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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Pumpkin Ale is pumpkin pie in a bottle. Skip the pie after dinner and just have a couple of these! An American Amber Ale flavored with all those fall spices we love!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of dkachur. Pours clear dark amber with a 2 finger thick beige head. The nose is pumpkin, spice and malt. The taste is nutmeg, cinnamon, candied fruit and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is great Ė thick and creamy. Nice Pumpkin Beer. Not as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but itís up there and the mouthfeel is better. Thanks for sending this my way Dan!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle, thanks to ksurkin. Pours copper, with an off white head. Aroma is like pumpkin pie...pumpkin and spices. Also has some caramel. Flavor is like a liquid pumpkin pie. Rich and tasty, but not too heavy as to be overwhelming. The best pumpkin brew Iíve tasted. Beautiful stuff. Need more....

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours clear copper in color with thin tan head. Aroma sweet, pumpkin and spicy. Taste pumpkin, cinnamon, spice and sweet malt with dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Draft: Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and orange aroma in good proportions. Amber orange color, clear, headless. It tastes sweet for the style, but only a bit cloying. Orange, clove, and cherries are present. Subdued mushroom and pumpkin finish. When warmed to near room temperature, the sweetness comes into better balance, while the pumpkin flavor really comes to life, escorted by vanilla. Itís a much better beer warm. One of the best pumpkin ales Iíve had. Of course, that isnít saying a whole lot.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Serving: Draft. Appearance: Brownish copper color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Aroma: Heavy with pumpkin spice, especially mace, and a touch of vanilla. Taste: Similar to the nose with notes of cardamon, mace, cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel. It actually all works together quite well without being overwhelming. Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a medium, pumpkin spice finish. Overall: Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers Iíve had. I think they hit the mark pretty well with this one.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 TOP OF THE HEAP! This is my flat out favorite pumpkin this season. You KNOW that this is the real deal when you smell it. This beer is made with roasted cut pumpkin, not pumpkin flavor, not pumpkin extract, but the REAL stuff. The pour is a bright autumn orange with a creamy dense head that maintains a consistent thickness all the way down. The aroma is of mild spices, and big sweet carmelized gourd. The flavor is big on bready toasty malts, hints of caramel, and the slightly burnt sugars of the roasted pumpkin. The spices are there, but no where near the intensity of some other brews that try to mimic a Thanksgiving pie. They compliment the sweetness of the fruit and malt by adding a special earthy nature in conjunction with the hops. The potency of the flavors in this ale, along with its dense mouthfeel make a perfect dessert beer in my book. I only hope I can find more of it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1409) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours brownish-orange with a thin off-white head. Strong pumpkin pie aroma as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Noticeable cinnamon flavor upfront with pumpkin pie flavor underneath. If you are a fan of pumpkin beers this is the one you have been waiting for. In my opinion Southern Tier Pumpking is too sweet whereas this avoids that. Iím amazed at how much flavor is packed into this beer. Williamsburg AleWerks just may be one of the best kept secrets around right now. This is another fantastic addition to their lineup.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5229) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 Bottle. Strong copper colored pour with a short, dense off-white head. Aroma is strong pumpkin pie notes, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), sweet malt, and candied notes. Taste is pumpkin pie with whipped cream, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sweet malts, candied yams, and brown sugar. Body is medium and creamy with a dense carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie, brown sugar, candied yams, clove, light nutmeg and ginger, with hints of vanilla and light caramel. Very tasty stuff! A winner!

Cask at Green Leafe on Scotland Street on 10-01-2010. Orange copper pour with only sparse bubble for head. Per Geoff at AleWerks and per his tweet, this is in a real wooden cask. Aroma is gingerbread, pumpkin pie, sweet malt, brown sugar and spices. Taste is pure pumpkin pie in a gingerbread crust with light cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and brown sugar. Body is medium but with soft carbonation and a pleasant slickness, thanks to the cask conditioning. Finishes with more pumpkin pie, gingerbread, spices and brown sugar. I had three pints of this on cask. So, yeah, I liked it!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Aroma: Fills the room with roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Appearance: Pours amber in color with a small tan head Flavor: Pumpkin pie! need I say more? Palate: Medium bodied with a lingering finish. Overall: An outstanding pumpkin beer. Kudos to Chuck and Geoff for another great offering from Alewerks!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear vibrant reddish copper color with a thin head. Not so great head retention and lacing. Rich, inviting aroma of pumpkin spices, primarily nutmeg but a hint of cinnamon and clove. Notes of pumpkin, caramel and apple. Taste is caramel, pumpkin, apple, citrus and a nice spice profile of cinnamon and nutmeg. A fair amount of vanilla in the finish. Smooth and medium bodied. Sweet overall with a bit of spiciness and a faint tartness. This is a damn good pumpkin beer.

The 2010 vintage is a bit stronger and sweeter, but still has nice balance, a nice spice mix, and is still pretty damn good. No score updates.

OH. MY. GOD. The 2012 vintage is fucking amazing. More toasted notes this year, vanilla, pumpkin, perfect level of spice. Seriously, theyíve hit a home run with this beer this year. Old score was 8/3/9/4/17. Taste is going up, as is palate, as is overall. This is now a top 10 beer for me.


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