Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998

BEER STATS
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733
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2,722
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3.1
pDev:
19.68%
 
 
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Reviews by Jeffani:
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is a spawn of the Blue Moon portfolio, which is part of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. It's been around since September 1996 and is now brewed in Toronto, Canada.

Right away we noticed the exceptional head retention, with tiny bubbles that leave some lacing behind. Bright copper color; clarity is perfect. Spicy sweet aroma, smell of gingersnaps, biscotti and caramel. A bit of smoothness comes out from the crisp moderately sized body. Spicy over the top with a hint of alcohol that warms after each sip; bready malt flavors for the base peak in the middle yet fade quickly. The caramel malt flavor seems to have more of an impact on the palate and does seem to balance the spiciness for the most part. Minimal hopping lets the spices come through fully with more of an allspice flavor than anything else. Finishes just as spicy as it started with a slow drying end.

We'll say it: too clean. Perhaps the lack of hops and bitterness? But this is to be expected coming from a big brewer. With that said, it just does not have the same gritty raw feel to it and it's hard to imagine a brewer chopping pumpkins for the mash when a beer is this clean. A good beer for the faint of palate.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

The beer pours a pretty red-orange with a tantalizing head that unfortunately fades to the outer rim.

The smell is of faint pumpkin and pumpkin spices and lager malt.

It tastes not bad after the first sip. Slightly sweet bready malt with an decent dose of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Subsequent sips left me wanting more, however. I can't shake the blue moon in the both the taste and mouthfeel. Too much carbonation and too light bodied for me. The aftertaste is of pumpkin spice but with a sour bready malt.

Overall it's an ok Pumpkin beer, quite predictable. Have it at a party, but spend your money on Anderson Valley, Uinta or Shipyard.

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Photo of russpowell
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would've sworn I've reviewed this before, but here goes:

Pours an effervescent copper with a pinky of tan head, looks the part up front. Traces of lacing & zero head retention

S: Brown sugar & not much else, maybe a whisper of phenols once warm

T: Caramel, leafy hops, cinnamon & cloves up front. Slight metallic hop notes & brown sugar sweetness as this warms, plus more cinnamon. Finishes sweet with cinnamon & brown sugar & a touch cherries trying to stomp on a still noticeable metallic taste hanging on at the fringes

MF: Light bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, but lacks the squashy pumpkin flavor I seek in this style, plus any real complexity. Would do in a jam for a beer or so, no more than that though

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yet another review from old notes.

A: The pour is copper in color with about two fingers of off-white head.

S: First thing I seem to notice is a lack of pumpkin aroma here. Not only that, but it seems to be lacking in terms of the usual pumpkin pie spices as well. Some mild sweetness of caramel and toffee, and some toasted malt and grain.

T: The flavor is moderately sweet with just a hint of bitterness. I don't get much pumpkin or pie spice on the flavor either, maybe just a touch of nutmeg. Slight caramel and toffee with a decent breadiness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the weaker pumpkin ales, but I guess I wasn't terribly surprised.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It seemed like a good idea when I was at the store. Actually, not a bad beer, but other breweries have made pretty good Pumpkin ales with success. I shouldn't expect the same from this. Pours an orange-rust color. Highly carbonated. Almost fizzy head. Aromas of grain (cereal) with some pumpkin thrown in. Flavors of pumpkin and Thanksgiving spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) add to the light malty sweetness. Mouthfeel leaves much to yearn for--weak and a bit over carbonated. Finishes with a bitterness that is more astingent than hop derived. The flavors are fine, but I feel like all pumpkin and spices are artificial and have not melded well. Weak body doesn't help.

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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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Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

A moderate pour produce a billowy two inch head which sticks ok. The beer is a slightly hazy pale amber with moderate carbonation.

Definitely both pumpkin and spice in the aroma, which follows through in the flavor. Nutmeg is most prominent, but it's not overdone. Caramel and bready flavors in the malt base. Clean finish with just a little lingering spice. Just a kiss of earthy hops.

