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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
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976 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.61%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008)
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Photo of jwinship83
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%

thanking me for doing a favor for him, my buddy picked up the blue moon sampler pack. drank out of a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a pale amber colored body with a finger of white head. the head lasts a surprisingly long time and leaves behind nearly complete rings of lacing.

S- semi sweet caramel malts. lots of orange and something floral/herbal from whatever they decided to add to this one. hibiscus the bottle says.

T- the taste is similar to the nose. faint caramel malt. heavy on spices and orange zest.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. no complaints here.

D- this was a nice gesture, but its not something i can see myself buying. i will admit that this was a pleasant surprise.

jwinship83, May 01, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev +28%

1st off this is not anything like a belgian pale and i will be rating it like an american amber

pours amber with a 2 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells of earthy hops and english pale malts

taste is very close to brooklyn lager - earthy hops and a good carmel bready malt backbone

mouthfeel is light/medium good carbonation very crisp and refreshing

drinkability - this is by far the best beer i have had by coors but blue moon brews are still overpriced for what they are and i doubt i ever buy the summer mix 12 that this beer came in

jsh420, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of dfillius
4.03/5  rDev +29.6%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of off-white head with great retention. Crystal clear amber-gold liquid. Very good looking.

S: Bread, cascade hops, barley breakfast cereal. Smells like MBC's Celis Pale Bock, a beer I am fond of. Not complex, but solid nonetheless.

T: Like a Bitter with a sour/funky twinge at the end. Bready with slight hop character. Could be hoppier. Very similar to an English Bitter. Little "Belgian" character, except the noted twinge. Goog, but minus a little for the lack of Belgian character and hopping. Enjoyable overall despite the noted shortcomings. Similar in flavor to Celis Pale Bock as well

M: Chewy, sweet, mildly bitter.

D: Good. I'd love another at a sunny BBQ or a bar. I'd consider buying a sixer, but only as a second tier fallback.

dfillius, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%

04/11/2010
12 oz. bottle poured into Maudite tulip glass.

A: Poured a clear copper with quickly dissipating head. Almost no lacing. Not a good start...

S: Mildly sweet malts, hint of orange peel. Actually smells pretty grainy.

T: Can barely taste the toasted malts. A little bit of orange peel, but that's it. Not much going on here at all...

M: Thin and watery.

D: Easy to put down more than one of these, but why bother? Not something I'd try again.

DoppleJock, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.08/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

This beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong biscuit malt. The flavor is wheat and some biscuit malt. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A average to below average beer, not something anyone should seek out.

Mora2000, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%

This beer pours dark golden or copper in color. This beer was difficult to pour as the head formation nearly foamed over. This beer has no mouth feel as it and finishes smooth. there is no hop aroma or bitterness, this beer is all sweet and malt flavor remains through out.

bishopdc0, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of jwc215
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%

Best by Apr 05 10 stamped on the neck - poured into tulip glass:

Pours a bright, clear, reddish orange-ish copper with a thin white head that becomes a thin layer of swirl. Some uneven lacing sticks.

The smell has a "Blue Moon" character with floral notes (from hibiscus), a slice of orange peel and a light citric note (presumably from the Cascade hops that states on the label on the neck).

The taste is grainy with some light caramel. There is a blandness to it. They might as well have used cluster hops rather than cascade in the flavour, as they are so subdued... Cascade hops in a "Belgian-style"...well, it's not traditional, but it is an international world, and may have worked well, but here they don't really do much. There is a spiciness to it...
but there is also a wet-cardboard-ish character in the finish.

Light-bodied,carbonated - more prickly than effervescent.

Well - it's a far cry from "Belgian-style". There are mild, "session" Belgian-styles - this is not one of them. It's not "bad", just has a certain blandness, and might appeal somewhat to macro drinkers who have not had true Belgian beers ... but there are mild, sessionable Belgians and Belgian-styles with more character...

jwc215, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is sweet malt, orange peel, and a bit of hops. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, and it has a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and it has good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and not hard to drink at all. Overall I think this is an average brew.

bluejacket74, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of marvin213
2.03/5  rDev -34.7%

It looks like a fizzy beer from Coors. It's more orange than brown or yellow. You can hear the fizz. A motionless, uniform fizz-lid tops this liquid. At the end of a longneck, it would look like a cap. For better or for worse, that's the most interesting think about the look.

I smell a hint of orange peel, but not much else. Whether it's the Belgian yeast, the carbonation level, or, more likely, a combination of both, you can actually smell the fizz of this beer. As I check the label and really dig for hibiscus, I get a bit of a floral aroma. With the ingredients thrown into this one, I'm disappointed with the nose.

