuest (TM), bottle be back to it soon, I swear!

From the bottle: "A Belgian-style pale ale crafted with a hint of wheat, orange peel, and hibiscus [!] for a perfectly balanced hop taste and smooth finish."; "Pale Moon is our unique take on a pale ale. It's crafted with a touch of wheat to offer an inviting hop taste with a smooth finish. Pale Moon is brewed with Cascade hops, European malts, and a touch of orange peel and hibiscus - all perfectly balanced in this copper-colored ale. Cheers!"

From the style description, in lieu of direction on the bottle: "They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the bottle." I did not see much (if any) yeast in the bottle, but I bore it in mind as I poured. I am pretty sure that this was filtered, but I was careful all the same, which resulted in mere wisps for head. Win some, lose some. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity ("CU -colored? Who they tryin' ta zoom?). Nose had a distinctive honey odor - could this be what the hibiscus was adding, if anything? Mouthfeel was actually pretty full, not outright creamy, but close. The taste was bland for all of the adjuncts that they mention. It was pale, all right, pale in flavor. I got a tea-like flavor in the mouth and whether it could be attributed to either the hibiscus or the hops, I do not know. Finish was grassy, somewhat tea-like, but just not a lot happening. This was not bad, just boring.

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Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color, small bubbly head fades away after a while. No lace.

Smell: Bready malts and flowery hops.

Taste: Like a hoppy amber ale, decent bitterness, leafy hops with a bit of citrus. Belgian ale characteristics similar to a Dekoninck, very light and faint. All in all, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high level of carbonation, semi dry finish.

Drinkability: The best Blue Moon/ coors product Ive had to date.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

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