Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
02-24-2012 19:27:51 | More by metter98
2.58/5 rDev -17%
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!
02-05-2009 02:57:52 | More by BEERchitect
3.33/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
01-11-2011 00:04:19 | More by mikesgroove
3.45/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
06-17-2009 18:10:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
07-20-2011 23:51:46 | More by Knapp85
2.85/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
01-17-2012 20:22:19 | More by TMoney2591
3.03/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-24-2012 02:13:01 | More by zeff80
3.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
01-03-2011 03:36:00 | More by Jason
1.83/5 rDev -41.2%
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.
12-06-2008 21:19:21 | More by WVbeergeek
3.43/5 rDev +10.3%
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
07-14-2008 00:08:16 | More by russpowell
2.8/5 rDev -10%
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.
06-01-2011 03:13:53 | More by drabmuh
3.53/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
12-18-2010 21:31:07 | More by WesWes
3.08/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-17-2010 03:24:09 | More by Mora2000
2.9/5 rDev -6.8%
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...
01-31-2010 04:23:16 | More by jwc215
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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