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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Rich, hearty and full-flavored, just in time for Indian summer, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Brewed with real pumpkin and spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, which are added to the wort to create a unique beer in celebration of the harvest season.


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1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
pastout (27) - Windber, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2002
This beer had zreo smell or tatste of pumpkin or spices. It was cloudy and quite below average.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8593) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Yellow amber pour in glass with decent head. Nose and taste is lightly spiced. Taste a little too dry. Some cereals. Rated 7/1/02

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Gold with a nice white head. Pumpkiny nose and body make this one enjoyable. Some more malt backbone would have been nice, but there’s a spicy pumpkin pie feel to this that makes it enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerdedone (2663) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours orange\amber with a dcent white head. aroma of of pumkin pie and spices. The flavor is sweet, cinnamon, pumpkin pie-like, and carbonated. Good body, drinkable, but average.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Crooked River Pumpkin Harvest Ale pours to a beautiful, bright orange color with a nice white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is wonderful on this beer. Spicy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg marry with a backdrop of sweet malt. The palate is crisp with flavors of sweet malt and a good underpinning of meaty/squashy pumpkin flavor. This beer finishes with more malt and pumpkin flavors up front, then ends with a pleasing cinnamon and nutmeg spicy finish that slightly lingers. This is a delicious beer, and is akin to drinking liquid pumpkin pie. There is a really nice balance of spice and pumpkin flavor, but more so on the spice side. While you can really taste the pumpkin in this beer, the liquid pumpkin pie effect makes this version of pumpkin ale, and ideal candidate for a desert beer. Of course this beer is a natural with a big slice of pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream. It would also work well with pumpkin cheese cake, and pumpkin ice cream. This beer is great by itself, and it is the perfect brew to sip of a cool Fall afternoon watching a football game, or the beer to enjoy after an afternoon of yard work. Seek this beer out if it is in your market, and while supplies last.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jeffin7, thanks Jeff!) Very lightly spiced for a pumpkin beer. If I did a blind tasting with other pumpkin beers, I’d insist someone snuck in a golden ale. It’s lightly flavored in general, but as such, the bready, somewhat sweet maltiness dominates because there’s not much else here. Yeah, there’s some subtle spiciness, nutmeg and ginger I think, but it’s not the first thing you notice.Bready aroma dominates the nose, again with subtle spices offering a very mild complement. Light golden color and slightly hazy in appearance. Pours a very small head and by the time I walked from my kitchen to my computer, all that remained was a tiny rim around the edge of the glass. Lace is a 4-letter word to this beer. Overall, it’s not a bad beer, just not what I expected. I’m hard pressed to call this a pumpkin beer, but rather a bready golden ale with some very light spiciness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4771) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Hazy orange coloured body with an orange tint and a nice tan head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, metal, malt and brown sugar - REAL nice! Medium-bodied; Perfect amount of pumpkiny spice taste with a short sweetness and a malt that rolls off the palate. Aftertaste is fairly clean and short lived. Overall, a nice pumpkin beer that offers more than a lot of others-ROUNDED QUALITY! I sampled this twelve ounce beer purchased the same day at Dean & Deluca in Georgetown (Washinton, D.C.) on 13-December-2004.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Bottle: Looks exactly like it does in our picture - Golden orange, good, firm white head, slightly hazy. Lots of nutmeg in the aroma as well as pumpkin, butter, cinnamon, pie crust. Big sensation on the palate - lively carbonation tingles the tongue and the flavor is full of spices. Nutmeg really comes through, but cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin pie tastes are not ignored. The description lists ginger, and that would explain how the spice nails my tongue. Initially this tastes just great, but towards the end of the bottle it’s just too much. It’s almost too in your face to enjoy in any quantity. I think if crooked river just reduced the level of over the top spices a little - without taking any spices away or changing anything else about the beer - they’d have a winner.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
I think this bottle was really old, and it may not have even been made this year considering im the first person to rate it in a year. Kinda reminds me of post road pumpkin, in that it is very bland and watered down. Slight nutmeg and other pumpkin aroma and flavors. Small head with copper body. Overall just a regular beer with nothing outstanding. Kind of a let down from crooked river.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Pumpkin/butter/nutmeg aroma; very light spicy flavor, malty-lager texture, very very ordinary.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2003
Wow the nutmeg really hits you when you open the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small fizzy head. I can smell the crust and the spices but no pumpkin. Has the tongue tingling sensation from the spices. Definitely a beer that depends on the season, when the leaves are falling not when the flowers are coming up. Will try again later this fall.


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