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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
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Normally released in the month of October, Pumpkin ale is a beer made with the addition of 125 pounds of fresh pumpkins to the mash. Pumpkin puree is also added to the fermentor. A light hopping and spices accent the flavor. Pumpkin ale dates back to colonial days in America, when brewers were still dependent on Europe for many supplies, especially malt. Brewers learned that they could extend their meager malt supplies by using starchy vegetables such as pumpkins, squash, and potatoes.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Smells like pumpkin mixed with sour milk. Full of perfumey flavors. In all fairness, I detest these pumpkin ales, but this one didnít stand out. Full of spicing and pumpkinness. Would have made a better cookie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Orangish pour. Very nice aroma of pumpkin pie and spices. Some toffee notes and nuts too. Flavor is light and very refreshing. The pumpkin and spices are present but so is a pretty nice underlying beer...which is allowed to shine without excess spice. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Sampled at New Hampshire Brewfest. Pours a dirty orange/copper color, kind of like a real pumpkin, with an off white head. Mild pumpkin and spice aroma with malt. Moderate on the palate with lively carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt with just a hint of pumpkin and spice. Iím glad the pumpkin flavor isnít overwhelming like some pumpkin brews, on the other hand, it could have used a touch more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Bottled generously shared by Beachbum1975. Pours a translucent ruby brown in color. Not a lot of head to speak of. Not much going on in the nose. I’m having trouble picking up any spice or pumpkin in the taste. This is a really dumbed down pumpkin that doesn’t have a lot of flavor. After just drinking their Milk Stout and enjoying it, this was a big let down. I’ve drank some really good pumpkin ales in the past month and this one doesn’t even register on the radar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Poured a hearty pumpkin colored brown-orange. Sizable off-white head. Nose of nutmeg spice series and autumn potpourri. Finished creamily and delectable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Clear amber color, with a short off white head. Pumpkin pie spice aroma, somewhat grainy. Flavors are malty, with plenty of pumpkin flavors, and some elements of the vegetable as well. Nice balance of flavors, overall. For me, one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers of the season.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Light copper in color with a small white head. aroma is of pumpkin spices Flavor is dominsted by sweet malt, alittle pumpkin and cinamon.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
A light copper orange with some off white head. Nose is pumpkin pie. Taste is pumpkin pie, somewhat sweet. Kinda boring, but tis the season.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2005
22oz bottle. Pours a light, clear brown color with a minimal head. Nose is pumpkin and spices. Taste is more pumpkin, some ligh tmalt and a good amount of spaces.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2004
2004 draught. Medium dark orange-golden with a small off-white head. Mostly clear. Aroma of light cinnamon and all spice and just a tinge of pumpkin and sweet honey. Flavor is heavily spiced with tons of sweetness from the malt to go along with it, but the beer seems to thin out towards the mid-end and you are left with just some spice, a touch of grain and lots of wetness. Quite carbonated, needs more body (seems like I say that about every pumpkin beer).


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