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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of wagenvolks
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Surprised to already see this one distributed to my local Food Lion. Pours a pale copper body, clean with a decent carbonation level and a small khaki head. Average retention and lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of hoppy pine and citrus alongside a touch of biscuity-caramel malt.

Flavor profile brings a spicy-pine hop note paired with pale malts, fruity belgian yeast, and a metallic, grainy flavor seemingly inherent in most Coors beverages. Not too off-putting, though. Mouthfeel is a bit watered down...I'm not sure why they're so against the "lingering hop aftertaste", because something is definately needed to finish off this beer. All in all, this one actually has potential, as I've certainly come across worse brews from the mass-producing BMC. I'd definately buy it over most grocery store beers, as it does have quite a few merits.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale moon, poured a typical pale ale color, with a smaller head. The smell was typical of a pale ale, but much weaker. The taste was also the same, typical pale ale, dry and bitter, but had an almost watered down flavor. It was easier to drink then other pale ales. Overall not bad, there is certinaly better out there though.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours orangish amber with a white finger width head. Average retention. Resulting lace is spotty.

Smell - Slight spice on the nose, with a bit of grass and/or flowerly character... must be the hibiscus.

Taste - Starts with some mild caramel malt, then that flowery, almost like a mild honey hibiscus character comes in. Slightly spicy. Finishes with an even balance of soft caramel, flowery hop and hibiscus character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Somewhat Gentle, smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale here. Certainly the most enjoyable Blue Moon product I've come across. This won't blow the roof off the beer world, but it's approachable and entirely drinkable. Reminiscent of the Steelhead Extra Pale Ale.

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Photo of atsprings
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the freebie. 12oz bottle into a Piraat snifter. Pours a crisp copper with a decent off-white head that slowly diminished to a ring. Aroma is a somewhat fragrant amount of crisp citrus hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. The taste is a litte bit more bland with some caramel malt and slight hops with a hint of yeast. The beer is somewhat crisp and refreshing but slightly heavier than the alcohol suggests. This is probably the best Blue Moon beer I've had yet, but that's not exactly saying that much.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep bronze color with an average sized, light, foamy, bubbly, soapy white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a ring of lace with some patches of lace in the center.

S - Strong showing of pale and caramel malt. Good amount of spice with orange peel, pepper, hibiscus, faint clove, and others. Touch of citrus and spicy hops.

T - Similar to the aroma. Plenty of pale and caramel malt and a strong spice showing. Hibiscus and herbal/tea like flavors have a strong showing. A touch of orange, citrus hops and some spice. Reminds me a fair amount of Blue Moon as a pale ale rather than a witbier.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Pretty watery and thin feel.

D - Easy to drink and nothing offensive, but it doesn't make me want to drink more. Uninspiring.

Notes: Didn't really wow me nor did this really remind me of a Belgian Pale Ale (or any Belgian ale). Wasn't a big fan of this, all I really picked up was some spice and herbal/tea flavors on top of some caramel malt. Was pretty bland with those flavors as well. I would just rather grab a Blue Moon than this if I were picking up a beer from this line.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of white foam covers most of the top of the beer. Light Brussels lacing. Faint aroma of light malt and not much else. The taste is a gentle spicy and somewhat earthy light malt. Body is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light side of amber, this one poured with an initially tight head that fell really fast. Clean, pale grain in the nose, approaching a wheat beer in terms of lightness of grain. Tiny smack of flowers and hop citrics.

Flavor is similarly light in body, touching on citrics but only perfunctorily. Hibiscus jumps in for a minute too. Wheat like in terms of drinkability. Light overall. Not desirable, but acceptable.

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Photo of JamesS
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with some good head and nice lacing, and a fair bit of carbonation. It has a nice floral scent, hints of hops and bitterness, although a little weak. Nice taste, very clean, crisp, and refreshing, with a very nice hoppy/pale ale flavor and a nice bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, athough it wasn't as strong as it could have been, and it tasted more like it contained American hops rather than anything used in a Belgian pale ale, but it was still quite good. It goes down extremely well, very smooth.

Considering its a 'macro' pale ale, this is a great pale ale. It was inexpensive and would be a fantastic starter beer for someone who hasn't tried a sturdier pale ale. Even on its own, it's really quite good.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive amber red, with average lace and a pleasing bouquet of floral hops and mellow citrus.

Taste is hearty and full, with a definite hops presence. However, it's clever how they've obscured the bitter followthrough so typical of pale ales.

Curious and well-done, and quite drinkable. I'd consider this one a 'starter' towards moving into the more complex IPAs.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a clear honey gold with a whitish head that dissipates quickly to a lacing.

Smells coppery and of light pine hops with grapefruit citrus.

Mildly sour bready malts. Light hop aftertaste.

Medium to light body with tingles of carbonation on the roof the mouth.

