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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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

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Ratings: 1,055 | Reviews: 222
Photo of pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Clear light amber brew with a good sized white head. Retention is good, and there is a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S - Smells like a Killian's. Lighly malty, a hint of toast. Not much going on.

T - I don't see what is "Belgian" at all about this. It's decently tasty, if a little bit boring. Toasted caramel malt, a tiny little wisp of fruity hops on the back end. Overly sweet. Newbies might like this.

M - LIght in body and easy to drink. FInishes a little bit spicy.

I would have guessed that this was an easy going amber ale. Reminds me of that in between sort of beer that isn't really "craft" but is definitely better than piss lager. Michelob Amber Bock, Killian's Irish Red, Pete's WIcked Ale, and the like. This might be one notch above it's macro-brewed bretheren, but its still pretty plain.

Photo of Cylinsier
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a clear honey gold with a whitish head that dissipates quickly to a lacing.

Smells coppery and of light pine hops with grapefruit citrus.

Mildly sour bready malts. Light hop aftertaste.

Medium to light body with tingles of carbonation on the roof the mouth.

There's nothing about this beer that remotely resembles a Belgian Pale Ale in any way. It's not a terrible beer, but it's much more like an American pale or even a cream ale. I find it hard to belief they even used a Belgian yeast strain on this. If they did, they found a way to get a bizarrely different flavor from it than anyone else. The beer, for what its worth, is not too bad and easy enough to drink, kind of bland though. But don't buy this if you want to try a BPA.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a off white head. In the aroma, a sweet fruitiness and a faint dry yeatiness. In the taste, dry sugar to a sweet fruitiness. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. It is ok, somewhat pedestrian.

Photo of budgood1
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazed copperish colour with a small white head. wisps of lace. sweet malty aroma with peppery hints. sturdy malt bill, not too sweet in the flavour profile gives way to some spiciness and a bit of hop bitterness. not sure if this can be considered a true belgian pale ale but it i suppose it can be considered in the shadow of one. pretty neutral taste wise. it has a decent body with a slightly prickly mouthfeel giving it a quasi BPA character. finishes on the dry side. drinkability is decent. not much there to wax poetic about.

solidly boring.

Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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...

Photo of poop_brew
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. A wonderful appearance, a nice beer on a cool thanksgiving day!

S: an average citrus aroma with a subtle hop finish. Pretty average though.

T: a nice taste, but not quite was I was looking for in a Belgium pale ale.

M: great drinkability and a smooth carbonation beer.

O: a decent brew. Great for the holidays, but probably wouldn't drink it every night. I'd recommend it to a friend if try hadn't had it before.

Photo of RyanC3958
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. I would prefer Harvest moon over it, but I'd say pretty close. I have always like Blue moon, never really loved it though. Maybe it is because I prefer darker and more hopped beers. In the summer when I'm am looking for a descent beer to casually drink, I will more often then none choose Blue Moon. A little sweet though sometimes.

Photo of peabody
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me as a xmas present. 12 pack with the blue/pale/and fullmoon.
Pours out a golden copper clear with little off-white suds. Not much lacing here.
Smell is bland at best but can detect some belgian yeast and malt but very very faint.
Taste is watery at best but a better than the full moon.
I think this is not bad and would drink multiples but would wish I had something that had some more(lots more) flavor.
Justa very average beer.

Photo of tbern007
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with small head, little lace. Some haziness to it.
S - yeasty, mild hops, mild grain.
T - yeast, grain, mild malt, like a wheat, pale ale, yeast mixture.
M & D - not that fanastic. Mild and bland in general. Drinkable on a hot day but of all the brews out there, this isn't anywhere near a must have for anyone.

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber color, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops influence in the aroma. There is some sweetness and herb aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A mix of hops and herb flavors, that make for an interesting Pale Ale. The hops flavor is not dominant. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Pale Ale, but I prefer others over this.

Photo of Yesac
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an excellent beer for beginning beer drinkers, or someone who is brand new to the craft beer world, because it is extremely drinkable for a pale ale. With all that being said, it isn't a very good beer, it's not horrible, but it is pretty close to being a below average beer. The aroma is very light, you only pick up a slight smell of hops and floral notes. The appearance isn't horrible, not much head at all, disappears quickly. But the Lacing is decent, definitely the best factor appearance wise. The taste is just like the smell, only a slight hop bite, only a tiny bit of a floral taste, you do get a nice unique taste from the hibiscus, but that is really the only redeeming factor taste wise. For a pale ale there just is no where near as much hops as there should be in this beer.

Photo of Brad007
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Satanic
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured in a mug it retains a clear hue mixed between orange and copper creating a white foamy head of about a fingers width that retained itself for a good five minutes before settling into a ring around the top of the iced mug. Decent amount of carbonation.

T - A strong taste of hibiscus mixed with bitter hops overwhelms the tongue at first before leaving the palette to produce a slight aftertaste of copper, perhaps being what this brew was conceived inside, and a little bitter flavour due to a slight roasting of the hops. All in all it is quite refreshing and easily drinkable, not a bad beer at all..