It's bitter and borderline medicinal. This isn't what Cascade hops are supposed to do. It tastes more like an American Pale Ale, as the Belgian yeast influence is hardly noticeable. You're left with what's like a bitter astringent mixed with organic syrup. You know that with hops, herbs, and orange peel, there's bound to be potential, but this recipe leaves each ingredient without complement. They're there, but they don't mesh right.

Though carbonated, the taste is dull and flat. Unfortunately, it's one of those variety-pack beers that will prevent me from going variety pack. Short of awful, it's hardly worth trying.

marvin213, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Kromes
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%

A: It pours a clear amber/orange with a thin white head.

S: There is a floral, fruity orange aroma with a little bit of malt and hop behind it.

T: There is an ok malt flavor up front with some floral, fruit and grassy hop touches. The finish is nice with the orange peel flowery hop flavors really coming through with a touch of bitterness.

M: The carbonation is good.

D: This is a pretty decent beer. The only bad thing is that as the beer warms, the orange really comes out and completely destroys the beer.

Kromes, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of xybreeder
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Very lively, clear, beautiful orange/light amber color, borderline perfect head. Lacing nice and thick, especially for how clear the beer is (you would expect less head).

S: Not too impressed with the smell, not much really there but slight hoppy and orange peel presence.

T: A little bitter, but nothing's jumping out at me, seems flavors are subtle and I'd be reaching to define any strong characteristics. I do detect a small presence or orange peel (shocker!) and flowers, but the carbonation and bitterness seem to overpower the flavor.

M: I see some of the other reviews mention it being flat to little or no carbonation, I'm not getting that at all (perhaps a different batch/shipping/temps/etc). Mine is very well carbonated, and again, is overpowering some of the flavors.

D: Still very drinkable, maybe because I'm urning for more flavor but still enjoy the hops flavor that is detectable over the carbonation.

xybreeder, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of dedrick
4.08/5  rDev +31.2%

bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A - Poured to a small, short lived head. Orange, amber color. Not much carbonation.

S - Nice soft, rich odor. This definitely smells like a Blue Moon product. Orange peel is obvious in the smell.

T - Not anything like an American Pale Ale, though it is dubbed a Belgian-style pale ale. It doesn't have that bitter edge that most pale ales have, which is nice for a change. The Orange peel, again, is obvious in taste and the normal pale ale bitterness is replaced by that wonderful spiced characteristic that most Belgian beers are known for. I'm enjoying this beer a lot. Though, it could use more of that Belgian aftertaste and could have a bit more body. It's almost a little bland, just a little.

M - Good soft, buttery feel going down. Again, it could use a little more body.

D - Certainly drinkable, I could go for a few of these in a row.

dedrick, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

A. Poured a orange amber with almost no head and no lacing on the glass. A little disappointing on the pour.

S. For what it lacks in looks the aroma is favorable, nice citrus notes with some lemongrass, and floral scents.

T. Same as the smell good citrus flavor, light malty sweetness, and some hops bitter bite.

M. Medium bodied, average carbonation, average duration

D. I would definately drink this brew again good character, balance, and flavor. I liked the citrus, malts, and hops. Best Coors beer I have drank to date.

smibroncos, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of NicholasCasber
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%

A: Despite all other reviews that I read prior to trying this beer, I didn't find it overly carbonated. The head was quick to assemble, however it didn't last incredibly long, after about a two minute wait, it was nearly all dissipated. The color is a light amber, with a white head.

S: The smell wasn't overly intense, and didn't have an off-putting aroma, but it wasn't as impressive as I'd had hoped.

T: The taste was par at best, for a pale ale, it felt that it was slightly sweeter than other bitter pales that I've had before. I was surprised to see this as an ale, as it has more of the characteristics of an american craft lager.

M: The mouthfeel for the beer was something left to be desired. It's hard to put my finger on it, but I found me scraping my tongue.

D: This beer is not something that I'd reach for on the day to day, even if I was looking for a "craft" or "specialty" beer.

Overall, not severely impressed, but at the same time, not disappointed, I found that this beer was better consumed once warmer than initially out of the fridge.

NicholasCasber, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of wolfbeast
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%

I was surprised to see this marketed as a Belgian Ale, as it has more characteristics of a lager than anything else.

