Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998

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Reviews: 733 | Ratings: 2,725
Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12-pack from the local liquor store. I guess the store bought a large amount of these, since I bought this in Mid-January, and couldn't resist a 12-pack priced at $6.99 HA HA!

Beer smell is definitely pumpkin spice on the open bottle. Taste of Blue Moon is mostly masked by the mixing of the pumpkin spice in this beer, it can almost be overpowering sweetness some mouthfuls and others it is much better masked however. The thing that is consistent is the sweetness from start all the way to the finish, beer is a little dry but carbonation is pretty good. No Alcohol taste is present either.

This beer is okay. If I can get it at the ridiculously cheap price of 6.99 a 12-pack, sure I'd buy it again. But at the regular price of Blue Moon, no thank you, I'd rather drink the original Blue Moon or something else.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good-looking beer. Just pumpkin orange-y-er than amber, just cloudier than clear, just bubblier than average, and a decent head that hangs around and remains as a solid cap after a reasonably aggressive pour. On the nose, they do a good job of the traditional pumpkin pie spices: clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, but on the back end, you also notice the clear artificial canned-y nature of the pumpkin base. Taste is more balanced, but also underwhelming. Plenty of malty body, and there's nothing skunky about the flavor, but there's nothing that brings me screaming back, either. No detectable hops. Mouthfeel is pretty good, and I like the sharpness of the carbonation, but there is something slick and artificial about what happens on the back end. Overall, it's not awful if you need to say you were drinking a pumpkin, but not worth chasing, either.

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Photo of Kelby777
4.53/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured at a slightly warmer temperature into a beer glass...

Appearance - Pours a thick, beautiful head with high carbonation and a dark-amber color.

Smell - Smells of sweet wheat/grain. Mellow hops.

Taste - Right off the bat, I can sense a bitter taste, followed by a dry sweetness. I honestly cannot taste the "pumpkin" spice for the life of me. But the beer is surprisingly balanced for it being 5.7% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Thick, plentiful, and satisfying.

Overall - If the beer was sweeter and less bitter, I would have given this rating a five. Also, it would have helped (maybe) if this beer would have tasted a little like pumpkin. But I don't discredit this beer for not tasting like pumpkin... I don't mind a little false-advertisement as long as the beer tastes GOOD.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours clear Amber color with a creamy white head that has good retention

S- smells of pumpkin pie; cinnamon & nutmeg up front, and it actually has the pumpkin aroma that most beers lack, even a bit of vanilla cream and pie crust

T- unfortunately taste doesn't follow aroma; it's fairly muted up front and drinks more like an amber ale, mid palate give a hint if pumpkin flesh and caramel sweetness, the finish gives hints if nutmeg and cinnamon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- middle of the road pumpkin beer, I wish it tasted like it smelled

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Photo of mattroc000
4.12/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly a seasonal ale, but it's pretty good. It has a moderate pumpkin taste (not too weak, not too strong), is slightly malty, and is decently balanced, although it ebbs on the pickier side like a lighter ale. I would definitely drink it again!

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Photo of GStone899
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's always been a favorite of mine. Perfectly balanced. I don't seek out pumpkin beers so I'm sure there's better options but this one hits the spot for me.

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Photo of _drummer_
3.79/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Forgot to rate this one a while back. Great beer, interesting twist for the fall season. Smooth, pumpkin spice flavor with almost a creamy feel. Not a go-to for me, but enjoyable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My neighbor gave me a bottle of the Blue Moon pumpkin ale. It poured a clear copper with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of pumpkin. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer....I'm not a huge pumpkin guy.

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Photo of udfan07
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the bottle. Tasted like pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg. You could taste each of the spices really well and the pumpkin was flavored ok. A good starter beer for pumpkin ales.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Meh. This is industrial grade pumpkin brews at its finest! Tastes like blue moon with a touch of pumpkin which is one reason it's not that bad since I'm not big on pumpkins. Hangs in the pallette forever. A touch of hops a touch of malt but little to write home about. Light crisp citrusy. Okay.

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Photo of Slack
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber in color with a large amount of head.

Smell is muted, but am getting cinnamon and clove.

Taste is sweet malt and cinnamon.

Mouthful is light and watery. Carbonation is moderate. Finish is dry.

I would not recommend this as it is the weakest pumpkin beer I have come across with no smell/taste of pumpkin. If you are curious, grab a single bottle and compare it against a more regarded examples of the style.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours - Clear brown with small white head no much lacing.

Smell - Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, some clove.

Taste - More of the same as the smell, pumpkin, nutmeg, all spice.

Feel - Kind of light much lighter than I liked, well carbonated.

Overall - An ok beer it was not bad but not great.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Has that mixture of fall colors. Red, orange, darker leaf falling yellow. Can't hold any head up though. Aroma did have some pumpkin notes and then an industrial alcohol disinfectant.

