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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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 jsisko01
4.76/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a darkish, amber color with a 1" creamy white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell - All I can really smell is the malts and maybe a hint of caramel. Something sweet I guess.

Taste - Quite bitter at first, but not overwhelming. Afterwards, you can taste the pumpkin along with some spices and maybe caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation. A creaminess hinders in the mouth.

Overall - I like this beer quite a bit. I'd definitely get it again.

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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 HeavyG
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This ale pours a amber orange color. A nice head but not to think.

S: This is one of my favorite fall beers due to the smell. There is a very nice smell of pumpkin and spice. It is not over the top with pumpkin.

T: You can taste the pumpkin and nutmeg spices. Just like the smell the pumpkin is not overpowering.

M: Very very smooth.

D: A easy beer to drink. Not heavy.

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Photo of OverToad
4.47/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read last year Blue Moon (Coors) was redoing their pumpkin ale and rename it Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale rather then the Harvest Moon.

This new one would have wheat and taste more of a pumpkin pie.

I always though the older one was rather bland. This one right off the bat taste like pumpkin pie. I can taste the pumpkin and spices. This is not Dogfish Punk but for a mass made beer, this one taste damn good for a pumpkin brew.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.44/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried my first pumpkin ale out of the bottle. I thought it was horrible. Later I tried it again, but I poured it into my glass. I suddenly became impressed.

This is brewed owned by Coors? I can't believe they could make a beer this nice. It has a nice amber body and a white creamy head. It has a subtle aroma, but it is a terrific aroma of pumpkin spices. The flavor jumps out a lot more in the glass as did the aroma. This is my first pumpkin brew and I think it is pretty good. I will definitely be looking for this beer every fall.

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Photo of CS1971
4.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is a great beer. I can't think of a Blue Moon beer I don't like, and I think that this seasonal is really something special. It is rich, complex, and unique. The pumpkin is subtle, yet still present, and the spices make it a real tasty beer.

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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 nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale brewed by Coors Brewing Company. This Pumpkin Ale has an ABV of 5.70% Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale pours out of the bottle, a nice light brown color with an off white head. The smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. You also pick up on some grains and sweetness in the smell of this brew. At first the the taste is bold with flavor. This Pumpkin Ale puts you in mind set of pumpkin pie. There is a lot going on in this brew. A lot of bold flavor with a nice clean finish. Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale , has a real super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is nice bold and clean , and refreshing. Nothing bad to say about this brew. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. Coors Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pumpkin ale poured a beautiful amber orange color with a thick foamy head that dissipates into a nice thin head for the remainder of the drink. Nice pleasant spice aromas that aren't too overwhelming. I loved the taste of this pumkin ale! This is the smoothest pumpkin ale I have ever tasted, I could drink quite a few of these in succession with the last going down as easy as the first. The perfect amount of sweetness with mild hints of spice that makes this one stand out from other pumpkin brews.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local packie just started to sell this (August 30).

A - Crystal clear deep amber with a decent head, there is some lacing.

S - Very mild, almost non-existant.

T - Again, very mild. Some autumn spices, nutmeg, pumpkin pie.

M - Not overly carbonated. Smooth.

D - A nice beer for the transition from summer to winter.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I reviewed this forever ago and I think I took off some points just because it's a Coors product. Truth is, this is pretty much the standard bearer for more aggressively spiced pumpkin ales. The older, east-coast varieties tastes like grassy American ambers with a little hint o' pie spice. This bad bad boy was the first to aggressively mimc pumpkin pie. It is, I am sorry to say, a modern classic. And if you like pumpkin ales, you should give it it's due.

Translucent orange. I kinda like a haze with my autumn beers, but whatever this is sparkly and pretty. Big head, fluffy white and, for a BMC beer, amazingly retentive.

Smells light of medium bocky malt and light hints of pumpkin pie spices, little hints of cinnamon and allspice. Pretty good, but far too light.

Tastes much stronger than it smells, very nice. Sweet marzeny malt starts things off, bready with light hints of dough and nuts. Moves into a spicy middle with big nodes of cinnamon, allspice, and grain. The pumpkin comes in firmly at the end, like you're eating pie.

A nice, solid example of a style that's hard to brew.

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Photo of brewmaster2
4.27/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - it has a nice amber brown hue to it.just the right amount of carbonation, i thought it could have had a little more head to it with better retention.nice and clear not cloudy.

smell - it has a sweet malty smell mixed with spicy hop smell.thae smell was very inviting.

taste - a sweet malty taste mixed with pumkin spicy flavor you can also taste the nutmeg. a very balanced over all flavor.

mouthfeel - it had a full body feel in my mouth,perfect carbonation very smooth.

drinkability - it was a very smooth easy drinking beer.not overly spicy nor too much pumkin flavor very nice beer will definatly purchase again.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.27/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great for the fall but not as good as other pumpkin beers. It is too sweet and not as spicy as I would prefer it. Good wheat taste and light brown color. Overall I like it a lot!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to December 22 2014.
Spiced aroma. Pours bright copper orange with full white head. Slight lacing of glass. Taste is mild lightly spiced, hint of caramel. No hops, no bitterness. Refreshing, but could use more pumpkin in the mash.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale has a very thick, fluffy, off-white or cream-colored head, a clear, copper appearance, lots of tiny streaming bubbles, and a good amount of thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is essentially of pumpkin pie- spices, pumpkin, dough, sweetness, etc. Just terrific! The flavor is likewise pumpkin pie in a glass, with an added, underlying beer flavor, bitterness, and even some sourness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit soft, and Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, pleasant, and delicious. I was shocked, to say the least. I highly recommend giving this a try!


