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Hermitage Fruit Crate Pumpkin Ale



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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Fruit Crate Pumpkin Ale achieves the perfect essence of Fall with sweet, California-grown Heritage Pumpkins. The sun-filled Summer days of the Pajaro Valley are tempered by the salty marine air from the Monterey Bay, allowing for slow ripening of sweet, delicious pumpkins. We plant our Heritage Pumpkins early to take full advantage of the area’s perfect microclimate. In late Summer, we harvest the pumpkins for our special release pumpkin ale. The fruit is roasted to extract maximum sweetness and flavor. We add pumpkins three times during the brewing process: in the mash tun, kettle, and fermenter. The outcome is a perfectly sublime pumpkin flavor melded into a deliciously strong brown ale. We further celebrate our local agricultural legacy with a “fruit crate” art inspired label. Celebrate Fall, and celebrate California with this truly special limited release. 9% ABV, 16.9 ounce bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2014
50cl bottle at 9% ABV and $4 pours with a clear deep copper body that has thin golden hues and supports a light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up vague winter spices, fruity notes like ripe red apples and then faint pumpkin and boozy heat. The taste is sweet with sugary malts, a molasses type sweetness and then a thin mix of apples and pumpkin with light winter spices hovering overhead. Overall this is too sweet and just too little pumpkin going on. The ABV is pretty well hidden though. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1650) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A pumpkin beer that’s all about that pumpkin. No sign of spices and really not much besides sweet, earthy pumpkin. Not bad but kind of one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2538) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2014
It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of slight spiciness and slight caramel malt. The taste was of rich maltiness with some alcohol and sweetness. A different kind of Pumpkin Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (1032) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2013
This beer pours a clear yet rich auburn color with only a off-white ring sitting on top of the liquid. The aroma blends dough yeast, caramel malt, a hint of pumpkin, and the tiniest amount of cinnamon. The taste is mildly sour with the slightest touch of sweetness, yet it does contain a slight amount of umami that adds an interesting and pleasant aspect to the flavor; furthermore, the palate combines a soft carbonation, full body, slick texture, and an abrupt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (971) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pours a deep copper color with a slight pumpkin aroma. Taste is mild pumpkin mixed with the malt of a brown ale. The alcohol content comes through with every drink. The aftertaste has the flavor of overriped pumpkin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
toml219 (209) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a light brown with little tan head. Get almost no spice taste or aroma. More of a slightly bitter ale. Very underwhelming pumpkin ale. Rated lower because it claims to be a pumpkin ale but I get none of the notes of this style. A good beer just not a good pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (896) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
A very nice and different pumpkin ale. Pours a beautiful bright red with a thick tan head. Smells like pumpkin, along with some vanilla and some booze. Taste is very creamy to start. Not much in the beginning, but some nutmeg and pumpkin in the finish. Awesome spiced pumpkin aftertaste. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a slight spice and a slight caramel malt. Flavor is a rich malt with some alcohol and sweetness. Where is the pumpkin pie spice? There is nothing "pumpkin pie" about this beer. It’s just a heavy malt billed beer with a lot of alcohol. Craptacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Very clear and not much head. 9% is not apparent. I don’t really detect any flavorful pumpkin but if you look for it maybe you can taste a bitter earthy pumpkin rind. It is a nice big grainy red ale though. Thin watery body with a dry bitterness. Very little sweetness. I like red ale so I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 23, 2013
Brilliant amber color with lasting ivory head. Nice raw pumpkin meat, pie crust malty aromas. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Dry caramel, roasted pumpkin meat flavors with some brown ale nuttiness----no spices in this brew i guess====good.

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