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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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BA SCORE
72
okay

936 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 12
Gots: 37 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -35.9%

07-08-2013 23:30:04 | More by WOLFGANG
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2012 05:14:16 | More by iL0VEbeer
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:17:13 | More by WoodBrew
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claspada

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-19-2011 19:26:21 | More by claspada
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -3.8%

08-12-2012 20:20:31 | More by vfgccp
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-01-2013 01:50:12 | More by Cynic-ale
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearace: Clear coppoer color with a creamy off-white colored head. Decent retention.

Smell: Very malty, a little sweet. Hint of a fruit note (likey the orange peel). Some hop aroma (would have been fine with more).

Taste: Surprisingly sweet with a late spicy finish. Not as carbonated as many in the Blue Moon lineup. Hop presence blends well.

Mouthfeel: Meduim bodied, subtle carbonation.

Drinkability: Found it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 22:21:05 | More by Haybeerman
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-05-2011 13:36:10 | More by ROGUE16
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DmanGTR

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-29-2013 03:01:22 | More by DmanGTR
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked JUN0611-DO5102219. Sampled on March 27, 2011. Its amber-copper color is about right for a standard pale ale but I was hoping for something with less clarity. Caramel malts and maybe a dash of clove are evident in the aroma with a slight touch of yeast toward the back. The body comes in at around medium. Sweet malts prevail in the taste rather than the wheat, spices, and yeast elements I have come to associate with this style. But there is a slight hop bite at the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:25:50 | More by puboflyons
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FosterJM

California

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

81st review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- Dark amber in color with a busy first pour carbonation. Little head was left and didnt retain well.

Smell- Faint spice note with another small touch of some mild citrus.

Taste- A simple sugary taste with a bit of flower notes on the tounge. Had a muted underlying citrus of orange peel or lemon.

Mouth- It's a bit thin and lacking in bite. It is crisp which is what I am assuming coors was going for.

Drink- Just wanted to try it. Probably wont have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:14:42 | More by FosterJM
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mynie

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in a holiday mix pack. Drank out of a big wine glass because I'm at my dumb parent's house and they don't got proper glassware. Man, the holidays are stupid.

Anyhow... what's the parallel for this? Like, the beers below dubbels and trippels, right? Because that's just damn unfair. This beer looks pretty, but it's got almost nothing going on.

I think it's maybe a better idea to compare this to beers like Fat Tire. This is a Belgian Amber more than it's a Belgian Pale, and by that I mean it's probably made out of Belgian yeast but there's like no complexities there, it's main appeal is its caramely malt and its drinkability. That--and the hops are totally American. This is Belgian only in name.

So judging it as its own, weird thing, this is okay. It's not a Belgian Pale, and I frankly don't like that it's labeled as such because this is a crossover beer and beergeek neophytes shouldn't be told that this is something that it ain't. But aside from that, this is okay. Not great, but totally okay.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 04:25:47 | More by mynie
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Gmann

New York

3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a small white head that settled into a thin ring. The aroma is a buttery malt, which is odd for the style, and some light spicy hops. The buttery aroma transfers over to the taste which mingles with coriander and orange peel. Not very sweet, no evidence of any candi sugar and no yeasty flavors that you typically see in a BPA. This is more of an EPA with coriander. Some very light spicy hops in the end. The feel is light but does have some body, fizzy carbonation makes this brew drink like seltzer, finishes a bit dry. Not very impressive for the style, missing some major components. That said, no real off flavors, easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 01:20:59 | More by Gmann
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-07-2014 23:59:26 | More by canucklehead
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -35.9%

05-29-2014 13:44:07 | More by BGsWo22
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strongaf

Washington

3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-17-2012 20:37:46 | More by strongaf
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Pours a deeper amber-golden color with a nice billowy off white head. The head fades relatively fast leaving a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is quite light. Light caramel and toffee notes are the most prevalent. These are mixed with a little bit of citrus and some spiciness.

Taste – Carmel malt with a little bit of roastiness is the first detected. A little bit of sweeter orange citrus comes and mixes with the sweeter malt, although the citrus is quite light. A little bit of citrus bitterness moves in toward the end and takes the taste to its finish.

Mouthfeel – The body is light to moderate with a little bit of sharpness. The higher carbonation matches the sharpness well, but neither really complement the taste, and somewhat contend with one another.

Overall – This is a rather average brew. Of the Blue Moon varieties this one is likely on the lower end of the scale. It’s OK, but I would take other Blue Moon varieties over this one if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:49:51 | More by Darkmagus82
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick off-white head that thins pretty quickly, sitting on top of a coppery/bronze/sunset color that has total clarity.

Light brown sugar in the nose, fruits like pomegranate and mango, and that certain something typical of so many corporate brews (ie. even though this is an ale, there's a pervading smell of cold steamed veggies).

Flavor is a bit off, considering the style, but not that bad for what it is. Has a cinnamon-y, or potpourri, sort of spicing, some orange zest, with the malt having a toasted/caramel-like edge...the yeast is clearly a bit lower grade than most authentic Belgian pales, and the hops are on the fruitier side. Pretty juicy, with the sweetness well-controlled and the spicing done tastefully. One to drink with an open mind and open palate, because it's really not very "Belgian" at all.

Too carbonated, not having the softness and smoothness it really should. A little bit of fruitiness sticks around in the finish, and this even has a little stickiness, texturally. The bubbles are just too bright.

Nothing totally offensive, but it drinks more like a spiced American amber than a Belgian pale ale. There's such a high standard for Belgians of any variety, this sort of so-so American attempt is pretty weak if you're a fan of the real deal. But in a blind taste test, you could enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day and not be ashamed of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 22:42:57 | More by Metalmonk
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-19-2013 17:26:06 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -3.8%

05-04-2013 21:41:10 | More by ZEB89
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gtermi

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

10-03-2012 05:08:14 | More by gtermi
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

06-02-2012 21:33:25 | More by thegerm87
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-20-2013 16:59:37 | More by williamjbauer
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coppery orange color with a tan collar. Little lacing.

Caramel sweetness with a little Belgian taste and some bitter hops. Nice flavor, but is watered down.

Nice carbonation, but a little thin.

A pretty good beer, but watered down. Drinks fine and is interesting enough to keep interest if in a pinch. It appears Coors is trying to compete seriously in the craft market. They have some work to do, but are doing more than the other big beer companies.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:19:05 | More by jera1350
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tommy5

Michigan

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-13-2013 13:04:18 | More by tommy5
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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