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 puboflyons
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked MAR0110-CO5101645. It pours a reasonably clean amber-orange with a half-inch foamy tan head. The appearance was its best feature. The aroma had little in the way of pumpkin spice. It had more of a macro malty aroma and kind of stale at that. The mouthfeel was in the medium range. The taste includes caramel and sweet malts and hint of hops but practically no pumpkin spice. It this was marketed as an amber ale, I might be able to accept it because essentially that's what it tastes like. I am sorry but this was a weak effort on the part of Blue Moon.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head with good retention.

S: Pumpkin flesh mostly, light spice.

T: Not really that spiced, though cinnamon and allspice are clearly evident. Pumpkin flavour really comes out in the end and has a root vegetable finish.

M: Nice body, easy drinking pumpkin beer with a sweet finish.

D: One of the best pumpkin brews I've had to date though we don't get a huge selection on the West Coast. Nice beer out of a macro brewer.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this for my sister since she's not a beer drinker but wanted to try a pumpkin ale. I went cheap in case she rejected it (she did), but this beer was worthy of the rejection. Poured a transparent, light orange with a one-finger head that died slowly and left some lacings. A rather dulled pumpkin and spiced smell; like they didn't want to put alot it so it would be more bland for mass consumption. The pumpkin flavoring is weak and there is no "liquid pumpkin pie" reference here. Light to medium bodied with a sharpness on the backbite that comes from spicy overkill, this is not that sessionable. I've had worse pumpkin ales, to be frank, but I don't see myself buying another sixer of this.

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Photo of rudzud
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at pizzeria unos.

A poured into a tall pint glass a copper hue with a one finger cream head that faded to leave nice side lacing.

S - typical unimpressive pumpkin fall spices. Fairly mediocre.

T - More of the same unimpressive tastes.

M - typical average lowish carbonation.

O - Overall this really isn't worth the buy. If id known id already had this I would have held off....

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a white two-fingered head, fades quickly, leaves a touch of lace. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Color is nice, clear amber. Nose is spice. Starts and finishes sweet and spicy reminds you of a pumpkin pie. Took a chance since the expiration date was coming up but it is fine - a real deal at $1.57 for a 6-pack, expiration date is 2/15.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear bright copper color with creamy off white head. Nose is quite faint with some pumpkin and spice. Taste much like the aroma is too faint and watery. The taste of pumpkin and clove that is present is not all that pleasant. Overall, this is a pretty weak attempt at a Pumpkin Ale. I give Coors credit for trying, but they need to go back to the drawing board on this one.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, deep copper-amber with a creamy 1 finger light beige/cinnamon colored head that was pretty well lasting leaving a slight ring lacing around the edges of the glass with a thin film covering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie crust in a light but well balanced fashion that was just enough to appreciate. Light apple skins and dry caramel were also detected in the aroma.

T: dry, with some sweet caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried pie crust. Light sour apple cider notes were also noted as well a spicy alcohol nature with dried apple skins, sweet grains and light dried oranges. Overall subtle but well rounded letting a variety of flavors show through.

M: a light fizziness with sweet dry caramel and cinnamon coming through.

D: Overall a decent pumpkin session, lightly spiced to drink in multiples, yet still appreciable by style. A good entry level herb/spiced beer and thought it was slightly above average due to its light nature and ease of drinkability.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear reddish gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Good head retention and some lacing.

The smell smells slightly spicy, sloghtly malty. Not much going on.

The taste is light but does at least have some character. Light spices, maybe some nutmeg other, are up front with really light pumkin flavour and some sweet malt. It finishes slightly bitterish. Not bad.

The mouthfeel is light close to medium but there's a harshness on my tongue that I'm not very fond of...

Overall, worth visiting once for me but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/Orange color. Poured with a full thick foamy white head. Decent lacing,

S: Spices, mainly clove. Pleasing mild sweet aroma to balance.

T: Clove, range of spices. Flavor lingers then slighlty bitter.

M: Medium body, but nice and crisp/sharp. Well carbonated.

D: Something a bit different that was pretty good. Might wear on me after a while though.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Has that mixture of fall colors. Red, orange, darker leaf falling yellow. Can't hold any head up though. Aroma did have some pumpkin notes and then an industrial alcohol disinfectant.

Somehow the alcohol stayed very pronounced. A small amount of pumpkin crept into the mouthfeel. Nothing about regular non adjunct beer really comes through, no hops, bitterness, malt. Spice and cinnamon used in the right proportion.

I dunno, its alright.

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Photo of beertunes
2.01/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Admittedly, I don't care for pumpkin beers, and I only drank this to help a friend empty out his beer fridge, but this still wasn't a very good take on the style.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Champion's.

A: A medium amber color, this pumpkin ale has a bit of depth to it. On the color spectrum, it falls between Summer Love and Arrogant Bastard. A white head is negligible.

