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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

994 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 15
Gots: 62 | 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 mynie
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in a holiday mix pack. Drank out of a big wine glass because I'm at my dumb parent's house and they don't got proper glassware. Man, the holidays are stupid.

Anyhow... what's the parallel for this? Like, the beers below dubbels and trippels, right? Because that's just damn unfair. This beer looks pretty, but it's got almost nothing going on.

I think it's maybe a better idea to compare this to beers like Fat Tire. This is a Belgian Amber more than it's a Belgian Pale, and by that I mean it's probably made out of Belgian yeast but there's like no complexities there, it's main appeal is its caramely malt and its drinkability. That--and the hops are totally American. This is Belgian only in name.

So judging it as its own, weird thing, this is okay. It's not a Belgian Pale, and I frankly don't like that it's labeled as such because this is a crossover beer and beergeek neophytes shouldn't be told that this is something that it ain't. But aside from that, this is okay. Not great, but totally okay.

mynie, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery color. There is a two finger off white head that shows weak retention. No real lacing at all on the side of the glass.

S- There is a surprising hop aroma to this. Light citrus notes...not in the front but more so toward the end. Light earthy tones like grassy and hay but there is a nice pale malt under it all.

T- A interesting Belgian pale ale to say the least. I wouldn't call this one but it is what it is. A light grainy hint to this from start to finish. There is a light pale malt to this but doesn't dominate the beer like I thought it would. Light citrus hops in the ending that gives it a little bite. Some light orange peel in the tail end.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Light pale malts and orange peel left on the palate. Some alcohol and faded hops in the aftertaste. Flavors for what they were..were blended well. Some light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer is drinkable. I really didn't mind it and actually found it to be above average in the realm of Coors and it's profile.

alleykatking, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Pale Moon Ale poured a clear copper color with a small tan head that dissipated rather quickly leaving behind tight rings of lacing. The nose is dominated by malt, with a hint of yeast and caramel. Taste is of light pale malts, and light sweetness from caramel. Also, a citrusy and floral flavor from orange peel and maybe some hibiscus [as I am not very familiar with its taste] ending with a delicate hop finish.

Pale Moon is not my preferred Belgian Pale Ale, however, a good entry point to the more complex Belgian Pale Ales.

bushbeer75, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint, 5.4% ABV, DEC1310 printed on the neck.

A - Strong carbonation rushes through the clear golden tangerine-colored beer to a short-lived white head. Some spots of lace pretty-it-up just a bit.

S - Dry straw and hay with very pale malt in the nose makes way for the citrusy-smelling cascade hops. A touch of resin makes it's way in as well but what doesn't find it's way in is any sort of Belgian influence. It smells of a very weak American pale.

T - Still lacking any sort of real Belgian influence, this American pale ale is about as weak as the nose. The malts seem more like hay and grainy straw than malt but the mild cascade hop spices it up a touch. A subtle citrusy character from the hops pulls through too. This one doesn't seem to have hibiscus or orange peel in that which the label claims.

M - Light-bodied and very carbonated, the mouthfeel seems the be the only similarity to a Belgian pale I find. Thin in flavor and particularly in the feel, this has a very mildly bitter finish, almost not noticeable really.

D - Cha-ching! Here's what they can take straight to the bank: drinkability. It's lacking everywhere else but it certainly does have drinkability! I, however, find it to be empty calories with no flavor so I'll be handing this pint to my brother.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber brown color with a medium-sized, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly flowery but mostly citrusy. Has only a slight hint of the yeasty smell typical of Belgian styles.

Taste: Has a slight touch of hoppiness backed by a considerable fruity flavor and a bit of malty sweetness. A strange orange flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Watery and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A really sub-par beer if they're aiming for a Belgian Pale Ale. However, it's not THAT bad if you think of it as a Coors product. Still, it's not something I think I'll have again anytime soon.

wahhmaster, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Amber body. Head is unacceptably anemic for a Belgian ale.

S: Incredibly fruity and yeasty. Reminds me of apples.

T: Just when I was expecting yet another bland offering from the big boys, I get blasted with a burst of hops when I take my first sip. Citrus and pine are definitely noticeable. Malt is bready and rather understated.

M: Light to medium, middling carbonation.

D: This was certainly a pleasant surprise. It won't cause you to redefine your conception of Belgians, but it has distinct strong flavors, a rarity for BMC.

BarrelO, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear for a pale ale, this orange-amber colored beer pours with a cloud-like finger and a half head. Smells strongly of cascade hops and light spices, which is contrary to the taste, very light in flavor. Very thin bodied, but easily drinkable. A good beginner's pale ale.

wcintula, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick off-white head that thins pretty quickly, sitting on top of a coppery/bronze/sunset color that has total clarity.

Light brown sugar in the nose, fruits like pomegranate and mango, and that certain something typical of so many corporate brews (ie. even though this is an ale, there's a pervading smell of cold steamed veggies).