The appearance of it was below par when poured, large volumes of carbonation only produced a small head, which is never a good sign, IMHO.
The smell was average, a little sweet, citrus-y, not very hoppy at all.
Taste: I wasn't impressed. For an average cheap lager it would be a good taste, but not for what this was marketed as.
Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation there too, I'd almost think someone made a mistake at Coors when producing this batch.
Drinkability: It drinks down OK, it's not special, not heady, just average.

Overall, not one of the best beers I've ever tried, and definitely should not have been marketed as a Belgian Pale Ale - that's been the biggest mistake.

wolfbeast, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Brad007
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a light amber color with what appears to be ample carbonation and a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of spicy, sweet malt with only a slight hint of hops to be found in the nose.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a light hint of spice and chewiness to it. Doesn't seem to be much else for flavor.

Mouthfeel is definitely not on par with the style. Watery, bland and just uninspiring. Pretty much a disappointment.

I'd look for better examples of the style. It's run of the mill and still a bit more drinkable than other Coors products. It's just not on par with other examples.

Brad007, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%

12oz bottle, screw cap

Pours an orange/amber color with a small white head. A mild hop character lay in the nose, sweet malts are the dominant aroma. I dont pick up the hibiscus flower too much in the aromatics but a floral/herbal character sits on the tongue late into the finish. Crisp, well carbonated, refreshing and easy to drink. Not bad.

ATPete, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam on the house.

Smell: Simple, humble pale malts with bits of caramel and bread. Mild whiff of citrus hops alongside a drop of orange oil. Meager hint of hibiscus.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly toasty and lightly sweet caramel. A mild flavor of hibiscus -- a stern reminder of the herbal-blend tea bags I always get around to dead last in the assortment box (maybe today will be the day for them). Citrusy touch of orange peel, but also from the use of Cascade hops. Light bitterness. The final half is a mix of light floral, fruity, toasty maltiness hints. Finishes smooth but quick. At no point did I clearly detect any distinct yeast-derived esters or characteristic phenols. Huh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing here particularly cries "Belgian!" However, it's reasonably likable and certainly more enjoyable than most of the mundane product Coors shuffles out the door.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%

A: good color, a nice reddish hue with an off white 1 finger head which dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing down the glass.

S: hint of hops and grains.

T: citrus taste that is followed by bitterness

M: really thin and flat, just a little more fizz than tapwater.

Overall, must have gotten a bad beer. I can't see why anyone would choose to drink this. maybe they just wanted to create a style that they could incorporate with the word "moon" somehow.

OlRasputin989, May 19, 2009
Photo of cjl1209
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

"This Belgian-Style Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade hops and a touch of hibiscus and orange peel."

A - Pours a clear copper color with a 2 finger off white bubbly head. Decent lacing throughout.

S - Spicy hops and apples. A little on the weak side though.

T - Nice subtle fruity tones with an emphasis on apples. Mild spicy hop flavor with a touch of flowers.

M - Light but with high carbonation levels.

D - Medium to high. This is a good solid brew with some tasty flavors that I would have no problem having multiple offerings. My only gripe is that the carbonation may be too high and cause some bloating/gaseous problems when numerous are ingested.

Final Thoughts: By far and away the best of the Blue Moon lineup. This beer is about as close to a craft offering as BMC has gotten so far and I like it.

cjl1209, May 14, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A best before date is printed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden color with very good clarity. On top the head builds up a light fluffy layer of soapy foam before quickly fading down to a small ring on the top. It is just off white in color and its lacing is very slick and slides down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light sweetness of malt with a hint of citrus and a very slight spicy accent.

Taste/Mouth feel: The main body has an almost honey like sweetness with a slight hint of citrus, mild spices and a fruity melon like thing going on. There are some light hop notes as well that work nicely with the subtle spices. It finishes on the sweet side with a smooth, wet and mellow texture. Its carbonation is soft and its medium gives it an easy drinkability.

Notes: Overall it's fairly simple and safe. Its note a stand out but it slides down nicely.

generallee, May 13, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a clear copper orange. Pours a 1 and a half finger slightly off white head. Leaves some splattered lace. Good retention.

Aroma is of spices, yeast, caramel, earthy hops. The aroma is a little weak for a BPA.

Taste is of a lot of spices, slight alcohol, some hops. It is kind of hard to distinguish the flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: is very crisp. Not smooth at all, which is something I may have expected. Medium to full bodied. Highly carbonated.

Overall, not the best Belgium style beer I have had, but I didn't have that high of hopes as it is Blue Moon. I won't be having another one of these.

mothman, May 11, 2009
Photo of Overlord
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

Overlord, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
2.58/5  rDev -17%

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!

BEERchitect, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of DannyS
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

DannyS, Jan 23, 2009
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.