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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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 128 | 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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Photo of daddydawg80
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have avoided this because it's from Coors; however, limited choices at my local grocer prompted me to finally give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised by the balanced flavors and body. This is one of the big boys' most notable attempts at craft type brewing (ie, flavor) and I applaud their effort. I would buy this again.

Photo of harveystarr
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This review may not be popular, however, that's why we all review beer. I'm a strong advocate for Craft Breweries and in general vehemently against the Big Boys ala AB, Coors, Etc. That being said, I must give credit where credit is due.
While I will always go for a craft with character in almost all occasions, I believe there is almost always at least one situation for each and all beers. Blue Moon Pale is a sessionable quaff with enough character to keep anyone interested, but "blah" enough to session all night.

App: No complaints. Great golden amber colour, with a small, tight head.
Smelll: Hops immediately, not overpowering, but just enough.
Taste: Even keeled, with a nice hop kick to it. Not too much character on the hops. Slight malt flavour. But they malt and hops do balance themselves nicely.
Mouth: Adequate, just under medium body.
Overall: Sessionable. Hard to hate, easy to overlook. But as said, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Satanic
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured in a mug it retains a clear hue mixed between orange and copper creating a white foamy head of about a fingers width that retained itself for a good five minutes before settling into a ring around the top of the iced mug. Decent amount of carbonation.

T - A strong taste of hibiscus mixed with bitter hops overwhelms the tongue at first before leaving the palette to produce a slight aftertaste of copper, perhaps being what this brew was conceived inside, and a little bitter flavour due to a slight roasting of the hops. All in all it is quite refreshing and easily drinkable, not a bad beer at all..

S - It has a subtle scent of ale and perhaps hibsus, it was more intense in the bottle for some reason then after I poured it into the glass.

M - It isn't thick nor watery, a good blend.

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer and I would drink it again, I would give it a 3.25/5. I found it in a bewer's winter sample kit. I can't wait for the next seasonal one!

Photo of Mikie
1/5  rDev -67.7%
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.

Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring a lovely burnt orange with a tinge of green, there is a slight creamy citrus aroma, mixed with the subtle notes of Cascade hops and hibiscus. On the tongue, there is a small but distinct hop attack which smooths out rather quickly leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste, all contained in a full but brief mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional either, this is a solid, simple pale ale, refreshing on it's own, but the crisp bitterness would be perfect with fish and chips, the sharp tang complimenting tarter sauce and vinegar. Cheers!

Photo of pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Clear light amber brew with a good sized white head. Retention is good, and there is a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S - Smells like a Killian's. Lighly malty, a hint of toast. Not much going on.

T - I don't see what is "Belgian" at all about this. It's decently tasty, if a little bit boring. Toasted caramel malt, a tiny little wisp of fruity hops on the back end. Overly sweet. Newbies might like this.

M - LIght in body and easy to drink. FInishes a little bit spicy.

I would have guessed that this was an easy going amber ale. Reminds me of that in between sort of beer that isn't really "craft" but is definitely better than piss lager. Michelob Amber Bock, Killian's Irish Red, Pete's WIcked Ale, and the like. This might be one notch above it's macro-brewed bretheren, but its still pretty plain.

Photo of lwillitz
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - 2 fingers of light tan head over a transparent body of copper; moderate rising carbonation

S - malty sweetness, floral, citrus, hint of Belgian yeast funk

T - sweet malts up front, floral notes, wheat bread; peppery spice and citrus in the finish; well-balanced

M - smooth medium/full body with prickly carbonation

O - I'm not a big fan of Belgians, but this is decent.

Photo of jsisko01
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark copper color with a half inch thick head that dissipates after a minute. Leaves behind a nice creamy lacing.

Smell - The aroma is not very strong.. All I detect is malts with a slight buttery character.

Taste - Sweet and very malty with a strong flavor of caramel. Has feint hints of floral hops and citrus as well.. Almost no bitterness is detected.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Honestly, this beer is delicious. But it tastes nothing like a pale ale to me. I think the strong caramel flavor masks the pale ale characteristics of the beer. In my opinion it is similar to a brown ale.

