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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

988 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.61%
Wants: 15
Gots: 56 | 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 wcintula
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +2.3%
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 -3.5%
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 +17.4%
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 +7.1%
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 +23.2%
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 +8.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +0.6%
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 +5.5%
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%
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 +8.7%
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 +15.1%
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%
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 +29.6%
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 -15.4%
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 -1%
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 -13.8%
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 -6.8%
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
Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.