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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
75
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219 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,061
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 134 | 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: 1,061
Photo of jsdunlop
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a see-through copper with a nice fluffy white head that disappears fairly quickly.
S: malts and bread dough
T: touch of caramel sweetness to start, followed by some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Malts make up the majority, with some faint graininess going on. Nice hoppy finish that rounds off the beer well.
M: Moderate body and average carbonation. Very crisp.
O: Pretty good beer overall. No complaints here. (434 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazed copperish colour with a small white head. wisps of lace. sweet malty aroma with peppery hints. sturdy malt bill, not too sweet in the flavour profile gives way to some spiciness and a bit of hop bitterness. not sure if this can be considered a true belgian pale ale but it i suppose it can be considered in the shadow of one. pretty neutral taste wise. it has a decent body with a slightly prickly mouthfeel giving it a quasi BPA character. finishes on the dry side. drinkability is decent. not much there to wax poetic about.

solidly boring. (570 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head, which disintegrates immediately and completely. No lacing.

S: Pungent, woody malt. Pecan shells, with a hint of oregano.

T: Rich, pungent, woody malt with a slight tinge of butterscotch.

M: Full flavored and (kind of) robust with a blunt hoppy character.

D: Robust enough sip down a little more carefully.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice hue, but no head or lacing. Nose is full and robust with a woody and Italian spice character. Flavor is robust and malty with a pungent aftertaste. Overall, this is pretty good quaff. (622 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Pale Ale has a pretty thick, off-white head and a clear, amber appearance with lots of streaming bubbles, but not a lot of lacing. The aroma is sweet and similar to brown bread. Taste is likewise sweet, malty, brown bread, caramel, and a very light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is mostly watery, and Blue Moon Pale Moon finishes fairly dry and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I recommend it.

RJT (428 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a translucent copper color with a moderate off-white head that dissipates in short order. The aroma is mild and unimpressive. The first sip was actually not bad, yielding a mild, somewhat wheaty flavor with a hint of orange. The honeymoon ends there though, with subsequent sips unmasking a mishmash of dilute wheat and nickel (I don't supposed I've ever actually tasted nickel, but I expect it would taste an awful lot like this). A cheap, wheaty fog lingers in the back of the throat for way too long, and further imbibing offers little relief. The label touts cascade hops, though their presence is subtle and used to ill effect. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this brew, but this manages to fall short of even my paltry expectations. (750 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the summer variety pack. Pours clear copper with one finger of white head. Some minor lacing. Smell is floral and citrus. Taste is sweet tangy malts , tart yeastiness, and minor citrus hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with perfect carbonation. Finishes medium dry. Good emulation of the style. Nice introduction to Belgian Pale Ale from an American perspective. (369 characters)

Photo of vicsju1991
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into pint glass
a - clear ambery colour, small white head that stays for a bit, but not long
s - pretty bland, mild citrus notes fight through the blandness
t - not bad, pretty bland like the nose, but some orangey citrus fights through,
m - not too thin, not especially creamy either, but not bad
o - not a great beer, not a bad beer, considering i spent a dollar a bottle, much better than i expected (422 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.01/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a dark amber, translucent and almost copper color. The head poured at 1/2 inch thick and maintained a 1/4 inch thickness throughout the drink with heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is primarily malt, with a hint of really subtle hops. There is a slight skunk/stale scent but not too much or unappealing.

The taste is is soft and well rounded...mainly malt (but not too sweet), some hops (but not too bitter) and a smooth finish with a hint of bitterness that really only creates a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is pleasant; sweet and soft with a slightly dry aftertaste. The carbonation is at a minimum.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. The smell was a little off but the flavor and mouthfeel was good. Worth a try and very drinkable at 5.4%. (772 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
2.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale Moon pours a copper-amber with a thin, off-white head, with very light lacing. The nose is quite light, with hints of caramel, toasted, and biscuity malt notes present, as well as some orange peel and spice. As noticed in the nose, this beer features a heavy malt presence out front, and very little hop profile noticeable. This medium bodied ale has a smooth mouthfeel and a medium amount of carbonation. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a Belgian Pale Ale, but for the price and the ease of locating, a good deal. (523 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass the beer pours a translucent ruby amber color with a decent finger's width whitish head, decent retention and lacing. The nose is somewhat muted but consists of citrus and wheat with a hint of spice, coriander? The flavor starts with a malty sweet base from which the citrus fruit character and wheat builds. Mildly bitter with a good hop character. Finishes slightly dry and crisp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, an easy drinking pale ale. I wouldn't go and actively pursue it but I wouldn't refuse it either. (567 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Brown/copper color. Clear but some hazyness. Limited head and lace.