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is close for the style, a pale copper, but it's too clear for my liking. I'd imagine it's to sell beers to us Americans, but the clarity doesn't work for me. The head is off white and a finger thick. Has a faint resemblance to an IPA head, but even that isn't quite right. Decent retention and slight lacing.

For all they supposedly put into this beer, I expected more in the way of smell. I struggled to pick up anything of note before finally catching some orange peel. Didn't get the Cascade hops at all.

The taste improves upon the smell quite a bit. The hops finally show up with faint citrus and the wheat provides a crisp, spice-like flavor.

It's very smooth for the style. Even with the spices, which present slightly in the taste, the wheat brings everything together in a smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. It's probably a good beer for those who grew up on American macros and are afraid of making the jump to craft/import beers.

Photo of poop_brew
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. A wonderful appearance, a nice beer on a cool thanksgiving day!

S: an average citrus aroma with a subtle hop finish. Pretty average though.

T: a nice taste, but not quite was I was looking for in a Belgium pale ale.

M: great drinkability and a smooth carbonation beer.

O: a decent brew. Great for the holidays, but probably wouldn't drink it every night. I'd recommend it to a friend if try hadn't had it before.

Photo of scratch69
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt aroma with notes of wheat and toast. Hints of floral hops and citrus.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt with a slight orange flavor and a hint of floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This not as hoppy as I was expecting from a pale ale. Doesn't take like anything Belgian that I have had before either. Still very drinkable thought.

Photo of Roose13
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Winter sampler

A: Copper

S: Wheat, orange, hops.

T: A bit hoppy, but not too strong or bitter. Taste of wheat, which is the BM style. A bit sweet as well.

M: Medium, balanced in carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall Pretty decent attempt to keep the BM characteristic all while having something hopheads could actually enjoy. Solid beer that makes getting the Winter sampler worth getting.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Jparker37
2.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Copper in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a medium sized off-white head which recedes to a small cap.

S - Lightly toasted malt, sweet orange peel. Citrus hops come across with some lemon qualities. Hint of some juicy fruit esters.

T - Toasty malt holds a strong base. Hops come in mild with earth tones. The bitterness is very smooth. Finishes a little sloppy with some malt sweetness. The earthy hop flavor lasts for a short while in the aftertaste.

M - Has a bit of sweetness for any style of pale ale, medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation.

O - Smell was hiding a little bit in this brew. Flavor seemed to be a little syrupy at times, too sweet, but the hops were pleasant. Way to low of carbonation.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.. Pours a nice copper color with a small white head that leaves a little lacing. Smells really fruity, not terribly surprising, but a little for the type of beer. Tastes of barley grain and some earthy hops. Beer is a little bit overcarbonated but goes down great for its light body. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Photo of nukem5
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick layer of tan foam. Sadly the foam disappears rapidly and there is no lacing at all.

S: Aroma is of malty richness and slightly hopped with a slight pine smell.

T: Taste is of malts and light hops, an earthy taste also a slight corn adjunct flavor.

M: Mouth feel is medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation.

O: Overall an ok beer would drink it again.

Photo of mckenziac
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Taken from a Blue Moon seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. Has a smallish, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet, caramel smell with hints of citrus. The bottle says that they add orange peel, so it very well could be that. Still, all around the smell is a little faint.

Taste: Medium bitterness up front back by sweet, caramel maltiness. Finishes sweet, with a citrusy, fruity end. It has only a little bit of that Belgian yeastiness that one would expect from a Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: Overall, an unimpressive attempt at a Belgian style. Nothing awful, just nothing exceedingly memorable.

Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of sammy1185
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a few from a bottle poured into a glass.

A: Very pretty reddish color, kind of a red/copper, but very little head. Light lacing.

