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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 | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of OttoS
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +16.5%
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%
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 +3.6%
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 +20.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +21%
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 +24.6%
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 -7.1%
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 +14.6%
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 -14.9%
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 +12.9%
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 +16.2%
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 +6.5%
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 +1%
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 armiakhe
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

the appearance of Blue moon harvest moon pumpkin ale is a clear dark orange with minimal head and not a lot of lacing. It smells of a slight pumpkin spice with a hint of smokey cinnamon in the aftertaste. Its just an average pumpkin ale but has some hops to it as well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
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 tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Minimal head with little lacing, and a dark copper gold color

S- Cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice.

T- A slightly above average perception on the pallets of the flavors above.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Coats the mouth nicely with medium high carbonation.

D- Great balance of pumpkin and cream, but maybe a little too much carbonation.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"A pumpkin ale crafted with autumn's bounty of vine-ripened pumpkin and flavors of cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Then brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish." Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (Previously known as Harvest Moon) is brewed in the Pumpkin Ale style. Available as their fall seasonal, I picked this up as part of a 12 pack variety kit. Date on the bottle is December 24 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy, thin dirty white head that dissipates quickly. Body color is a copper orange with some medium haziness and substantial carbonation. Head quality is pretty bad and lacing isn't present either. Not a pleasing appearance. 2.25

(Smell) Spices are prominent with allspice, cloves, nutmeg and (lesser, if present at all) cinnamon. The pumpkin, normally a centerpiece to the flavor and sweetness is faint, dry and perhaps too young. There's some odd tartness in the nose too, indicative of less-than-ideal age pumpkin. The malt sweetness is a bit shallow in this beer, led solely by an almost impossible-to-find wheat malt. Could either use a slight reduction in the spice or an increase in the malt bill, but a little of both would be ideal. 3

(Taste) Similar to the nose but even less pumpkin in the taste. Mostly led through dry pumpkin spices, there's a general lack of pumpkin and malt sweetness in the flavor, and thus a notable imbalance to the whole thing. Finishes grainy dry with a caramel and allspice blend, the former of which was concealed completely before. It's not the worst flavor in a pumpkin ale but there's little to no pumpkin character to enjoy and a general lack of sweetness. It leaves for something to be desired. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Sharply over-carbonated, only accentuating the intensity and dryness of the spices more and focusing less on the pumpkin and malt sweetness. The wheat texture adds little thickness to the texture and doesn't help much. Body is light/medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. As mentioned before, there's a great imbalance between the spices and the malty sweetness that should be expected for this beer. 2.5

(Overall) For the majority of this drink I thought I was drinking a spiced ale rather than a pumpkin ale. The majority of the pumpkin character, which played a very minor role in flavor and aroma, was very unsweet and just didn't contribute at all. The spices were collectively too intense to let hardly any other flavors through. The overall concoction was sharply out of balance. This isn't the first beer that has been limited on pumpkin and heavy on spice, but it is suggestive that pumpkin ales released too early in the season are not likely candidates for a good quality well-rounded pumpkin ale. This beer needs to have a lesser spice emphasis and a more pumpkin drive to be enjoyable for me. Not recommended. 2.5

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First Reviewed on: 09-20-2006
Style: Pumpkin Ale

Notes: Pours out a clear dark orange with a minimal head. Minimal lacing. The body is very thin. There is a slight pumpkin note accompanied with a hint of smokey cinnamon in the aftertaste.

Opinion: Not a bad pumpkin ale just an average one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KKB
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So I’m not going to break this beer down by the old ASTMO, because I just really don’t like it. I’ve had it before and I have a ton of beer that is in my fridge that I need to take down before I leave Houston, and that date is encroaching rapidly. I can’t bring myself to just throw this beer away or even drink it without reviewing it, because I just hate it so much and I don’t ever want to have to buy it again in order to review it. Now lets move on to my brief inebriated thoughts as I casually dismantle this beer.

I think that it is a failed approach to a pumpkin beer. A caricature of what a beer is supposed to be. In fact, I could even see someone without an ounce of beer knowledge thoroughly enjoying it. It tastes like a big, stupid, pumpkin. Like a horrible, watery, metallic, facetious, hyperbolic pumpkin. I just hate this beer. I want to meet the guy who gave this the nod as the beer they wanted to put out there. And I just want to say to him that he, no matter who he is, is better than what this beer represents to me. It’s a cop-out, it’s bad, deceptive, blunt—literally without any subtlety or complexity. It’s not even about how bad this is, it’s more about how you can tell there is no love here. I’m not sure that even one person involved in the brewing of this cared at all about trying to really make a beer they thought people would enjoy you know? It tastes like a marketing campaign.

Don’t buy this beer. Just don’t do it.

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Photo of fischerking
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Golden, CO. Actually now called Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, not Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, although I'm sure it's the same recipe.

This beer had a nice, but strong nutmeg smell. Intense pumpkin and nutmeg flavor. Enjoyed. Not my favorite pumpkin ale, but better than average.

I drank it from a bottle from a Blue Moon Sampler 12-pack from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/19/2012.


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Photo of Mojo
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

This beer pours up a saturated amber color with a initial one finger off color fluffy head which dissipates quickly and no lacing. Smell is very strong pumpkin spice, clove, and bananas. Taste is a fizzy metallic up front followed by an overpowering unpleasant pumpkin tasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, but the aftertaste is just awful. Maybe I just don't care for pumpkin, but I'd pass on this if it ever comes my way again.

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Photo of nukem5
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice rich orange tea color or amber color with a decent head, slightly sticky to walls of the glass.

S: Aroma is just what you would think pumkin pie and spice . Cinnamon clove ginger nutmeg Slightly sweet malt in there at the back end of smell.

T: Taste is much of the same nice balance in malt spice and overall taste not to sweet.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium body with a good amount of carbonation slight metallic tang at the back end.

O: Overall a decent beer worth a revisit maybe next year.

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Photo of TheCondor
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this brew many times, but just recently sat down and actually did an evaluation of the brew itself. I used to like this beer a lot more, and either my tastes are changing or they sweetened the recipe this year. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice brown/copper color with a decent one finger that evaporates quickly but leaves mediocre lacing. The packaging is kind of neat. It's almost an orange color, certainly unique. The best part of the beer.

Smell - Whoa pumpkin spices, clove, and nutmeg. Overwhelming amounts. I can almost smell the sugar in this beer. In fact, I think I can smell the sugars. Very potent nose, though not necessarily a good thing in this case.

Taste - Just like the nose. Overwhelmingly sweet from front to back. Spices, brown sugar, nutmeg, and clove overwhelm the palate in a veritable assault on your taste buds. Yikes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation, but the sickly sweetness sticks in your throat like drinking hot soda on a hot day.

Overall - Try it once, maybe. It is powerfully sweet, doesn't even really resemble beer all that much. I think they sweetened the recipe this year, because I don't remember it being that strong last year. Either way, I won't buy it again. A poor offering from a generally good Blue Moon product line.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.
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