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:
No notes at this time.

Added by NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of injipoint
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unbiased - didn't know it was a Coors when I bought the six-pack. Certainly drinkable and quite pleasant as a first beer after emerging from "Irene" hibernation. Maybe not the long taste of a Belgian but I would put it in with other Pale Ales. 5 to go which will be nice when I get to them.

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Photo of rcfunk
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just going to come out and say it. I think Coors does a great job with their Blue Moon brand across the board. Beside Blue Moon itself, Pale Moon is my favorite beer they produce under the label.

Belgian Pale is a style of beer underrepresented in American craft beer. Pale Moon showcases enough Belgian yeast ester to stand out from a regular pale ale yet still be sessionable. If you want to taste a little yeast in your pale and experience a good introduction to a somewhat obscure style. Give this one a try.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper hue to the appearance, and there was a respectable amount of head.

On the label it said the beer is made in belgian-style pale ale. Okay, but I found the beer to be a bit weak in the flavor for something that is supposed to be a pale ale.

Mouthfeel's just right. It doesn't feel too thin or too thick, and it's just what I expected out of a typical beer of this style, especially coming from Coors. I usually liked my pale ale a bit more long on the finish.

Overall, I definitely preferred this beer over Blue Moon's Honey Wheat beer. This one aligns itself more closely to the pale ale style than Honey Wheat ever will to its respective style.

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Photo of Jerone
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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 twiggamortis420
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle aggressively poured a very clear, light copper color with a huge cap of off-white head. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. If nothing else, this is an excellent looking brew.

Nose is toasty grains, a little bit musty and devoid of yeasty aromas...a BPA? I cant decipher the bottle dating, it is smudged...but either the beer misses the mark by a wide margin or it is an old sample. I am guessing the former, as the various 'Moon' incarnations have been unimpressive to say the least.

It is not a bad brew on the palate, the toasted malt and light wheat character add an interesting twist, it's just that this is waaay different than any Belgian Pale I have ever had. It seems like it would fare decently well in an Amber Ale category though. The yeast is very weak, barely adding even a modest fruit character...very un-belgian. Its a malt driven beer with a nice creamy body and adequate carbonation. I guess my scores reflect a combo of stylistic fit and plain ol a BPA it would get a D, but as an Amber Ale of some sort would probably get a B. I didnt have much difficulty finishing my 12 oz sample and we'll leave it at that.

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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 Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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 BigDRS
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A - Color is copper and very clear. Just a bit of off white head came up on the pour, but it quickly fell away. Very little carbonation visible except when I swirl the glass.

S - Pale malts with just a hint of citrus. The bottle says it's brewed with cascade hops and a touch of orange peel, so that's where the citrus must be coming from.

T - Basically the same as the nose with just a bit of a bready character. Relatively dry and crisp finish with a slight spice flavor at the very end.

M - Light to mid bodied. Decent amount of carbonation present.

O - Nothing stands out about this beer. I got this as part of a mixed six pack of "extra beer" from a friend after a party ... glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color. crystal clear. poor head retention. low carbonation.

smell is mild malty and sweetness.

taste is a good variety of malts. a little hop bitterness without any real flavor, and a crisp finish.

a light thin beer with a crisp finish. i suppose it could be called 'refreshing.'

a good beer. not very complicated, but its nice to see coors trying to make an ale and not look like fools doing it.

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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 woodychandler
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I know I keep promising about The CANQuest (TM), bottle be back to it soon, I swear!

From the bottle: "A Belgian-style pale ale crafted with a hint of wheat, orange peel, and hibiscus [!] for a perfectly balanced hop taste and smooth finish."; "Pale Moon is our unique take on a pale ale. It's crafted with a touch of wheat to offer an inviting hop taste with a smooth finish. Pale Moon is brewed with Cascade hops, European malts, and a touch of orange peel and hibiscus - all perfectly balanced in this copper-colored ale. Cheers!"

From the style description, in lieu of direction on the bottle: "They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the bottle." I did not see much (if any) yeast in the bottle, but I bore it in mind as I poured. I am pretty sure that this was filtered, but I was careful all the same, which resulted in mere wisps for head. Win some, lose some. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity ("CU -colored? Who they tryin' ta zoom?). Nose had a distinctive honey odor - could this be what the hibiscus was adding, if anything? Mouthfeel was actually pretty full, not outright creamy, but close. The taste was bland for all of the adjuncts that they mention. It was pale, all right, pale in flavor. I got a tea-like flavor in the mouth and whether it could be attributed to either the hibiscus or the hops, I do not know. Finish was grassy, somewhat tea-like, but just not a lot happening. This was not bad, just boring.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours near clear a deep amber with many small bubbles rising up to almost a finger of head. Impressive appearance considering the label.

Wheat, orange aroma. There is a hint of coriander, though not as strong or pungent as the Belgian White.

Smooth and crisp, the toasted malts are accompanied by what seems to be apple notes, ending in slight bitterness. The finish is mildly bitter and would be better complimented with more accentuated apple notes(?).

A decent beer. If Blue Moon products were sold at a price reflecting their quality they would be a constant in my fridge. I hope they lower the price a few dollars soon (yea, that’ll happen).

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Photo of Dodt
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

been a good while sine i had anything from the blue moon side of the people at coors.
poured from the bottle into a tulip glass .
appearance amber in color with a head that disappears quickly.
smell not to much of any discerning odor.
not a bad beer but not my cup o tea.

