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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Walmart in Fayetteville, N.C.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Oct. 13, 2013
Misc.: My younger brother bought a 12-pack

Poured a dark caramel color with one finger of gray head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass and minimal retention on the way down.

Smelled pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, wintry spices, cloves and gingerbread.

Tasted similar to the smell with those winter spices leading the way. Also pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. A little lacking in flavor overall though.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Longer finish.

Not bad for Blue Moon’s version of a pumpkin beer. I’ve certainly had better, but this wasn’t the worst.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish copper with great bubble retention. Produces a pretty good head, but it dwindles to form a very unappetizing layer of foam that looks like a soggy piece of bread has been allowed to dissolve in it. No significant lacing.

S: Pumpkin, warm spices, and a bit of malt and wheat.

T: A great amount of pumpkin and malt, with pie spices like allspice and cinnamon with a good presence as well. Wheat aftertaste. Finely guzzleable.

M: Pretty carbonated, but with a surprising creamy note as well. Very crisp, makes it all the more tempting to get another.

O: Is it a pumpkin pie? Not quite. Is it a well crafted, balanced beer? No. Is it perfect for a bonfire party or well-priced backup autumn beer? Heck yes.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
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 hdf561
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been hitting the seasonl October beers hard so I couldnt leave this one out....

I was acutally expecting alot more...cant smell or even taste the pumpkin in this beer. Can taste and smeel some of the spice and you can taste the cloves, and of course the wheat.

This is just an overall average beer, I wanted to taste some pumpkin but really it just tastes like normal Blue Moon with more spice.

Not a horrible beer but the October Fest Beers from Sam Adams, Lienenkugel, and Legend are better and more worth your time.

I would drink it if offered but will probably not purchase this again.

UPDATE 10/9/13

Gave this another shot and I think they have nailed the formula for this one now. Had a great balance of smell, taste, and drinkability with that warm feeling you want to get form the beers in the cold weather. Give this one a try

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a nice two finger white head with just a light tint of orange. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is dominated by a pumpkin spice smell of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Other lighter aromas of a roasted pumpkin and some brown sugar are there as well, giving it a very spiced pumpkin pie like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and pumpkin puree like taste. Upfront there is sweetness of a caramel flavor, which transitions to a more brown sugar taste as the taste moves to the end. Along with the transitioning of the sweet so too comes the spice flavors that were detected in the nose. The spice doesn't get as potent as the nose would have let one to believe however, remaining more on the lighter side. Along with the spice there is also a light citrus taste that is present throughout much of the middle and the end of the taste. All in all, in the end one is left with a lighter spiced pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better for accentuating the pumpkin flavors of the brew, but the lower carbonation did just that so overall the feel was pretty good.

Overall – A decent and rather easy drinking pumpkin ale that is very accessible and rather affordable.

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Photo of ckollias
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew from a 12oz bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange hue with an off-white head frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a no trail and a solid lace.

S: Malty aroma with hints of pumpkin spice, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Smooth slightly tart and malty flavor with hints of caramel and pumpkin spice.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent pumpkin brew – worthy of a try.

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Photo of Auraan
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured an almost bright orange amber, with a thin ring of white head that quickly dissipated to nothing, leaving no lacing. The same look of every other pumpkin ale. Scents of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices that I cannot accurately separate and sweetness. It's a typical, sweet pumpkin ale scent. Taste is sweet, with prominent pumpkin and the same undifferentiated pumpkin pie spices, but with some slight undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some caramel malt flavors throughout and a bit of wheat cracker on the finish with a toasted malt aftertaste. Not bad, but a bit sweet, like most pumpkin ales, the wheat cracker is a nice addition to the flavor profile of an otherwise standard pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, about what I expected from a pumpkin ale. Overall it's a standard pumpkin ale, with all the good and bad that comes with the style. It manages to separate itself slightly due to the addition of wheat malt, but it's not enough to raise it above "It's a pumpkin ale." status.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear brownish-orange with a thin head and almost no lacing.

Smell is faint pumpkin and spices up front with maple and brown sugar on the finish.

Taste follows the smell: Spices and faint pumpkin first and finishing with brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is an above average pumpkin ale with a nice maple and brown sugar finish.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - transparent body of amber, 2 fingers of khaki foam, moderate amount of rising carbonation

S - fresh pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, caramel, touch of wheaty grain

T - spiced pumpkin (with noticeable cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves), big caramel sweetness, drying finish with spices

M - smooth thick medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - It's an ok pumpkin beer. Good enough for its price tag.

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Photo of LordBeardman
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a orange/amber color. I barely got any head off it and it quickly dissipated.

S: The smell was pretty faint, what I could smell was a sweet pumpkin smell and spices.