S: Spices dominate, with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out. Clove and allspice linger below. The spices aren't concentrated, just a lingering aroma at the end.

T: A very mild ale, things don't get cooking until the latter part of each sip. Up until that point, breadiness is the biggest aspect of the ale. As each sip fades away, the spices kick up. Cinnamon and nutmeg, allspice and clove, the flavors aren't intense but they are present and add a nice full taste. I'm no pumpkin fan, so I find that I prefer the mild spiciness of this one over the in-your-face of others.

M: The mouthfeel is nondescript, the spices never get too strong. The ale provides enough diversion though, a brief interlude.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored with a low beige head and good carbonation. Pumpkin aroma is light but primary characteristic with spices a bit lighter. Nice balanced pumpkin-spice flavors but not quite spicy enough for my taste... leans toward pumpkin. Light-medium bodied with a spicy finish.

A good version for a macro ... but not my first choice to buy.

Label states: "Ale brewed with natural flavor" & "Vine ripened pumpkin and spices with traditional Crystal malt"

Best Before (?): Feb15 ('04)
Tasted: 12/16/03

($1.16 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of barczar
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice, and clove dominate the aroma.

Flavor is more wheat and muddled citrus upfront, finishing lightly sweet and nutty. Clove and nutmeg contrast the citrus strangely.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a nice copper color with a decent off-white head that doesn't last too long. The aroma is mostly grain, malt and just a little bit of spice, but the aroma is pretty weak. The taste is mainly bready and malty, with a little bit of pumpkin and spice and a bit of a pumpkin aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the thin and watery side, but it does go down smooth and is non-offensive. Overall it's an average beer, nothing impressive at all.

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Photo of tigg924
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, toasted malt

Taste: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, doughy wheat, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet that looses its sweetness at the end, high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: An average to slightly above average pumpkin ale. The doughiness adds a different dimension to this one, yet it is nothing to go out of my way for. I would get this again or just as well pass.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange, moderate cap of off-white foam, gone quickly. Pale notes of grain blend with mild pumpkin and firm seasonal cinnamon, clove and ginger. Taste very light, mild notes of pumpkin and spice on a weakly malted base beer. Fizzy, light. Not one of the best representations of a pumpkin ale... simply a weak, fizzy beer with a splash of the season.

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Photo of DrJay
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mostly clear orange/amber colour topped by off-white foam. Slight chill haze problem. The head reduces quickly to a ring and fine lacing. Sweet aroma with strong, but unbalanced, spices (mostly nutmeg I think...). The flavour follows suit, but seems washed out and thin. Spices linger in the finish, along with slight bitterness. The body starts out light, then the bottom drops out and it becomes quite watery at the finish. Moderate carbonation and off-dry. The thin flavour and body really hurt this beer and throw the balance off.

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Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a mild copper amber color with a nice foamy head that has some lacing. Aroma has some pumpkin spice in it, somewhat bready like pumpkin pie upfront. Taste is somewhat thin and watery with the pumpkin barely holding up in the taste. A second sip is less watery than the first but still leaves very little of that pumpkin essence on the tongue.

Not a bad effort overall but nothing impressive either. Then again, none of the Blue Moon beers are that impressive to me anyway.

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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 Viggo
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange, small white head forms, no lace to speak of. Smell is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pretty malty, better than expected. Taste is sweet, with pumpkin and spice. Mouthfeel is really light, with low to medium carbonation. Not bad, better than I thought. Thanks DrJay.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red, amber and orange appearance, head diminishes almost instantly. Aroma was pumpkin & solvent.

An initial big relative alcohol feel, but that does eventually recede and allow the small amount of pumpkin (in a good way) to accomodate the taste buds. The beer does get better as it goes. No hops, no bitterness, very small malt bill, more like warming instead of roasting, I think the color comes from the pumpkin, not the grain.

A good spice feel comes on halfway down. Palate just had to get used to (I don't know how to spell acclimated prolly). Don't drain pour this, it gets better.

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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 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 drpimento
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Kind of a meh beer. Poured a bit cold with a small to medium size, cream-colored head that soon settled to a large island and ring and no lace. Color is a clear, somewhat lighter orange amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is beer, malt and a little pumpkin. Flavor's like nose, with carbonic tang dominating, on the dry side, and leans to bland. Body is controlled by over carbonation. Finish is like flavor which is short lived, but has the long lingering tang. One thing I like is the underplaying of the pumpkin flavor, but they went too far. Forgettable.

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

Aromas are basically non-existant. Some caramel maltiness, but not enough to save it.

The tastes completely fails as a pumpkin ale. I don't get much pumpkin or spice at all. It's more of an amber ale, and not a very good amber ale at that. I get some squashy taste at the back end, that's about it, but not well defined at all.

Bubbly, fizzy mouthfeel, but really not too bad on this score. Pretty watery, eh...

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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