Not an over the top beer by any means, but worthy of a try. The flavor evokes pumpkin without overwhelming the malt.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a clear copper color with a really good 2 finger head that hangs around a while leaving decent lacing on a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty good. I get pumpkin and spice along with that wheat smell that is characteristic of all blue moon beer.

Taste is pretty good too. Once again that pumpkin is the main player with the spice taste too. Oh and that wheat taste of a blue moon is there too.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. I wouldnt rush out and get some of this, there are definitely better choices but with good availability and an above average beer I would not hesitate to buy it if I was craving the pumpkin taste in the fall.

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Photo of TheMarkE
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Appearance: Amber orange with a decent head that disappears quickly, decent lacing, and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, somewhat creamy.

The Verdict: It’s OK. An average pumpkin ale, the flavor seems to disappear quickly as it warms.

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap (special for $1 pint which was why I tried it).

Poured a nice creamy head and stayed around for a decent amount of time, only slight lacing observed. Color was nice autumn/amber red. I have to say that the looks of this beer were appealing.

Smell was mainly of spices, with a hint of the obvious pumkin. Taste was much similar, only more of the pumkin taste.

Cabonation level was not to bad and the mouthfeel was very smooth.

Overall, I wasn't expecting this to be too impressive, but it turned out to be pretty good and I ordered another (you can't go wrong for a buck). If you not looking for something to expensive, I'd give this a try.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.43/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is not a pumpkin ale. Maybe they added pumpkin - maybe they forgot to add it to the batch... Maybe a hint of spice.... Tastes like a basic brown ale to me. Not bad, though. It's good, but not what I'm looking for in the fall.

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Photo of mchegash
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.6/5
A fairly nice light orange-brown. Extremely clear. About 2/3 finger of head when initially poured, dissipated to head within 30 seconds or so. Can see a moderate amount of carbonation rising rapidly to the top.

Smell - 3/5
Nutmeg, pumpkin, alcohol, sweet malts. The aroma is not very strong.

Taste - 2.75/5
Sweet malts are the predominate flavor, followed by subtle fall spices including nutmeg, as well as a fruity alcohol character. Don't taste any pumpkin. Something doesn't seem quite right about the taste, maybe the spices are imbalanced, or the flavor is weird, or something, but I don't particularly like the taste a lot.

Mouthfeel - 3.1/5
Light bodied, fairly crisp. Carbonation is light to moderate. Smooth drink overall.

Overall - 3/5
Overall this is just a pretty weak beer. It's not terrible in any particular aspect, but it is just completely mediochre or less in every way. The aroma is not very strong, the taste seems slightly off, the beer seems a little too watery perhaps. I've definitely had worse pumpkin ales, but you could do much better than this brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well, its halloween/thanksgiving so I figured I might as well try all the pumpkin beers and octoberfest beers before the winter beers come out. This came in a 6 pack and had some neat artwork on the box.

The beer has a real nice dark red color when it pours and its very clear but the foam was kinda sickly looking as it fell apart and disapeared very quickly. The beer didn't smell as strong as I thought it might for a pumpkin beer but as far as what it did smell like: pumpkin and cheap (coors) beer.

The taste was alright, kinda right in the middle for this style. Had a bit of the macro lager taste in there despite the fact that this is an ale. But it also had some strong points. Like the last guy said, its not pure pumpkin pie, but its got some good pumpkin spiciness in there. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and overall this is a drinkable beer but I'm not sure I'd pay for it again in the future.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: single finger off white head with little lacing on a burnt orange clear body.

S: mostly caramel malt with mild pumpkin spice aroma.

T: Fairly pumpkin-y, more on the spice and pie side with a decent malt backbone. Sweet but not overly so.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very drinkable beer. They tried to keep it sweet without going too overboard on the pumpkin flavor. Not terrible but doesn't compare to southern tier or dogfish head's version.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Polished kumquat beneath a large lid the color of sweet potato ice cream. A high-altitude pour filled at least half the pint glass with a clump of foam that is turning out to be on the persistent side. A nice array of attractive lace is another positive. There's nothing wrong with the way this one looks.