There's nothing about this beer that remotely resembles a Belgian Pale Ale in any way. It's not a terrible beer, but it's much more like an American pale or even a cream ale. I find it hard to belief they even used a Belgian yeast strain on this. If they did, they found a way to get a bizarrely different flavor from it than anyone else. The beer, for what its worth, is not too bad and easy enough to drink, kind of bland though. But don't buy this if you want to try a BPA.

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Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Brown/copper color. Clear but some hazyness. Limited head and lace.

S. Quite hoppy scent.

T. Dull yet crisp taste. Has a kind of lager sourness to it. The hops don't jump out. Some nutty but nothing bold.

M. A balance, not much there though.

O. Forgettable.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz. twist off bottle opens with a light hint of carbonation and poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear amber golden with a light cap of just off white foam. Retention is brief and an ever so soft carbonation drifts upward.

Caramel malts on the nose are prominent, with a light touch of spice and an equally light hint of Belgian yeast notes. Warms to offer a bit more yeast notes but offers a mostly roasted malt and citric hop character. A bit afield for the style.

More of the same in flavor with caramel and some orange flavors up front and some spice after that. Finishes a bit sweet yet offers a flash of roasted bitterness on the finish. Comes across as an English Pale in body and feel given the light carbonation.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear orange color into my SA Perfect Pint. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Floral, slight fruit and malt. Nothing special.

Taste - Ehh...one of my least "favorites" from Blue Moon. Bitterness, floral, slight malt...not the best.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability - Not really. Been sitting on this for a while because it is not the greatest thing. Oh well...

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Photo of Rayek
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Moon hits my tulip with a not particularly pale copper hue. A dense eggshell head falls quickly to a patchwork film. The beer leaves a bit of lace.

Sourdough Belgian yeast is the most prevalent feature. Toasted grain comes next. Bitterness is mild and a little citrusy. The beer thins out late. Its light body doesn't have the vigorous carbonation I expect from this style.

OK, but not fabulous. This is a very safe Belgian that doesn't take any chances.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery color. There is a two finger off white head that shows weak retention. No real lacing at all on the side of the glass.

S- There is a surprising hop aroma to this. Light citrus notes...not in the front but more so toward the end. Light earthy tones like grassy and hay but there is a nice pale malt under it all.

T- A interesting Belgian pale ale to say the least. I wouldn't call this one but it is what it is. A light grainy hint to this from start to finish. There is a light pale malt to this but doesn't dominate the beer like I thought it would. Light citrus hops in the ending that gives it a little bite. Some light orange peel in the tail end.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Light pale malts and orange peel left on the palate. Some alcohol and faded hops in the aftertaste. Flavors for what they were..were blended well. Some light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer is drinkable. I really didn't mind it and actually found it to be above average in the realm of Coors and it's profile.

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Photo of budgood1
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazed copperish colour with a small white head. wisps of lace. sweet malty aroma with peppery hints. sturdy malt bill, not too sweet in the flavour profile gives way to some spiciness and a bit of hop bitterness. not sure if this can be considered a true belgian pale ale but it i suppose it can be considered in the shadow of one. pretty neutral taste wise. it has a decent body with a slightly prickly mouthfeel giving it a quasi BPA character. finishes on the dry side. drinkability is decent. not much there to wax poetic about.

solidly boring.

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Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head, which disintegrates immediately and completely. No lacing.

S: Pungent, woody malt. Pecan shells, with a hint of oregano.

T: Rich, pungent, woody malt with a slight tinge of butterscotch.

M: Full flavored and (kind of) robust with a blunt hoppy character.

D: Robust enough sip down a little more carefully.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice hue, but no head or lacing. Nose is full and robust with a woody and Italian spice character. Flavor is robust and malty with a pungent aftertaste. Overall, this is pretty good quaff.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a paler copper color with a one finger head that actually stays around with no lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with a hint of floral hops. THe aroma is very faint and hard to get a grasp on. The taste is of caramel malt with some breadiness along with a hint of citrus. The floral hops is not really in the taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good you could have more than one, not as strong in aroma and taste as some pale ales but decent overall.

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Photo of adamette
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into clean clear glass courtesy of my brother Peter. Thanks Pete.

A Light brown body under a less than impressive thin light head that dissapeared quickly.

S Not much..some wimpy hops could be smelled.

T Boring watered down Pale Ale. Really, there are some malt, grain, hops tastes but it is all very distant, diluted by water(?).

M Light. There is a touch of moderate mouthfeel due to the distant tastes.

D Average at best due to the lack of tastes.

Notes. My least favorite of the three "Moons" that I have tasted. (Blue, Full, Pale). I am not even sure that this can be considered a Pale Ale let alone a "Belgian" Pale Ale. Oh well.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice bright amber color, totally clear with a 1" off-white fluffy head, dissipates pretty quick and is gone.

