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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%
 
 
Wants:
15
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158
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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint. From notes

A: The body is a reddish copper hue, with a slightly clear appearance. The head pours a one finger formation and the retention sinks, but still is present throughout. No lacing.

S: A warm not of biscuit in the aroma, with a low level of aromatic hops. The esters from the yeast show a hint at the spiciness. 

T/M: Good medium mouthfeel and a bread taste. Creamy on the palate and smooth. Not too much Belgian spice, but a nice clean toasted aspect. Low levels of carbonation make this true to style. Lingering finish isn't that bad with a nice coating of malt. 

O: overall, one of the better offerings from Blue Moon. Well enjoyed.

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Photo of junabee
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours Copper with a white head that dissipates quickly although i did wash this glass in the dishwasher which may account for the head dissolving, clear although it is not pale it is more amber-copper.

S-Heavy Diacetyl aroma, malty backbone, with a slight citrus hop note.

T- Delivers what the nose promises, tastes buttery with a nice sweet malt backbone and finishes nicely with some bittering hops.

M- Nothing special a little thin for the aroma and taste so this would be the only imbalance in the beer.

D- This beer is classified as a Belgian Style Pale Ale, it is 115% better than blue moon the original. It was surprisingly delicious, but is not delicious for its style. If this was labeled an English Bitter I would have rated it an A, very reminiscent of Old Thumper with a bit more hoppy life to it.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled, poured into an American pint glass. Pours a translucent hazel colour, with a thin nut brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells of nut as well. Very mild in flavor, a little syrupy on the finish, well rounded. Not as bitter as I've come to expect from a pale ale, and much richer. Minimal carbonation. I wasn't anticipating enjoying this beer, but it has paid off very well. Entirely drinkable.

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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 DannyS
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

A - A clean dark amber color with a decent head. Par for the course.

S - Fairly straightforward; a spicy, hoppy aroma. It's your everyday pale ale with some orange peel and herbaceous spices.

T - Very bready, good amount of hops for the style, blending well with the aforementioned spice. Nothing to write home about, but still very enjoyable

M - Feels fizzier than most pale ales, and tends to foam up as I'm swallowing it. I thought this would be a bad thing, but I'm rather enjoying the unusual feel.

D - It's pale ale. Not a chugging beer, but easily drinkable.

Blue Moon in general is definitely a great gateway into craft beer for those raised on the American macrobrew, and this offering is no different.

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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 erosier
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice darker amber color with a very tall and very thick tan colored head that takes some time to fade and laces the glass very nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts with hints of caramel but no yeast aromas are present.
T: Tastes of a very sweet caramel malt with some candy sugar added perhaps. The sweetness fades a bit but does't leave a bitter taste afterwards. A hint of fruity flavors at the end.
M: Very smooth, sweet, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. I would say this is what the Budweiser American Ale was striving for but fell way short. This is a much much more enjoyable option and a good solid beer all around.

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Photo of Savan
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NOT a fan of blue moons biers .... HOWEVER i love Belgian IPAs (of which New Holland's "white hatter" is the best i have tried as of yet. I find they are a much better alt. to the recent popularity of "session ipa" which to me tastes like some DICK pissed in a perfectly good IPA to water it down... hey just my opinion. ANYWHO... not the best I've had but a big E for effort on this on. If your are looking for a CHEAP but tasty brew to enjoy on a Hot summer day this one hits the spot.

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

Appearance: Copper in color, small bubbly head fades away after a while. No lace.

Smell: Bready malts and flowery hops.

Taste: Like a hoppy amber ale, decent bitterness, leafy hops with a bit of citrus. Belgian ale characteristics similar to a Dekoninck, very light and faint. All in all, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high level of carbonation, semi dry finish.

Drinkability: The best Blue Moon/ coors product Ive had to date.

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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 BDIMike
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color. There is a lot of fizz that creates a huge white head that has a lot of retention.
Smell has a very nice hop smell to it. The cascade hops are the strongest scent, but there is also a bit of orange peel and hibiscus smell.
The taste has much more malt than the smell. There is a strong toffee malt to the taste. The hops take the back seat in the taste, but the orange peel has a stronger taste with a very small tinge of hibiscus.
Mouthfeel is very nice for a pale ale. There is a good thickness to the feel and it is very smooth.
Drinkability is good on this pale ale. There is a good amount of tastes without any overbearing factors. The smooth drink makes this incredibly drinker. Not one of the greatest pale ales I've ever had, but I can see this one taking off in bars because it has a good amountof flavor to it and is still drinkable for a whole night.

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Photo of godlessape
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a brassy tea color with a one inch creamy tan head that dissipates down to a respectable skim.
The nose picks up a subtle caramel malt with some floral notes. Nothing overpowering.
What I taste here is a mellow biscuity flavor and an equally mellow fruitiness. Not much in the hop department unfortunately.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with the alcohol running to the back of the throat.
Overall, this is not a bad beer at all--and I am no fan of the Coors company. As long as the price is right--and it was with this--It won't be my last one.

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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 TurboBrew
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased and included in a 12 pack for Fall '12 at the local brew store

A: Pours a light orange-copper with minimal head and lacing is pretty much non-existent when downing it.

S: Slight hoppy smell is detected here. can pickup some carmel malt

T: Light-medium carbonation tastes like a lager to me, which is interesting can pickup some bready taste here too.. The Carmel flavor comes through in the middle, and you can pick up the bitter hops for just a moment. The finish flys by.. not much of a exit taste on the tail end of this one.

M: I can actually taste the orange peel and slight hibiscus, it is a nice balance and I am impressed with Coors on this one.. well put together and everything clashes well.

O: Would definitely drink some more, and plan on it soon. The 5.4% is a great bonus too.. very enjoyable after a hard days work. I have not been impressed with much from Blue Moon lately, but this one.. I can say is impressively different!

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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 ATPete
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, screw cap

Pours an orange/amber color with a small white head. A mild hop character lay in the nose, sweet malts are the dominant aroma. I dont pick up the hibiscus flower too much in the aromatics but a floral/herbal character sits on the tongue late into the finish. Crisp, well carbonated, refreshing and easy to drink. Not bad.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer had a good head on it that left a slight bit of lace on the sides as it disappeared. The orange color was very clear and showed a lot of carbonation. The aroma lent a bit of hoppiness and a tad of citrus. The taste was very crisp and fresh. A fairly decent tasting pale ale. Not overpowering a decently light. Very drinkable beer.

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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 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 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 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 Murrhey
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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 BierFan
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +11.2%
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 +11.2%
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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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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