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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

930 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not impressed. Beer served in a snifter. This was 89 cents at the local store and I thought, eh...it's probably worth my 89 cents. I was mistaken.

Beer is kind of red, with a white head and some lacing, redder than I thought but looks like beer.

Smells like nothing.

tastes like nothing. Beer is medium to light in body, really thin no flavors at all...nothing...HELLO!!!! Bargh! What a waste.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:13:53 | More by drabmuh
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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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BrianBoruma

California

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Appearance: Finger thick head of white foam that dissipates after a few moments and does cling slightly to the side. Liquid is amber colored.

Aroma: Kind of disappointing. Was hoping for more. I get a bit of malt and that's it.

Taste: Malt. It's got some slight spice notes, which I'm guessing come from the addition of orange peel and hibiscus (according to the bottle anyway) but it's lighter than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel. Fuller than I expected. Decently carbonated, but doesn't finish as dry as I'd expect based on the addition of the candi sugar they mention (again from the bottle.)

Overall. Eh, I feel like for an American interpretation Fat tire wows me a bit more. This one isn't bad but overall I'm unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:36:38 | More by BrianBoruma
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Retsinis

California

2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend brought a six pack of this over recently, and a bottle was left over from that. Have had this beer several times over the years, but not in a long while, so might as well review it.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer pours a semi cloudy, bright orange, with a dull copper hue. A frizzy off white colored head rose, and faded, leaving minor spotty lacing. (remember this having a more creamy head, maybe that's draft)

S: Malty orange peel, sweet malted barley, apples, and sugar.

T: Sugary caramel, oranges, malt, and little metallic dirty penny bitterness that lends a dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly sticky in syrup kind of way, but crisp.

O: Have had my share of this a few years back, but now it gives me a headache, to be honest, not sure why. As a faux craft beer, it's average. As a Belgian Pale ale, it fails, imho. It has it's place though. As for me, when I see a non BA, or non-craft beer enthusiast drinking this, I see someone that knows there is flavor in beers beyond Adjunct lagers. Basically it's a gateway to better beer, imho, and for that, it has its place.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 21:30:14 | More by Retsinis
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OrangeAmps

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured light amber with tiny head and a fair bit of lacing. very clear in complexion.

the smell was yeast forward with a smidge of mild hops

The taste was similar to that of a diluted pseudo-belgian blue moon.

For a Coors offering, not bad and certainly way better than the crap they usually make. It is not as good as blue moon, and certainly not deserving of the title of Belgian pale ale. Pretty weak for the style, but not terrible overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:30:00 | More by OrangeAmps
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tbern007

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with small head, little lace. Some haziness to it.
S - yeasty, mild hops, mild grain.
T - yeast, grain, mild malt, like a wheat, pale ale, yeast mixture.
M & D - not that fanastic. Mild and bland in general. Drinkable on a hot day but of all the brews out there, this isn't anywhere near a must have for anyone.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 21:05:08 | More by tbern007
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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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jmvecchio1

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium amber in color and rich white head. There's a LOT of carbonation.

S - Biscuity amber malts with a light amount of orange and lemon peel in the back.

T - Smooth, little carbonation bite on it. Toasty malts and a fruit zest throughout the drink. Finishes relatively dry, maybe a little from the hops.

M - Lighter side of moderate mouthfeel.

D - Drinks nicely-very sessionable, it's thinner for a pale ale, but it's nice. I'm not sure how it's a Belgian pale in style though...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:50:49 | More by jmvecchio1
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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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zhanson88

California

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale Moon pours a copper color with about a half-finger of slightly off-white head. Retention and lacing are both poor.

Smell: Light citrus zest (orange, slight lemon) is the most forward scent in this one. I read on the label that they brew this beer with hibiscus too, which I can smell as well but couldn't place without reading about it. It's a bit of a floral-type scent.

Taste: Light wheat malts and orange zest comprise the front of this beer. Hibiscus florals are fairly prevalent on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between light and medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. It's probably the smoothest drinking Blue Moon incarnation I've had though. It's fairly drinkable, but calling this a Belgian Pale Ale is a bit of a crime in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 07:05:50 | More by zhanson88
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junabee

Maine

3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours Copper with a white head that dissipates quickly although i did wash this glass in the dishwasher which may account for the head dissolving, clear although it is not pale it is more amber-copper.

S-Heavy Diacetyl aroma, malty backbone, with a slight citrus hop note.

T- Delivers what the nose promises, tastes buttery with a nice sweet malt backbone and finishes nicely with some bittering hops.

M- Nothing special a little thin for the aroma and taste so this would be the only imbalance in the beer.

D- This beer is classified as a Belgian Style Pale Ale, it is 115% better than blue moon the original. It was surprisingly delicious, but is not delicious for its style. If this was labeled an English Bitter I would have rated it an A, very reminiscent of Old Thumper with a bit more hoppy life to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 04:11:23 | More by junabee
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin offwhite head that dissipates into a ring around the rim rather quickly. Amber body with a hint of redness. Extreme floral scent. Smells like potpourri and grass. Very complex flavor, but not very balanced for my preferences, which don't tend to favor overbearing hoppiness. An assault on the tongue with medium hop bitterness and overbearing grassy notes. I'm not a fan of pale ales, but I will do my best to grade within a style I'm not familiar with. I think the hoppy bitterness is probably balanced within the style (if not to my liking), with strong notes of tobacco and acetaldehyde. I imagine this would go over well with the PA crowd. Smooth mouthfeel and finish. If I felt particularly violent and manly, I might drink a few of these on a given night. They just feel aggressive in my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 07:15:52 | More by ZenAgnostic
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brunrn1

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I cant promote a beer that needs an orange slice to make it taste better or at least try to taste better. I tried a pint of this and could not drink anymore after that pint. I had to switch beers. To me this might be more of a ladies type of beer, I cant see a bar full of men drinking beer with oranges in it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 15:20:11 | More by brunrn1
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TheGarvenator

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours dark and amber with somewhat of a head

S - smells like orange peel with hops and malt

T - tastes mostly like what it smells like; malty orange peel with hops and hibiscus...

