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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pumpkin Ale is pumpkin pie in a bottle. Skip the pie after dinner and just have a couple of these! An American Amber Ale flavored with all those fall spices we love!

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3.1
Travlr (24315) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Draft. Murky brown color, small tan head. Aroma of spice. Taste is sweet spice. That’s about it.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark orange color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Solid pumpkin aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy pumpkin sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid seasonal beer.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2009
12oz bottle. Minimal off-white head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, nutmeg, bubblegum, some cinnamon, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, bubblegum, nutmeg, cinnamon, some caramel, light clove. Medium body, some stickiness, minimal carbonation.

4.5
Drake (13654) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear vibrant reddish copper color with a thin head. Not so great head retention and lacing. Rich, inviting aroma of pumpkin spices, primarily nutmeg but a hint of cinnamon and clove. Notes of pumpkin, caramel and apple. Taste is caramel, pumpkin, apple, citrus and a nice spice profile of cinnamon and nutmeg. A fair amount of vanilla in the finish. Smooth and medium bodied. Sweet overall with a bit of spiciness and a faint tartness. This is a damn good pumpkin beer.

The 2010 vintage is a bit stronger and sweeter, but still has nice balance, a nice spice mix, and is still pretty damn good. No score updates.

OH. MY. GOD. The 2012 vintage is fucking amazing. More toasted notes this year, vanilla, pumpkin, perfect level of spice. Seriously, they’ve hit a home run with this beer this year. Old score was 8/3/9/4/17. Taste is going up, as is palate, as is overall. This is now a top 10 beer for me.

3.3
BeerandBlues2 (13214) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Tap at Thornton River Grill. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, and cookie malt, dates, pumpkin, nutmeg and cloves, and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, medium spices, light hops and bitterness, fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor of pumpkin, roasted malt, caramel, some clove, and cinnamon.

3.5
hopdog (12486) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2011
On tap Capone’s. Amber pour with a small sized head. More pumpkin than spices...my kinda of pumpkin beer.

3
deyholla (11505) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to Dan! poured a clear orange amber with an off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of pumpkin with a strong spice note, particularly cinnamon and brown sugar coming through. The flavor was quite sweet with a strong brown sugar overcoming the pumpkin note and backed by other spices such as cinnamon. Over spiced in my opinion.

3.7
j12601 (11119) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle courtesy of dkachur (I think) in the Mystery Swap. Pours a clear orange hued brown with a thin beige head. Huge caramel and gingerbread with some roasted pumpkin and squash aromas. Medium bodied, lightly sweet with vanilla, caramel, and spice. Finishes with some nice spices and almost a pie crust flavor. Smooth and tasty.

4.2
hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Clear burnt-amber pour with a tiny, creamy, white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma delivers loads of pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, graham and pumpkin meat. Medium-bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a melding of sweet pumpkin pie spiciness, vanilla and caramel. Finishes malty and sweet with a hint of crusty bitterness. Kudos to biggsbowler for sharing this bottle of world class beer!


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