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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
1,084
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
41.93%
 
 
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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

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Belgian-Style Pale Ale
3.34/5.00

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Photo of BigBrewStu
2.74/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

What a rough punch this beer packs! Or what do you call a flavor that hijacks the entire beer drinking experience? Not really a Belgian, and less so a pale ale. This is a strange beer that will baffle you, so try it if you are a die hard--or else pass!

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Photo of sharlie
4.76/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Needless to say I am a little bias when rating this beer. This is my favorite beer flavor and all. I must say however, I do not enjoy it in the bottle, I prefer this beer on draft. A crisp orange to top it off makes this beer delicious. It is a very common beer that most enjoy.

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Photo of Catherine8189
4.31/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have to drink it on tap and with an orange! Very full, crisp, smooth mouthfeel. If you want to step up from the run of the mill light beers to dip your toe into a more flavorful beer I think this is a good beer to do it with. There is not much risk involved with trying this beer. There is a slight heaviness that comes along with enjoying this beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale Pale Ale coloring the body is quite thin and the head almost non existent.

The scent is so weak it's almost unattainable but after some work I get a few hints of fruit and malt. Hints of raisin emerge to a caramel maltiness.

Tastes of tea and sweet raisin emerge from a weak body. Bits of malt and candied sugary sweetness can be found which makes me wonder if the brewers had the budget I think they could achieve a very tasty brew. This beer screams inexpensive for mass appeal but I think it could be so much more.

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Photo of raynmoon
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks nice, amber with a fluffy head that sticks around, but it smells not so good. A lot of noble hops and some grassy grains, sweetness from the malts. Overall, it smells nothing like a Belgian Pale Ale.

A slight hop presence on the front but it goes quickly into that typical sweetness from a macro beer. Really let down here.

It would need a nice yeasty kick, a better grain built in the back and a some bitterness to be a real belgian style pale.

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Photo of atomicbeer
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with almost ruby red cast, moderate bubbles rising, and a dense ecru cap. Aroma is first a light dose of citrusy, herbal, green hops and then toasted hawaiian bread and some extra candy sugar sweetness. Mostly lightly toasted malt in the taste, a bit woody and flat, just a bit of herbal/grassy hops, and just a bit of metallic twang. Mouth is a bit thin but fairly juicy initially then drying. Not really alot going on here - pale ale? not really; Belgian? don't taste anything Belgian; more of a generic amber ale.

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Photo of Pluffmud
1.56/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

The only beer worse than this that I have tasted is Fosters. I would leave it at that, but am required to write more, so I will.
It's smells funky and tastes even worse. If a cow chewed on wheat and you took the drool from it's big ol' cow lips and bottled it, you would have this beer. It tastes stale and repugnant at the same time. Go ahead, stick an orange in it. It won't help.

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Photo of daddydawg80
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have avoided this because it's from Coors; however, limited choices at my local grocer prompted me to finally give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised by the balanced flavors and body. This is one of the big boys' most notable attempts at craft type brewing (ie, flavor) and I applaud their effort. I would buy this again.

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Photo of harveystarr
3.64/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This review may not be popular, however, that's why we all review beer. I'm a strong advocate for Craft Breweries and in general vehemently against the Big Boys ala AB, Coors, Etc. That being said, I must give credit where credit is due.
While I will always go for a craft with character in almost all occasions, I believe there is almost always at least one situation for each and all beers. Blue Moon Pale is a sessionable quaff with enough character to keep anyone interested, but "blah" enough to session all night.

App: No complaints. Great golden amber colour, with a small, tight head.
Smelll: Hops immediately, not overpowering, but just enough.
Taste: Even keeled, with a nice hop kick to it. Not too much character on the hops. Slight malt flavour. But they malt and hops do balance themselves nicely.
Mouth: Adequate, just under medium body.
Overall: Sessionable. Hard to hate, easy to overlook. But as said, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Satanic
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured in a mug it retains a clear hue mixed between orange and copper creating a white foamy head of about a fingers width that retained itself for a good five minutes before settling into a ring around the top of the iced mug. Decent amount of carbonation.

T - A strong taste of hibiscus mixed with bitter hops overwhelms the tongue at first before leaving the palette to produce a slight aftertaste of copper, perhaps being what this brew was conceived inside, and a little bitter flavour due to a slight roasting of the hops. All in all it is quite refreshing and easily drinkable, not a bad beer at all..

S - It has a subtle scent of ale and perhaps hibsus, it was more intense in the bottle for some reason then after I poured it into the glass.

M - It isn't thick nor watery, a good blend.

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer and I would drink it again, I would give it a 3.25/5. I found it in a bewer's winter sample kit. I can't wait for the next seasonal one!

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Photo of Mikie
1/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I hate to give such a generic review, but I bought this variety pack of Blue Moon beers that included Valencia Grove Amber, Belgian Style Pale Ale, Sunshine Citrus Blonde, and Belgian White and, sad to say, the only one that tasted okay was the Belgian White. The other three beers tasted like they were the same beers put in different labeled bottles.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring a lovely burnt orange with a tinge of green, there is a slight creamy citrus aroma, mixed with the subtle notes of Cascade hops and hibiscus. On the tongue, there is a small but distinct hop attack which smooths out rather quickly leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste, all contained in a full but brief mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional either, this is a solid, simple pale ale, refreshing on it's own, but the crisp bitterness would be perfect with fish and chips, the sharp tang complimenting tarter sauce and vinegar. Cheers!