S: Slightly malty with a little hop, toasty, maybe a little nutty

T: I've had better. It's ok, kinda malty with a slightly bitter hop finish, but not much there. The taste lingers. It has some sweet/vanilla notes which are pleasant on the finish, but broken up quickly when the bitter comes in at the last second. The beer also loses flavor quickly as it warms up. Even just over the course of five minutes, as it comes into the 50-55 degree range, it loses most of it's flavor.

M: Sub-par, carbonation is either too high or it's a bit watered down. Can't quite put my finger on.

Overall, I'd accept the drink if offered to or bought for me, but I wouldn't search this one out to buy it. I mean, it's still beer, and I'll be sure to not waste it, but I wouldn't buy it.

Photo of BigCheese
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper Red, thin white head, no lacing.

S: Some toasted malts and a bit of hop, not much.

T: Some bready/molasses, some citrus/pine notes but not overly flavorful. Some brown sugar maltiness. Rather Bland.

M: High carbonation, a tad watery.

O: I agree with another review, not sure what makes this a belgian, and it seemed a tad too malty for a pale ale. Theres several blue moons i prefer to this.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Clear dark rusty copper color with a decent two-finger eggshell colored head which didnt last very long. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts, a little fruit, and a little (not Belgian) yeast. Smells decent enough.

T - Kind of a one-note sweet caramel malt with a nice hit of orange. Orange flavor tastes like a natural part of the brewing process rather than synthetic orange syrup like a flagship BM. Hops provide bitterness for balance but no other real character. Says it's brewed with hibiscus, but cant detect any. Decidedly NOT Belgian. Closer to a brown ale than anything else. I actually liked the taste.

M - Light bodied with prickly carbonation. Finishes very clean.

O - Honestly, this has no qualities that resemble a Belgian Pale. It's almost as if Coors tried (and failed) to mimic the taste without using any Belgian yeasts strains. As a beer? Not bad at all; in fact I kinda enjoyed it. As a Belgian? TERRIBLE.

Photo of Drk93TT
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased and included in a 12 pack for Fall '12 at the local brew store

A: Pours a light orange-copper with minimal head and lacing is pretty much non-existent when downing it.

S: Slight hoppy smell is detected here. can pickup some carmel malt

T: Light-medium carbonation tastes like a lager to me, which is interesting can pickup some bready taste here too.. The Carmel flavor comes through in the middle, and you can pick up the bitter hops for just a moment. The finish flys by.. not much of a exit taste on the tail end of this one.

M: I can actually taste the orange peel and slight hibiscus, it is a nice balance and I am impressed with Coors on this one.. well put together and everything clashes well.

O: Would definitely drink some more, and plan on it soon. The 5.4% is a great bonus too.. very enjoyable after a hard days work. I have not been impressed with much from Blue Moon lately, but this one.. I can say is impressively different!

Photo of frankiepop
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not so pale first of all, and it has a rather robust sweety like flavor for a pale ale. Ok so it's probably not really a pale ale even in the Belgian scheme of things, but this is a drinkable not so bad brew. Reminds me the saison thing. Works in a pinch.

Goes well with Anne Murray music "and when you touch me I just fall in loooove agaaain"

Photo of garymuchow
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying to give this as good as a go as possible - fresh bottle poured into proper glassware (boulevard tulip) and proper temperature. Let's see what comes of it.
Kinda' dark (amber with reds to browns). Very clear. Nice Pfft upon opening. Biggish head but it settles down quickly. No yeast in bottom of bottle.
Where's the yeast in the aroma. Kinda' a gaseous, aqueous, pale with a little vienna or munich malt nose. What the heck!?
Again in the flavor, where the heck is the flavors from the yeast. No spice, no phenols, no nothing. A soft malt with a bit of dryness. Hints of hops.
Carbonated on the big side with a smaller than moderate feel. Soft and that's nice.
Nothing offensive here, except this isn't a belgain pale ale in my book. Malt flavors are a lot like a vienna lager and really not that bad - it's just not a Bel. pale ale.

Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.