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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
72
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903 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%


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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing my Blue Moon Winter variety pack. Damn, it's been a while... This stuff pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, biscuit, light greens, and a touch of orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the greens are joined by strong grass and light pine needles to form a gang of bittering hooligans that mess with the already kinda so-so status quo. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pedestrian BPA at best, one that tries too hard to be all Belgain-y and pale ale-y without actually succeeding much at either.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 20:22:19 | More by TMoney2591
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phishsihq

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale Moon pours a copper-amber with a thin, off-white head, with very light lacing. The nose is quite light, with hints of caramel, toasted, and biscuity malt notes present, as well as some orange peel and spice. As noticed in the nose, this beer features a heavy malt presence out front, and very little hop profile noticeable. This medium bodied ale has a smooth mouthfeel and a medium amount of carbonation. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a Belgian Pale Ale, but for the price and the ease of locating, a good deal.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:47:55 | More by phishsihq
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Copper in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a medium sized off-white head which recedes to a small cap.

S - Lightly toasted malt, sweet orange peel. Citrus hops come across with some lemon qualities. Hint of some juicy fruit esters.

T - Toasty malt holds a strong base. Hops come in mild with earth tones. The bitterness is very smooth. Finishes a little sloppy with some malt sweetness. The earthy hop flavor lasts for a short while in the aftertaste.

M - Has a bit of sweetness for any style of pale ale, medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation.

O - Smell was hiding a little bit in this brew. Flavor seemed to be a little syrupy at times, too sweet, but the hops were pleasant. Way to low of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 02:36:09 | More by Jparker37
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
A reddish orange, clear looking beer with a thin off-white head. The head is not dense in appearance and seems to be mainly composed of loose and large bubbles. There is a little lacing, but no sediment.

Smell:
Notes of pale malt with a slight spice. There isn't much from the yeast nor alcohol.

Taste:
This essentially tastes like a decent pale ale. There is no indication this beer has any Belgian characteristic. The pale malt predominates and there isn't even hoppiness to balance. Although the beer is an average Pale ale, it's going to lose points for not displaying any Belgian characteristics whatsoever!

Mouthfeel:
Thin and watery appearance translates into a thin and watery mouthfeel as well. A pale malt and light fruitiness followed by almost no aftertaste. There's very little to this beer aside from some fizzy carbonation and pale maltiness.

Overall:
The beer is definitely not a Belgian pale ale, by any means, but it is a decent drink. I would not buy this beer for myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:23:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 12:10:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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aranheaney

New York

2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stones Nonic pint glass

A-clear honey suckle orange, almost no head with little or no lace

S-Some malt, not much else

T-as I told my sister-in-law, it has almost no taste. There's really nothing here

M-fair, nothing of note either way

O-Really nothing here to remember, what else should one expect from BMC?

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:22:28 | More by aranheaney
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 00:01:14 | More by NicholasCasber
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brunrn1

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
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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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying to give this as good as a go as possible - fresh bottle poured into proper glassware (boulevard tulip) and proper temperature. Let's see what comes of it.
Kinda' dark (amber with reds to browns). Very clear. Nice Pfft upon opening. Biggish head but it settles down quickly. No yeast in bottom of bottle.
Where's the yeast in the aroma. Kinda' a gaseous, aqueous, pale with a little vienna or munich malt nose. What the heck!?
Again in the flavor, where the heck is the flavors from the yeast. No spice, no phenols, no nothing. A soft malt with a bit of dryness. Hints of hops.
Carbonated on the big side with a smaller than moderate feel. Soft and that's nice.
Nothing offensive here, except this isn't a belgain pale ale in my book. Malt flavors are a lot like a vienna lager and really not that bad - it's just not a Bel. pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 00:20:38 | More by garymuchow
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sammy1185

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a few from a bottle poured into a glass.

A: Very pretty reddish color, kind of a red/copper, but very little head. Light lacing.

S: Slightly malty with a little hop, toasty, maybe a little nutty

T: I've had better. It's ok, kinda malty with a slightly bitter hop finish, but not much there. The taste lingers. It has some sweet/vanilla notes which are pleasant on the finish, but broken up quickly when the bitter comes in at the last second. The beer also loses flavor quickly as it warms up. Even just over the course of five minutes, as it comes into the 50-55 degree range, it loses most of it's flavor.

M: Sub-par, carbonation is either too high or it's a bit watered down. Can't quite put my finger on.

Overall, I'd accept the drink if offered to or bought for me, but I wouldn't search this one out to buy it. I mean, it's still beer, and I'll be sure to not waste it, but I wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 22:37:08 | More by sammy1185
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mckenziac


2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Taken from a Blue Moon seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. Has a smallish, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet, caramel smell with hints of citrus. The bottle says that they add orange peel, so it very well could be that. Still, all around the smell is a little faint.

