Blue Moon “Harvest Pumpkin” Pumpkin Ale (2011)

Blue Moon “Harvest Pumpkin” Pumpkin Ale comes in at 5.7% ABV.

I poured some of a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: A hearty pour left a finger of off-white thinish head that pretty quickly dissolved into some noticeable but small lacing. The color is a bright red/orange that is fairly clear. There is some very thin haziness noticeable with moderate carbonation bubbles.

Smell: This smells of light toasted malt, and light fresh vegetal pumpkin. There is also some of the traditional pumpkin-pie spice in the smell. I get clove, allspice, and nutmeg, with nutmeg being the most prominent.

Taste: The flavor is, well, modest. There is a bit of sweetness up front, and some pretty light pumpkin flavor that follows. The spicing is the most noticeable feature on the taste, giving the standard pumpkin pie spice profile. The finish is a bit dry, and leaves a light aftertaste of toasted malt.

Feel: This beer is medium bodied, with light to medium carbonation. It is not syrupy and thick, nor is it as light as water. It is sort of middle of the road here.

Drinkability: This beer is low in ABV, and has some decent carbonation to make it refreshing for a drink on the porch during a warmer fall day. (Or, let’s be real, it could work OK for a day in late July when this beer hits market!)

Overall: I don’t have great things to say about this beer, though it is not real bad either. Out of the bigger production pumpkin beers (like Michelob’s Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, Shock Top’s Pumpkin Wheat, and Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale), I like it the best. A lot of this is because of its drinkability, matched with its modest and not too muddy flavors. The spices aren’t unique, but they aren’t overwhelming either. For that, I’d go for this over the other big producers.

Overall Rating: *1/2

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