Flavor is a bit off, considering the style, but not that bad for what it is. Has a cinnamon-y, or potpourri, sort of spicing, some orange zest, with the malt having a toasted/caramel-like edge...the yeast is clearly a bit lower grade than most authentic Belgian pales, and the hops are on the fruitier side. Pretty juicy, with the sweetness well-controlled and the spicing done tastefully. One to drink with an open mind and open palate, because it's really not very "Belgian" at all.

Too carbonated, not having the softness and smoothness it really should. A little bit of fruitiness sticks around in the finish, and this even has a little stickiness, texturally. The bubbles are just too bright.

Nothing totally offensive, but it drinks more like a spiced American amber than a Belgian pale ale. There's such a high standard for Belgians of any variety, this sort of so-so American attempt is pretty weak if you're a fan of the real deal. But in a blind taste test, you could enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day and not be ashamed of it.

Metalmonk, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Yesac
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap and reviewed at tacomac.

A- light orange, slight copper in color.

S- nothing going on here. Faint biscuity malt.

T- big cheap malt nose, slight orange peel, slight spice.

M- medium bodied, well caronated.

D- malty, no smell, but not disgusting. Sessionable for sure, but not very enjoyable.

Yesac, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer had a good head on it that left a slight bit of lace on the sides as it disappeared. The orange color was very clear and showed a lot of carbonation. The aroma lent a bit of hoppiness and a tad of citrus. The taste was very crisp and fresh. A fairly decent tasting pale ale. Not overpowering a decently light. Very drinkable beer.

rgrholmes168, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, auburn hue with a moderate head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace. I'm somewhat confused; it doesn't look like a pale ale to me. Looks more like an IPA.

S: Hints of honey, sugar and hops. The hops dominate, surprisingly.

T: Somewhat sweet maltiness with some floral and tea-like qualities. Decent, and better than I expected based on the appearance and aroma.

M: Virtually non-existent mouthfeel. Quite watered down. At least the carbonation is right where it should be.

D: Not terrible, though not a suggested introduction as to how great the best Belgian pale ales really are. Even some above average ones are way better than this one. Decent drinkability; not offensive, but nothing spectacular. At least it isn't nowhere near as bad as Honey Moon.

irishking1977, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of rdub
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite Blue Moon brew to date. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Slight copper color, one finger head dissipating into nothingness. Smell was biscuit-y and mild. Taste was slightly hoppy but nothing compared to real pale ales. Mouthfeel was medium with big bubbles. Drinkability was very good. This would be a good introduction to some to the pale ale world until they can try a real one.

rdub, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden orange. Clean looking with a surprising frothy head, that laced the side of the glass for a while.

Smells mild with some bready yeast, but nothing jumping out.

Taste is clean and biscuity, with more bitterness than I expected, and a decent mouthfeel with a surprising amount of body.

Not too much going on with it, but it is overall a pretty smooth and drinkable Pale. Don't turn your nose up at it based on the label.

MisterDeeds, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear orange color into my SA Perfect Pint. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Floral, slight fruit and malt. Nothing special.

Taste - Ehh...one of my least "favorites" from Blue Moon. Bitterness, floral, slight malt...not the best.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability - Not really. Been sitting on this for a while because it is not the greatest thing. Oh well...

SpdKilz, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Adolph J. Coors Brewing Company--Pale Moon Belgian-Style Pale Ale--This Belgian-Style Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade hops and a touch of hibiscus & orange peel.--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 15 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Belgian. Big mild lace white head. Clear rich bright amber gold red hint color. Odd Belgian Cascade hop hibiscus orange zest hint front. Thin mild sweet doughy Belgian caramel malt orange hint bland Pale Ale body. Clean refreshing mild hop end. Satisfying, but odd. Not quite Cascade hoppy, or hibiscus flowery, or orange citrus, or Belgian flavor. Sampled 6/29/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

philbertk, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a paler copper color with a one finger head that actually stays around with no lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with a hint of floral hops. THe aroma is very faint and hard to get a grasp on. The taste is of caramel malt with some breadiness along with a hint of citrus. The floral hops is not really in the taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good you could have more than one, not as strong in aroma and taste as some pale ales but decent overall.

goblue3509, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color, small bubbly head fades away after a while. No lace.

Smell: Bready malts and flowery hops.

Taste: Like a hoppy amber ale, decent bitterness, leafy hops with a bit of citrus. Belgian ale characteristics similar to a Dekoninck, very light and faint. All in all, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high level of carbonation, semi dry finish.

Drinkability: The best Blue Moon/ coors product Ive had to date.

Stinkypuss, May 22, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale moon, poured a typical pale ale color, with a smaller head. The smell was typical of a pale ale, but much weaker. The taste was also the same, typical pale ale, dry and bitter, but had an almost watered down flavor. It was easier to drink then other pale ales. Overall not bad, there is certinaly better out there though.

vette2006c5r, May 08, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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 -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.