Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
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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Ratings: 2,763 |  Reviews: 741
Photo of kylehay2004
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
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 jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, and some subdued pumpkin pie spices. Taste is exactly the same as the smell but the spices are more assertive here. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. A bit too much carbonation in my opinion. Overall, this is actually a pretty good pumpkin ale. I wasn't expecting very much and for what it is I was impressed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a way overly spiced pumpkin beer in my opinion. on tap at dave and busters, this one pours a nice amber shade with a faint orange glow and a fleeting off white head. the nose is nutmeg and clove, a little vanilla, and red and caramel malts. no squash to speak of. the same is true of the flavor, where the heavy spice dose totally crowds out any real pumpkin thats in this beer. its very desserty, like a pumpkin pie, seasonally okay, but to me id like to see more of the actual pumpkin. all the spice makes it a tough beer to session, even though the body is just medium and the carbonation is good. its not a bad beer, dont get me wrong, and definitely better than some of the other blue moon seasonals, but ive come to like my pumpkin beers to showcase the vegetable, not the spice, and this one is just too spice based for me. others may disagree.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a brownish color, a little darker than expected. The head was white a fluffy a first. The lacing wasn't the best but decent. The smell was spicy, with some cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste was a little puzzling to me, It almost tasted like pumpkin but I think the spices kind of collided and didn't really work well together for some reason. The mouthfeel was pretty light and not overly carbonated. Overall It's not my favorite Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $1.69.

While it's advertised as a pumpkin ale, I get no smell or taste of pumpkins which I feel is kind of odd. Instead it tastes and smells like cinnamon among the other usual fall type spices. Pours a beautiful copper color and is easy to drink, but the lack of pumpkin flavor in a pumpkin ale was disappointing.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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 metter98
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn’t a bad pumpkin beer because it has a good amount of aromas and flavors (that don’t taste artificial) and is easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.72/5  rDev -12.8%
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 kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live.

A: Half a finger of slight cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Semitransparent dark copper colour.

Sm: Cream, pleasant hops, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pumpkin is nowhere to be found. Generic caramelized malt, bland hops, and full barley. A simple build, but balanced. It's a nice flavour for what it is, but it's downright mislabelled.

Mf: Smooth and wet, partly suiting the flavour.

Dr: It's very drinkable, average ABV, and decent quality. But it tastes nothing like pumpkin and it's far from notable. Only pursue this if you're a big fan of blue moon.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
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 zeff80
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a dark amber or orange color with maybe a little red in it. A one-finger head with no lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty (nutmeg) and of cloves. There was a subtle pumpkin smell as well.

T - It tasted most of clove, nutmeg and malt. I really didn't detect any pumpkin.

M - It was crisp and light to mudium-bodied.

D - It wasn't bad. I don't like pumpkin but I thought this beer was pretty good. I don't think I would get it again, though. It just wasn't what I want out of a beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour a carrot colored body with a good head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Slight pumpkin tone in the nose with a modest spice profile

Taste: The caramel malt comes through, bringing with it a hint of pumpkin; slight spices emerge mid-palate; finishes sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too sugary for me; not much else going on compared to other pumpkins I have tasted; drinkable but undistinguished

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Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Teak on the Hudson in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange to dark amber in color with very minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and yam with some lighter amounts of pumpkin pie spices with nutmeg, clove, and allspice all present. The dominant flavor is the pumpkin while the spices are more subtle and in the background.

T: Very similar to the smell, that taste of this beer is dominated by pumpkin and some lighter spices (nutmeg, allspice, and clove) but seems to be lacking in malts. There is a light amount of underlying sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not the worst pumpkin beer that I have had but nothing special either. Easy to drink and I enjoy the fact that the spices are not too dominant and it is not overly sweet.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon's Pumpkin Ale pours a clear, deep-amber/copper colored body with glowing orange and gold highlights. The head is fluffy and thick with a yellowed-white color; and it has great retention and leaves very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is toasty with malt, very lightly fruity from the yeast, and backed by just a hint of spiciness.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests with more toastiness, a bit of caramel, and an edge of almost burnt sugar; and again, the spices are well-heeled. Some dull cinnamon is recognizable, along with some nutmeg, but otherwise it's pretty generic. There's just enough there to make you think pumpkin pie, and it doesn't build on the palate, but lingers nicely in the finish with a delicate swirl of spiciness. The bitterness balances it firmly, and it finishes dry and toasty. Medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation that lends to smoothness.

Overall, it's a pretty decent, toasty and biscuity fall offering with a gentle sprinkling of spice that lends to it's character, and thus drinkability. You could have more than a few of these without overdoing it on spice; on the other hand, for some there might not be enough spice to satiate.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
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