Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States
millercoors.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
1,091
pDev:
19.29%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
161
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Ratings: 1,091 |  Reviews: 222
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of BEER88
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam on the house.

Smell: Simple, humble pale malts with bits of caramel and bread. Mild whiff of citrus hops alongside a drop of orange oil. Meager hint of hibiscus.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly toasty and lightly sweet caramel. A mild flavor of hibiscus -- a stern reminder of the herbal-blend tea bags I always get around to dead last in the assortment box (maybe today will be the day for them). Citrusy touch of orange peel, but also from the use of Cascade hops. Light bitterness. The final half is a mix of light floral, fruity, toasty maltiness hints. Finishes smooth but quick. At no point did I clearly detect any distinct yeast-derived esters or characteristic phenols. Huh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing here particularly cries "Belgian!" However, it's reasonably likable and certainly more enjoyable than most of the mundane product Coors shuffles out the door.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Jason
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the neck of the bottle.

Bubbly lace on top of a completely clear brassy amber liquid. Ripe orchard fruit of apples an pears, wild herbs and a hint of sweet biscuits round out the nose. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Wet maltiness, toasty with a slight tiny sugary note. Very fruity ... of fallen orchard fruit. Peppery alcohol, dry biscuity finish.

A half decent try at the mid-range pale ales of Belgium. Its tried to be some where between Fat Tire and De Koninck and Palm Ale but lands somewhere else.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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 orangesol
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle.

The pour is glowing almond amber, under a light tan head.

Head goes to a very thin film, thin collar and some fine slippery lacing.

Dull fruity nose, with just a hint of yeastyness.

Malt up front, mildly hopped and with some continuing floral qualities and light yeast. Barely “Belgian” in character, tastes more like a Coors like take on a very mild winter warmer.

Drinkable yes, with enough sweetness to use in the proverbial marinade for chicken or pork. Would work as an entry level beer for Belgian newbies looking to get their feet wet with a non intimidating new kinda beer.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing my Blue Moon Winter variety pack. Damn, it's been a while... This stuff pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, biscuit, light greens, and a touch of orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the greens are joined by strong grass and light pine needles to form a gang of bittering hooligans that mess with the already kinda so-so status quo. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pedestrian BPA at best, one that tries too hard to be all Belgain-y and pale ale-y without actually succeeding much at either.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.82/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear amber hue with a quickly fleeting weak off white head with fine sporadic lacing not much for the eye let us smell. Aromtatics are better than expected with some hops flowing mild citrus notes and a very one dimensional artificial sweetness. Flavor is pretty weak with a touch of sweetness and blend of terrible spices, very weak and I wanna be a craft brew but I'm not feel can't really tolerate this brew. Mouthfeel is thin and weak with a horrible spice up after taste, drinkability as a whole rates very low in my book. I'm glad I bought a single to sample this sorry excuse for a Belgian pale.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of NickThePyro
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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 RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Apr 05 10 stamped on the neck - poured into tulip glass:

Pours a bright, clear, reddish orange-ish copper with a thin white head that becomes a thin layer of swirl. Some uneven lacing sticks.

The smell has a "Blue Moon" character with floral notes (from hibiscus), a slice of orange peel and a light citric note (presumably from the Cascade hops that states on the label on the neck).

The taste is grainy with some light caramel. There is a blandness to it. They might as well have used cluster hops rather than cascade in the flavour, as they are so subdued... Cascade hops in a "Belgian-style"...well, it's not traditional, but it is an international world, and may have worked well, but here they don't really do much. There is a spiciness to it...
but there is also a wet-cardboard-ish character in the finish.

Light-bodied,carbonated - more prickly than effervescent.

Well - it's a far cry from "Belgian-style". There are mild, "session" Belgian-styles - this is not one of them. It's not "bad", just has a certain blandness, and might appeal somewhat to macro drinkers who have not had true Belgian beers ... but there are mild, sessionable Belgians and Belgian-styles with more character...

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Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Eziel
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A copper colored pour with an off white head around 3/5" deep. Aroma of belgian yeast, relatively clean, mild grain notes. Hops hidden.

Taste, lots of carbonation noticeable, I guess that is more of a mouth feel thing, but nonetheless, the most obvious flavor is that of the phenolic yeast, its not so heavy on the spice rack, but big on the band aids. Mild toasted bread malt impact.

I can drink these, but I wouldn't want to or look for it.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 1,091 ratings