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Hermitage Fruit Crate Pumpkin Ale



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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2015
500ml bottle. Gusher. Amber orange pour. Aroma is a bit acetony some spice licorice. flavor is metal coin caramel and toast. Some hop bitterness. Mediocre if not worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2015
November 29th, 2013 - Another pumpkin beer, another consumer push, adding to the out-of-control momentum towards all things pumpkin. But as long as we’re embracing this trend with honesty, I’m in. And I’m into this beer, finishing up a Thanksgiving where I had too little wine, leaving an appetite for beer. The head is surprisingly pale, but the body is a deep, mahogany liquid, clear and transparent like pure amber, distorting and vexing my view of the long dinner table, decorated with animal carcass and pleasingly emptied bowls of foodstuffs. Herbaceous and with hints of harvest, the aroma is heavy with that "brewery tour" scent, and with the exception of those botanical bits and pieces, this has all the personality of a red ale, rich with caramel, and dashed with a smear of pumpkin, plus an accent of hops over the vowel. The flavor is much more perfumed, overpowering and clumsy at first. The hop punch is strong, leading to citrus and bitterness, and served on a velvet soft, medium-light palate. And the aftertaste is long, giving a full meal and full repast. My question here is this: is there pumpkin? Maybe some spices? Not really, or sporadically even, and that is strange. But it is fine drinking, hoppy and spicy, but absent of pumpkin, and for that reason only, unsatisfactory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finhead (1622) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Hazy, brown pour with an off-white head. It has a pumpkin and grass aroma, not pumpkin pie or spice but actual pumpkin. The medium body has a watery texture and average carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with a bland finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3851) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2014
16.9oz bottle 12/3/14 (Binny’s Downers Grove)- 40° in Lager Glass-Pours orange with a small off white head. Aroma of pumpkin and malt. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is all about pumpkin. No spices just pumpkin. Not a bad thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle, orange pour with white head, nose is pumpkin, taste is same plus caramel and sweet

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Tap @ West End Tap: brown color with a reddish hue and a small light brown head. Aroma and flavor or earthiness and malts, flavors like squash. I actually liked that this one wasn’t too sweet like many pumpkin beers where people try and get them to taste like liquid pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (10146) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Lots of poking in this brew sans the traditional spices. No hint of 9% at all. Decent bitterness, noticeable pumpkin in the aroma and flavor but by the end this is just a bit bland. One of hermitage’s better brews, but that doesn’t mean much."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - 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 (2854) - 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 (3832) - Wentzville, 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.

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