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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GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Draft at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville, NC. Poured a clear orange-red color. Head was thin, off white, and left some decent lace behind on the glass. Aroma was spice dominated, mostly cinnamon. There was only a whiff of pumpkin. Dry on the tongue. The flavor was also spice-driven with cinnamon and a dash of black pepper dominating the pumpkin. Mouth feel was on the watery end of the spectrum. Not among my favorite pumpkin beers.

Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Pint. pours a clear brown/amber. has a smooth light spicy pumpkin aroma. nice and smooth with well balanced pumpkin spices, not too strong or afronted. refreshing spices more prevalent on front with refreshing aftertaste. a good sessionable smooth quality to it. had with food and it went well.

DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2007
On tap at barleys, Asheville. poured a dark amber with a small white head.Lots of aroma dancing on my nose.Fresh hot pumpkin pie with all the spices. Flavor was the same.Nutmeg, pumpkin pie and cinnamon.Flavor left me wanting whipped cream to finish it off.

ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clearish, reddish-brown body with a thin, off-white head. Smell: A fragrant aroma filled with inviting toasted spices, but pretty meak when it comes to the actual pumpkins. Taste: Mild pumpkin flavor that’s lightly sweet. The addition of fresh spices adds a measure of earthy spiciness. Slight hint of lemon near the sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It’s one of those pumpkin ales that lays emphasis on spices and not pumpkin flavor. Still, though, it is a pleasant Autumntime brew.

mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Pours a fairly clear, red amber color, with a small off white head. Big, monster cinnamon notes fill the air backed by some pumpkin spice. Reminds me of DFH’s punkin, but times 2. Really gets your attention. The flavor was more cubdued than the aroma would lead you too believe at first, however. The cinnamon was there, but the pumpkin really took a backseat. It was more in the background and needed more of an influence in my opinion. Still pretty good, but could have been awesome. More balance is needed.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
Date: 09/13/2003
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Asheville

spicy cinamon aroma, rich dry pumpkin flavor with very light spices,
-------- /> Name: King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
Date: 09/10/2005
Source: Chattanooga Brewfest
Words: Draft

sweet pumpkin pie aroma with lots of cinimaon, big body, big pumpkin pie flavor without being too sweet, too much bitterness for the style
-------- /> Name: King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
Date: 09/22/2006
Mode: draft
Words: Barley’s

huge cinamin aroma, lots of cinamin in the flavor, light bitterness from the spices,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
On tap at Westville Pub in Asheville. I finally broke down and tried this one. I usually stay away from beers in the spice/herb/vegetable category. I’m happy with this one though. Medium orange-brown body, with a minimal light brown head. Aroma pleasant pumkin, cinnamon, nutmeg (as I expected) but the flavor and palate were what most impressed me with this brew. The mouthfeel wasn’t just a totally watered-down wash-out like so many other spice/herb/vegetables I’ve had. There was also a certain sweetness to the beer which was nice. I was not disappointed by this beer in the least. Sure, my standards are a little low in this category, but hey, catawba done good.

00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Pours out a nice coppery color with a small beige head. Aroma is spicey and has alot of pumpkin. Flavor is sweet and spicey with a nice finish.

ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Draft at Charlotte Oktoberfest 2006. This one pours orange in color without much of a head. Smell is heavy with pumpkin, cinnamon, and other spices. Taste is sweet and similar to eating a piece of pumpkin pie. Pretty interesting beer, easily one of the better pumpkin ales I have ever had.

muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Draught. Pours amber/copper with a minimal white head. Aroma is cinnamon, and, well basically it smells like pumpkin pie. If only the flavor matched. Instead, it falls flat into a watery mash of pumpkin, spice, and unbalanced hops. Not terrible, but not as tasty as the aroma would lead you to believe.

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