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Petunia's Pumpkin Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Petunia's Pumpkin Ale
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87
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-14-2005)
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Photo of Shango42
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Shango42, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Subtle malt and grain aroma. A hint of nutmeg, but not a lot of other spices to pick out.

Appearance: Excellent clarity, perhaps the clearest I've seen yet. Fine white head that fades quickly to the rim of the glass.

Flavor: Like a crisp but malty Octoberfest. Rounded flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Ends smooth with a light sweet touch. Has none of the astringency I've come to expect with this style.

Overall: While this is certainly not the most extreme or flavor-packed pumpkin beer I've had this season, it is the best balanced. So far this is the best example of restrained spicing and a perfect base beer I've tried. You must try this--even if you dislike pumpkin beers--it may change your mind.

Jackofallbrews, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of beckje01
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A nice golden look, translucent. No head to speak of and a very still beer overall.

S- Big spice nose, nice. Very good really just mouth watering to me.

T- Great spice with a mellow pumpkin flavor. Very tasty just a lovely pumpkin beer.

M- No carbonation but its a nice fit for the taste. Good thickness.

D- Very nice, but a sipper.

beckje01, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hell of a nice pumpkin ale...

What I like about this beer is the natural pumpkin flavor...it's hard to find a pumpkin ale with a natural pumpkin taste to it....the spicing is subtle and enhances the pumpkin flavor...the spices I notice the most are cinnamon and nutmeg....like I said, the spices are secondary to the pumpkin flavor but fit nicely.

Body is on the light side of medium. Excellent aroma of pumpkin pie.

Without question one of the best pumpkin ales I have tried....kudos for this beer since it seems most places can't make this style without going overboard on the spices...

ZAP, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Samwhyz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Samwhyz, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It seems like pumpkin ales are in the love'm/hate'm category, but this is a really good pumpkin ale, loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon, and a clear spice aroma and taste. According to TH, 42 lbs of pumpkin and spices added directly to the fermenter for the taste. Both pints I had didn't have a head really at all, but a bit of white lingering foam around the edges. Backlit, the beer has a burnt orange color, easy to see through with a golden shimmer around the edges. It has a light mouthfeel per TH going for a "medium bodied" beer, which they achieved. Very easy to drink, well balanced and spiced w/o it being overwhelming in any way. Great beer for the style and a fun way to getting into the holiday spirit.

FightingEntropy, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev +9%

jera1350, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of klikger
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, thin off-white head, fair lacing

S - Cloves, nutmeg, sweet caramel malts, touch of pumpkin

T - Sweet cinnamon, malty caramel --> clove, vanilla, a dusting of black pepper --> fresh pumpkin & spices combine for a complex, not overly sweet finish.

M - Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, and all-around smooth

D - Not bad at all; very good for the style

This one-ups what I thought was my favorite pumpkin beer (Painted Ladies). The spicy-vanilla-squash finish is delicious. I'll look forward to having this one again.

klikger, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and spicy aroma. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and brown sugar. A smell of pumpkin with a lot of spices including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Also a slight hint of vanilla and some earthy hops in the background. Smells sweet but far from cloying.

Taste: A nice fall taste like the aroma hints at. Sweet bready toasted malts with a taste of caramel, biscuit, toffee, brown sugar, and a light touch of roast and vanilla. Big mix of spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and allspice. A decent taste of pumpkin mixes with the spices. A fairly earthy and musty taste with some light notes of hops towards the finish. Solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid pumpkin beer. Full flavored and doesn't go overboard with the sweetness or spicing.

MattyG85, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, clear with a transient off-white head and no lacing. Smells slightly sweet, pumpkin, lightly nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, graham, caramel malt. It damn near smells like Pumking, which means it smells damn inviting. Taste has similar qualities, lightly applied balanced spices..nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon a nice underlying pumpkin mash sweetness, a wisp of buttery cracker crust, however there is a more earthy quality that is fairly assertive. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and mild carbonation. Pleasant buttery, dry, pumpkin pie finish is nice. I'd definitely buy this again in the future.

JackieTH, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with thin head and not much lacing.

Smell: Smells like sweet, creamy pumpkin pie with a hefty dose of spices.

Taste: Pretty sweet and creamy pumpkin pie mostly. Cinnamon accompanies the sweet taste, while some pretty strong, more bitter spices (clove?, nutmeg?) provide some counterbalance. Despite the sweetness, there may be some dry caramel malts providing backbone.

