One thing I really enjoy about fall is a good pumpkin ale. While checking out the beer selection at the local store down the street, I found that they only offered 2 seasonal ales. They had New Belgium Hoptober, and Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Blue Moon Brewing (Coors Brewing).
Since I’ve yet to try Harvest Moon, I’d thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s a seasonal beer of Coors that is available from early September through late November.
I cracked open the bottle and poured with interest in what Coors created. I poured straight down the middle and it had a nice layer of head that didn’t stick around too long. There was very little lacing left on the glass though.
The beer did have a nice amber/copper color to it, but it looked pretty bubbly. I was hoping I wasn’t going to be disappointed.
Smelling Harvest Moon I was caught a little off guard. I was expecting a pumpkin ale smell with different spices, but instead I got a very sweet apple cider smell. On the bottle it lists the flavors as pumpkin, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. I could barely make out the pumpkin smell over the cider aroma, and was left a little disappointed.
I figured that there was still time for the taste to redeem it, right? Wrong.
This was a pretty weak attempt at a pumpkin ale. I am sure Coors wanted a beer that wasn’t all that different in flavor from Coors Light, but come on. The taste was weak. It was like mixing a Coors light and apple cider together with just a tad bit of pumpkin.
The taste wasn’t horrible, just not good at all. The worst part was the after taste, which lingered longer than a teenage girl at a Justin Beiber autograph signing. I am left thinking about what beer I should drink now to get the taste out of my mouth.
I’d suggest staying away from this beer unless it’s your only option.
My Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale Review: C
Here are the details:
Style: Pumpkin Ale
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