RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Sampled at the 13th Annual Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. Amber red, beige cover. Aroma is all spice, caramel. Taste is more spice, cinnamon, caramel, bready, too much spice overwhelms.

decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Hazed orange pour with white head and lace. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin pie flavor with a large finish of clove. Medium bodied with foamy carbonation. Not a bad beer at all.

nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2008
On tap. Poured a clear orange/amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of spices and pumpkin, with caramel notes. Flavor was heavy pumpkin, with a slight bit of spice.

Bella68 (42) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2008
On tap at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville. I think everyone about summed this up pretty well below, but I would like to add that my first impression was "chai tea". Very good pumpkin ale.

Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Growler. Poured amber orange clear with a small head. Nose is pumpkin, spice, and caramel. Taste is nice and heavy on the pumpkin, with spice and sweetness accompanying nicely. Finish is spiced. Mouth is medium smooth.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2008
(Brewgrass08) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, allspice, light ginger, clove. Taste is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, some allspice. Watery light-medium body.

OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
pint @ Barley’s. Great aroma, Pumpkin pie basically, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Orangy red color, little to no head or lace. Sweet spiced flavor, like aroma in everyway. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Very good pumpkin.

durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Tap at Brewgrass Festival. I don’t generally like pumpkin beers because the spices are too intense and I don’t really like my beer to taste like pumpkin pie. But this was a surprise. Orange/copper poor. Not a huge head by any means. Bitter cinnamon and nutmeg as well as pumpkin on the nose, but somehow the balance seemed to work. I liked it. Caramel and malt as well, but not overly sweet. Not sure what to say... a surprisingly tasty beer for me.

Riccardi50 (19) - Montreat, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Tap @ Barley’s Taproom - The past 2 year this hasn’t been that great of a batch from Catawba, but whenever they decide to get their act together and stop messing around with the ingredients, this is the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever had.

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Draught. Pours hazy dark rust orange with extremely small off-white head. The aroma is plenty of nutmeg, some sweet caramel. The flavor is nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. It finishes on an earthy note. Some caramel comes out once in a while, as do some carbonic notes.

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