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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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*

jkwood04's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4898) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (1529) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 8, 2015
Draught @ Waterfront Ale House. Copper red with small frothy white head, somewhat flat pumpkin aroma, medium carbonation, bitter taste, long finish. Not really very insiring as a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1635) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Tastes and looks like nearly every other pumpkin ale out there. That doesn’t make it bad, but it certainly doesn’t make it good. Sweet, pumpkin pie spices, soft carbonation. So tired of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DialSquare (3582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2015
12oz bottle from somewhere.. can’t remember. Big pumpkin spice aroma, lots of clove. Tastes are sweet caramel, pumpkin spice. Tinny vibe. Must.. stop.. rating.. pumpkin.. beers..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8884) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2015
12oz bottle. Hazy darker orange color. Good thin off-white head, leaving nice ridges of lace. Medium body. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Lighter to medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter to moderate carbonation. Mild dry finish. Nice bit of actual pumpkin flavor here, some mild spiciness but no roughness from that, nice balance. Ginger seems to add a nice snap to it. Good moderate hop bitterness, lighter sweet. Crisp, refreshing, easy-drinking balanced pumpkin beer. Nice to enjoy with my lunch sandwich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (224) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle from Harvest Market, Bedford NH. Aroma is caramel, bready malt backbone with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, mild clove. Appearance is hazy orange-brown with nice sparkle and minimal off-white head, with minimal lacing. Taste is like aroma, though not as strong. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture, soft carbonation and mild bitter finish. Overall, pretty standard for the type, but isn’t overly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8707) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
Copper pour with off-white head. Nose is pumpkin puree, cardamom. Tasted medium in palate heft, with caramel, pumpkin, spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3091) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle form Harvest Market Lightly hazy light amber, lots of brown sugary pie spices. Not horrible for a pumpkin ale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quick3Beers (451) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pours a hazy dark copper from the bottle. Smells of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, in that order. Flavor is of pumpkin, with some sweetness along with the spices. Okay pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (657) - - JAN 17, 2015
Sweet flavor; fruit and pumpkin; thin feel. aroma has nutmeg 2014 Pumpkin Double Blind Tasting: 1-Sam Adams Fat Jack. 2-Hoppin’ Frog. 3-Fegleys Devious. 4-Weyerbacher. 5-Southern Tier Pumking. 6-Terrapin Pumpkinfest. 7-Long Trail. 8-Riverhorse. 9-Blue Moon. 10-UFO Pumpkin (harpoon). 11-Sam Adams Pumpkin. 12-Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. 13-Dogfishhead (shocker) 14-Ichabod.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
robgibbens (423) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pour is nice. Short tan head. Orange amber color. Some lacing is present. The aroma is that creamy pumpkin pie aroma. Cinnamon and nutmeg is present but subdued. As the beer warms these spices come to the front. The taste is mildly bitter but not much going on. The brew finishes cleanly.

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