T: Not too much spice, not too much pumpkin. A very average pumpkin ale.

M: Very smooth, easy to drink. The sweetness really hangs around in your mouth.

O: This beer just average. It doesn't try anything new. I would say it is a good starter pumpkin beer for someone who has never had one before.

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Photo of OttoS
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer tastes like they forgot to buy pumpkins so they just threw in allspice, cinnamon, molasses and the secretary's potpourri.

There isn't really anything wrong with the beer as it tastes like a run of the mill dark beer. Instead of crafting a pumpkin beer as a new recipe, it would appear that the beer is a clone of an existing product with a bunch of spices thrown in.

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Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok so I am no Beer "Supreme Abbot" but at least I know what I like when I taste it and Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a solid and respectably well tasting brew with lots of midrange appeal, sure its not as aggressive compared to others in this style range but it doesn't have to be, you want pumpkin, Its there, you want Spice its there you want to drink a ale that fits well within the constructs of a "golden sunny day" with the family in a farm picking harvest fare during a crisp october or november day, culminating in those Libra sky's the Autumn is known for, its all there, in my "Humble Beerpinion" are there better representative brews of this style? Of course but they might be off putting and too aggressive for most making an entry into "Craft Beer", those who are looking to test their taste buds in pumpkin "aleville" will find no injustice here and perhaps may discover a gateway to more complex offerings as palates evolve. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale Not a bad Brew just not the best but good enough to make you taste the Festiveness of the season and it offerings!

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Photo of mullincs
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Nice amber color and slightly opaque, but unfortunately little to no head exists. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Smells like a typical pumpkin ale, which is a good thing. Plenty of spices to take in.

Taste - Not quite pumpkin flavored, but the fall spices are there. Certainly not overpowering, and maybe even a little underwhelming as the taste disappears a little too quickly.

Mouthfeel - The amount of carbonation is nice and makes this a drinkable beer. However, its way too watered down to really appreciate the flavors there.

Overall - Not a bad pumpkin ale, but too thin and not flavorful enough to really contend with higher quality craft beers.

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Photo of intensify
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a 6er poured into a tulip for full aroma. Not much of a head and what did stick around was very soapy. Has a nice copper color, however. First prominent aroma is that of a homemade pumpkin pie with obviously plenty of spices. Pumpkin and cinnamon are huge in the taste, but don't overpower the beer. I do enjoy the nutyness that this one packs. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but I don't expect anything else with the label "Blue Moon" on it. Overall a nice fall brew. Don't go out of your way to get one, but don't pass on it either.

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Photo of brewbattles
3.71/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out:


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Photo of CervezaMesa
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just your average run of the mill pumpkin ale. Nothing real special here and no real pumpkin taste. This is from Blue moon which is a wannabe "craft beer" made by Miller Coors! Had to try it! Taste is very faint, mouth feel is a little bitter but not bad! Smell is very faint almost not there. Overall Blue Moon did not put forth a huge effort on this beer but when do they really???

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

12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle poured into Sam Adam's taster glass.

A - Pour right the center of the glass produces about two and a half inches of off-white head that gradually fades into a thin ribbon over an orange-amber that is clear and still. Very light lacing.

S - Smells like pumpkin pie. Aroma has notes of spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

T - Spice and nutmeg are very evident as the beer hits the tip of the tongue. This quickly fades to a pumpkin pie-like flavor accompanied by mild malty, wheaty, and bready taste. A spicey maltiness outlasts all other flavors well after the beer is gone.

M - A slightly spicey tingling sensation and light carbonation lead into this brew's medium body.

O - Of the few pumpkin ales that I've had, this is my favorite (the other two pumpkin ales I've tried prior to this one were Shipyard's Pumpkin Head and Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin Ale). Feels like drinking pumpkin pie. Quite enjoyable but I wouldn't have more than a couple of these in one sitting. I wouldn't need to have this beer available year-long, but would look forward to its arrival each year.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've drank so many of these pumpkin ales this season, they are all starting to run together on me. Oh well... here we go.

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: A dark gold, with hints of orange. With a vigorous pour, I got a one finger head that stayed for a bit. The brew left a decent amount of lacing as well.

Smell: A slight "beer" smell, but there was some pumpkin and spice in there as well.

Taste: And this is where the surprise came in, not much on the smell, so I wasn't expecting much here, but the taste was pretty impressive. I like Blue Moon products alright, but there is a bit of an expectation with drinking one, and this surpassed it wonderfully. I was really liking the strong pumpkin and nutmeg.

Feel: Medium, and balanced. Nothing really stood out here for me to be impressed with, but nothing here to complain about either.

Overall: A very welcome surprise from Blue Moon. I think of them, and I see the scores on here, and was expecting something very ordinary. What I got instead was a very enjoyable six-pack that I will probably buy again before they go out of season.

