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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Added by NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jerone
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a good cream colored head that stays around, good lacing too.

Not a real strong smell, but smells of wheat malt and maybe a tiny bit of hops.

The taste is pretty good but doesn't seem to fit in the style. Toasted wheat and malt with a crisp clean finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

Maybe the best of the Blue Moon series, very enjoyable, but still not as good as a craft beer.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sweet, right from the get-go. A bit roasty. Slight orange citrus and grains.

Appearance: Amber brown. Perfect clarity. Tall white head, leaved moderate lacing. Head dissipates quicker than average, but leaves a thin creamy layer.

Flavor: Sweet malts upfront, what, then slight bitterness from the small dose of hops. Some dark malts. The orange shows up in the aftertaste, although it's not easy to detect.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly oily, even through the aftertaste.

Overall: Nice and mild, slightly roasty. Very easy drinking, and pleasant.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, light orange color with plenty of carbonation; off white head dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet malt w/ citrus & spice notes; mild hoppiness with fruity Belgian yeast notes

Taste: Sweet, lightly caramel malt with a touch of orange & spice; very light hop bitterness with no alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; good carbonation; smooth but not watery

Drinkability: Goes down smooth & easy; consumable in large quantities in one sitting

Overall, Pale Moon is another respectable entry from Coors' foray into craft beer. As is the case with most of the beers in this line-up; it's a toned down version of the style that the average beer drinker will try & like. You can do better, but you can definitely do worse too.

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Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a clear amber red colour with fizzy quickly dissipating head.

s-some sweet malt smells, citrus, hoppy bitterness

t-slight hoppiness to it, mild malt flavours to it, a little yeasty type notes....kinda muted IMO.

m-solid mouthfeel for the abv.

d-very...not too controversial but solid for the line.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Clear amber/copper under a small head. Very sight retention and no lace.

S: Very malty, sweet, a little syrupy smelling. Bottle says brewed with some orange and hibiscus but I don't get any. Edit to say that after having another bottle, I did pick up some piney hop and a bit of fruitiness.

T: Again, mostly malty and sweet. Maybe some Belgian character trying to come through, a little fruitiness and a little bit of vegetable.

M/D: Nice mouthfeel, very subtle carbonation, nice on the tongue. Decent drinkability as well. Nothing special by any means but also a very easy drinking, easy to find beer that actually brings a little something to the table.

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Photo of nukem5
3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Zero head retention & not much more lacing

S: Slight orange blossom & apple peels

T: Caramel, appleskins & pears up front. Dryness, appleskins & faint lemon hops as this warms. Finishes with apple peels & citric hop crispness, plus some caramel & more dryness

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation & some stickyness

Drinks alright, not a good or great BPA, but would do in a pinch. a touch too dry for my liking

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Photo of Lemke10
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12pk Winter variety pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a copper/amber color with a bubbly head the slowly disappears. Has some mild scents of hops and some grains. Has a slighty bitter tone to the taste. Some bready dough and yeast tastes as well. Has an overall dryer taste than most of the Blue Moon line. Crisp and extremely drinkable, but nothing too special about it. Decent for a Macro-brew, but about average among mirco-brews.

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Photo of jera1350
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coppery orange color with a tan collar. Little lacing.

Caramel sweetness with a little Belgian taste and some bitter hops. Nice flavor, but is watered down.

Nice carbonation, but a little thin.

A pretty good beer, but watered down. Drinks fine and is interesting enough to keep interest if in a pinch. It appears Coors is trying to compete seriously in the craft market. They have some work to do, but are doing more than the other big beer companies.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, translucent amber with a thick cap of dense, thick, foamy, fizzy, white head that has rather good retention

S - caramel and citrusy/floral hops

T - caramel, faint spice, floral hops

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is not like many BPAs out there. It doesn't have any hint of Belgian yeast nor the traditional spices. It's primarily caramel and some faint floral hops. It's a pass for me. This won't impress any fans of Belgian ales.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an amber color, it has a light tan head on top that leaves a light lacing. The smell of the beer has a decent malt aroma with a touch of spicy hops. The taste was crisp and malty. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good surprisingly.

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Photo of xybreeder
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very lively, clear, beautiful orange/light amber color, borderline perfect head. Lacing nice and thick, especially for how clear the beer is (you would expect less head).

