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Erie Brewing Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale



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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A blonde based ale. It is a fruit beer with delicious flavor, a great nose, and the perfect poise of pumpkin and spice. This flavorful brew is sure to get you in the fall spirit. 15.8°

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Each of Erie Brewing Company’s finely handcrafted beers have been named for a local person or story associated with the rich history of the city of Erie and “Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale” was no exception. When bestowing a name upon the new pumpkin brew, many ideas were kicked around. The one that stuck was the nickname of one of our own Erie Brewing staff, “John.” As hardworking as the Railbenders who built our railroad, Johnny Rails, with his blond hair, skinny body, wiry strength, and “BIG” head was the perfect fit. Thus, the beer’s name was born.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle:   A muted spiced Pumpkin Ale.   Some light apple-cinnamon like flavor profile, but its light.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Light finish, a little stale.   Not much to say about this other than its a light example, with what seems more like Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal like flavors, versus an actual Pumpkin Ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2014
A gift from a friend. The bottle pours a light amber with a thin foam. Pepper, nutmeg, allspice and some caramel on the nose. Medium body and plentiful carbonation. Pumpkin, malt, and more spice finishes with a slightly smooth character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
12oz bottles. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized head. Spices with pumpkins. More spices ... I like more pumpkins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tnkw01 (1113) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Orange color. Medium head. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice. Taste is pumpkin pie flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
From ABC on Apalachee - $4.99 a six pack. It’s December now, so I’m guessing this has been sitting for a couple months - though I don’t remember seeing it previously. Opaque orange pour with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a slight ring. Aroma is pleasant pumpkin spices. Tastes are pumpkin bread, nutty, caramel malt. Just avoids being not too sweet. Overall, well balanced and good for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
S_Side_Smitty (458) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours a clear copper color with a medium off white head. Aroma is mild cinnamon & nutmeg spices with, of all things, pumpkin! I can truely smell pumpkin in this one - most pumpkin beers cover it up with the spices. Ok, this one scores low, but why? Taste is pumpkin pie all day long, but on the lighter side. Mid palate is missing, but the finish is light malts, rounding this beer out nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2013
On tap at Brunzies. Nice nose of pumpkin pie spices, sweet and spicy. Medium amber clear with thin white head. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pumpkin pie spices, medium to heavy sweetness with light nutty and hoppy bitterness. Smooth finish and after, well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Shop Rite, 11/17/13

Aroma: The nose is clean and malty, some nutmeg/pumpkin pie spice, yeast, and a little fruit
Appearance: It pours an unclear golden-orange color with a small head and some mild lace
Flavor: The flavor is light-medium sweet, with plenty of spice, and a mild bitterness too
Palate: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel, especially the finish, is mostly tingly and spicy
Overall Impression: This isn’t a top of style example, but it does feel like a nice start. I like the idea of making a blonde with pumpkin spice, it just wasn’t quite executed as well as I think it could have been. Still, it is plenty quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear deep copper with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is very spicy, with heavy cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, plus pumpkin puree. Tastes semi-sweet, with a big pumpkin flavor, notes of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and an pverall spicy finish. Decent, but somewhat flawed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 8/6/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a small off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, gingerbread, toast, floral, and herbal earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and decent balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, toast, floral, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, gingerbread, toast, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with moderately watery flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and watery moutfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present on the finish. Overall this is a decent pumpkin ale. Lacking robustness of flavors, but has good balance and is easy to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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