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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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +31.4%
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 +10.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It's getting cooler, the Bears are losing: definitely pumpkin beer season. This one pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light graham cracker, light cinnamon, and light clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slight underlying vein of stale gingerbread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a decent enough little pumpkin beer, though not something I could see drinking many of, no matter how bad the Bears are doing.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.49/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tdm168
2.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber with 1/4" of head with decent retention. The smell is grainy and metallic. Taste is grainy and metallic up front with faint pumpkin and spice in the finish. The flavor profile is weak at best. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied.

This is forgettable. By far the worst pumpkin beer I've had yet.

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Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper amber hue with a nice creamy tan head, though short lived leaves some speckled lacing. Aroma: Is very satisfying to me, I get some of the light caramel toasted malts that a very nice this time of year with the change of seasons along with some very precise pumpkin pie spicing not too much doesn't seem like a concentrated artificial scent but is just nice and rather tame. Taste: A flavor that is based upon a bready sweet caramel tone and complemented by a swirling stint of cinnamon and mild pumpkin tones, I have sampled some pumpkin ales that just can't pull this off. Should I say Ein Prosit to Coors, for doing something solid from their brewing empire. Not outstanding but definitely not bad I enjoy this brew. Mouthfeel: Is a bit sticky but it goes down fairly well no overpowering extracts just right carbonation is a little rough making each sip just a bit more cloying than it should be. Drinkability: A definite nice beer to at least try this fall I give it oh, I would say one thumbs up a tasty seasonal from the "Blue Moon" brewing company, sweet!

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Photo of SadMachine
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, pours clear darker amber, under a very long lasting medium tan head. Leaves ample low strands of lace and sheeting.

Mild nose of mushy pumpkin pie spicing, and a slight off putting metallic nose.

Easy drinking, I will give it that. Moderate pumpkin pie notes, but basically dull and uninteresting in nature.

Buckeyenation got it right….”tastes like it was brewed by Coors”…and it was

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap somewhere I don't remember, I think Ship's Pub in Albany, NY.

This one pours a clear red-orange, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells somewhat generically of pumpkin pie spicing, and not much else. I'm guessing this wasn't made with actual pumpkin.

The pumpkin pie spicing is the dominant factor here, but it's honestly not as bad as you'd think. There's some mild caramel as well.

This is light bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

One of Blue Moon's better variants, but very far from the top tier of Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AlexFields
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a orange-copper coloring with a slow flow of carbonation and a scant, filmy, white coating of head that quickly settles out into a ring. Aromas of roasted pumpkin, earthy notes, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, hints of vanilla, and a touch of sweet potato. Can't really fault anybody so far on this beer. Flavors are where things start to go awry. Syrupy and sugary sweet forward flavors of pumpkin come at you ham-handed, with an almost instant cloying. The spice characters are completely drowned out, and the roast notes don't stand a chance in balancing this beer out. I guess the saving grace is that the flavor is almost completely gone from your palate in a matter of seconds. The aftertaste is almost non-existent, with hints of toasted grain and a linger of sugary sweetness. Oily slick body, which helps expedite the disappearance of this beer from your palate, leading to an empty finish that I suppose will be deemed clean. This one started off alright, but the drop off was dramatic.

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Photo of jwc215
2.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best before Feb. 4.

Pours amber with nice clarity. Thick off-white head soon descends to a lasting, thin cover. A little lacing is left.

The smell is very thin. Some traces of spice are there, but pumpkin is hardly noticeable, if at all. Nothing smells bad about it, but much too weak.

The taste is of some sweet malt and a hint of roasted grain. Some hints at pumpkin-pie like spices are noticeable, but pumpkin is almost completely missing. Might be an okay autumn amber ale, but it falls short of a pumpkin ale, as the key ingredient is so vague. The tastes hardly stick around to have any aftertaste at all.

The feel is light, not too watery, though some watery thinness is noticeable. It doesn't have the texture and body that the style calls for. Doesn't feel like I just had pumpkin pie the way I do with others of this style. Still, the body holds up fairly decently.

This could use more pumpkin flavor, and more flavor in general. It might be somewhat easy to drink, but not if in the mood for a good pumpkin ale, as it is almost missing the main feature. Barely touches the surface of what it should be. Too many better pumpkin ales out there now to bother with this one.

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Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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