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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very run of the mill pumpkin ale, loaded with artificial pumpkin spice and not much else. It's body was substantial, which was nice (thin feeling pumpkin ales are pretty nasty). The best part of it was the appearance. It just looked gorgeous in the glass. The color was a clean yet deep ruby-amber-brown, and the head was pure white and fluffy.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A decent introduction to the style. Pumpkin beers are trendy, and as each season goes by, folks tend to love them or hate them. If you want to get your feet wet on pumpkin beer, try a six pack of this one. If you like it, try a few more exotic pumpkins. If you don't like it, pumpkin might not be for you. It's not your fault.

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Photo of sgt_187em
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didn't like this Oktoberfest as much as others. Not a fan of the smell and taste. Mild IBU and carbonation. Pours amber-copper with a mild disappearing head. Hints of pumpkin.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- doing this review with the light of the tiki torches but through my eyes it looks like a dark amber clear, and has a light head that fades quickly.
S- not a strong smell to this one, but getting the typical belgian/blue moon style scent, with a very faint hint of pumpkin
T- refreshing and light. Tastes like it smells
F- light feel with little carbonation
O- a decent beer. Nothing spectacular. Don't expect to be blown back by pumpkin flavors but I'm enjoying this right now.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Jan 1116 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of clove and nutmeg
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to three mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body light orange, clear, effervescent
Flavor of light spices – clove, nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice golden orange color with a thick white head. Can smell faint pumpkin along with cinnamon. This is a soft spiced ale, a little bit watered down.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pumpkin brew but the taste is missing something. It pours a nice clear light brown with amber tints. The smell is mostly pumpkin spices with a tiny bit of malt. The taste is a bit thin. Mostly pumpkin and spices with a little malt sweetness. No real bitterness at all. Not a great brew but definitely a drinkable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Hobb4429
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer has a great color when poured, a nice thick head, though it fades rather quickly. Good carbonation, can see lots of bubbles rising due to its rather clear appearance. Get scents of Nutmeg, a hint of pumpkin but overall not a powerful smell to it. When drank I didn't get much pumpkin taste at all, a little crept in the back after several other spices had faded. While I enjoy the flavor (tastes alot like a basic brown ale) I would like to see alot more PUMPKIN featured. The feel is nice, a good smooth beer, not too much carbonation and is very easy to drink. Overall I would say 3.5-4 stars, not one I will probably seek out, however if there are some at a Halloween party or I see a killer sale, I wouldn't think twice about grabbing one.

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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 MadCat
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a copper brown with a short white head

Smell: Pumpkin and sweet malts

Taste: Pumpkin and some pie spices, bready malts

Feel: Light body and good carbonation

Overall: Not a bad pumpkin beer, but it doesn't have a whole lot going for it either.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.27/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great for the fall but not as good as other pumpkin beers. It is too sweet and not as spicy as I would prefer it. Good wheat taste and light brown color. Overall I like it a lot!

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better Blue Moon seasonals I've had; so nicely balanced in its spices and drinkability that it gives some of the more recent Shock Top offerings I've had (Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat, Lemon Shandy) a run for their money.

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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 lticew
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells great, if not a tad artificial on the pumpkin. Taste is good, but not enlightening. Points off for weak head, lack of body, and overcarbonation.

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Photo of mchegash
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.6/5
A fairly nice light orange-brown. Extremely clear. About 2/3 finger of head when initially poured, dissipated to head within 30 seconds or so. Can see a moderate amount of carbonation rising rapidly to the top.

Smell - 3/5
Nutmeg, pumpkin, alcohol, sweet malts. The aroma is not very strong.

Taste - 2.75/5
Sweet malts are the predominate flavor, followed by subtle fall spices including nutmeg, as well as a fruity alcohol character. Don't taste any pumpkin. Something doesn't seem quite right about the taste, maybe the spices are imbalanced, or the flavor is weird, or something, but I don't particularly like the taste a lot.

