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
75
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219 Reviews
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,057
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 16
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
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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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 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 DannyS
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

A - A clean dark amber color with a decent head. Par for the course.

S - Fairly straightforward; a spicy, hoppy aroma. It's your everyday pale ale with some orange peel and herbaceous spices.

T - Very bready, good amount of hops for the style, blending well with the aforementioned spice. Nothing to write home about, but still very enjoyable

M - Feels fizzier than most pale ales, and tends to foam up as I'm swallowing it. I thought this would be a bad thing, but I'm rather enjoying the unusual feel.

D - It's pale ale. Not a chugging beer, but easily drinkable.

Blue Moon in general is definitely a great gateway into craft beer for those raised on the American macrobrew, and this offering is no different. (763 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Typical golden pale ale color. Nice head with decent retention, not much lacing though.

S - Malty smell, but good hops smell as well.

T - Nice taste, not as much hops as I would have expected from the smell, and could have used more hops flavor to me, but still pretty good. A fairly sweet beer with a little hops to balance it out.

M - Just average to me, nothing impressive here.

D - Pretty drinkable beer.

Pretty good beer, might buy this one again for something a little different sometime. (503 characters)

Photo of peabody
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me as a xmas present. 12 pack with the blue/pale/and fullmoon.
Pours out a golden copper clear with little off-white suds. Not much lacing here.
Smell is bland at best but can detect some belgian yeast and malt but very very faint.
Taste is watery at best but a better than the full moon.
I think this is not bad and would drink multiples but would wish I had something that had some more(lots more) flavor.
Justa very average beer. (441 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
December 7, 2008

Pours copper brown very little head dissipates right away Smells overly malty no real hop aroma Taste is overly carbonated lots of malt some grain Not very yeasty Drinkable yet too carbonated Fair effort but Id rather have a different brand Belgian if I had the choice (308 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden honey colored with a fizzy white head that dissapates pretty quickly, minimal lacing. Faint apple spiciness in the nose with mild hops. Tastes okay,Pale moon is to belgian pale what blue moon is to belgian wit, a sort of wimpier version for the typical macro drinking public.Has a medium bodied mouthfeel and really is pretty drinkable but nothing special. (363 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color. There is a lot of fizz that creates a huge white head that has a lot of retention.
Smell has a very nice hop smell to it. The cascade hops are the strongest scent, but there is also a bit of orange peel and hibiscus smell.
The taste has much more malt than the smell. There is a strong toffee malt to the taste. The hops take the back seat in the taste, but the orange peel has a stronger taste with a very small tinge of hibiscus.
Mouthfeel is very nice for a pale ale. There is a good thickness to the feel and it is very smooth.
Drinkability is good on this pale ale. There is a good amount of tastes without any overbearing factors. The smooth drink makes this incredibly drinker. Not one of the greatest pale ales I've ever had, but I can see this one taking off in bars because it has a good amountof flavor to it and is still drinkable for a whole night. (895 characters)

Photo of OverToad
4.63/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a brewmasters collection 24 pack at Sams which also included Blue Moon and Full Moon.

This is by far the best tasting beer out of the Blue Moon line-up. I drank a few of these right off the bat and this is a really easy beer to drink.

Color is a reddish clear with nice head. Smell is fantastic. (304 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 nasty15108
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Koningshoeven glass.

A - Poured a clear copper color. Decent head of white foam that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly film. Above average carbonation.

S - Malty with hints of caramel/sugar.

T - More of the same. Hints of orange and spice, with a dry finish. This ale reminded me a little of "Old Slugger Ale" by Coperstown Brewery.

MF&D - Not bad for a Coors. Tasty and very drinkable. (425 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a winter mix samplar esp for this beer. Glad i did. I think this little pale could be the best Moon of the bunch.

It poured a nice copper-like orange. An egg-shell colored head was full and did maintain a good film to lace pretty good. Even had some ring lace to it. Carbonation was good in my opinion for it softened the mouthfeel though a slight fizz could be had if you placed the glass to your ear.

The aroma carried a citric hop, pine and yeasty bread.

The taste was a good citric balance of hop with a hint of pine.

The mouth was soft and easy. Non-intrusive to a meal and leaves a slight dry pine needle fo finish.

Drinkability, oh ya. Very smooth and easy. Goes down perfectly if not close. I hope they six pack this stuff. A hit im sure it would be. (773 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Has a printed expiration of "APR0509".

