From Halloween to Thanksgiving, nothing screams the fall season like pumpkins. And Harvest Moon from Blue Moon Brewing (Coors Brewing) has joined the party with it’s Pumpkin Ale flavor. It’s a seasonal beer of Coors that is available from early September through late November. Blue Moon brewery is best known for its wheat-style Belgian white, commonly referred to solely as "Blue Moon," and often accompanied by a squeeze of orange. In addition to the Wheat Ale, Honey Moon Summer Ale and Blue Moon Winter Ale, the Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is the brewery's fourth distinct beer style. I had to try.
As I poured the beer into my glass I noticed that it had a nice amber/copper color to it and it looked pretty bubbly. I was hopping that the Pumpkin Ale was just as satisfying as my favorite which is the Belgian White flavor. The taste carried stronger pumpkin and spice elements throughout than Harvest Moon, perfectly balancing the two sensations. The sweet, malty character proved to be a perfect opening for a not too sweet, but just right blend of pumpkin, spice, and actual beer flavors, which arose in the middle of the swallow. While the pumpkin character was stronger, the spices were also more complex, with a definite hint of nutmeg and cinnamon.
All in all, this is a real crowd-pleaser for the football + holiday season, so what are you waiting for? Make this brew your favorite tonight!