Somehow the alcohol stayed very pronounced. A small amount of pumpkin crept into the mouthfeel. Nothing about regular non adjunct beer really comes through, no hops, bitterness, malt. Spice and cinnamon used in the right proportion.

I dunno, its alright.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L- Clear vivid orange, very clean. Small white bubbly head. No visible carbonation.
S- Pumpkin and spices. Fades away fast.
T- Pumpkin, spices, clove and a distinct wheat flavor at the end.
F- Light.
O- Not bad, there is no complexity here, very straightforward and easy to drink. Meh.

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Photo of colbyjackcheese
4.35/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Description on the neck of the bottle is spot on. You cannot miss the pumpkin, nutmeg, and cloves. Not overwhelming pumpkin thankfully. Well balanced between the flavors. Very nice on a cool and crisp autumn evening.

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Photo of PumpkinMaster
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a good beer, but a decent pumpkin beer. If you ordered a pumpkin beer and this is what came out, you wouldn't send it back, but for Pumpkin beer fans, there are plenty of better options. Good not Great.

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Photo of barczar
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice, and clove dominate the aroma.

Flavor is more wheat and muddled citrus upfront, finishing lightly sweet and nutty. Clove and nutmeg contrast the citrus strangely.

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Photo of Myotus
3.91/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 50°F from a 12oz bottle (best by 29Feb16) into a pint glass. Consumed on 15Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that dissipates into a half fingers worth after 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Orange in color. Rising bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of pumpkin entangle with mild aromas of caramel, cinnamon, cloves, wheat, and nutmeg.
TASTE: The initial taste is of strong pumpkin and mild caramel flavors. Mild flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon along with subtle clove flavors immediately follow. Mild wheat flavors enter lastly as pumpkin flavors remain, but all other flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Goes down smooth. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: Talk about a surprise! I've never before had a good experience with a Blue Moon beer. They've been mediocre at best, but I thought this was pretty good! Everything was where it needed to be.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber in color with a fingernail of brilliant white. Aroma is moderately spiced with nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. I taste moderately aggressive nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

best by Feb 8 (my birthday) 2016
poured into 6 ounce cup
L- the lowest point of surprisingly good beer, an uninspiring light brown, little head retention
S- caramel malts, pumpkin, and some spices
T- really smooth and nice caramel malts, with some hop bitterness. and then the pumpkin with all the spices cloves, nutmeg...
F- nice crisp taste, not overly carbonated
O- really really good beer even though from crafty blue moon, just gives a nice pumpkin taste, well balanced perfect for cool evening in fall, just really good for the style if not for Blue Moon will have higher overall ratings on this site(my opinion)

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

In all honesty, was craving a seasonal pumpkin beer for the fall, and this was the cheaper of the available selection.

A: 12-oz. bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours a nice copper-orange color with about an inch of foam that dissipates quick.

S: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little bit of that Blue Moon orange zest.

T: Malty, sweet, pumpkin pie filling, caramel, no trace of hops or expected.

M: Softer light-medium body, little carbonation. A typical sticky, sweet Blue Moon beer.

O: Like I said, was craving a seasonal beer, and this hit the spot. Not a go-to beer and wouldn't drink too many of these in one session. It's a fine beer for the season--not the best, not the worst.

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Photo of stevoj
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Albertsons. Kind of a dull pour, tiny head. Aroma is out of the bottle pumpkin pie spice, nothing imaginative or exciting. Actually kind of bland, with some generic pumpkin pie flavor. As expected....

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Photo of sjones5045
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10-25-15 LBI

I don't like pumpkin beers typically but it was pretty much the only option. Was kind of surprised that it was decent. Most pumpkin beers are over spiced and t he taste gets old quick. This one see sped pretty simple and I enjoyed a few of them. Not sure I'm going to run out and get some but for a pumpkin beer it was relatively good.

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Photo of jolleyt
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear medium-brown with a small white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing at all on my glass. A bit lighter than most of the pumpkin ales I drink, and seems to be lighter than previous years' incarnations of this beer.

S: Biscuity malt, fair amount of pumpkin spices. Much more spice aroma than I remember from this one.

T: Dominated by bread and biscuit malts, with pumpkin spice backing it up. Again, more spice notes than before. Some wheat is noticeable in the background, and a small bite of hop bitterness at the end.

M: Light-medium body. Feels more like a witbier than a pumpkin ale, but hey, it's Blue Moon. It's expected.

O: Coors has really improved this one in the last year or so. I remember Harvest Moon/Harvest Pumpkin Ale being basically an American amber ale in the past with no real pumpkin flavor, but this year's incarnation is a good introduction to the pumpkin ale style. There is an obvious wheat presence so you can tell it's from the Blue Moon lineup, which may make it easier for newbies to get into the style. Still, even for a seasoned drinker it's quite enjoyable on a cool autumn night. Cheers!

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/11/2016. Pours slightly cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of pumpkin/spice and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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