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 Hunter
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a little gunshy about this, because I didn't particularly care for Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, so we'll see how this goes.

appearance: Rich looking amber, heavy in the carbonation, with a head of dense white foam that manages to hang out for a respectible amount of time. Some lacing effects.

smell: Pumpkin is not as evident as you would expect. Instead the nose picks up light malt behind which are grassy undertones, clone and cinnamon. Smells clean, inviting. could be more assertive, but overall it's nice.

taste: The initial taste is akin almost to milk, and then malt takes over. The pumpkin is tasted mainly in the back of the swallow, with light spicy hops playing a support role. Aftertaste has notes of vegetable, iced tea flavors, but it's subtle.

mouthfeel: Sharp and dry.

drinkability: I'm plerasantly surprised. With a flavor like pumpkin les is more, otherwise you end up drinking something akin to liquid squash. Blue Moon did a good job here accenting the beer with pumpkin and spice but still allowing the malt and hops to take center stage. If you're looking for an autumnal seasonal you could do worse than this.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why this has such poor reviews. It's not a bad beer. Poured out to a orange color with a decent head. Minimal lacing around the glass. Respectable head was about 1inch, and remained constant to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of pumpkin is well presented, along with some spice and cinnamon sweetness. Taste is consistant with the aromas, with pumpkin flavors being well combined with malt and a touch of hops, and notes of spice, grain and an overall nice toasted / smokey flavor permeating the palate. Quite enjoyable. Good mouthfeel was not over-carbonated or too flat. Well balanced. Higher level of drinkability, this beer could be a session brew for fall evenings when watching the sun set. Recommended.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches seemed to dig the spices, and found this one do-able. Benjie was either uninterested, or intimidated by his sisters aggressive take on the brew.

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Photo of semihobo
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by Jan 29th 06, this bottle should be pretty fresh.

Pours nicely into the pint glass, perfect size head but the bubbles are a little lumpy. Orange color is nice but hints of yellow detract. Nice head retention, although at the end the head formed into chunks on the top... I don't think it's mold, but that's very weird.

Smells of cloves, spices (in a somewhat belgian way) and pumpkin, along with sweet malts. I wonder if they used the same yeast as in normal BM. This smells delicious, close to pumpkin pie.

Some good, some bad on the taste. Cloves and some pumpkin flavor dominate, which is how the pumpkin ale should be. I'm not sure this is a pumpkin "ale," more like a pumpkin amber lager. Too heavy on the spice and the sweetness but I'm glad they aren't afraid to go all out. Very little bit of hops on the finish; this tastes almost like an all-malt lager. A little bit of artificial chemical taste brings it down.

Mouthfeel is watery and overcarbonated, yucky finish.

I couldn't drink many more of these. Because it's pretty over the top, the sweetness and spicing gets a little sickening by the end. Nice as a single, though, to get you in the halloween mood.

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Photo of radshoesbro
1.77/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

awful! from beginning to end this was not good. the color is very light for my taste (you could see through it!). the head was actually quite nice, very big frothy white, somewhat lacey.

smells very much like any pumpkin flavored beer should smell. spicey with a hint of pumpkin to it.

as soon as i tasted this i was disgusted. the spices were quite weak and you didn't get any hint of pumpkin until the finish. a very terrible aftertaste occured that i couldn't get out of my mouth without the help of water between almost every single sip.

if your idea of a good time is eating pumpking pie and drinking high life maybe you'll enjoy this...but i doubt it.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours an orange/copper in color with a small bubbly head. The smell is sweet and spiced. The taste is great, very clean. It is malty and tastes like pumpkin pie. I am tasting some clove and nutmeg in there. This is totally different than the regular blue moon belgian white and its not too bad. It is a nice autumn tasting brew. The mouthfeel is moderate and creamy, simple.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In spite of beeing brewed by Coors, this is actually a decent pumpkin ale. Deep cinnamon brown in color sporting a decent head of khaki that retains for a while before settling into a veil, leaving scant trails of lace.

Aroma is carmelized malts, cooked pumkin, pie spices, vanilla, and a nice touch of floral hops.

Flavor starts off w/ chewy dark malt flavors, lightly sweet with notions of sweet spice, biscuits, and pumpkin, then leads to a well spiced finish with a begger hop presence than most pumpkin ales. More of a brown ale with pumpkin pie nuances. I like the hops in here, makes it more drinkable.

Body a tad lacking at just under medium. Mouthfeel light and somewhat pillowy, still easy to drink. Aftertaste sweet and spicey.

