Carton Pumpkin Cream Ale
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
There are pumpkin based flavors that are not pumpkin pie. With this in mind we set out to make an autumnal beer in the pumpkin tradition that wasn’t simply a spiced beer using the usual pie-spice blend. Looking to enhance the pumpkin’s flavors, we roasted its meat touched with orange oil, pink peppercorns and candied ginger. We added this to the mash of our high gravity ream ale recipe. The result is a rich bodied ale, its creaminess teased by the peppercorns heat, that presents the flavors of pumpkin while notes of orange zest and a sweet ginger bite tame the vegetal dryness. Drink Pumpkin Cream Ale because there are spices on the shelf behind the nutmeg.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2210) - - SEP 21, 2013
Draft. Dark gold with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is indistinct but has vague pumpkin notes. Taste adds some citrus and spice. Nice creamy mouthfeel. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5781) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Draft at Haymaker. Hazy orange pour. White head and heavy lacing. Strongly vegetal and alcohol aroma. Some ginger notes. Taste is much the same. No sweetness, vegetal, earthy bitterness, and noticeable alcohol. Smooth, creamy feel. Solid beer, but I would have preferred if the ABV was less noticeable in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (3225) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2016
12oz can thanks to Bob! Pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy finger of white head. Aroma of grain, pumpkin flesh, vanilla cream, orange citrus, and a hint of ginger. Taste is much the same, but the orange and ginger are more prominent. Finishes grassy, with some spicy ginger on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a very hazy pale golden orange color that’s more straw/yellow-hued with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Surprisingly good retention for high ABV and serving style with streaks of soapy lacing clinging to the glass. Color is much lighter than expected for a pumpkin beer. Strong lactic cream presence in the aroma along with pumpkin pie filling, very prominent zesty citrus and peppery spice. Lots of coriander and white pepper along with some ginger and sweet orange peel. Pumpkin is in there but pretty subtle with only faint autumnal spice notes. Most of the pumpkin beer character is overpowered by the citrus, pepper and lactose. Smells more like a cream-witbier hybrid. Full bodied with creamy texture and a crisp, peppery bite that lingers over the lactic creaminess, sweet citrus and pumpkin into a dry finish. Definitely has more of a cream ale flavor profile than a traditional pumpkin beer. Wouldn’t have even guessed that pumpkin was in there if I didn’t know. Strong lactose sweetness/creaminess followed by pepper, coriander and ginger. Underneath, there’s some bready yeast with prominent citrus zest in the finish, especially orange pith. . Little to no autumnal spices that are typically associated with the style. Still, this is a pretty flavorful beer with nice cream ale characteristics. I was just expecting a bit more pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (1438) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Interesting touch of hops for a pumpkin and an ale. Almost belies the name. Smooth. Can

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2014
on draft at EBF, another novelty huge cream ale. This one was light in pumpkin flavor, not much for spices, but the alcohol burn was there. Ok but I couldnt drink more than the sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (5916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On tap at Pour house on a couple occasions. Pours clearish orange gold with very small head. Pumpkin is pretty light, mostly get some bready malt and flowery hops. Lots of nutmeg/ginger spice in this offering, wasn’t offensive but wish it was more of a cream ale like the name implied. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (1686) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Cloudy gold with lasting foamy lacy white head; aroma is light with a hint of pumpkin spice; Flava is slightly sweet and bitter with notes of spice and gourd; feels medium and slightly fizzy; finishes dry and bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (5474) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is spicy hops, spice, citrus, and pepper. Taste is certainly not pumpkin. It is rather bitter. There is some cream ale up in there, but mostly, this is just a hoppy strong ale. Alcohol is rather well-covered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
on tap-white-yellow/gold. A-sweet lt malt. T-sweet lt malt, 2nd spice hops, but not pumpkin character.

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