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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

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

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Photo of BucBasil
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was marketed as "Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale," so I think a name change might be in order on this site...

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. A dark, clear red color with an finger of off white head that dissipated after a minute.

Smell: Wow, the pumpkin and spices really come through here. This is like taking a big whiff of some refrigerated pumpkin pie - not as strong as the fresh stuff, but the smell is still unmistakable.

Taste: Underwhelming after the fantastic smell. Somewhat of a macro beer flavor introduction, but then finishes sweet and spicy with that delicious pumpkin pie note. If they had used a better base for the brew I think I would be in love. The pumpkin pie flavor lasts and lasts.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1/3/14. Part of a 'Make your own 6' from the local Baker's (Kroger's) about 5 weeks ago. Also seen this one in their 'Autumn Sampler'. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with about a 1-finger off white head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is on the light side and is of pumpkin and spices. The taste is actually very pleasant with the spices and you can taste the cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg as well as the pumpkin. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Good carbonation for this one that wasn't overdone. Overall, better than some other pumpkin ales that I tried and liked this one.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a quick cream colored head that settles over crystal clear amber/orange liquid with hints of gold. The nose is lightly malty with abundant pumpkin pie spice, though not too heavy. The taste gives notes of fruity pumpkin, sweet maltiness with medium mouthfeel and a lingering floral hoppiness. Finishes nicely balanced between the sweet and the bitter. It's possible to drink many glasses of this brew...which I just might!

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light maltiness with a pumpkin aroma that overlays. It has a natural pumpkin scent, not like canned processed pumpkin. It smells like my homebrews. The taste is relatively good. It is smooth with a nice pumpkin flavor that is not overpowering and finishes creamy. It has a decent malt palate of pale and crystal malts. There are hints of nutmeg and other spices; very tastey. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good pumpkin seasonal. It has good flavor and drinkability. This is a winner for Coors.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've drank so many of these pumpkin ales this season, they are all starting to run together on me. Oh well... here we go.

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: A dark gold, with hints of orange. With a vigorous pour, I got a one finger head that stayed for a bit. The brew left a decent amount of lacing as well.

Smell: A slight "beer" smell, but there was some pumpkin and spice in there as well.

Taste: And this is where the surprise came in, not much on the smell, so I wasn't expecting much here, but the taste was pretty impressive. I like Blue Moon products alright, but there is a bit of an expectation with drinking one, and this surpassed it wonderfully. I was really liking the strong pumpkin and nutmeg.

Feel: Medium, and balanced. Nothing really stood out here for me to be impressed with, but nothing here to complain about either.

Overall: A very welcome surprise from Blue Moon. I think of them, and I see the scores on here, and was expecting something very ordinary. What I got instead was a very enjoyable six-pack that I will probably buy again before they go out of season.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful apricot auburn. White head has low retention and lace.

S - Cinnamon, bread, and a touch of brown sugar.

T - Not bad at all. Pumpkin bread, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar. Nice balance.

M - Medium body. Relatively light carbonation. Sweet, bready finish.

O - Pleasantly surprised. Not a ton of raw pumpkin flavor, but a nice seasonal brew.

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Photo of Hunter
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a little gunshy about this, because I didn't particularly care for Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, so we'll see how this goes.

appearance: Rich looking amber, heavy in the carbonation, with a head of dense white foam that manages to hang out for a respectible amount of time. Some lacing effects.

smell: Pumpkin is not as evident as you would expect. Instead the nose picks up light malt behind which are grassy undertones, clone and cinnamon. Smells clean, inviting. could be more assertive, but overall it's nice.

taste: The initial taste is akin almost to milk, and then malt takes over. The pumpkin is tasted mainly in the back of the swallow, with light spicy hops playing a support role. Aftertaste has notes of vegetable, iced tea flavors, but it's subtle.

mouthfeel: Sharp and dry.

drinkability: I'm plerasantly surprised. With a flavor like pumpkin les is more, otherwise you end up drinking something akin to liquid squash. Blue Moon did a good job here accenting the beer with pumpkin and spice but still allowing the malt and hops to take center stage. If you're looking for an autumnal seasonal you could do worse than this.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer several years ago, the firt time I'd had it. This is the first time I've seen it locally since then.
Pours a burnt-orange, reddish color. The head is a puffy effervescent blanket of white foam. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long at all. Smell is of pumpkin pie spices, with not nearly the pumpkin aroma of similar beers. The pumpkin does shine through in the taste...it stays subtally, but firmly, behind a nice malt sweetness. Slight bitter finish. It's really a very nice, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first saw pumpkin ale, I was little scared and excited at the same time. Poured an attractive amber color with nice white head. Smell is predominately of pumpkin and spices and very nice. Tste is a bit toasty with pumpkin and spices added. Finished very pleasant in the mouth with goood pumpklin spices. A very good seasonal beer.

