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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
King Don’s Pumpkin Ale is named for one of the original North Carolina brewers who lent his pumpkin prowess to this collaboration beer in 2001. This complex beer uses five separate barley styles, an artistic touch of hops, spices normally used in baking, and fresh pumpkin! The caramel, spice, and pumpkin flavors meld into a wonderfully smooth, orange-hued beer that sports a luscious, creamy foam head. Long live King Don!

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3.5
Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft served in a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon, holy cow, nice gimmick! Hazy amber color. Aroma of sugar and spice. Taste has nice squash and spice Combo, the best of the pumpkin ales of this weekend in Charlotte.

3.6
Jow (4082) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Had for desert after lunch at Brewgrass 2011. Pours orange with nose full of pumpkin spices. Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin pie filling, it’s medium bodied and pretty sweet, enjoyable

3.6
bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
On draught from the brewer, it pours orange-amber into the glass with a fully diminished head that leaves trace to no lace. Lots of pie spices and clove to the nose. Flavors of pumpkin, clove, licorice, nutmeg, walnut skins, dry pale malts on the tongue, finishing with a clove/licorice essence. A tad numbing to the palate, this has nice medium-soft carbonation levels, a dry spicy mouthfeel and a lightly-silked body. Good pumpkin ale, not cloying and an enjoyable session brew.

4.7
leah2974 (429) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Smells like nutmeg, tastes spicy, clean/crisp finish, easy drinking but full bodied.

2.9
jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
on tap @Brewers Jam-pours a rich light tan head and cloudy copper color. Aroma is spice, medium malt. Taste is over spiced nutmeg, medium malt.

2.5
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2010
On draft at Bier Garden. Not too good. Very, very heavy on the spice. Very light and watery on all else

3.4
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Draft at Barley’s in Asheville. Really clovey, giving it a pretty rich flavor and making for a slow drinker. But otherwise, a really nice pumpkin loaded with flavor that I really enjoyed. Strong recommendation to try, although you may be satisfied with just one.

3.1
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2009
This beer is really great for the first couple of sips. Taste like a liquified pumpkin pie with a nice spicy kick. Very flavorful and the pumpkin smell is great. But the beer gets old fast and is too sweet to enjoy more than one and getting thru the first one was a challenge for me because it was just too damn sweet.

3.7
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap @ Asheville Pizza. Deep copper color. Flavor is a very perfumy, Yankee Candle Co. of cinnamon, Big Red aroma taste. A hint of squash. Lots of cinnamon. Finishes with an ’Already Been Chewed’ Big Red sweetness. Aroma of loads of nutmeg and loads of cinnamon.
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3.5
Tmoney99 (14948) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Draft sample at KBJ 2009. Poured a orange color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy spicy tart pumpkin aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice and pumpkin sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good seasonal beer.


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