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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 lwillitz
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - 2 fingers of light tan head over a transparent body of copper; moderate rising carbonation

S - malty sweetness, floral, citrus, hint of Belgian yeast funk

T - sweet malts up front, floral notes, wheat bread; peppery spice and citrus in the finish; well-balanced

M - smooth medium/full body with prickly carbonation

O - I'm not a big fan of Belgians, but this is decent.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.64/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark copper color with a half inch thick head that dissipates after a minute. Leaves behind a nice creamy lacing.

Smell - The aroma is not very strong.. All I detect is malts with a slight buttery character.

Taste - Sweet and very malty with a strong flavor of caramel. Has feint hints of floral hops and citrus as well.. Almost no bitterness is detected.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Honestly, this beer is delicious. But it tastes nothing like a pale ale to me. I think the strong caramel flavor masks the pale ale characteristics of the beer. In my opinion it is similar to a brown ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. 2012 bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours clear deep amber with a tan head that has limited durability but leaves some lacing on on the glass. The sweet aroma is malty with hints of toffee, orange and vague spices. The flavor is subdued but nicely crafted -- the hallmark of Blue Moon. Belgian yeast is apparent but certainly not pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with good medium carbonation.

O: slightly above average. Best suited for transitional (towards craft beers) beer drinkers.

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Photo of RickS95
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is close for the style, a pale copper, but it's too clear for my liking. I'd imagine it's to sell beers to us Americans, but the clarity doesn't work for me. The head is off white and a finger thick. Has a faint resemblance to an IPA head, but even that isn't quite right. Decent retention and slight lacing.

For all they supposedly put into this beer, I expected more in the way of smell. I struggled to pick up anything of note before finally catching some orange peel. Didn't get the Cascade hops at all.

The taste improves upon the smell quite a bit. The hops finally show up with faint citrus and the wheat provides a crisp, spice-like flavor.

It's very smooth for the style. Even with the spices, which present slightly in the taste, the wheat brings everything together in a smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. It's probably a good beer for those who grew up on American macros and are afraid of making the jump to craft/import beers.

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Photo of poop_brew
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. A wonderful appearance, a nice beer on a cool thanksgiving day!

S: an average citrus aroma with a subtle hop finish. Pretty average though.

T: a nice taste, but not quite was I was looking for in a Belgium pale ale.

M: great drinkability and a smooth carbonation beer.

O: a decent brew. Great for the holidays, but probably wouldn't drink it every night. I'd recommend it to a friend if try hadn't had it before.

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Photo of scratch69
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

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

Smell- Caramel malt aroma with notes of wheat and toast. Hints of floral hops and citrus.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt with a slight orange flavor and a hint of floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This not as hoppy as I was expecting from a pale ale. Doesn't take like anything Belgian that I have had before either. Still very drinkable thought.

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Photo of Roose13
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Winter sampler

A: Copper

S: Wheat, orange, hops.

T: A bit hoppy, but not too strong or bitter. Taste of wheat, which is the BM style. A bit sweet as well.

M: Medium, balanced in carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall Pretty decent attempt to keep the BM characteristic all while having something hopheads could actually enjoy. Solid beer that makes getting the Winter sampler worth getting.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber (darker than a copper) in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some slightly orangish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film covering about 50% of the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate notes of wheat, orange peel, and some floral/herbal hops.

T: Light to moderate amounts of malty sweetness with some light floral and caramel notes. Additionally there is a light herbal hop note which does not lend as much bitterness as I would have expected for the style.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer is somewhat easy to drink but it is much too sweet for the style and is slightly out of balance between the malts and the hops (almost like there is a slight lack of hops). Moderate amounts of complexity.

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Photo of Jparker37
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Copper in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a medium sized off-white head which recedes to a small cap.

S - Lightly toasted malt, sweet orange peel. Citrus hops come across with some lemon qualities. Hint of some juicy fruit esters.

T - Toasty malt holds a strong base. Hops come in mild with earth tones. The bitterness is very smooth. Finishes a little sloppy with some malt sweetness. The earthy hop flavor lasts for a short while in the aftertaste.

M - Has a bit of sweetness for any style of pale ale, medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation.

O - Smell was hiding a little bit in this brew. Flavor seemed to be a little syrupy at times, too sweet, but the hops were pleasant. Way to low of carbonation.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.. Pours a nice copper color with a small white head that leaves a little lacing. Smells really fruity, not terribly surprising, but a little for the type of beer. Tastes of barley grain and some earthy hops. Beer is a little bit overcarbonated but goes down great for its light body. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of nukem5
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick layer of tan foam. Sadly the foam disappears rapidly and there is no lacing at all.

S: Aroma is of malty richness and slightly hopped with a slight pine smell.

T: Taste is of malts and light hops, an earthy taste also a slight corn adjunct flavor.

M: Mouth feel is medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation.

O: Overall an ok beer would drink it again.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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