Review: Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Brewing

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Blue Moon Brewing Co. — Golden, CO

  • Style:  Vegetable Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • Alcohol: 5.7% ABV
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "A pumpkin ale crafted with autumn's bounty of vine-ripened pumpkin and flavors of cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Then brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish.”  — Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Blue Moon's beers are widely available and they always offer a seasonal brew. Just the other day, I noticed their Winter Abbey Ale in the grocery store. However, this blog doesn't touch Yule brews until at least November. I'm tasting Harvest Pumpkin Ale as part of my Great Pumpkin Beer Roundup.

The tasting:  Copper in color, clear, with a off white head that dissipated very slowly. It's a nice looking beer. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of nutmeg and clove that dominate as the beer warms up. The nutmeg and clove return and are at the forefront in flavor. It has a light, slightly sweet caramel malt base and a bit of Belgian "fruitiness". It has minimal hop bitterness and alcohol is noticeable in the middle.  It's light bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with spicy nutmeg and clove.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  This isn't a bad beer, but I wasn't overly impressed. Should you drink this beer? It depends on your next best alternative. If this is one of the few (or only) options available to you, I recommend you give it a try. It is pumpkin season, after all! However, if you have other gourd-beer options (which may include others in the Great Pumpkin Beer Roundup), I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

Have you tried Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale?  What are your favorite pumpkin brews?

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