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Bristol Venetucci Pumpkin Ale

Bristol Venetucci Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
We propose a toast to Nick and Bambi Venetucci. Over the six decades that they ran their family farm, they gave away literally millions of pumpkins to school children all across the Springs. Just before he died, Nick made plans to donate the farm to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, that it might be preserved forever as a rich community resource. And, yes, so that hundreds of children wouldn't go empty-handed each fall. The Venetuccis taught us to give back. That's why 100% of the profits from this beer will go to support their farm. So enjoy this subtly spiced, malty treat. And here's to Nick and Bambi, and the great legacy of generosity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5077) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear copper. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and toasted malts. Flavor matches the aroma and is malt-forward with good spice notes. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4691) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Draft at the brewpub. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like dry spices, roasted pumpkin, sweet malt, some vanilla, and cinnamon. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, booze, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (1377) - - MAR 7, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2015 Bomber, 2015 vintage. Subtle spice aroma with hints of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pours orange-amber with a thin white head with poor retention and very little lacing. Starts with sweet pumpkin flavors with the aforementioned spices in the background. Finishes smooth with the spices becoming more prominent especially the nutmeg. Still good, but less pumpkiny than I remembered. 3/7/13: 2011 vintage cellared for about a year. Aroma is pumpkin with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is pumpkin and the previously mentioned spices that are very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bomber from Doodler, brought out by Ratman in his luggage for me! Nose is heavy nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin. Clear medium rust brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is light bitterness mixed with a very spicy pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9256) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Mark for the bottle! Dark reddish brown pour with nice fluffy white head, dissipates pretty quickly however. Aroma brought nice notes of toasted pumpkin, slight cinnamon, ginger, hints of earth, grain, nice vanilla, cracker, nice smelling brew! Taste is a nice mix of pumpkin, vanilla, cracker, nice caramel, toffee notes in there as well with a slight ginger, cinnamon that balances instead of overtakes. This is some nicely done stuff, probably my favorite out of Bristol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UncleKorm (1223) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bomber bottle poured an amber hue w/ a large tan head. Aromas of vanilla, pumpkins, and spices. Tastes of pumpkins, vanilla soda, and various spices, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, etc. Spice is the dominate flavor w/ a taste of real roasted pumpkin notes in the finish. While it has a pleasant taste the spice level is such that you will taste the beer, enjoy it, but move on to something else to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle:   Deep amber, strong copper hues, moderate off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Spicy nose, lots of pumpkin up front, pumpkin pie, with a soft nutmeg and cinnamon background.   Similar on the tongue, slightly mealy, malty, not too strong or too soft.   Lots of pumpkin like flavors, spices are a little neutral.   As it warms the spices come out a bit more, but they dont get any stronger on the tongue.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Lingering pumpkin pie like flavors.   Reminds me of the first time I had Pumpkin, yet more subtle.   Doesnt seem fake, seems like a good representation of the style.   Thanks Austin for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13272) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, clove, allspice, cinnamon and light pumpkin. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cove, allspice, cinnamon and light pumpkin with a smooth lingering spiced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2010
From a Venetucci Pumpkin Ale glass (really, just your basic brit pint glass with the íVPAí logo). A good friend said, "Itís like sticking your nose in a pumpkinís ass." He wasnít far off. The pumpkin dominates, but there is also spicy cinnamon and corriander and especially nutmeg. Maybe some vanilla in there. Not much head to speak of. Color is brown with hints of garnet. Mouthfeel is a slightly bitter to balance the sweet, medium to light bodied. Taste is the nose profile all over again. Best of the pumpkin bunch of ales and lagers that hit the shelves this time of year. This is almost more of an event than a release here locally.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skubieco (1) - USA - OCT 30, 2010 does not count
Aroma on this beer is simply amazing. My nose was tickled with nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and earthy raw pumpkin. As close as you can get to fresh pumpkin pie in the in a glass. Poured out clear deep red amber with about one finger off-white head. The taste was a subdued version of the aroma. Nothing is too overpowering or offensive, perhaps a touch light on the palate and hint too much nutmeg. Venetucci is an excellent pumpkin ale even for those who donít really like pumpkin ales.

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