It appears as though the brewers got the aroma right as well. More power and more pumpkin would have been good, but the spices are pretty well done. The rear label lists clove, nutmeg and allspice. Nutmeg is most prominent by my nose. Cinnamon seems an odd omission.

Hate to say it, but Harvest Moon tastes like it was brewed by Coors. My hope, whenever I pop open a beer by any of the Big 3, is that it will taste like it was brewed by someone else. The pleasant surprises have been few and far between. Come to think of it, I've been really impressed by at least one offering from A-B and Miller, but not by one (so far) from these guys.

The biggest problem is the base beer. It tastes like an undermalted amber ale mixed 80:20 with a macro lager. It's mildly grain and husk-like, with an off-flavor that would be right at home in Coors Original. The spice load is decent, although indistinct, but it has no chance because it has no malt support.

With so little barley in the brewhouse, the mouthfeel can't help but be thin and waterlogged. The lack of heft doesn't permit the flavors to make any sort of impact (not a negative in this case) and it causes the finish to be as brief as it is insipid. How hard is it to add more malt?

I've probably had worse pumpkin ales, but I can't think of one at the moment. It looks like the suits at Coors decided to brew a pumpkin ale for their usual customers rather than for those who actually appreciate a well-crafted ale. I can't blame them for wanting to pay the bills, but that doesn't mean that any of us need to help them do so.

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

I have to say I love pumpkin brews grab em when I see em,this one pours a nice copper with a nice two fingered fluffy head but it didnt retain itself to well or leave any lacing.I picked up huge amounts of malt in the aroma but not a big pumpkin nose I got some orange peel mainly with some pumpkin spice notes that come after a while.Taste is decent not over the top on pumpkin but nice and subtle with the spice in the finish has a nice lightly sweet malt profile to it just a light citruisy hop note late wich is very faint.A respectable brew from Coors (thought I would never say that) subtle and quaffable for the fall season.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.26/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tried this on on an impulse buy... Harvest moon Pumpkin Ale 5.6% alcohol.

A- Pours a maltly medium orange with fluffy white head that falls to a very carbonated froth on the top of the beer. Leaves mild to none lacing... Just looks plain in the glass.

S- I'm not getting much of a scent from this one but a little faint malt and very soft spices. ( nutmeg and cinnamon)

T-M- The taste is kinda disapointing for a Pumpkin ale. It does have a fresh taste of crystal malt with very small doses of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe a unnoticed pumpkin hint. Mouthfeel is dry with nothing to set it aside from any other large beer maker... In one word bland.

D- Easily consumed beer is not always the way to go. As a pumpkin ale this one just fails.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Minimal head with little lacing, and a dark copper gold color

S- Cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice.

T- A slightly above average perception on the pallets of the flavors above.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Coats the mouth nicely with medium high carbonation.

D- Great balance of pumpkin and cream, but maybe a little too much carbonation.

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Photo of Driver8k
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Dmann
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this one at the store today and decided to give it a go. And I found that it was no suprise that this beer was just average at best. The pour was ok with a copper color body and a decent size head but it faded quickly and left no lace whatsoever. There was not much smell at all to the brew but what I could sniff were mostly sweet malts and faint spices. As for the taste, I was expecting more. The subtle sweetness from the malts and the light spiciness tasted good, but it was too weak. If they would have used the same flavoring but kicked it up a couple notches this beer would not taste half bad. As it is, it's another watered down product from Coors.

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Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +61.3%

Love this beer! Spicy and flavorful without being overwhelming, and the pumpkin flavor comes through without being cloying or artificial. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. And the alcohol content is perfect to take the chill out of the air on those brisk Autumn afternoons.

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Photo of markmo
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%

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