The aroma has caramel scented malt, a bit too much. allspice and herbs pop out with red fruits in the back.

a light, jazzy feel at first, quickly becomes mellow and rather flat however. A nice herbal kick, mild spices and earthy effect from the cascade hops...but very mellow for cascade. Dry wheat and rye effects not very potent, decent balance of flavor except the caramel flavored malt is too slick feeling and overpowers way too much. It also has that classic Coor's sour-malty aftertaste.

not undrinkable and a nice try.

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Photo of Spikester
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the summer variety pack. Pours clear copper with one finger of white head. Some minor lacing. Smell is floral and citrus. Taste is sweet tangy malts , tart yeastiness, and minor citrus hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with perfect carbonation. Finishes medium dry. Good emulation of the style. Nice introduction to Belgian Pale Ale from an American perspective.

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Photo of generallee
3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A best before date is printed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden color with very good clarity. On top the head builds up a light fluffy layer of soapy foam before quickly fading down to a small ring on the top. It is just off white in color and its lacing is very slick and slides down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light sweetness of malt with a hint of citrus and a very slight spicy accent.

Taste/Mouth feel: The main body has an almost honey like sweetness with a slight hint of citrus, mild spices and a fruity melon like thing going on. There are some light hop notes as well that work nicely with the subtle spices. It finishes on the sweet side with a smooth, wet and mellow texture. Its carbonation is soft and its medium gives it an easy drinkability.

Notes: Overall it's fairly simple and safe. Its note a stand out but it slides down nicely.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Clear light amber brew with a good sized white head. Retention is good, and there is a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S - Smells like a Killian's. Lighly malty, a hint of toast. Not much going on.

T - I don't see what is "Belgian" at all about this. It's decently tasty, if a little bit boring. Toasted caramel malt, a tiny little wisp of fruity hops on the back end. Overly sweet. Newbies might like this.

M - LIght in body and easy to drink. FInishes a little bit spicy.

I would have guessed that this was an easy going amber ale. Reminds me of that in between sort of beer that isn't really "craft" but is definitely better than piss lager. Michelob Amber Bock, Killian's Irish Red, Pete's WIcked Ale, and the like. This might be one notch above it's macro-brewed bretheren, but its still pretty plain.

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Photo of peabody
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me as a xmas present. 12 pack with the blue/pale/and fullmoon.
Pours out a golden copper clear with little off-white suds. Not much lacing here.
Smell is bland at best but can detect some belgian yeast and malt but very very faint.
Taste is watery at best but a better than the full moon.
I think this is not bad and would drink multiples but would wish I had something that had some more(lots more) flavor.
Justa very average beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Our interpretation of a pale ale is brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth finish and Cascade hops for a subtle hop aroma. We add a twist of orange peel and hibiscus for a well-rounded, balanced taste." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale, this beer has changed its name several times over the years, from Pale Moon to Blue Moon Belgian-Style Pale Ale, and most recently to the upcoming "Rounder". Available as a standalone 6 pack or almost always included in the variety pack mix.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon Pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden-cream sudsy head over an deep amber-orange body with very high clarity. Carbonation is plentiful and spritely, Retention is average at best- a light surface cover takes a while to clear but no lacing is disappointing. 2.5

(Smell) Aromas of biscuity pale malts, a hint of medium toasted caramel grain, a mild herbal and faintly citrus hop character provides a moderate bitterness. A touch of wheat may thicken up the body a touch but doesn't make much of an impact otherwise. Not an unimpressive aroma, just rather simple. Potency is medium at best. 3.25

(Taste) Up front is a wave of simple clean, lightly toasted caramel malt sweetness, following through with a moderate sweetness to the finish. The malt choice is indicative of an Amber or German-style malt variety, a little less "pale" in character than anticipated. Hop presence is markedly herbal and a touch floral, surprisingly less bright citrusy than expected for Cascade hops. Finishes mildly dry with a touch of graininess and an herbal and floral note that may stem from the hibiscus addition, the finish drags on with a resinous hop oil for quite some time. It's neither truly pale nor truly Belgian, but it's certainly enjoyable in its own. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Malt texture is very slick and smooth, with a touch of carbonation comes off a touch creamy and mellow. Body is medium for the style, just shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is low, a ridiculously clean drinking beer. One of the most gratifying aspects of this beer comes through in the mouthfeel, even if it reveals the beer to be less Belgian-style than it seems, it works out well in the end. 4

(Overall) This Blue Moon choice isn't hardly as bad as the die-hard craft drinker may proclaim it to be. It's not all that true to style, Belgian Amber may have been a better name choice due to the slightly toastier malt used, but this is a very clean-drinking beer with an appealing floral and herbal finish of hibiscus and mild Cascade hops. A very sessionable choice, this is a decent choice to merge drinkers to the long and winding road of Belgian Ales, but coming from the other direction may find this beer a bit too far off the beaten path to satisfy everybody's Belgian fix. 3.5

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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