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Petunia's Pumpkin Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Petunia's Pumpkin Ale
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very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
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:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-14-2005)
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Photo of dfried
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber in color, small head that was mainly a ring. Obviously a pumpkin ale from aroma, pumpkin and spices, but a decent malt character as well. The flavor was the most like an actually pumpkin pie of any pumpkin ale I have tried, but again there was a decent caramel/pale malt backbone. It's like it was as spiced as most pumpkin ales, but over more malt. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Good beer, I didn't dislike it, but it was still a novelty seasonal. I don't know how anyone can sit and have more than one or two of these.

dfried, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 tavernjef
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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Petunia's Pumpkin Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.