S. Quite hoppy scent.

T. Dull yet crisp taste. Has a kind of lager sourness to it. The hops don't jump out. Some nutty but nothing bold.

M. A balance, not much there though.

O. Forgettable. (265 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stones Nonic pint glass

A-clear honey suckle orange, almost no head with little or no lace

S-Some malt, not much else

T-as I told my sister-in-law, it has almost no taste. There's really nothing here

M-fair, nothing of note either way

O-Really nothing here to remember, what else should one expect from BMC? (347 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12pk Winter variety pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a copper/amber color with a bubbly head the slowly disappears. Has some mild scents of hops and some grains. Has a slighty bitter tone to the taste. Some bready dough and yeast tastes as well. Has an overall dryer taste than most of the Blue Moon line. Crisp and extremely drinkable, but nothing too special about it. Decent for a Macro-brew, but about average among mirco-brews. (479 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their Winter Sampler...

Appearance - Poured a finger of white head, quickly dwindled to a cap. Color of the beer is a translucent briliant amber. A fair amount of lacing after the session.

Smell - Definitely get belgian yeast, some sweet citrus, and touch of floral hops.

Taste - Begins with a touch of funk and belgian yeast, sweet citrus flavors of tangerine and orange, slight spiciness like coriander and white pepper, finishing with dried breadcrust and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall - Some pretty good flavors going on here for a macro brew, a pleasant surprise. (674 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with full off white head. Good retention of head. Fair lacing of glass. Smells sweet, honeylike.
Taste is citrusy, slightly sweet and grassy; overall pleasant on the tounge with just enough bittering from the hops to save it from being too soda-like. (269 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish deep orange or amber color, clear with a lot of carbonation within. Head is actually pretty nice, 2 fingers, offwhite, and sticks around a while.

S: Some slight grapefruit in the back/hoppy twinge, balanced with a load of sweetness and some bread. Some sort of weed smell in there somehow.

T: Has a surprising hoppy kick to it (surprising considering the company). Not much depth in the flavor, but pretty well balanced. I'm not sure what to make of this beer, or what they were trying to go for here. Seems like they wanted some sort of hoppiness to it, but the flavor isn't very strong. This would be a decent pale ale, but has no business being called Belgian style.

F: Somewhat thin, but smooth and drinkable.

Overall, nothing bad, nothing special. Something to throw back without thinking too much. (882 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
A reddish orange, clear looking beer with a thin off-white head. The head is not dense in appearance and seems to be mainly composed of loose and large bubbles. There is a little lacing, but no sediment.

Smell:
Notes of pale malt with a slight spice. There isn't much from the yeast nor alcohol.

Taste:
This essentially tastes like a decent pale ale. There is no indication this beer has any Belgian characteristic. The pale malt predominates and there isn't even hoppiness to balance. Although the beer is an average Pale ale, it's going to lose points for not displaying any Belgian characteristics whatsoever!

Mouthfeel:
Thin and watery appearance translates into a thin and watery mouthfeel as well. A pale malt and light fruitiness followed by almost no aftertaste. There's very little to this beer aside from some fizzy carbonation and pale maltiness.

Overall:
The beer is definitely not a Belgian pale ale, by any means, but it is a decent drink. I would not buy this beer for myself. (1,008 characters)

Photo of RyanC3958
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. I would prefer Harvest moon over it, but I'd say pretty close. I have always like Blue moon, never really loved it though. Maybe it is because I prefer darker and more hopped beers. In the summer when I'm am looking for a descent beer to casually drink, I will more often then none choose Blue Moon. A little sweet though sometimes. (341 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Clear orangish amber. Slight white head falls and leaves spots of lace.

S: Sweet spices, dried citrus, raw wheat.

T: Overall clean and not unenjoyable. Lacks subtlety and dimension. A little biscuit, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, rum, grainy bitter, apple.

M: Lacking but inoffensive.

D: Okay. (322 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A clear copper color with some off white head which dissipates quickly
Smell: Sweet with caramel malt. Very faint, not much in terms of hops
Taste: Very smooth with a sweet caramel malt taste followed by some faint hop bitterness.
An okay pale ale but was hoping for a bit more flavor. (293 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear toned copper body, atop which is a massive, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. The glass walls are adorned with Belgian-style lacing. The carbonation is slight, with rather small bubbles, and drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of wheat and caramel, orange peel, and some spicy hop notes, rather pleasant.

Taste: Opens with a strong Cascade hop note, soon after there are prominent caramel and toasted malts, and solid bread flavors, and later, bitter apple peel as well. Spicy alcohol and orange rind bring the taste to a close. The hop notes linger on well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Much better than I expected. It will never be a "top 100" beer on BeerAdvocate, but I would be delighted to find Blue Moon Pale Moon in a convenience store of a small, rural town, or on tap at a national restaurant chain. Nicely done.

Presenation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass. (1,049 characters)

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