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Photo of rashley
2.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Unlike some reviews, I liked this beer.

Poured it into a pint glass and had to poor slowly as it developed a 2 to 3 finger head that was off white to slightly tan in color. Thick head with a slight rocky top appearance. The lacing was still visible on the upper part of the glass when I was half through with the beer. The head lasted for 3 to 5 minutes before dissipating.

I could definitely detect the pumpkin in the smell until my nose became desensitized to the smell.

The pumpkin came out more in the finish than in the liquid on the tounge. I could detect some citrus flavors as well. All in all, a very smooth and drinkable beer.

The beer had nice body and a medium mouthfeel.

Overall I liked this beer and would not hesitate to order it again.

After trying this beer in a restaurant I bought a 6 pack. It must have been from an entirely different batch. This time the pumpkin and spice aroma was very strong, and the flavor was extremely sweet and syrupy. Carbonation was almost non existent and it poured up with no head at all. Maybe this was just a bad bottle. Not sure, but now I am hesitant to even open the remainder, however I will in order to give this beer a third chance.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unreadable code inked onto the neck of the bottle but I'm assuming this beer is fresh.

Appearance: Translucent amber with virtually no head retention. The bit of suds that stick around are off-white in color. One of the least pleasant looking beers I've seen in a while because of the lack of a head or any lacing.

Aroma: Nice pumpkin pie spices with an underlying pumpkin puree that bodes well.

Taste: The front end is mostly fizzy Amber Ale territory but things pick up flavor-wise near the finish. The allspice and nutmeg come first really make an impact on the palate. The actual pumpkin flavor is, unfortunately, harder to place. It sort of flickers in there for a moment in the finish and then disappears. The aftertaste is an onslaught of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Once the palate adjusts to the flavor profile the malt character comes adding a distinct breadyness. At 5.7% ABV there is a good amount of flavor thanks to the added spices.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with the right amount of carbonation and average drinkability. The spices to get a bit drying after a while.

Final Thoughts: I've tried (and home-brewed) many pumpkin beers and have come to a few conclusions about the style. The first is that there are a few different types of pumpkin beers, with Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin Ale falling into the 'spiced pumpkin' category (as opposed to the 'pumpkin puree' or 'pumpkin pie' group). The second thing I've realized, based on personal taste, is that a pumpkin beer is either excellent or decent. I've just never had a bad one. That's why, for me, Harvest Pumpkin Ale falls in line with many other decent pumpkin beers. It drinks like a pedestrian attempt and the style, which is just fine because it's good. I'd definitely recommend this one to any Amber Ale drinkers looking to broaden their horizons. Would I drink it again? Yep, one of the only Blue Moon products I can say that about.

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Photo of screamking
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours burnt orange/amber with a thin khaki head, which disappears quickly. Watery pumpkin aroma, with hints of allspice and cinnamon. Slightly artificial smelling. In the taste you get more of that watery pumpkin. Hints of cinnamon are in there as well, but that's about it. Lots of carbonation here, way too much. The carbonation overwhelms the majority of the notes, what little there are. Blue moon actual make some alright brews but this one could use a tune up.

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Photo of scratch69
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Aromas of allspice, nutmeg, and clove with a hint of pumpkin.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. An above average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable but i've tried better pumpkin beers.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Contrary to the photo shown, the label/name has been updated to Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (but everything else looks the same). This was on sale at Safeway today,but due to Colorado's stupid liquor laws which only allow 3.2abv beers at groceries, I had to go to a liquor store and pay a dollar more for 2% more alcohol per beer, approximately.

Weird sensation of being able to actually twist the cap off followed by a good looking pour into a tallish goblet. Great color, deep, orangy amber, and not such a bad head on this either. Aroma is that of an average pumpkin beer: spices and vague gourd funkiness. Flavor is crisp and smooth, with the spices really hanging in the background and the pumpkin itself more of a ghostly presence, but it's refreshing, I will say that. I could probably drink a lot of these but I've got some other treats in the fridge to move on to.

Overall a solidly-average pumpkin. I would get it again - kinda nice to have a decent one that isn't huge alcohol to drink for football games and holiday get togethers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It plays the part, a clear coppery orange color. It actually grows a reasonably-sized and fairly compact light tan head and keep it up moderately well. Lacing is deposited on the glass in pretty good quantity by way of spotting.
Spicing is plentiful, perhaps a bit too heavy under the pumpkin flesh. It gets a touch harsh. Otherwise, there's a pretty nice caramel sweetness. Malts are pale and are just strong enough to build on. The spiciness in the finish is somewhat nondescript.
The feel is okay; it's a little thin in the body, but it's crisp without being too crisp and has a bit of smoothness pulling through.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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