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Murray’s Pumpkin Ale

Murray’s Pumpkin Ale
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Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Murray’s Craft Brewery is one of the first local brewers to dabble with the style and this weekend will release their second Pumpkin ale. The brewers describe the beer as “a spiced ale — basically pumpkin pie in a glass.” The beer is built on British and German Malts, but then more than 50kg of dry roasted pumpkin is added to the mash. The pumpkin adds a subtle sweetness and pumpkin aroma and flavour that is enhanced by the spice additions. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are added late in the boil which the brewer says blend well with the malt character of this unique beer that is enhanced by the spice additions.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
Growler Warners at the bay: this beer is worth trying because it is a reasonable take on a pumpkin ale. However, it is difficult to drink anything more than one glass of. I love it that these beers are being made thought, and different things are being tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2012
Had on tap at the Union at Newtown. nice spice aromas with a hint of pumpkin. Good balance of spices and pumpkin on the palate, medium bodied and a nice spice finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2012
On tap at Murray’s at Manly named Smashin’ Pumpkin. Pours a golden colour with a white head. Aroma is malt with plenty of spice and pumpkin. Taste is also malty with pumpkin and cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. I’m not really a fan of this style but it’s pretty good, although the spices may have been over done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2010
Tried on tap at the Local Taphouse SK. Clear orangey/amber/golden body with almost lasting head. Comes across sweet in the taste with cinnamon and even ginger, a little thin but probably needs to be so you can finish it though I wouldn’t have too many. Didn’t really pick up on the pumpkin though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tap at Biero. Great beer. Aroma of cinnamon, caramel, and butter. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Amber, with a thin head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Tap at The Local Taphouse Melbourne. Pour is slightly hazy amber orange with a small head leaving wispy lace. Aroma is big cloves, tobacco, nutmeg, fresh mint, ginger. Taste is malty, rich, cloves, nutmeg, mint, cinnamon. Slightly watery but very spicy, rich, and different from American pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2010
draught at Taphouse, Darlingurst. Was expecting more of a pumpkin hit in both aroma and taste, but this beer was dominated by the cinnamon in both. Keep in mind this was my first pumpkin ale, so did not really have a clue about it. Enjoyable, but would not actively seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Muggus69 (2100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2010
Draught, Bitter & Twisted Beer Festival Deep orange sort of beer, slight bit hazy, firm white head. Spices very apparent on the nose, allspice in particular. Some biscuity malt underneath and a hint of roast. Medium carbonation, full bodied with a nice slightly silky texture, possibly contributed to by the pumpkin(?) Once again the spice dominates on the body; nutmeg and cinnamon with sweet light malt caramel and subtle nutty roast, which i’m guessing is contributed in part by the pumpkin. Finishes drying, mild bitterness. Interesting beer, maybe not what I was expecting, though it seems hard to get pumpkin flavour into a beer. For me, the spices were probably just a bit overdone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2010
Tap at bitter and twisted. Pours a dark golden amber with minimal head. Aromas of sweet malt and a little pumpkin. Flavours are pretty much the same. Just a little sweetness upfront and some spices near the finish. Couldn’t really taste the pumpkin. OK beer all the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mattburns (114) - USA - OCT 29, 2010
Local taphouse. Poured orange with a fluffy white head. Sweet and spicy on the nose. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon flavour. The cinnamon actually the more dominant but the flavours aren’t overwhelming which, to me, made this really enjoyable.

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