S - It has a subtle scent of ale and perhaps hibsus, it was more intense in the bottle for some reason then after I poured it into the glass.

M - It isn't thick nor watery, a good blend.

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer and I would drink it again, I would give it a 3.25/5. I found it in a bewer's winter sample kit. I can't wait for the next seasonal one!

Photo of BeerDocT
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine brought these over and I gave them a try.

-Appearance 3.5: Beautiful orangey golden color. Poured with a one inch head that quickly dissipated. Somewhat cloudy look to the beer. Nice.

-Smell 2.0: Big letdown. Very little bouquet at all. I do detect a slight spiciness, but that is it. Off-putting.

-Taste 3.5: Front is somewhat sweet and has a slight spiciness. Middle is gone. Nothing. Finish is actually good: light grains, barley and a noticeable, vaguely sour, spiciness. Aftertaste is good also, and the hops come through.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Standard lager carbonation.

-Overall 3.0: Overall, not a bad beer. I don't understand why they felt the need to put hibiscus in it, but hey, there you go. I could also taste the orange peel that they claim is in it, so I guess they thought: hey, let's throw some plant juice in there, too. Regardless, this is an ok beer and could function as a session beer. Watch that 5.4 ABV, though.

Photo of BilbosNuts
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/amber-brown color. It has no head to speak of and looks very stagnant with no visible carbonation.

S: Its aroma mostly consists of semi-sweet toasted malts that are rather pleasant. These malts are accented by a mild hop profile and clove-like spices.

T: Unfortunately, the taste isn't as complex as the aroma. The taste is dominated by mellow sweet malts and some Belgian yeast. Not much else going on here.

M: It is light bodied and on the watery side. It is drinkable, but could've had more carbonation.

O: I wasn't a big fan of this one. It didn't seem like this was a good example for the style, nor a good beer overall. I'd pass on this in the future.

Photo of SometimesIfart
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark copper with a little over a fingers worth of head. No lacing at all. Smells of very sweet candy, sweet fruit, and agave. I HATE agave. Tastes of the mildest hops I have ever witnessed. Sweet cherry follows the hops, And reminded me of a nice German dunkel. Also has a weird penny-like taste far off in the distance. The taste is very odd to say the least, Although fairly good. The mouthfeel brings out a hell of a lot of sour cherry. WAY too sour for that matter. Took this beer from being fairly good to some kinda girly wine cooler. Overall, This beer was okay. Interesting flavor, But that's about it. I wouldn't buy it again.

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

Appearance: Light amber color, light brown head.
Aroma: Light beer smell.
Flavor: Light toasted malt flavor. Medium light body, acidic carbonation
Overall: Besides the slightly toasted malt taste, this beer doesn't have much flavor. Its slightly hoppy with a harsh finish.

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

Pouring a lovely burnt orange with a tinge of green, there is a slight creamy citrus aroma, mixed with the subtle notes of Cascade hops and hibiscus. On the tongue, there is a small but distinct hop attack which smooths out rather quickly leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste, all contained in a full but brief mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional either, this is a solid, simple pale ale, refreshing on it's own, but the crisp bitterness would be perfect with fish and chips, the sharp tang complimenting tarter sauce and vinegar. Cheers!

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

This beer was kind of boring. For a Belgian style I expect a lot more flavor. Even for a guy that doesn't like the normal flavor profiles of the style, I'm terribly unimpressed. I guess this is where the fact that Coors brews the stuff becomes obvious. The yeasty, spicey flavor is somewhere in there, but it's not worth finding.

Photo of zeff80
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and some spice. Not much else and doesn't really seems like a Belgian-style ale.

T - It tasted of spices and caramel. Some yeasty bite with a bready backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. Maybe it could convert some one to craft beer.

Photo of nick76
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is inviting with pine hops, yeast, bread, citrus and maybe a touch of spice. The elements are good but somehow they fail to completely impress. The appearance is deep gold with an orange hue. The head is average. The taste is not as complex as the aroma. It's got some soapy and astringent bitter elements but mostly it's got a macro twang to the malt and a touch of citrus. Like the aroma the taste doesn't work 100%. The palate is thin. Overall it's better than most macro's but suffers some of the same problems.

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...

Photo of Spikester
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the summer variety pack. Pours clear copper with one finger of white head. Some minor lacing. Smell is floral and citrus. Taste is sweet tangy malts , tart yeastiness, and minor citrus hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with perfect carbonation. Finishes medium dry. Good emulation of the style. Nice introduction to Belgian Pale Ale from an American perspective.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Clear orangish amber. Slight white head falls and leaves spots of lace.

S: Sweet spices, dried citrus, raw wheat.

T: Overall clean and not unenjoyable. Lacks subtlety and dimension. A little biscuit, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, rum, grainy bitter, apple.

M: Lacking but inoffensive.

D: Okay.

Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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