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Spiced Pumpkin Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Spiced Pumpkin AleSpiced Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%


Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-03-2003)
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very nice label in the traditional TDBC K-9 themed fashion with some eye-catching graphics. Label gives IBU info, ABV info, serving temperature recommendation, a small description and back story on the beer, web info, and a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 3½ finger off white head of a medium tightly packed density atop a crystal clear light copper beer. Head retention was excellent at 5min 44sec before fading to a thick ring and thick frothy coating with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of faint pumpkin, coriander, a bit of nutmeg and clove, some bready maltiness, and a slight bit of hop bitterness.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of fresh pumpkin and a bit of earthyness with a coriander bite on the front end. Mid point is dominated by pumpkin with a nice honey sweetness along with some nutmeg and clove. Back end has a toasty bready maltiness along with pumpkin and a bit of bittering hops. Aftertaste is of bready pumpkin.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a smooth slick mouthfeel and crisp carbonation. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A very tasty easy drinking pumpkin ale that is very sessionable with its low ABV. This was more malty than other pumpkin ales that I have tried. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale at 5% ABV. Consumed 11/9/2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:49:47 | More by thegodfather1076
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xabyss

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a quest since time immemorial (i.e. like, the last eight months or so) to find the perfect pumpkin ale. You know, THAT pumpkin ale, the one that really does taste like pumpkin pie and doesn't just try to taste like pumpkin pie. I'm convinced it exists in some obscure corner of the world. So, will this be the one pumpkin ale to rule them all? (Spoiler alert: it is not.) Thirsy Dog's stab at the style pours the typical pumpkin orange, placid and hazy with some fluffy white head. The aroma is more pumpkin-forward than other pumpkin ales I've sniffed. It's more a fleshy pumpkin rind that more fully captures the essence of the fruit. The more pumpkin and less spices approach carries over to the palate as well, though there are some strong cinnamon and ginger notes up front. It's a bit thin and grainy mid-sip with a fantastic finish of pumpkin pie crust, ginger and bread. Very smooth on the tongue. I like the pumpkin prominence, but the mild spices and grainy mellowness leaves me wanting more. The search continues...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 02:57:00 | More by xabyss
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 12 oz bottle with a label that says "PUMPKIN ALE - ale brewed with pumpkin, honey & spices". Not emphasizing the spices anymore? In any case, the spicing level on this is excellent. Even though the aroma suggests a higher level of spicing, tasting reveals a balanced blend of caramelized pumpkin, malts and spices, with a hint of hops. Very mildly sweet.

O: Excellent for style

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:05:17 | More by chinchill
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BB1313

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent golden; fluffy eggshell white head that fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have your typical cinnamon spices. There's also some caramel malts in the mix. The flavors really match. Lots of earthy notes that blend with the spices. Graham cracker and whipped cream in the mix. Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg pave the way. Lots of caramel. Subtle spiciness. It has a wonderful aftertaste. Mouthfeel is has a great body to it for being such a light beer; active carbonation. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed and it's very easy to drink. Aromas and flavors really develop as it warms up.

The thing I always loved about this beer is that they use fresh pumpkins. It's basically your typical pumpkin ale, but is somewhat unique. Not bad. It's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:30:19 | More by BB1313
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is shockingly good I haven't drank many pumpkin ales this year because of the overkill the style has done to me in the past, but this is really tasty. Pours hazy amber with a big cream colored head, heavy chunky lace left behind. Aroma full of pumpkin spice and caramelized sugars it even has actual pumpkin flesh notes. Liquefy pumpkin pie and there you have it, this beer. Spice notes nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar all wound into a puree' of caramelized pumpkin flesh, very good I'm about to blend this beer with Old Leg Humper to blend in some roasted malt elements. Standout beer from the 12 pack sampler I bought, goes down extremely easy for a spiced vegetable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 21:18:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pumpkin beer on our tasting list.
Poured an orange-amber color, slightly hazy, lots of carbonation bubble streams keep the white head.
The aroma has lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg most dominant. The taste followed the same pumpkin pie type spices, lots of malt base and a touch of hop in the finish.
Light body and lots of carbonation (as noted above), keep it easy to drink.
Overall, another very good version of a pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:38:53 | More by BigBry
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 batch, 12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours an orange, slight head that dissipates early. Carbonation bubbles continue to rise. Fairly clear, can see shape of finger through the glass.

