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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Name: Pumpkin Ale
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Color: Dark Amber/Brown Bitterness Units: 22
ABV: 5.5%
Date of Introduction: August 2012
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel 80L, and Caramunich malt
Hops: Nugget, Mt. Hood, Willamette
All Natural Ingredients: Pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves
Packages Available: Six packs of 12 ounce bottles and the Long Trail Fall Survival 12-pack
Availability: Autumn Seasonal

Description: Long Trail is excited to launch Long Trail Pumpkin Ale, a slightly sweet seasonal treat artfully brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. The perfect drink for a fall day, this exceptionally balanced beer has an aroma very reminiscent of pumpkin pie.

Style History: During colonial times malted barley would be in short supply so the colonial brewers would use a wide assortment of whatever organic ingredient was handy. Pumpkin was in abundance so it was one of the most common of the random ingredients.

Food Pairing: Roasted chicken, lamb, turkey and stews
Glassware: Pint glass, Nonic or a mug
Serving Temperature: 45-50 degrees F*

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: Kind of different from most pumpkin ales because it has some odd cocoa and grain notes that acted almost like pie crust flavors to the pumpkin pie. It wasnít all pie, though. There was a decent beer there, too, with some hops even. Way better than I was expecting. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an ever-so-slightly cloudy, light, orangey amber with a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light grain, milk chocolate and cocoa; light hops; light pumpkin pie spices; fruity pumpkin, pie crust and pumpkin pie filling. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly sour and bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly bitter. There was fruity pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, cocoa, chocolate, grain, and light earthy hops. The medium body was a little oily and then dry with sort of soft yet still a little tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swiseman (427) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
pours a dark orange with thin head. strong aromas of cinnamon, caramel and toffee. light-medium body with strong tastes of cinnamon and other spices that are balanced well with the generous amount of hops. a much better beer than I was expecting even though it is quite easy drinking for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle:   Fiery amber, mild carbonation, small frothy off-white head, little lacing.   Standard spicy nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, a touch of clove.   Soft toasted malts, spicy to match the nose.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Not as bright as the nose suggests.   Finishes with subtle spices.   Good solid example of my Autumnal favorite, Pumpkin Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2365) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Left over at Canalís. Typical pumpkin with cinnamon, pumpkin, and clove. The flavors werenít overly in your face, and for a pumpkin, thatís what I like, but this one didnít insire me to purchase more. Perhaps it was out of season. A BIT WATERY.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma of mild pumpkin, cinnamon and fall spices. Flavor of caramel, slight pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (3851) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2012
12oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours copper with a light beige head. Aroma of pumpkin, light spices, caramel and pale malts, and floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (10574) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of spice, gourd, caramel. Taste is bitter spice and brown bad. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours a rather clear orange amber with a thin white head. Pie spices on the nose, a bit of sweet caramel and pumpkin flesh. Medium bodied, bitter and not just from the spices, tastes of burnt caramel and tangy fermented pumpkin. Weird. Unpleasant aftertaste of burnt malt and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light coppery color with a small white head. Nose is pumpkin, caramel, light fall spices. Palate is medium with a nice smooth feel and a sticky finish. Flavors of pumpkin, caramel, bready malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Snallygaster, draft. Crystal clear amber body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, pumpkin, some allspice, light ginger. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, ginger, some allspice. Light-medium body, easy drinking.

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