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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Our pumpkin ale is a spice infused ale using dark sugars, real pumpkin and fresh ground spices. This is how we do pumpkin pie! Best served in at 59ºF in a wide pub glass. Late October-November release.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (313) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Rated from notes taken 27 Dec 2013 -- Decent pumpkin, light enough to session, good enough that I would want to session.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5796) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
23 skadoo!! .. . a town with a river, and it has pumpkins floating in it- how mucky .. . tan .. medium foam .. righteous! .. . decent amount of spice, baked pumpkin, and light caramel . .. elevator inspector unit. i think i’m gonna be sick..

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5379) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Panama City, Fl. - Kwiker Liquors #2 - 12 oz bottle. Slightly hazy medium copper pour, little to no head. Aroma is slightly funky with some sour vegetable notes. Flavor has a hint of pumpkin pie spice, a touch of ripening vegetables, a brief touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Had better pumpkin ales.

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
NeoHippie2 (940) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Orange colored pour with a small off-white head. Watery aromas of faint spices. Flavor is similar. Very weak all around.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle
I do not know what I was hoping for with this. It is a typical Rivertown letdown complete with the faint promise of something good. If you want a better example of what the area is capable of try almost anything else instead.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid orange base has an innocuous appearance that pairs well with the minimal head. Watery nutmeg, whipped cream, and an ethereal sweetness need to be more grounded - this feels half hearted from the start.

Flavor / Palate - Carbonated nutmeg and squash are unassuming. Light bodied with a gentle mouthfeel this lacks the punch and depth to be more than a single purchase. I should have known better - if you really must tick it grab a draft sample and move on to better seasonals.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (900) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark copper with a very tiny fizzy head. It almost seems like the cap wasn’t seated properly or maybe it is just under carbonated. Either way not very impressive. The aroma is quite nice and tends to be somewhat heavy on the molasses and cinnamon. There is almost a little roast with it. Reallly good spice to this one and it doesn’t overwhelm in the smell. Good balance. The flavor is quite nice as well. Brown sugar and caramel up front with a touch of cinnamon. There is a really nice malt character but sweetness is kept in check. No hops really at all but there is a mild bitterness in the finish. Nice, full mouthfeel ending with a touch of sweetness. Overall, a really nice pumpkin ale. The spices are not too overwhelming and you can really taste the malt. Well done.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
edwardbass (490) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Pours darkish-amber with no head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie spice and malt. Taste is cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice with lightly roasted malt. Where’s the actual pumpkin? Not bad, per se, but pretty damn boring.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pours hazy deep orange with no head to speak of. Standard pumpkin ale aromas with requisite spice notes. Flavor follows suit with a bit of breadiness in the finish. A decent, but unremarkable pumpkin.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pottygok (443) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Aroma: Pumpkin quite clear, along with clove and nutmeg aromas. Smells very much like pumpkin pie. Appearance: Light amber with no head. Taste: Medium sweetness with light bitterness in the beginning. Palate: Medium body, crisp texture, average carbonation, long sweet finish. Overall: Meh...too much spice here, which overpowers the pumpkin flavors, and the beer flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (168) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Light brown foam. Mild pumpkin and spice flavor. More spice than pumpkin. One of the better pumpkin beers I have tasted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy


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