Feel: Very creamy and smooth for the low abv. Moderate carbonation with semi-dry finish, simply due to the spices.

Overall: Did not know that liquid pumpkin pie could be accomplished at the ~5% abv level. Impressive, although it is a titch to sweet for mass consumption.

bsp77, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusty orange appearance. Decent sized light tan head with good lacing properties. Carbonation rises at a moderate pace. Nice aroma of vegetal pumpkin, cinamon and light ginger. This is a nice tasting pumpkin ale. It's not overly spiced, as some are. Just subtle, yet noticeable. Base seems to be an amber ale or something of the sort. There are some caramely tones mixing with the pumpkin essence, which is held in check as well. A growler of this is a nice way to pass a cool October Eve.

Bighuge, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Schlais, May 15, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Had this infused with chocolate. Very soft mouthfeel. Tons of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and sweet. Good aromatics. The chocolate was very subtle but complimented the pumpkin nicely. Very good.

Vonerichs, Yesterday at 12:49 AM
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours an orange amber color with a slightly off-white head. Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon dominate the nose. Medium/light mouthfeel. Sweet upfront with transition to a nice pumpkin flavor. Nice lace on the glass. Lingering nutmeg flavor. As a self proclaimed pumpkin beer hater, this beer actually is pretty tasty. Liquid pumpkin pie. No flavor of alcohol or hops. Well done, this pie beer I can drink.

kbutler1, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of mmulebarn
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mmulebarn, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of seangibbs60
4/5  rDev +2.6%

seangibbs60, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a kind of ruddy orange color, good foamy head, decent lacing, a few floaties though. The aroma is rather delicate (not thin, just delicate), the cinnamon the obvious spice but others more vague and mysterious. Hints of pumpkins dancing around, or is that just my imagination?

The beer was poured rather cold, so it needed some warming, but oh what difference that made. Again, the cinnamon is the more prevalent spice, everything rather front loaded and more or less fading away into the night. The body is underwhelming, decent carbonation, overall its a rather good beer.

objectivemonkey, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Made with a mild ale base, using English malts and 27 pounds of pumpkin. 10 more pounds were added later, along with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices, and the brew simmered in those spices after fermentation. (That's my best paraphrasing of the brewer's information, found on the latest menu...apologies if I got anything wrong!)

Nearly clear, slightly hazed, pale orange/amber hue, thin, but lasting layer of off-white foam above.

Aroma: cinnamon on top, but tempered well with other spices, and the pumpkin lies below. Well-controlled spices, just enough to please the nose, not so much to scare anyone away.

Spices are on top of the taste, too, herbal/vegetal flavors riding it out below. Medium bodied, light, mild finish. Pumpkin spice flavors just up and tease the tongue with each new sip, then fade back, making for easy drinking.

I could have used a heftier body to suit my tastes, but, then, I'm not everyone, and this was used, in it's debut, as a fund-raising beer to benefit a former employee battling Lymphoma. Something to fit the season, that's not too bold that the average pint pounder can't stand a couple, and in doing so, add to the aid. ( Although, my friend couldn't have more than one, and I yearned for something hoppier after my glass had emptied.)

Actually, I like it quite a bit...the closer the beer gets to the bottom of the glass, the more I realize that...I'll have fun finishing the growler tonight!

feloniousmonk, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Gonzoillini, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of injuredreserve
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

injuredreserve, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of tavernjef
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Smeared dark gold with a very light hint to an orange translucency. Small firm cap of dulled white foam. Lacing is simple in design with strings and spots coating the glass well.

Aroma is a bit light but present of pumpkin seasonings and spice, honey candy, and dryish bread.

Taste is about the same. Intially crisply brisk and boldly smooth. Fairly light on the buds overall though with a favorable coating of pumpkin spiceyness and seasonings of cinnamon, paprika, salts, and vegetable leaves. Has a light honey bread backing keeping a yeilding sweetness underneath.

Feel is terrific for a pumpkin beer. Its crisp smooth body is quite bold and solidly based in a medium body. Carbonation is so very nice, slick, and lightly creamy with a nice little added touch of spicy pumpkin and herbal seasonings to top off it. The sweet and dryness; spice and firmness pull together for a nice mouthfeel.

A tad over average on flavors and smell for a pumpkin brew, nothing to get overly excited about. But its another substantially fine Town Hall drinker. One that could be easily enjoyed by those not looking for anything but...a simple tasty spiced brew.

tavernjef, Oct 14, 2005
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Petunia's Pumpkin Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.