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Photo of battlekow
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pumpkiny orange color, small head, pretty good lacing. Mostly smells malty, with maybe a hint of spice. Just a hint. The taste has more character, with some pumpkin to complement the malt and spices. Actually tastes pretty good, considering, you know, that it's a) a pumpkin ale, and b) made by Coors. A perfectly suitable session beer with a hint of character, but nothing more.

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

I saw this one at the store today and decided to give it a go. And I found that it was no suprise that this beer was just average at best. The pour was ok with a copper color body and a decent size head but it faded quickly and left no lace whatsoever. There was not much smell at all to the brew but what I could sniff were mostly sweet malts and faint spices. As for the taste, I was expecting more. The subtle sweetness from the malts and the light spiciness tasted good, but it was too weak. If they would have used the same flavoring but kicked it up a couple notches this beer would not taste half bad. As it is, it's another watered down product from Coors.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this 4's across the board. I don't know why so many people have given this such a poor score. On the other hand, this is the only pumpkin ale I have ever had, so, perhaps when compared to others, this one isn't very good. What ever the case, I really like this one. It poured an orangy-copper with little head. Only a white ring of lace around the outside edges. Decent lacing. The smell is very "appropriate" for seasonals this time of year. Plenty of sweetness in the smell, as well as spice. A tiny bit of clove with a healthy dose of nutmeg. Excellent. The taste, too, is "par for the course" for autumn seasonals. A little bready/yeasty. Some spice is certainly evident in the taste. This would be really good with some honey glazed ham. Mouthfeel is nice. Not too heavy, nor too light. Very ever so slightly syrupy. Just slightly enough to add some weight to the liquid. Overall, while not impressed or stunned, I still thought it was very nice indeed and will likely buy it again.

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Photo of JustIPAs
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having just purchased a 6-pack of this pumpkin ale, I seemed to have forgotten how much this beer disappointed me with previous tastes. Overall the appearance and smell seem week for beers in this category, but the mouthfeel and taste linger far past what I would prefer. Simply put I was not nearly as happy with the taste in this beer as I had hoped, and would not recommend this pumpkin ale.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent example of the style. It doesn't get all its pumpkin-pie on, like Dogfish Head's Punkin', but it is enough to make it interesting. It's like an IPA with a twist of pumpkin. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and the spices over stay their welcome a bit in the aftertaste, but otherwise, this is a decent brew.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out orange-ish with a big white head that quickly fades but leaves a decent little cap on the glass.

Smell is where things start to go downhill. The pumpkin and spices are very faint, and they're kind of hidden underneath a big vegetal smell that isn't all that inviting. Almost like a macro with a pumpkin candy thrown in.

Flavor is similarly messy. The pumpkin is certainly there, but there's a persistent vegetable flavor that's almost like spinach that I've never had in any vegetable or fruit beer of any kind before. The flavor is just kind of weak and this off note really dominates it, but otherwise it's just like a kind of bland crummy ale.

Overall: I really like the Blue Moon White, and I went into this one really, really wanting to like it! This isn't a Coors-hating thing, but this brew was really a flavor disaster. Generally with pumpkin ales the worst-case scenario is that it's overspiced and tastes too much like pumpkin pie, but this one finds another way to mess it up. Not recommended.

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Photo of KoG
2.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice deep copper color with a slightly offwhite head. Good lacing.

Smell is light pumpkin spices and some light grain.

Tastes like pumpkin initially, but fades into a bland, adjuncty grain finish. Meh.

Not a great pumpkin Ale, I'll have to try some more and see if it's just me.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light ruby brown with orange highlights. Two finger head is off white and holds well. Not much for lacing, but a ring of foam remains to the last sip. Smell is malty and lightly hopped, with a fresh pumpkin scent dominating. Sweet toasted malt and pumpkin flavor. Very mild hops are just enough to dry any residual sweetness and balances the flavor well. Medium body and good carbonation lend a smooth mouthfeel. Easy to drink not overly spiced. This is a good seasonal with great flavor I'll look forward to next fall.

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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 TastyTaste
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear orange/copper color, with not too much head on the pour, fading to practically nothing quickly. Nutmeg and sour pumpkin is about all I get from the nose, not to appealing, also a little malt present, but not too much. Taste is rather bland, not a lot of pumpkin flaovr coming through, and what is there during the aftertaste is sweet, and rather cloying. Ech. Not a very good beer, and as far as pumpkin ales go, I would definitely skip it.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a rather weak interpretation on the style, hardly qualifies really.

