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Beer Review: Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

October 9, 2007

pumpkinale.jpgI spotted this a week or so ago while walking through a Publix. I’m not a big fruit-in-beer kind of guy, and their Honey Moon Summer Ale was a disappointment, but I love Blue Moon so much I thought I’d give this a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. First, here is what Coors had to say about their Pumpkin Ale:

From the 6 pack packaging:

A unique amber ale handcrafted with the flavors of fall, including vine-ripened pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.

From the bottle neck:

This amber-colored, naturally flavored ale is brewed only in autumn and combines the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin and spices with traditional crystal malt.

And now on to the tasting…

The Pour
This pours with a nice ruby-tinged amber color. I gave it a vigorous pour to see what kind of head it produced, and it gave me a high fluffy head with loose bubbles. It didn’t really lace the glass….the head seemed to slide around on the glass as one unit, as opposed to falling apart and lacing as it slid down the glass.

The Nose
On first sniff this smells like a typical amber ale. Nice hops, though the malt definitely takes center stage. Deeper sniffs, however, brought out subtle hints of the cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Quite pleasant.

The Taste
The first sip was interesting. It took another couple of swallows to get a feel for the brew. The pumpkin flavor is evident more as a sweetness than a definitive pumpkin taste. There’s just a tinge of spices, lurking in the finish. It is easy to go overboard spicing a brew like this, so the understatement was appreciated. By the 4th or fifth swallow I was really enjoying this beer. It seemed to have a smooth, round mouthfeel and a clean finish.

Overall
This is a tasty fall seasonal ale. It’s sweeter than a regular amber ale, thanks to the pumpkin. Nicely crafted. Enjoy this if you’re looking for a slightly different way to usher in the cool, crisp days of autumn.

Recommended: Yes, it’s a nice way to get in the spirit of fall.
Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack
ABV: 5.6%
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Beer Review: Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale

July 16, 2007

I picked this up to review because I just love Blue Moon more and more every time I try it. I wanted to like this beer, I really did…..but I just didn’t love it. Let me tell you about the brew. According to the bottle, this is an ale brewed with honey and orange peel. It also says it has the “fresh flavor of orange peel and real honey with pale malt and malted white wheat”. This beer was the winner of the Specialty Honey Lager or Ale at the Great American Beer Festival: 2006.  Here’s what I thought…

The Pour
This poured with a nice medium thickness head. It seemed quite pillowy and creamy. The beer looks quite carbonated, with plenty of bubbles rising quickly to the surface for a long period of time. The color matches the color of the honey in the beer. A rich golden honey color.

The Nose
Smells promising…something like a regular Blue Moon but with a touch of honey. Nice wheat and spice in the aroma.

The Taste
The first thing I noticed is that this is quite a carbonated brew. In fact, this may be the  beer’s downfall. The honey is noticeable and definitely present in the finish, but I didn’t notice any orange flavor, or really much of anything else. I think the overcarbonation just hid the flavor profiles. There should have been so much more to this beer, but there just wasn’t. The carbonation hid everything.

Overall
Overall, I thought this tasted more like Coors brewed it than the regular Blue Moon does. I was surprised when I first learned Coors brews Blue Moon because I think it’s a darn fine beer. This, however, is just an ordinary beer, brewed by a big beer brewery/factory with the tastes of the lowest common denominator in mind. No adventure or risk-taking in the brewing of this beer.

Recommended: Don’t waste your money on this
Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack
ABV: Unknown

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Beer Review: Blue Moon

January 11, 2007

Blue MoonBeing a beer snob, I generally turn my nose up at anything put out by the major brewers: Coors, Miller, Bud, etc. But before I was fully entrenched in my snobbery, I tried Blue Moon, not realizing it was a Coors product. I tried it on my beer buddy Mobelly’s recommendation, and I have to say it earned a soft, wheaty spot in my heart.

Blue Moon is a belgian-style white beer. The beer poured to a cloudy orange-copper color. The cloudiness comes from the unfiltered nature of this ale. The color can only be called extremely appropriate, as I smelled orange before my nose even neared the glass.

On the pour I notice a medium head that seems to last a good long while.

The nose, once I got past the orange, also had a nice wheat bread dough aroma to it. I thought it had a very smooth mouthfeel to it, with mild carbonation, though I did think it could have been fuller bodied. I tasted wheat bread dough and orange in the beer. Some people like this accompanied by a slice of orange. I tried it once, but I much prefer it standing alone. I think this is a great introduction to wheat as an ingredient in beer.

There are other spice notes in the beer, but spices are my weak point….I have a hard time identifying distinct spices in beers or foods, for some reason.

This beer says it is bottled by Blue Moon Brewing Co., but this is really a Coors product. I think it is, overall, a nice change of pace from the usual, and a great summertime, or even springtime, beer. Very refreshing and light. I think it’s a good introduction to wheat-type beers. It’s subtle enough to get you used to the idea without being so overpoweringly wheaty as to turn you off of them forever.

Recommended: Definitely
Price: I paid $6.79 for a six-pack
ABV: 5.4%

Awards:

  • 1996 World Beer Championship silver medalist, White Beer category
  • 1997 World Beer Championship silver medalist, White Beer category
  • 1995 World Beer Championship gold medalist, White Beer category
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