Mouthfeel - 3.1/5
Light bodied, fairly crisp. Carbonation is light to moderate. Smooth drink overall.

Overall - 3/5
Overall this is just a pretty weak beer. It's not terrible in any particular aspect, but it is just completely mediochre or less in every way. The aroma is not very strong, the taste seems slightly off, the beer seems a little too watery perhaps. I've definitely had worse pumpkin ales, but you could do much better than this brew.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.43/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is not a pumpkin ale. Maybe they added pumpkin - maybe they forgot to add it to the batch... Maybe a hint of spice.... Tastes like a basic brown ale to me. Not bad, though. It's good, but not what I'm looking for in the fall.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid pumpkin beer that doesn't do much yet doesn't suck. If you're into the pumpkin beer trend every fall, then by all means, skip this one since it's nothing really special, but it could be a better alternative to some other stuff on a drab menu.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a clear copper color with a really good 2 finger head that hangs around a while leaving decent lacing on a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty good. I get pumpkin and spice along with that wheat smell that is characteristic of all blue moon beer.

Taste is pretty good too. Once again that pumpkin is the main player with the spice taste too. Oh and that wheat taste of a blue moon is there too.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. I wouldnt rush out and get some of this, there are definitely better choices but with good availability and an above average beer I would not hesitate to buy it if I was craving the pumpkin taste in the fall.

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Photo of gbarbee
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Slight pumpkin spices
Taste: Slight pumpkin flavor
Mouthfeel: Light
Drinkability: A decent beer but not one that I would choose to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KLHBB
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty caramel color, smell of cloves, wheaty pumpkin pie spice taste. Light carbonation, overall it's just a little sweet and light. I'm saving the heavier pumpkin brews for colder days. On a hot day like today, this is a good reminder that fall is coming.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale brewed by Coors Brewing Company. This Pumpkin Ale has an ABV of 5.70% Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale pours out of the bottle, a nice light brown color with an off white head. The smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. You also pick up on some grains and sweetness in the smell of this brew. At first the the taste is bold with flavor. This Pumpkin Ale puts you in mind set of pumpkin pie. There is a lot going on in this brew. A lot of bold flavor with a nice clean finish. Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale , has a real super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is nice bold and clean , and refreshing. Nothing bad to say about this brew. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. Coors Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

A moderate pour produce a billowy two inch head which sticks ok. The beer is a slightly hazy pale amber with moderate carbonation.

Definitely both pumpkin and spice in the aroma, which follows through in the flavor. Nutmeg is most prominent, but it's not overdone. Caramel and bready flavors in the malt base. Clean finish with just a little lingering spice. Just a kiss of earthy hops.

Not an over the top beer by any means, but worthy of a try. The flavor evokes pumpkin without overwhelming the malt.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

The beer pours a pretty red-orange with a tantalizing head that unfortunately fades to the outer rim.

The smell is of faint pumpkin and pumpkin spices and lager malt.

It tastes not bad after the first sip. Slightly sweet bready malt with an decent dose of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Subsequent sips left me wanting more, however. I can't shake the blue moon in the both the taste and mouthfeel. Too much carbonation and too light bodied for me. The aftertaste is of pumpkin spice but with a sour bready malt.

Overall it's an ok Pumpkin beer, quite predictable. Have it at a party, but spend your money on Anderson Valley, Uinta or Shipyard.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

8/30...pours consistent clean amber, very low foam. Light buttery pumpkin nose. Faint. Taste is a fake sickly sweet pumpkin pie cookie, no bite whatsoever. Did they add sugar to this? Terribly sweet, all out of balance. Not good. Drain pour.

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Photo of TheMarkE
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Appearance: Amber orange with a decent head that disappears quickly, decent lacing, and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, somewhat creamy.

The Verdict: It’s OK. An average pumpkin ale, the flavor seems to disappear quickly as it warms.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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