In this blog, we are doing the last one from Blue Moon Brewing Company. The beer is Harvest Pumpkin Ale, which is their Fall Seasonal. If you read my blog on their Summer Seasonal, we are pretty much up to speed with the brewery. I will not bore you with the history again. If you have not read it, please go back to read the first part of that post. Let us get into the beer.
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale is their seasonal six-pack and twelve pack bottles. It is also part of their fall sampler twelve pack bottles. It has a deep dark copper color without a head on the beer. The smell to the beer is a cinnamon and a ton of nutmeg and a slight pumpkin. The taste is a cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little pumpkin. The aftertaste is a little wheat to yeast to this fall seasonal. It is drinkable.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
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.
Here is a description from their website (www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com):
In 1995, we crafted our first autumn seasonal—Pumpkin Ale. At the time, Oktoberfest beers were in high demand. For our version, we wanted to create a beer that was a little different than what was already out there and complemented the season by highlighting the flavors we’ve all grown to love during this time. It was so popular that it became the first nationally available pumpkin ale. Harvest Pumpkin Ale, as it’s called now, is crafted with pumpkin and spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice for a taste you’ll want to fall right into.
Available in 12-oz. bottles, 6-pack, 12-pack, Draft
Ingredients and Profile
Malts: Munich, Caramel
Our Twist: Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Allspice
Original Gravity: 15º Plato
Appearance: Deep amber-colored ale with brilliant clarity and a rich, white head.
Aroma: Very complex aroma consisting of malty spice notes.
Taste: The taste starts out with assertive malty notes and is quickly balanced with the right amount of harvest spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. There’s a small amount of bitterness to keep the malt sweetness from building up.
Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied ale with just enough carbonation to balance the rich caramel character.
Finish: Finishes with a smooth, clean malt and spice taste. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt gradually fade.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter: there is no twitter address
In closing, being one of the first Pumpkin Ales, it does not mean that it is a good beer. It is a drinkable beer but this is a really bad beer. I had several different Pumpkin Ales so far this season and this is at the bottom of the list. I am not saying it because it is made from a mass beer company. I just gave them credit in a few post earlier. This beer is really bad and you can find it everywhere. I know for a fact if you do want to try, which I will suggest it, that you could find it for a pretty good price in a bar or where beer is sold down at the store level. I just want to hear your thoughts on this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser