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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Pumpkin Spice Ale
It finally happened. Jerry made a pumpkin beer. He hates pumpkin beers. Good thing this is the best pumpkin beer in the whole damn universe. A healthy dose of gourd-flesh in the mash and a bit more in the boil pair well with the spice-sac we dangled in at the end of the boil. Some gentle German hops help bitter up and balance out this ale. Suck the flesh. Pumpkin flesh.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ContemplateBeer (1782) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Aroma of fresh pumpkin, light nutmeg and other spices. Appearance is caramel/amber with bone head. Flavor matched the nose; the finish came off as a bitter/spiced combo. Palate was bubbly and soft. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18948) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
27th April 2015
Euston Tap. Keg. Hazy deep amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth and a little soft with decent fine carbonation. Smooth sweetish dark malts, some creamy sweetness. Mellow cinnamon and cloves. Mild fruity pumpkin. Light semi dry finish. A mellow Pumpkin beer, and the better for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (3323) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Tap at the Bottle Shop. Dark brown with a minimal head and aromas of barrel and faintly marmalade. Lightly toffeed and fruity, dry-sweet with a faint tart edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15643) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
On tap at Bottle Shop London. Deep ruby colour lasting tan head. Pumpkin spice aroma. Then what is the base beer? A kind of american ruby ale. Some fruity malt but itís still quite light. Fruity and spicy. Quite a tasty blend. Some sweetness from the abv. Actually one of the better pumpkin beers I have had recently. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3029) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear very dark brown, tiny rim head, no lace. Maybe this is a pumpkin beer, maybe itís not. Taste is toasty malt going in, complemented by assertive edgy rough bittering on the swallow, and then a bit of pumpkin without the spice. As it fades there is the lightest bit of spice. A solid rough-bark brew that works especially well on a cold evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Growler: Nearly clear, deep red-brown with a small, off white cap. Pumpkin, coffee and wood smoke aroma. Flavour is roasty pumpkin, coffee malt, earthy spice. Wonderful....the coffee works beautifully with the pumpkin..... Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Tap @ Against The Grain: Brown-ish body with a ruby tint; very dark, semi-clear & topped with an off-beige collar around the edges. Mild aroma of toasted grains, light cocoa dust, & some caramel-like malt. Honestly not much pumpkin in the aroma, almost smells more like an original brown ale. Taste has some pumpkin spice, though. Gummy cocoa notes & toffee malts with a hint of gingerbread, clove, & faint cinnamon. Finish is mostly toasted malt with a light bit of earthy bitterness. Makes for a decent brown ale but the pumpkin spice is not prominent enough for a "pumpkin spice ale".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1786) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2014
draft that poured a medium brown color with off white head. the smell of pumpkin, smoke and coffee of all things. nice aroma of pumpkin though very pleasant. the flavor is more of the same nice pumpkin flavor with a touch of smoke and coffee. very rounded and tasteful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (6898) - Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft to taster at AtG. Looks good; a fairly opaque brown with sticky off-white lacing. Smells and tastes like pumpkin and hops with some coffee in there (which throws off the balance a bit). Average on the palate. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4869) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap in a sampler glass. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and light chocolate malts, a little pumpkin and spice, and some floral hops. Flavor a nice blend of everything without too much pumpkin. Average texture. A pretty good pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
On tap at brewpub
Finishing up with a bonus pint I had to try this based on the name alone. The result was not disappointing at all. It might be one of the better regional pumpkin beers I have tried. A good balance between sweetness and earthiness makes it hard to put down.

Aroma / Appearance - Long spindly legs sweep downwards after an aggressive swirl. The yellowed head floats like flecks of newspaper. Underneath a chocolate brown base sits idly. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and other fall spices sweeten the air. The base that holds it all together is charred pie crust.

Flavor / Palate - Pumpkin, coffee, nutmeg, and allspice rolls across the tongue. The dry roasted finish hangs like seeds on the back of the throat. This was my favorite and a beer worth returning to if it ever is brewed again.

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