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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (1173) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle. Burnt dark gold. Aroma is pumpkin pie. The taste follows with tangy fruit notes and a cinnamon finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. Decent pumpkin brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mghj (28) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
12 oz bottle into glass, little head or lacing on the glass, aroma of a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Clear yellow in the glass that tastes a little watered down, compared to the aroma, with a finish of light cinnamon and nutmeg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5433) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear orange body with minimal to no head. The aroma is heavily spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon over a sweet caramel and pumpkin meat. The flavor is quite spicy and biting up front, plenty of nutmeg in particular. It finishes a bit smoother with caramel sweetness. The pumpkin is actually pretty decent, after the spice dies down a bit. Medium bodied with fine fizzy carbonation. Not so sure that I’d give this one another go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (230) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Amber color ale with a very short lived small white head. Visual rising bubbles from moderate carbonation. Aroma makes me think of fall in general instead of pumpkin specifically. Palate is soft and smooth medium body which makes this go down very easy. Flavor is kinda mild for me but still pleasant. Overall drinkable but not standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2015
The aroma is caramel malt with pumpkin and spices. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall just what you would expect from the style, very solid pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and orange with a small, brief, white head. The aroma supplies a modest measure of classic wintertime spices, and hints at pumpkin, but wildflower honey and toffee are the true standouts here. Medium to full-bodied and sticky with adequate carbonation. The flavor is malty, but fairly well-balanced. Toffee and honey malt accompanied by tamed sweetness and hints of holiday spices. Mundane, lightly tangy finish. Pleasantly surprised overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Sample at Kurtkeller 017: Pumpkin-tastic 02 on 10/13/2014. Clear copper-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of pumpkin spices and toasted malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of biscuit malt, allspice and nutmeg. Slight floral hops in the background. The finish is sweet with a cinnamon aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rdixon77 (1607) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Just okay pumpkin. Dark orange. Pumpkin pie spice smell and taste. Little bit of apple cinnamon too. Fairly light bodied, not too sweet, but nothing special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (571) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Rating my 500th beer with a hometown brew. Pours clear amber thin tan head. Pleasant aroma of pumpkin, clove, nutmeg and other spices. Taste is medium sweet. Medium body, thin texture, ave carbonation, spice finish. Nice balance of pumpkin flavor without going overboard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (2055) - - SEP 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-11-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange-amber color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly, which when gone leaves almost no foam on the top of the brew and almost no lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma has a nice roasted pumpkin smell mixed with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg smells. Along with these aromas there are some light notes of an allspice and ginger spice as well along with lots of brown sugar and caramel sweetness. With these very pumpkin pie smells there is a little bit of a bready aroma as well as some light grainy smells, overall producing a very pleasant rustic pumpkin pie smell. Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was expecting with a roasted pumpkin and smooth bready taste. Upfront there is a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice present, but these are lighter then expected as well. The spice picks up a little bit more toward the middle and the end with the cinnamon and nutmeg really kicking it up at the culmination of the taste. Along with the increase in the spice, the sweetness also increase as well, with tons of brown sugar and molasses flavors coming to the tongue. In the end, with the sweet and spice flavors combining with the bready and pumpkin, a smooth sweetened pumpkin pie flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 6.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is rather fitting for the pumpkin pie like flavors, although a slightly thicker body would have been more appropriate for making a more “chewable” pumpkin pie experience. Overall – An alright sweeter pumpkin pie brew. The look and feel are a little weak, but the flavors are rather nice for a sweeter pumpkin beer. Not a bad one to try, but not the best out there.

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