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 UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
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 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 StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 metter98
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
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 -12.3%
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 brentk56
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
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 oriolesfan4
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
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 kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
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 zeff80
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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 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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brownish orange color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, pumpkin, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts with flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg up front and background flavors of pumpkin and caramel. The malt character is a little thin for the style and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but kind of watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily enough, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, I'm not much of a pumpkin ale guy but there are definitely several better ones that I would select above this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-orange body with a medium-sized, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Mild aroma that's light on the pumpkin and heavier on the spices, mainly allspice and clove.

Taste: Lightly sweet, grainy flavor with a meager amount of pumpkin flavor. More of the allspace, clove, and nutmeg spicing. Dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: I finally gave this pumpkin ale a try. I was getting SICK of having local area beer store employees hold it up going, "Hey, you want this beer or what?"

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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 dbrauneis
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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 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 Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have tried this before the 'Harvest' moniker was added.This particular bottle is called Harvest Moon, its hard to tell if it is the same recipe. Poured cold into an hourglass shaped Boddington's pint.
A - A deep copper bordering on brown w/ a quickly collapsing tan head of 3 fingers. The head settles to about 1/8 of an inch after the vigorous pour and leaves traces of lace.

S - A pretty light ale smell w/ subtle pumpkin spices. A scent of caramel in the background adds sweetness.

M - A relatively light bodied ale w/ a sweet feel and hints of spice w/ moderately high carbonation.

T - A nutty gentle sweetness w/ a bit of canned pumpkin taste and tinges of nutmeg and cinnamon. More caramel malt flavor blends well with the spice and subtle hop earthiness. A tinge more vegetal flavors com forward it warms w/ a hint of alcohol flavor.

D - This was one of my first experiences w/ the pumpkin ale style years ago along w/ Buffalo Bill's. It is not the best example IMO, but has an overall good drinkability. I could drink more of these than most pumpkin ales since it is not too high in abv and has less spice in the taste. I consider this quaffable, but won't go out of my way to taste it. I appreciate the fact that Blue Moon had a pumpkin ale before many mainstream examples were available.

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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 Jason
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the neck of the bottle.

Pours a stiff head, two finger high. Brilliant copper color. Gourd aroma with some faint spicing and caramel-like malt. Snap in the crispness, pretty smooth with a moderate sized body. Even spicing with some pumpkin going on. Dry maltiness aside from a quick push of caramel. Very little hopping here which is fine. Finishes dry with some spice.

Nothing epic but not to shabby either. A decent pick for a low key holiday party that perhaps has a lot of non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice head--two fingers thick. The liquid is clear and has a dark orange/amber tinge to it. Only demerit is the nearly complete lack of lace.

A strong sour milk aroma to start with! Okay, some pumpkin is there, which is refreshing from other pumpkin beers that really feature cinnamon and nutmeg. On the third whiff, some soapiness is present. This is very surprising since this glass was being used for a pumpkin beer flight and this aroma has not been present thus far.

Closer to a scotch ale or a mild in flavor. The "pumpkin" aspects are quite muted. The hop is light and only present in the aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied with a proper amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is mild and short-lived--rather watery.

Oddly, this is a quaffable beer. Certainly, it is far more flavorful regular lawn mower beers. Unfortunately, it is rather one-dimensional, lacking complexity.

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