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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
75
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219 Reviews
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,060
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

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Reviews: 219 | Hads: 1,060
Photo of jmvecchio1
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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... (489 characters)

Photo of irishking1977
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Roose13
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Winter sampler

A: Copper

S: Wheat, orange, hops.

T: A bit hoppy, but not too strong or bitter. Taste of wheat, which is the BM style. A bit sweet as well.

M: Medium, balanced in carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall Pretty decent attempt to keep the BM characteristic all while having something hopheads could actually enjoy. Solid beer that makes getting the Winter sampler worth getting. (416 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber (darker than a copper) in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some slightly orangish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film covering about 50% of the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate notes of wheat, orange peel, and some floral/herbal hops.

T: Light to moderate amounts of malty sweetness with some light floral and caramel notes. Additionally there is a light herbal hop note which does not lend as much bitterness as I would have expected for the style.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer is somewhat easy to drink but it is much too sweet for the style and is slightly out of balance between the malts and the hops (almost like there is a slight lack of hops). Moderate amounts of complexity. (1,025 characters)

Photo of rodney45
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A:Dark cherry wood, crowned by a sea foam colored head that laces the glass.

S: Slightly adjunct smelling, but the hop aroma fights its way through.

T: Average tasting belgian ale. Starts off with a solid kick of wheat and citrus, but leveled out with a subdued charred malt feel that adds balance, but subtracts depth.

M: Easy drinking, not heavy or over carbonated.

O: A mid range ale, made by one of the big giants Coors... but i wont knock it without giving a fair shot, and it impressed me a little bit. This is an example of consumerism affecting the market and big corporations trying to buy into the small craft brew scene. (638 characters)

Photo of YuenglingMan1987
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of shand
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: This is actually a really good looking beer! It pours a dark copper color with head that just barely crested the top of my glass (three fingers worth at least.) The smell, on the other hand, is less than average. Sweet malts and caramel are what I get out of it, and I need to sniff hard to get that. It tastes better than it smells though. There is a tiny, light hoppy bite that's mostly tempered by the sweet caramely malts. I can taste a little bit of the Belgian yeasts and spices here too. It's not very complex, and isn't much of a pale ale, but I still like the way it tastes.

The mouthfeel is alright, it feels a little under-carbonated but otherwise is alright. It's also a pretty drinkable beer, there's no problems drinking this. This is an alright beer. It's not worth buying the Blue Moon 12 pack sampler just to try, but if you like the normal Blue Moon and the seasonal, it's not a bad throw-in. (968 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head, which disintegrates immediately and completely. No lacing.

S: Pungent, woody malt. Pecan shells, with a hint of oregano.

T: Rich, pungent, woody malt with a slight tinge of butterscotch.

M: Full flavored and (kind of) robust with a blunt hoppy character.

D: Robust enough sip down a little more carefully.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice hue, but no head or lacing. Nose is full and robust with a woody and Italian spice character. Flavor is robust and malty with a pungent aftertaste. Overall, this is pretty good quaff. (622 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle.

The pour is glowing almond amber, under a light tan head.

Head goes to a very thin film, thin collar and some fine slippery lacing.

Dull fruity nose, with just a hint of yeastyness.

Malt up front, mildly hopped and with some continuing floral qualities and light yeast. Barely “Belgian” in character, tastes more like a Coors like take on a very mild winter warmer.

Drinkable yes, with enough sweetness to use in the proverbial marinade for chicken or pork. Would work as an entry level beer for Belgian newbies looking to get their feet wet with a non intimidating new kinda beer. (608 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the neck of the bottle.

Bubbly lace on top of a completely clear brassy amber liquid. Ripe orchard fruit of apples an pears, wild herbs and a hint of sweet biscuits round out the nose. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Wet maltiness, toasty with a slight tiny sugary note. Very fruity ... of fallen orchard fruit. Peppery alcohol, dry biscuity finish.

A half decent try at the mid-range pale ales of Belgium. Its tried to be some where between Fat Tire and De Koninck and Palm Ale but lands somewhere else. (556 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of OrangeAmps
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Dodt
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

been a good while sine i had anything from the blue moon side of the people at coors.
poured from the bottle into a tulip glass .
appearance amber in color with a head that disappears quickly.
smell not to much of any discerning odor.
not a bad beer but not my cup o tea. (271 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper Red, thin white head, no lacing.

S: Some toasted malts and a bit of hop, not much.

T: Some bready/molasses, some citrus/pine notes but not overly flavorful. Some brown sugar maltiness. Rather Bland.

M: High carbonation, a tad watery.

O: I agree with another review, not sure what makes this a belgian, and it seemed a tad too malty for a pale ale. Theres several blue moons i prefer to this. (406 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. 2012 bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours clear deep amber with a tan head that has limited durability but leaves some lacing on on the glass. The sweet aroma is malty with hints of toffee, orange and vague spices. The flavor is subdued but nicely crafted -- the hallmark of Blue Moon. Belgian yeast is apparent but certainly not pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with good medium carbonation.

O: slightly above average. Best suited for transitional (towards craft beers) beer drinkers. (508 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (265 characters)

Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.