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Photo of Alfred
4.18/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is off the chain. Forget what the antiquated reviewers think; I can drink a six pack to the head by my lonesome, and not feel any raunchiness towards the makers. This beer is the shit!
I won't go into the Yuppy classifications : ASTMO...if you want pretentiousness check Google. I will keep it unadulteratingly real: this beer is good-quality pumpkin. Not the best, but drinkable, and worth the money spent. I have a bigger problem with the ass-clowns trying to act like like they know what "good beer" is. Fuk 'Em! and Fuk' Em good!

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Photo of agleas1
4.17/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm generally not a fan of Pumpkin beers, but this one is pretty tasty! Seems less "pumpkiny" than last years version. Recently had it at a beer dinner paired with a German brat and sauteed root vegetables...they were great together. In a word-delicious!

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Photo of CAP1868
4.14/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Light amber/reddish color with a small head nothing much else

S- Smells of spices coriander and pumpkin, smells just like fall in my humble opinion

T- Tastes just like it smells full of pumpkin with heavy spices. A spiced pumpkin pie comes to mind when I try to explain taste.

M-Relatively light for all the spices and pumpkin mixed into this brew

D- The carbonation in my opinion is great and I could drink quite a few of this delicious beer.

I really enjoy this brew even though it gets a bad rap from people because it is a Coors product. This beer really made me want to go out and try different types of beer.

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

This beer is not a true pumpkin ale. It's more like a pumpkin spiced ale. The beer tastes very nice. Complex. Pumpkin with nutmeg and caramel malts. Hop character is in the backround and blends nicely. The beer clings to the mouth nicely and is crisp. This is a beer everyone can enjoy. If you don't like pumpkin ales, don't be afraid of this one, pumpkin is just a spice in the brew.

This is a very seasonable brew. I was very pleased.

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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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I gave in on this one only because it was a seasonal. I am really not a fan of Blue Moon in general, but figured I would give this one a shot and see how it fared. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Poured a nice clear deep pumpkin colored amber with a huge off white fizzy and foamy head on the top. A ton of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom kept it replenished enough that it had some nice side glass lace present. The aroma was very inviting, tons of spice were blowing you away from the very beginning. I was quite impressed with how strong the aroma of nutmeg and spice coming off of it was. A nice malty and bread like back was apparent as well and this translated over to the taste wonderfully. A deep rich spiced flavor came over you immediately. It had the definite pumpkin pie spiced taste, but not overblown. This was subtle enough to get the pint across without being too sweet and really making you say enough. Great feel, nice and light with a great medium body and full flavor. The carbonation stuck around until the very end and made it feel very full. I easily could have had more then one and was quite surprised with how easy of a drinker it was. Overall I really actually enjoyed this. I have had some better seasonals before, but this was a solid offering and there was no doubt about it. I would not hesitate to try this one again, it was really well done and light enough to be sessionable. My first good experience from Blue Moon, heck it had to happen sometime.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a festive orange-amber color. A plump and creamy head looks to have some staying power, but dwindles to a bare covering and fairly sold collar.

The smell yields pleasant pumpkin notes, some decent albeit light spiciness thrown in and a tad yeasty, too. A bit more than I expected from Coors, whatever that's worth. More cinnamon aromas emerge as it warms and endure for the entire sampling, earning bonus points from this cinna-head.

Taste is a little on the candyish side, but not bad. The malts are there as are the requisite fall spices. Softer than Buffalo Bill's taste-wise. This has better balance I think between the malts, the pumpkin, and the spice flavors. The aftertaste gravitates towards an enjoyable cinnamon-clove thing that makes for a thumbs-up ending.

Mouthfeel is sturdy, not too heavy. An artificial sweetness pushes it towards cloying, but it's not *that* sweet. Does drape in the mouth a bit, though.

A very nice drinkable seasonal for both fall and winter. It was a decent crossover hit at a Halloween party I went to. Guys and gals alike, while they didn't go crazy over it, all seemed to enjoy the change of pace with this pleasant spice-style beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Jan 1116 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of clove and nutmeg
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to three mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body light orange, clear, effervescent
Flavor of light spices – clove, nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another find in my cellar. Tomorrow is Christmas in July at Iron Hill, so why not a prelude Hallowe'en/Thanksgiving beer today?

From the bottle: "This amber-colored, naturally flavored ale is only brewed in the autumn and combines the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin & spices with traditional crystal malt."; "With its clove, nutmeg and allspice flavors, this amber-colored ale is perfect for fall's crisp, clear days. Serve this hearty brew with all of your autumn meals."

It looks to have held up quite well! I got a dense finger of tawny head with great retention in the heat from my pour. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The spices really carried the day on the nose. I got clove immediately and I am not sure that I can discern between nutmeg and allspice, but there was more than just clove in there. Mouthfeel was medium to full and the spices had mellowed into a melange of spice, almost cinnamon-like, but quite nice. Finish was dry and refreshing, very welcome on this humid afternoon. I recommend drinking any you may have still around so that you can load up on the fresh stuff in a few months.

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