M - very carbonated with the tangy feeling of citrus

D - very drinkable with a good finish

Ive usually have the original Blue Moon and I was impressed with the pal ale version...still holds true to the citrus flavor that reminds you its a Blue Moon....I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Blue Moon and a good tasting pale ale with a crisp orange taste..

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 04:07:47 | More by TheGarvenator
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a clear amber red colour with fizzy quickly dissipating head.

s-some sweet malt smells, citrus, hoppy bitterness

t-slight hoppiness to it, mild malt flavours to it, a little yeasty type notes....kinda muted IMO.

m-solid mouthfeel for the abv.

d-very...not too controversial but solid for the line.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:52:54 | More by Mit
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Looneybiz

Ohio

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

Poured into a pint glass with about a half inch of head. Disappeared pretty fast thought. Beer has a nice appearance and the smell was ok. Upon tasting it you get a small amount of flavor with little to no after taste.

It's been my favorite of the Blue Moon varieties so far and I would drink it again because its really not bad for a beer that is easily accessable and not overly pricey.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 08:18:48 | More by Looneybiz
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JMad

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was an orange, amber, copper color with a thin white head.

I could smell mostly floral hop aromas, orange citrus, and yeast.

Tastes strongly of orange and citrus hops, and wheat bread.

This beer has a medium body and a juicy finish.

It's good but the orange flavor is a little overpowering I don't know if I could drink very many.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 21:30:19 | More by JMad
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KiltedCulinarian

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled, poured into an American pint glass. Pours a translucent hazel colour, with a thin nut brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells of nut as well. Very mild in flavor, a little syrupy on the finish, well rounded. Not as bitter as I've come to expect from a pale ale, and much richer. Minimal carbonation. I wasn't anticipating enjoying this beer, but it has paid off very well. Entirely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:55:15 | More by KiltedCulinarian
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazed orange color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of spice and citrus as well as that typical witbier smell. Tastes of light spices, a little hops, and a little orange citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is normal for style and carbonation is high. Drinkability is decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 20:17:36 | More by TheKingofWichita
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HalfFull

California

2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz. twist off bottle opens with a light hint of carbonation and poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear amber golden with a light cap of just off white foam. Retention is brief and an ever so soft carbonation drifts upward.

Caramel malts on the nose are prominent, with a light touch of spice and an equally light hint of Belgian yeast notes. Warms to offer a bit more yeast notes but offers a mostly roasted malt and citric hop character. A bit afield for the style.

More of the same in flavor with caramel and some orange flavors up front and some spice after that. Finishes a bit sweet yet offers a flash of roasted bitterness on the finish. Comes across as an English Pale in body and feel given the light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 23:00:54 | More by HalfFull
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YuenglingMan1987

North Carolina

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

Had a bottle from Blue Moon's Winter Sampler 12pk.

A-Golden copperish color to it with a pretty decent head on it, but the head seems to leave fairly quicker compared to most.

S-Smells of caramel and hops

T-Pretty good taste, not a bad pale ale, I've definetley had better but it's not too shabby.

D-Very drinkable beer, ecspecially if you're a fan of the pale ales.

Overall this was not a bad beer, I wouldn't seek it out over other pale ales on the market but definetly wouldn't turn this one down.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:58:28 | More by YuenglingMan1987
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice bright amber color, totally clear with a 1" off-white fluffy head, dissipates pretty quick and is gone.

The aroma has caramel scented malt, a bit too much. allspice and herbs pop out with red fruits in the back.

a light, jazzy feel at first, quickly becomes mellow and rather flat however. A nice herbal kick, mild spices and earthy effect from the cascade hops...but very mellow for cascade. Dry wheat and rye effects not very potent, decent balance of flavor except the caramel flavored malt is too slick feeling and overpowers way too much. It also has that classic Coor's sour-malty aftertaste.

not undrinkable and a nice try.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:53:55 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an excellent beer for beginning beer drinkers, or someone who is brand new to the craft beer world, because it is extremely drinkable for a pale ale. With all that being said, it isn't a very good beer, it's not horrible, but it is pretty close to being a below average beer. The aroma is very light, you only pick up a slight smell of hops and floral notes. The appearance isn't horrible, not much head at all, disappears quickly. But the Lacing is decent, definitely the best factor appearance wise. The taste is just like the smell, only a slight hop bite, only a tiny bit of a floral taste, you do get a nice unique taste from the hibiscus, but that is really the only redeeming factor taste wise. For a pale ale there just is no where near as much hops as there should be in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 12:04:17 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive amber red, with average lace and a pleasing bouquet of floral hops and mellow citrus.

Taste is hearty and full, with a definite hops presence. However, it's clever how they've obscured the bitter followthrough so typical of pale ales.

Curious and well-done, and quite drinkable. I'd consider this one a 'starter' towards moving into the more complex IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 20:49:08 | More by secondtooth
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

snowed in at the inlaws i am stuck working through their fridge so this is what i get along with a slew of others.

the pour was decent, light amber with a head of white on top that seemed to last a few moments before collapsing in on itself. aroma of light spice, hints of lemon and a touch of grain, but very light an muddled together fairly well. flavor is about the same though a decent citrus fruit touch made it somewhat more drinkable and left a decent, and light dry touch to the finish.

overall it was better then most of their offerings but again that is not saying alot. still worked for a quick refresher before more shoveling.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:04:19 | More by mikesgroove
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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