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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 Tunafever73
3.81/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 16oz glass. Shallow head that dissolved quickly. This beer has the color of perfectly brewed iced tea (you people from Carolina know what I'm talkin about). The pumpkin flavor is almost completely masked by the clove and allspice. Nice deep flavor, not overly strong. Little to no aftertaste.

I liked this brew and I am not a punkin fan. I immediately went in for a second and wasn't let down.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.81/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a fan of the wheat/pumpkin concept, but this beer is overall solid. The wheat flavor interferes and diminishes the crispness the beer could have.

Both flavor and aroma contain cinnamon and nutmeg. As stated above, the wheat gets in the way a bit, in my opinion.

Goes down smooth. A simple but effective pumpkin ale, that is sadly better than plenty of standard (not imperial) pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why this has such poor reviews. It's not a bad beer. Poured out to a orange color with a decent head. Minimal lacing around the glass. Respectable head was about 1inch, and remained constant to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of pumpkin is well presented, along with some spice and cinnamon sweetness. Taste is consistant with the aromas, with pumpkin flavors being well combined with malt and a touch of hops, and notes of spice, grain and an overall nice toasted / smokey flavor permeating the palate. Quite enjoyable. Good mouthfeel was not over-carbonated or too flat. Well balanced. Higher level of drinkability, this beer could be a session brew for fall evenings when watching the sun set. Recommended.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches seemed to dig the spices, and found this one do-able. Benjie was either uninterested, or intimidated by his sisters aggressive take on the brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice glowing amber appearance. A thin but well retained light brown head laces adequately. Aroma of nutmeg, cinamon, pumpkin pulp and toasted malt. And the spices don't over-ride the other aromas. This is a pretty solid pumpkin ale...even coming from Coors. It used to be better, but it's not bad. What I like is that the spices to drown out the pumpkin and malt flavors as happens in other pumpkin beers. This one's got a juicy pumpkin pulp flavor complimented by caramel maltiness. Some subtle spicing includes nutmeg and cinamon. Medium full body. I'm surprised I like this one more than Buffalo Bill's now.

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Photo of toycellar
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking alot of the fall releases and this one fits in good. Not too much pumpkin in this one as other brands but all in all I find this to be quite drinkable. Poured into my trusty pint glass, it pours a deep amber (I'm outside) and leaves little to no head. Not much smell, although I can pull out the allspice, which is pleasant, still looking for the pumpkin....the taste is nice and rich, kinda malty. A little lacing as it is drunk down but overall a calm brew. Has a nice finish, I get a caramel taste after the swallow, which is good, but where's the pumpkin? Overall as compared with the other fall brews I've been trying this one rates pretty good, I could probably sit and drink a six pack while watching the Yankees today. I'd like a little bit more pumpkin flavor but maybe it would blow away what Coors is trying to capture with this one.

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Photo of jdgsatx
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- Very nice copper color that fits this fall seasona.

Smell- Faint pumpkin smell.

Taste- Its brewed as a pumpkin ale and while its not heavy on the pumpkin side, the flavors do come together quite nicely.

Mouthfeel- Not a heavy beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
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 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 philbertk
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Adolph J. Coors Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale. 1997 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (1.75 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Rather weak and not very well blended. Sampled 10/31/1997.

1998 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Rich orange color. Nice light pumpkin tang to malty body. Zesty carbonation. Much better than I remember. Sampled 10/20/1998. 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear rich amber red color. Light spicy nutmeg front. Rich malty body with light pumpkin flavor and toasted notes. Dry texture. Finishes hot and dry. Sampled 10/16/1999.

2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV?--20 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear thin bright amber orange color. Mild pumpkin hop front. Smooth creamy mild sweet crystal malt caramel pumpkin malty body. Balanced smooth mild nutmeg spice hop end. Malty. Sampled 10/4/2004.

2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--20 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear bright amber color. Mellow nutmeg pumpkin hop front. Crisp tangy clean thin fully fermented CO2 caramel crystal malt mild pumpkin body. Tangy citrus hop fresh spice end. Zesty. Sampled 9/15/2005.

2006 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--20 IBU's.? (3.75 / 5.0) Creamy lacy orangeish head. Clear bright dark amber orange color. Mellow pumpkin spice hop front. Lightly roasted dry sweet caramel crisp mild Belgian wheat ester body. Mild nutmeg hop clean end. Blandish. Sampled 9/15/2006. Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale--Ale Brewed With Natural Flavor--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection.