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

Pale Moon is a very clear, very sparkling, light amber ale with a sparse, off white head that quickly dissipates. It has a faint aroma of light grain and a little spice. There is a note of apple. It has a very lively medium light body with a slightly gritty finish. It's pretty lightly flavored and well balanced. There are some fruity esters and a little phenol. A botanical bitterness comes at the finish. I wouldn't go after one of these on purpose, but it's certainly a better option than most macro brews.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not a huge fan of the Blue Moon beers that I've had, but as I explain in my last review, a friend of mine (alas, not a beer guy) brought over a whole goddam twelve pack of Blue Moon products the other night and we have several left over. So, I decided I should review them. This is #2 of 3.

Pours a decent amber color with a relatively nice head that fades fast and leaves no lace. Nothing terrible about the appearance, but nothing noteworthy either. The nose is sort of sweet and hoppy, as if someone took a Blue Moon witbier and dumped some hops in the kettle. Kinda funky to be honest, almost strawberry-ish. The taste is just as bland as I'd expected. Flat and uninspired but with a noticeable hop presence. Very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is thin but it actually finishes nice and dry at the end.

Again, another very ordinary beer from Coors. The style suggests at least some complexity, but this beer, much like the Blue Moon flagship witbier, is dull and lacking of so many elements. A watery imposter.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.17/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack, only because I'd never had it. Worse than Blue Moon, and really devoid of any character whatsoever. Poured a decent copper color with minimal head. Not much going on aroma-wise, aside from a little malt. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with a little malt and some apple skins.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not impressed. Beer served in a snifter. This was 89 cents at the local store and I thought,'s probably worth my 89 cents. I was mistaken.

Beer is kind of red, with a white head and some lacing, redder than I thought but looks like beer.

Smells like nothing.

tastes like nothing. Beer is medium to light in body, really thin no flavors at all...nothing...HELLO!!!! Bargh! What a waste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a Belgium Pale Ale I really don't know if Blue Moon nailed this beer or not. I will say that this is a decent beer and worth a taste. The color was more amber and clear. There was not head and it did not lace (obviously). The nose was disappointing for me cuz I could not smell much of anything. Usually I like to smell some hop, pine, citrus, or something with my pales...but not here. The taste was decent...nicely balanced....and not "overly Belgiumie"....I am not a fan of Belgium style beers. Mouthfeel is good and definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of BrianBoruma
2.66/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Appearance: Finger thick head of white foam that dissipates after a few moments and does cling slightly to the side. Liquid is amber colored.

Aroma: Kind of disappointing. Was hoping for more. I get a bit of malt and that's it.

Taste: Malt. It's got some slight spice notes, which I'm guessing come from the addition of orange peel and hibiscus (according to the bottle anyway) but it's lighter than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel. Fuller than I expected. Decently carbonated, but doesn't finish as dry as I'd expect based on the addition of the candi sugar they mention (again from the bottle.)

Overall. Eh, I feel like for an American interpretation Fat tire wows me a bit more. This one isn't bad but overall I'm unimpressed.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.62/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend brought a six pack of this over recently, and a bottle was left over from that. Have had this beer several times over the years, but not in a long while, so might as well review it.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer pours a semi cloudy, bright orange, with a dull copper hue. A frizzy off white colored head rose, and faded, leaving minor spotty lacing. (remember this having a more creamy head, maybe that's draft)

S: Malty orange peel, sweet malted barley, apples, and sugar.

T: Sugary caramel, oranges, malt, and little metallic dirty penny bitterness that lends a dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly sticky in syrup kind of way, but crisp.

O: Have had my share of this a few years back, but now it gives me a headache, to be honest, not sure why. As a faux craft beer, it's average. As a Belgian Pale ale, it fails, imho. It has it's place though. As for me, when I see a non BA, or non-craft beer enthusiast drinking this, I see someone that knows there is flavor in beers beyond Adjunct lagers. Basically it's a gateway to better beer, imho, and for that, it has its place.

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

Poured light amber with tiny head and a fair bit of lacing. very clear in complexion.

the smell was yeast forward with a smidge of mild hops

The taste was similar to that of a diluted pseudo-belgian blue moon.

For a Coors offering, not bad and certainly way better than the crap they usually make. It is not as good as blue moon, and certainly not deserving of the title of Belgian pale ale. Pretty weak for the style, but not terrible overall.

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Photo of tbern007
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with small head, little lace. Some haziness to it.
S - yeasty, mild hops, mild grain.
T - yeast, grain, mild malt, like a wheat, pale ale, yeast mixture.
M & D - not that fanastic. Mild and bland in general. Drinkable on a hot day but of all the brews out there, this isn't anywhere near a must have for anyone.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked JUN0611-DO5102219. Sampled on March 27, 2011. Its amber-copper color is about right for a standard pale ale but I was hoping for something with less clarity. Caramel malts and maybe a dash of clove are evident in the aroma with a slight touch of yeast toward the back. The body comes in at around medium. Sweet malts prevail in the taste rather than the wheat, spices, and yeast elements I have come to associate with this style. But there is a slight hop bite at the end.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium amber in color and rich white head. There's a LOT of carbonation.

S - Biscuity amber malts with a light amount of orange and lemon peel in the back.

T - Smooth, little carbonation bite on it. Toasty malts and a fruit zest throughout the drink. Finishes relatively dry, maybe a little from the hops.

M - Lighter side of moderate mouthfeel.

D - Drinks nicely-very sessionable, it's thinner for a pale ale, but it's nice. I'm not sure how it's a Belgian pale in style though...

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Photo of jera1350
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.22 out of 5 based on 1,085 ratings.
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