Appearance: Amber/orange body with a decent off-white head.

Smell: I can actually pick up the scent of the cascade hops. Smells like a pretty decent English-style pale ale with a little bit of extra spices.

Taste: This is definitely the best tasting of all the "Moon" beers that Coors makes. At first it tastes like a lightly hopped pale ale but the bitter orange peels come through on the finish. (491 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 gpogo
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper with large creamy slightly off-white head. Head sticks around later dissipating into a foamy covering leaving a light and sparse lacing. Very clear showing off a lively carbonation. Seems to be a filtered beer as there was no yeast in the glass, nor the bottle.

A- There is a slight bitter hop aroma, though it smells like no cascade hop aroma I've known. Sweet malt aroma. I smell no hibiscus or orange as the bottle says.

T- A rather dry beer. Upfront I get some fruity sweet malt with a slight taste of alcohol. Sortof grainy tasting, finishes off dry giving it a bit more of a bitter taste. As far as fruity tastes I am noticing a light pear taste with a bit more of a citrusy orange note.

M- The body seems to be on the light side, at times feeling a bit watery. The carbonation is moderate-high to high. Leaves my mouth a bit sticky feeling afterwards.

D- I've never been too fond of Blue Moon seasonal's. This is one of the few I could tolerate drinking. It's not too alcoholic and is rather plain(especially for the Belgian style). (1,053 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is inviting with pine hops, yeast, bread, citrus and maybe a touch of spice. The elements are good but somehow they fail to completely impress. The appearance is deep gold with an orange hue. The head is average. The taste is not as complex as the aroma. It's got some soapy and astringent bitter elements but mostly it's got a macro twang to the malt and a touch of citrus. Like the aroma the taste doesn't work 100%. The palate is thin. Overall it's better than most macro's but suffers some of the same problems. (525 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice darker amber color with a very tall and very thick tan colored head that takes some time to fade and laces the glass very nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts with hints of caramel but no yeast aromas are present.
T: Tastes of a very sweet caramel malt with some candy sugar added perhaps. The sweetness fades a bit but does't leave a bitter taste afterwards. A hint of fruity flavors at the end.
M: Very smooth, sweet, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. I would say this is what the Budweiser American Ale was striving for but fell way short. This is a much much more enjoyable option and a good solid beer all around. (680 characters)

Photo of SJI
3.99/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

More of the same from the Blue Moon Brewing Company - a highly drinkable, delicious ale. The aroma and flavor are both quite fruity, although neither the orange nor hibiscus can be easily distinguished from the characteristic Cascade presence. If there is a true Belgian aspect to this pale ale, it's lost on me. But beyond that, this one has few flaws. (353 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, almost peachy or sunset colored. Two fingers of white head emerge and settle fairly quickly with some minimal lace.

S - There's a beautiful aroma, something floral and spicy. Hops are here but the hibiscus mentioned on the bottle is very well represented as well. There is a sweet graininess behind the floral aroma with hints of butter and caramel.

T - Big floral taste from what I assume to be the hibiscus. Sweet, fruity malt pulls through with hints of apples and grapes along with nutty flavors pulling through late palate. Minimal hop bitterness in the finish. Great harmony of flavors here.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft to moderate carbonation.

D - A good, solid beer with plenty of flavor. I could see myself sessioning this stuff regularly. Overall a pleasant surprise. (862 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the freebie. 12oz bottle into a Piraat snifter. Pours a crisp copper with a decent off-white head that slowly diminished to a ring. Aroma is a somewhat fragrant amount of crisp citrus hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. The taste is a litte bit more bland with some caramel malt and slight hops with a hint of yeast. The beer is somewhat crisp and refreshing but slightly heavier than the alcohol suggests. This is probably the best Blue Moon beer I've had yet, but that's not exactly saying that much. (525 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with some good head and nice lacing, and a fair bit of carbonation. It has a nice floral scent, hints of hops and bitterness, although a little weak. Nice taste, very clean, crisp, and refreshing, with a very nice hoppy/pale ale flavor and a nice bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, athough it wasn't as strong as it could have been, and it tasted more like it contained American hops rather than anything used in a Belgian pale ale, but it was still quite good. It goes down extremely well, very smooth.

Considering its a 'macro' pale ale, this is a great pale ale. It was inexpensive and would be a fantastic starter beer for someone who hasn't tried a sturdier pale ale. Even on its own, it's really quite good. (747 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (495 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (435 characters)

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