Pours a quite attractive, and extremely clear bright amber in color with obvious carbonation and a nice white head to match. Nose is vaguely malty, but really fairly unimpressive, weak. Taste is fairly unoffensive a benign. Only a vague trace of pumpkin apparent, some hint of spice, but again, very weak. Mouthfeel is quite thin, not very satisfying. Drinkability suffers due to being rather uninteresting. This is just an "okay" beer and with what is out there already, there is no reason to drink this unless there isn't any other option.

SlĂ inte!

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

Best by Jan. 29 '06.

Pours a clear copper-orange with visible carbonation and an attractive off-white fluffy 1"+ head.

Familiar scent fall spices and a faint pumpkin presence. No malty sweetness is detected.

Flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and some allspice are hidden in the background of a limp macro lager flavor. What little flavors there are, they fall right off.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for a pumpkin beer. Watery body with hardly any flavors in the short finish.

Drinkability is OK. There's nothing too stand-outish, so I guess one might not have a problem drinking a few in a session - not me though.

Overall a disappointing rendition of one of my most anticipated and favorite seasonal beer styles. I have nothing nice to say about this beer other than it's appearance is quite attractive. I'm glad my beer guy singled one out for me ($1.19) as I'd be upset if I bought an entire sixer.

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Photo of nortmand
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-red, with a fleeting white head.
Smells slightly spicy and squashy, with a definite alcohol presence. Almost like mulled brandy.
Taste is pumpkin squash with a cinnamon nutmeg backdrop. Everything is light and not overbearing.
Unfortunately, the body can't support the pumpkin and spice presence would be better with a deeper, richer mouthfeel.
Overall, drinkable, and although the flavors are light, you know it's a pumpkin beer and mighty approachable at that.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first saw pumpkin ale, I was little scared and excited at the same time. Poured an attractive amber color with nice white head. Smell is predominately of pumpkin and spices and very nice. Tste is a bit toasty with pumpkin and spices added. Finished very pleasant in the mouth with goood pumpklin spices. A very good seasonal beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Label: Feb 13 08750T. Declares Natural Ale...Crystal malts.

Clear dark ruby copper pour with khaki thin settling bubble cap. Zero carbonation showing.

Mild spiced aroma of regular banana bread.

First swigs: Carved pumpkin mash in the can, with the can flavor included. Some non-descript spices like root beer over ale. Tacky apple butter.

Thin bodied, light weak and tight carbonation. Curiosity persuaded me to grab this. I would not try this again.

Last swigs: Watery apple butter. For the market crowd only. Even the label says that this is "flavored" ale.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a couple lumps into a 1/2 finger head that lingered a little while down to a nice frothy topped covering that lasted throughout the rest of the beer. The color was a very nice pumpkin color (duh?) that reminded me of a fresh peach seed. Lacing looked good. There was a strong pumpkin aroma sort of like when you first pull pumpkin pie from the frig after being leftover from Thanksgiving a week later. The taste was sort of overpowering with flat pumpkin flavor. It could have been a tad sweeter or good with a little more hop flavor. Somethings missing, it seems just a little to mild. Mouthfeel was light, but frothy on the back of the tongue. Almost right.

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Photo of bashiba
1.53/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured a nice pumpkiny orange with a small white head and almost no retention.

Smelled ever so slightly of toasted malts and cinnamon.

Taste initialy of a mixture of raw pumpkin and light malts which quickly followed a sour off flavor mixing with minor pumpkin spices. Just flat out bad.

Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from any coors product. Thin and watery with almost no body to speak of.

Drinkability was terrible. I forced myself to drink one thinking maybe it would get better, but didn't. Will never, ever drink another.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This on starts out with bubbly, orangey head.. then looks like it's going flat. But the carbonation is still present..and it has a nice effect on the tongue.

The color is almost redish-orange in the body to light orange around the edges.

The taste is pumpkiny, but almost like uncooked pumpkin.. still it's not a bad effect. The spices are forward, but not overpowering. The malt is nicely balanced with the spices.

I think this ale would pair well with the heartier seasonal foods.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle.

This pumpkin ale poured a clear, deep amber color with creamy, light yellowish foam that settled. The smell was slightly sweet and malty with light spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). The taste was slightly sweet and tangy and malty with light pumpkin pie spices and a hint of caramel, and a spicy sharpness in the finish. The mouthfeel was tangy but smooth with medium body and modest carbonation. The lightly sweet and spicy flavor lingered. This was an OK beer, but a bit too sweet with too little actual pumpkin flavor or texture.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.1 out of 5 based on 2,723 ratings.
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