Taste: Medium bitterness up front back by sweet, caramel maltiness. Finishes sweet, with a citrusy, fruity end. It has only a little bit of that Belgian yeastiness that one would expect from a Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: Overall, an unimpressive attempt at a Belgian style. Nothing awful, just nothing exceedingly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 19:26:54 | More by mckenziac
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BigBrewStu

California

2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

What a rough punch this beer packs! Or what do you call a flavor that hijacks the entire beer drinking experience? Not really a Belgian, and less so a pale ale. This is a strange beer that will baffle you, so try it if you are a die hard--or else pass!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 05:30:28 | More by BigBrewStu
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BrianBoruma

California

2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
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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bishopdc0

Maine

2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 00:59:02 | More by bishopdc0
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HalfFull

California

2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I know I keep promising about The CANQuest (TM), bottle be back to it soon, I swear!

From the bottle: "A Belgian-style pale ale crafted with a hint of wheat, orange peel, and hibiscus [!] for a perfectly balanced hop taste and smooth finish."; "Pale Moon is our unique take on a pale ale. It's crafted with a touch of wheat to offer an inviting hop taste with a smooth finish. Pale Moon is brewed with Cascade hops, European malts, and a touch of orange peel and hibiscus - all perfectly balanced in this copper-colored ale. Cheers!"

From the style description, in lieu of direction on the bottle: "They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the bottle." I did not see much (if any) yeast in the bottle, but I bore it in mind as I poured. I am pretty sure that this was filtered, but I was careful all the same, which resulted in mere wisps for head. Win some, lose some. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity ("CU -colored? Who they tryin' ta zoom?). Nose had a distinctive honey odor - could this be what the hibiscus was adding, if anything? Mouthfeel was actually pretty full, not outright creamy, but close. The taste was bland for all of the adjuncts that they mention. It was pale, all right, pale in flavor. I got a tea-like flavor in the mouth and whether it could be attributed to either the hibiscus or the hops, I do not know. Finish was grassy, somewhat tea-like, but just not a lot happening. This was not bad, just boring.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:10:09 | More by woodychandler
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BucannonXC5

California

2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was light amber. Maybe ¾ inches of head. Well-laced on top to state, slight film on sides.

Citrus hops was the initial smell. Also some caramel, pine and pineapple.

Taste was nothing like the smell. In fact, it was quite off-putting. Some wheat in there and maybe some toasty malts? Not a big fan.

Medium body, average-to-lively carbonation. Somewhat smooth finish.

I was pretty disappointed with this beer. The sight and smell made me think it was going to have some bite. Quite the opposite - bland and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 07:18:53 | More by BucannonXC5
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Overlord

California

2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 08:00:42 | More by Overlord
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DoppleJock

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:42:24 | More by DoppleJock
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adamette

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into clean clear glass courtesy of my brother Peter. Thanks Pete.

A Light brown body under a less than impressive thin light head that dissapeared quickly.

S Not much..some wimpy hops could be smelled.

T Boring watered down Pale Ale. Really, there are some malt, grain, hops tastes but it is all very distant, diluted by water(?).

M Light. There is a touch of moderate mouthfeel due to the distant tastes.

D Average at best due to the lack of tastes.

Notes. My least favorite of the three "Moons" that I have tasted. (Blue, Full, Pale). I am not even sure that this can be considered a Pale Ale let alone a "Belgian" Pale Ale. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 05:33:54 | More by adamette
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Retsinis

California

2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:57:52 | More by BEERchitect
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Atlas1

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not a huge fan of the Blue Moon beers that I've had, but as I explain in my last review, a friend of mine (alas, not a beer guy) brought over a whole goddam twelve pack of Blue Moon products the other night and we have several left over. So, I decided I should review them. This is #2 of 3.

Pours a decent amber color with a relatively nice head that fades fast and leaves no lace. Nothing terrible about the appearance, but nothing noteworthy either. The nose is sort of sweet and hoppy, as if someone took a Blue Moon witbier and dumped some hops in the kettle. Kinda funky to be honest, almost strawberry-ish. The taste is just as bland as I'd expected. Flat and uninspired but with a noticeable hop presence. Very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is thin but it actually finishes nice and dry at the end.

Again, another very ordinary beer from Coors. The style suggests at least some complexity, but this beer, much like the Blue Moon flagship witbier, is dull and lacking of so many elements. A watery imposter.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:09:53 | More by Atlas1
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rashbash22

California

2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- very light amber color with a very light lacing that is very hard to detect unless looking up close.

S- wheat, grains, grass?, coriander, corn?

T- starts with a extremely sweet flavor up front with a very lightly dry ending that tends to die out quickly and leaves a macro brew lager flavor lingering.

M- starts out decent then feels like you just drank flavored water

O- A style that blue moon did not try too hard to make. will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 05:32:07 | More by rashbash22
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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