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Flat 12 Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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When Fall rolls around, so does Jack. Provided he stays away from marauding trick-or-treaters, this bright orange gourd-like squash from the genus curcubita (Thanks Wikipedia!) finds his way into the mash of this Flat12 seasonal pale ale. A special blend of Indian(a) spices and pumpkin shine through just enough to complement this slightly sweet and malty tribute to the season of hayrides and bonfires. Flat out fantastic.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (1400) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Overall, you know, I thought this was a decent pumpkin ale. It kind of seems like these are all the same in most ways. It’s probably a hard beer to do differently or to make a statement with.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hartung32 (216) - Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2013
A pretty average pumpkin ale from a good brewery. Probably wouldn't buy again. I had hoped for more considering what they were able to do with their Cucumber Kolsch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
On tap in Bloomington (IN)
This was a guest tap that sounded better than it actually was. While not a terrible seasonal it needs to be shored up in a couple of areas. Overall though it is one of the better Flat 12 releases that I have tried in the last year.

Aroma / Appearance - A coppery base with soft legs and wisps of white head swirls around the glass. Spicy pumpkin pie, whipped cream, nutmeg, and squash are cool like the evening of a first frost or a muddy pumpkin patch.

Flavor / Palate - Earthy and mud caked pumpkins stick to the tongue. Dried seasoned seeds fresh from the oven transition to a refreshing finish along with a dash of garlic powder. The mild bitterness is a good touch. It feels rough around some edges. Overall though it is in the ballpark; a fine seasonal worth trying at least once if local to the state.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Draft pour at the source. Aroma has an interesting anise and spicy profile. No bready crusty profile to balance things out. If I were a bigger fan of anise, I would like this beer better. Oh well. Its an alright beer regardless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Draft on tap at the brewery (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a nice golden amber hue, subtle haze, decent carbonation with a brighter whitish head atop. Filmy layer dies to a decent ringer, mellow lacing and some gentle dulled golden amber glow. Aromas show pumpkin, canned and fresh, a gentle carmelized sugar feel meeting firm nutmeg and ginger. Some mellow cinnamon, gentle sweetness. Not necessarily richer pumpkin pie sweet, but it has some life. Firmer pumpkin and spice elements. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied showing some carmelized malt, firmer clove and pie spice elements. Bigger ginger and nutmeg, touches of bread, firm pumpkin. Not necessarily toasty, caramel, or sweet. Lacking that inviting creaminess. More approachable girth, but a big spice element dominates. Middle is spicy, clove and cinnamon come on strong. Cinnamon takes the reigns, a bit bready with some pumpkin, nutmeg and spice. Backend is dry, spicy, with some gentle pumkin, tapering out spice. I found this one a bit different. Not sweet and a bit clunky, but firmly spiced, cinnamon and pie spices really dig in up front and into the middle. Solid. Different.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6366) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
12oz bottle, shared by caterwaul. Clear yellow orange color. Thin white head. Good splotches of lace. Some definite tea-like aromas in the nose, along with some of the expected pumpkin spice aromas. Pretty big and interesting nose. Lighter body. Smooth, crisp, lightly creamy carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Smooth, easy-drinking. Very nice, unique combination of spices, very tasty. Not so pumpkiny, but the spices here used are very tasty. Moderate sweet, light bitter taste. Very solid, tasty, interesting unique spice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2001) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle gift from Elana’s business trip to Indy. Smells and taste like a bitter sweet pumpkin spice and herbal flavor. pretty good

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3646) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle: Pours clear, orange/brass/gold with a minimal soapy head. Nose is pumpkin, nutmeg. Taste is slightly metallic, pumpkin filling. Herbal hop bittering, pumpkin rind. Very natural.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1316) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a light golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pumpkin (or should I say Indian(a)) spices, pumpkin, and some sweet malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it’s all pumpkin, pumpkin spices and sweet malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit slick, smooth and easy to drink. I liked this pumpkin ale, I wouldn’t mind buying some more the next time I come across it. $10.99 a 6-pack.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
b3shine (5424) - Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Draft to pint. Looks solid; a completely transparent gold with foamy off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells odd; a strange mix of hops, pumpkin, and spices. Tastes like it smells with a pale malt backbone. Average on the palate. Not my thing.


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