S: Not too impressed with the smell, not much really there but slight hoppy and orange peel presence.

T: A little bitter, but nothing's jumping out at me, seems flavors are subtle and I'd be reaching to define any strong characteristics. I do detect a small presence or orange peel (shocker!) and flowers, but the carbonation and bitterness seem to overpower the flavor.

M: I see some of the other reviews mention it being flat to little or no carbonation, I'm not getting that at all (perhaps a different batch/shipping/temps/etc). Mine is very well carbonated, and again, is overpowering some of the flavors.

D: Still very drinkable, maybe because I'm urning for more flavor but still enjoy the hops flavor that is detectable over the carbonation.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazed orange color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of spice and citrus as well as that typical witbier smell. Tastes of light spices, a little hops, and a little orange citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is normal for style and carbonation is high. Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden orange. Clean looking with a surprising frothy head, that laced the side of the glass for a while.

Smells mild with some bready yeast, but nothing jumping out.

Taste is clean and biscuity, with more bitterness than I expected, and a decent mouthfeel with a surprising amount of body.

Not too much going on with it, but it is overall a pretty smooth and drinkable Pale. Don't turn your nose up at it based on the label.

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Photo of Paincane
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-orange color with an off-white head leaving good lace.
S: Wheat, malt, and citrus aromas are present.
T: Malt and citrusy notes are intertwined with some wheat.
M: Light to medium bodied with active carbonation.
O: Decent brew with more flavor than I am used to from its brewery. I actually enjoyed this beer and am relatively surprised.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a clear copper orange. Pours a 1 and a half finger slightly off white head. Leaves some splattered lace. Good retention.

Aroma is of spices, yeast, caramel, earthy hops. The aroma is a little weak for a BPA.

Taste is of a lot of spices, slight alcohol, some hops. It is kind of hard to distinguish the flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: is very crisp. Not smooth at all, which is something I may have expected. Medium to full bodied. Highly carbonated.

Overall, not the best Belgium style beer I have had, but I didn't have that high of hopes as it is Blue Moon. I won't be having another one of these.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Jadjunk
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of rwrk42
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A clear copper color with some off white head which dissipates quickly
Smell: Sweet with caramel malt. Very faint, not much in terms of hops
Taste: Very smooth with a sweet caramel malt taste followed by some faint hop bitterness.
An okay pale ale but was hoping for a bit more flavor.

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Photo of RickS95
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

snowed in at the inlaws i am stuck working through their fridge so this is what i get along with a slew of others.

the pour was decent, light amber with a head of white on top that seemed to last a few moments before collapsing in on itself. aroma of light spice, hints of lemon and a touch of grain, but very light an muddled together fairly well. flavor is about the same though a decent citrus fruit touch made it somewhat more drinkable and left a decent, and light dry touch to the finish.

overall it was better then most of their offerings but again that is not saying alot. still worked for a quick refresher before more shoveling.

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Photo of biggred1
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden honey colored with a fizzy white head that dissapates pretty quickly, minimal lacing. Faint apple spiciness in the nose with mild hops. Tastes okay,Pale moon is to belgian pale what blue moon is to belgian wit, a sort of wimpier version for the typical macro drinking public.Has a medium bodied mouthfeel and really is pretty drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of Kromes
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It pours a clear amber/orange with a thin white head.

S: There is a floral, fruity orange aroma with a little bit of malt and hop behind it.

T: There is an ok malt flavor up front with some floral, fruit and grassy hop touches. The finish is nice with the orange peel flowery hop flavors really coming through with a touch of bitterness.

M: The carbonation is good.

D: This is a pretty decent beer. The only bad thing is that as the beer warms, the orange really comes out and completely destroys the beer.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Pale Moon Ale poured a clear copper color with a small tan head that dissipated rather quickly leaving behind tight rings of lacing. The nose is dominated by malt, with a hint of yeast and caramel. Taste is of light pale malts, and light sweetness from caramel. Also, a citrusy and floral flavor from orange peel and maybe some hibiscus [as I am not very familiar with its taste] ending with a delicate hop finish.

Pale Moon is not my preferred Belgian Pale Ale, however, a good entry point to the more complex Belgian Pale Ales.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.21 out of 5 based on 1,085 ratings.
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