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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,086
Reviews:
222
Avg:
3.21
pDev:
18.69%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
160
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,086 |  Reviews: 222
Photo of generallee
3.62/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Murrhey
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz beer.

A: Pale orange, nice lacing.

S: Hoppy, but not bitter. Nice smell!

T: My favorite taste of all the Blue Moon beers I've had. Good flavor, subtle without being too bitter.

M: Maybe a tad thin, but not bad.

O: Yum. I'd get again. Better than the Blue Moon IMO.

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Photo of rjervis1888
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Has a printed expiration of "APR0509".

Appearance: Amber/orange body with a decent off-white head.

Smell: I can actually pick up the scent of the cascade hops. Smells like a pretty decent English-style pale ale with a little bit of extra spices.

Taste: This is definitely the best tasting of all the "Moon" beers that Coors makes. At first it tastes like a lightly hopped pale ale but the bitter orange peels come through on the finish.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Typical golden pale ale color. Nice head with decent retention, not much lacing though.

S - Malty smell, but good hops smell as well.

T - Nice taste, not as much hops as I would have expected from the smell, and could have used more hops flavor to me, but still pretty good. A fairly sweet beer with a little hops to balance it out.

M - Just average to me, nothing impressive here.

D - Pretty drinkable beer.

Pretty good beer, might buy this one again for something a little different sometime.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanking me for doing a favor for him, my buddy picked up the blue moon sampler pack. drank out of a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a pale amber colored body with a finger of white head. the head lasts a surprisingly long time and leaves behind nearly complete rings of lacing.

S- semi sweet caramel malts. lots of orange and something floral/herbal from whatever they decided to add to this one. hibiscus the bottle says.

T- the taste is similar to the nose. faint caramel malt. heavy on spices and orange zest.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. no complaints here.

D- this was a nice gesture, but its not something i can see myself buying. i will admit that this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearace: Clear coppoer color with a creamy off-white colored head. Decent retention.

Smell: Very malty, a little sweet. Hint of a fruit note (likey the orange peel). Some hop aroma (would have been fine with more).

Taste: Surprisingly sweet with a late spicy finish. Not as carbonated as many in the Blue Moon lineup. Hop presence blends well.

Mouthfeel: Meduim bodied, subtle carbonation.

Drinkability: Found it very drinkable.

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Photo of SamN
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Moon comes out a lovely amber color with brownish highlights. Medium thick, firm foam head. Visible carbonation from the nucleation point of the Perfect Pint. Aromatic, sweetly hoppy balanced smell, malts just a touch off, can't put my finger on it. Easily the best aroma from any Coors product I've ever had. Taste is mildly hopped with a nice biscuity malt backbone. Sturdy taste, more good balance. I pick up some strange sort of ham-like flavors. Feel is still a little thin, more body needed. Overall, a pretty sessionable beer, and probably the best of the Blue Moon lineup. More flavor and aroma here than the usual "craft" beers from BMC.

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Photo of Epetrena
3.56/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good from what I can see in the bottle. Fairly cloudy brown.

Smell: Caramel. That's about all I get.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, more caramel, but the thick, creamy mouthfeel is nice.

Drinkability: Comforting, but not inspiring.

Overall: Definitely my least favorite in the Blue Moon family.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin white head with no lacing and clear amber-orange color. Aroma is a malty forefront with a spicy background. Flavor is a balanced blend of sweet malt and muted hops. Some of the added spices were detected but not overpowering, a good subtle effect. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is adequate. Overall, this is a tasty beer but not anything that would satisfy hop-hungry craft beer drinkers. That is why it gets such mediocre marks here.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought there was Blue Moon and its seasonals, nothing else. So this was a surprise when I spotted it. Made with cascade hops, hibiscus, and orange peel...is this going to be a hoppy Blue Moon? On to the beer:

Poured into a flute...now I'm thinking they wanted to copy Budwieser Ale. Red, orange, yellow hues, this is a lovely array of color. The head is thick on top and retains adequately. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. There's the hibiscus, but the cascades and faint esters are easier to detect. This could be refreshing.

It's unusual to taste these flavors in a beer of this color, but I'm liking it. Faint esters and orange peel, the beer turns into bready caramel with fruity esters tagging along. A touch of flower pedal, it's sweet. The cascade hops provide some flavor in the finish. This beer is crisp and light in the mouth, and it goes down without a hiccup.

Belgian-style Pale Ale might be misleading for this beer, but who cares if you enjoy it? A welcoming addition to the Blue Moon line of beers.

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Photo of rowew
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date stamped on the neck. Same style design as the other Blue Moons with a red theme to the label. I had this on tap at Coors field too, but basing review on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a nice off white head, decent retention but very little lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, a bit of what I think of as belgian yeast notes, and a little bit of floral hops late.

Taste: Medium bodied, tastes right along with what I would expect from the aroma. Dominated by a nice malt backbone with a mild hop and yeast component.

Overall impression: Just what I've come to expect from Blue Moon - nothing stellar, but a drinkable offering that may just be your saving grace at a BMC bar.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - coppery/light red in color, somewhat murky, with off-white foam that dissipates very quickly.

Smell - I actually can smell a little bit of the hibiscus, but not as much of the orange peel. In general it just smells malty.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a musky taste in general, and generally a little more malty feeling than hoppy. Also pretty normalized in the end, with very little bit of anything predominating over anything else. Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. It's a little generic in taste, but not boring either. Still tastes good.

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Photo of bakkerman1
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish color with a 1/2 inch head.Smell is a bit fruity, some malts. Taste is malty, some fruits, easy drinking and refreshing.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not the best of this style but a decent beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear toned copper body, atop which is a massive, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. The glass walls are adorned with Belgian-style lacing. The carbonation is slight, with rather small bubbles, and drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of wheat and caramel, orange peel, and some spicy hop notes, rather pleasant.

Taste: Opens with a strong Cascade hop note, soon after there are prominent caramel and toasted malts, and solid bread flavors, and later, bitter apple peel as well. Spicy alcohol and orange rind bring the taste to a close. The hop notes linger on well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Much better than I expected. It will never be a "top 100" beer on BeerAdvocate, but I would be delighted to find Blue Moon Pale Moon in a convenience store of a small, rural town, or on tap at a national restaurant chain. Nicely done.

Presenation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor along with a delicate hop bitterness and a good yeast fruitiness. The esters aren't as pronounced as a traditional BPA, but the subtle character suits this well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good starter Belgian ale. It's nothing like the traditional style, but for people who are new to yeast esters it's a solid choice.

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Photo of BEER88
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daddydawg80
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jsdunlop
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a see-through copper with a nice fluffy white head that disappears fairly quickly.
S: malts and bread dough
T: touch of caramel sweetness to start, followed by some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Malts make up the majority, with some faint graininess going on. Nice hoppy finish that rounds off the beer well.
M: Moderate body and average carbonation. Very crisp.
O: Pretty good beer overall. No complaints here.

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Photo of Carissa
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of eric_berge
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mugenlude
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.21 out of 5 based on 1,086 ratings.
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