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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

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902 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%


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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MaximalC

Illinois

2.03/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:46:19 | More by MaximalC
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Spikester

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 05:23:04 | More by Spikester
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:05:47 | More by vicsju1991
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zeff80

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:13:01 | More by zeff80
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 23:22:15 | More by PhantasIPA
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phishsihq

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:47:55 | More by phishsihq
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 15:43:42 | More by hopfacebrew
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Amalak

New York

3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:40:10 | More by Amalak
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metter98

New York

3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:27:51 | More by metter98
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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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aranheaney

New York

2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:22:28 | More by aranheaney
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 20:22:19 | More by TMoney2591
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 21:36:05 | More by Lemke10
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:11:36 | More by blackcompg
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:40:25 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 23:49:42 | More by BucBasil
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:23:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
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RyanC3958

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 18:08:16 | More by RyanC3958
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 18:54:11 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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rwrk42

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:53:14 | More by rwrk42
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Pegasus

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 13:40:17 | More by Pegasus
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Belgian Pale Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a amber color, produced a off white head with average retention and below average lacing. The aroma of the ale was faint, wheat and coriander. Light in body, this ale is very sweet, some toasted malt, very fruity although i cant put my finger on the fruit. not a lot of balance here- not much to talk about other then its just not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:14:20 | More by GossageBrewery
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rashbash22

California

2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- very light amber color with a very light lacing that is very hard to detect unless looking up close.

S- wheat, grains, grass?, coriander, corn?

T- starts with a extremely sweet flavor up front with a very lightly dry ending that tends to die out quickly and leaves a macro brew lager flavor lingering.

M- starts out decent then feels like you just drank flavored water

O- A style that blue moon did not try too hard to make. will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 05:32:07 | More by rashbash22
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with off white head.

Nose is malty with caramel and honey notes. Nothing distinctly Belgian or pale ale-ish.

Taste is sweet and syrupy. Caramel roasted grains and a slight acidity as well, hints of rotten/brown apples. Don't taste any Belgian yeast and barely any aromatic hop presence. Bittering hops quite pronounced.

Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied.

I don't know why they call it a Belgian Pale Ale. Tolerable, but not special in any way. Won't seek out ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 04:44:39 | More by syrupjoe
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Rayek

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Moon hits my tulip with a not particularly pale copper hue. A dense eggshell head falls quickly to a patchwork film. The beer leaves a bit of lace.

Sourdough Belgian yeast is the most prevalent feature. Toasted grain comes next. Bitterness is mild and a little citrusy. The beer thins out late. Its light body doesn't have the vigorous carbonation I expect from this style.

OK, but not fabulous. This is a very safe Belgian that doesn't take any chances.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:46:47 | More by Rayek
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