2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--20 IBU's.? (4.25 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Pumpkin. Mild lace head. Clear thin bright amber bronze color. Clove nutmeg All spice Pumpkin mild hop front. Creamy mellow sweet spicy toasted caramel mild Pumpkin fruit body. Tangy mild hop Pumpkin malt end. Sampled 8/26/2007.

2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--25 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Pumpkin. Rich dense off white mild lace head. Clear bright thin dark amber color. Mild nutmeg pumpkin hop front. Crusty cloying dry sweet tangy toasted caramel biscuit mild pumpkin fruit rich body. Mild nutmeg clove hop spice clean mild pumpkin end. Refreshing & zesty. Sampled 8/14/2008. 6-Pack $6.99.

2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--20 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Pumpkin. Clear tight off white lacy head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild pumpkin spice floral mild hop front. Smooth mild sweet crisp caramel mild pumpkin fruit spice body. Clean dry refreshing subtle spice Belgian hint end. Nice mellow Pumpkin Amber Ale. Sampled 9/22/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale--Ale Brewed With Natural Flavor--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Pumpkin. Mild lace off white foamy light head. Bright clear thin rich amber color. Aromatic mild pumpkin clove all spice mild hop front. Mild sweet smooth zesty toasted pumpkin caramel malt spicy mild fruit body. Clean lingering nutmeg mild hop spice end. Well balanced mellow pumpkin flavors. Sampled 9/3/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

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Photo of Zoh
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark orange-amber with a thick head. Good lacing that lasted throughout the beer. Smell was malty and surprisingly almost devoid of spices. Taste is like roasted pumpkin seeds, very surprising but not bad at all. Again, less spice than I was expecting, but with the amount of pumpkin flavor that is okay. Mouthfeel is average, not overwhelmingly thick or thin. Not the greatest pumpkin ale I have had, but overall a better effort than most.

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Photo of chilidog
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this twice over the autumn saving most of them for Thanksgiving. While the pies baked, the beer was complimented by the aroma in the air.
The beer poured a dark orange amber with a thick, creamy slight tanned head. Lace was fair and stuck around awhile. The aroma was no dought, pumpkin spice. The taste carried the pumpkin along with some nutmeg and cinnamon. A mild carbonation made a nice mix of the toasted malt and slightly tart hop. A crisp, tart mouthfeel is left, slightly dry like pie crust.
I think Coors did a fine job here. I'll bring it in again next year.

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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 WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Irish style Pint Glass

***Note: this beer was sitting out of the fridge for about 20 mintues, so it may have had an effect on the overall presentation.

A - Pours a 2 finger sudsy head that quickly dissolves away. Not not soda-like, like lets say a Budweiser, or other macro lagers. Therefore this beer generates no lacing either. Before the head fizzles away though, it is off-white with hints of bright yellow. The beer itself it a nice orangy copper color, with some slight effervensence.

S - The smell of this beer is pretty typical for pumpkin beers; the smell of various spices seem to dominate the nose more than pumpkin aroma. Spices notable in this beers aroma are nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice, and a slight toffy-like aroma. Pumpkin aroma does make itself known but it very faint.

T - The taste is almost exactly like the smell. Lots of spice up front, and slight pumpkin in the finish. Compared to other run-of-the-mill Pumpkin Ales, this beer is better than most. This beer seems to have a lot of caramel in the taste, and tastes like a very sweet Oktoberfest with some pumpkin. A slight tang lingers on the back end of the tongue. but overall, not bad.

M - The mouthfeel is fairly soft, but kinda thin due the lack of head, and carbonation. The complexion of this beer is slightly sticky and does make you rather thirsty as you are drinking it, but nothing too extreme.

D - The drinkability of this Pumpkin Ale is extremely high. Maybe not as high as Jack's Spiced Pumpkin Ale, but still pretty high. Would be deemed a very sessionable beer

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
3.75/5  rDev +21%

This is one of my favorite macro beers. It's refreshing, sweet, and super drinkable. The flavors are powerfully pumpkin-y and spicy, to the point of coming across as artificial. But artificial in the way that candy and instant ramen taste artificial - comforting and familiar. It feels like a treat to drink this on a hot day, and I wish it was more widely available outside of autumn.

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Photo of msolar
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent Pumpkin Ale, not quite as sweet as some of the other Pumpkin Ale’s which is a good thing, I think. It still tasted like beer without an overwhelming spiced flavor.

I’ve had about 4-5 Pumpkin Ale’s so far this fall; Saranac’s has been my favorite to date.

Blue Moon’s was pretty good. Nothing special, but I’d certainly buy it again.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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