S: Smells great, esp for a 5% beer. Spices, pumpkin shine.

T: Tastes like a session pumpkin beer should. Strong pumpkin flavor with some spice and cinnamon coming through. Just a tasty beer.

M: Thin body, with some of the spice hitting the tongue. Carbonation is evident on the palate.

O: A great lower alcohol pumpkin beer. It won't stand up to the likes of a pumking, but its one of the best sessionable pumpkin beers on the market. I really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 19:10:55 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with some orange highlights and moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off white head that reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - specifically cinnamon and nutmeg stand out.

T: Moderate flavors of caramel malts with slightly stronger flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Light notes of hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced both between the malts and hops as well as between the spices and pumpkin. Very enjoyable and easy to drink...would be good for turkey day.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:23:33 | More by dbrauneis
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently purchased this at The Fridge for at-home consumption. It is that time of the year ...

From the bottle: "Ale Brewed with Pumpkin, Honey & Spices"; "Brewed with summer's harvest of 5 varieties of pumpkin locally grown for the brewery and by the brewery. All are hand selected and carmelized [sic] just prior to brewing. You will not find this beer before seeing the first pumpkin for sale on the roadside market. Only the freshest ingredients combined with our pumpkins give you a rich creamy golden orange ale that tastes great all fall."

My pour produced two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a deep-orangish amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very spicy with notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice. Mouthfeel was slightly full, but not really "creamy" and not only did the spices translate well on the tongue, but I also tasted vanilla. Finish was sweet as you might expect from the style. This was a good version of the style, not great, but not as bad as some that I have tried and I have been a fan of the style going 'way back.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:21:30 | More by woodychandler
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish amber; loose, fizzy, head that quickly fizzes away

S - grainy, pumpkin, cinnamon

T - pie crust, pumpkin, grains, cinnamon, nutmeg

M - crisp, medium bodied, smooth

This is an easy to drink pumpkin ale. The flavor is rather mellow and bit a grainy. There are hints of pie crust that I love in this style, but the flavor is dominated by grains and spices. The pumpkin comes through up front and is quickly washed away with spices. A bit of balance would definitely improve this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 19:26:10 | More by tdm168
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

That's right, another pumpkin beer. Why the hell not? This one pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises the usual pumpkin pie spice and caramel aromas, though things aren't as overdone, as ultra-spiced as usual. It's all nice, tame, and overarchingly pleasant. The taste follows suit, with the same usual cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, allspice, and ginger spicing, along with some real pumpkin filling and a smattering of light buttercream. Gotta say, this is one tasty pumpkin beer. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, an easy-going and tasty pumpkin beer, one of the best I've had in a long time. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:03:50 | More by TMoney2591
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale orange with a decent amount of head forming and then quickly dissipating.

S: Has a strong sweet gourd character and a mild amount of your usual pumpkin pie spices, especially ginger

T: The flavor profile closely resembles the aroma with the ginger lingering for a few moments after you take a drink.

M: Very light and refreshing with a good effervescence from the carbonation .

O: A decent example of the style, perhaps a touch too light in body, but otherwise very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:22:22 | More by RedSpecial1
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was nice. Poured with a small head and has a nice dark orange to copper color.
Odor is pretty good. Has light smell of spices typical with pumpkin such as nutmeg and cinnamon.
Mouth feel is a little average. It is light and carbonated. Not much substance to it.
Taste follows with the mouth feel. Has carbonated taste and light pumpkin-type flavor. Flavor is not really pronounced. Overall it seems to be lacking and not as good as other pumpkin beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:28:38 | More by dexterk1
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Bright orange honey body. Mixed bubble head with low retention and low lace.

S – Great nose with a huge pumpkin flavor. Brown sugar, crisp cinnamon, light molasses, sweet fresh baked ginger bread, and warm pumpkin pie.

T – Sweet honey, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavor is round, well defined, and ubiquitous. Malty pumpkin pie finish.

M – Smooth, medium body with nice carbonation.

O – A tasty brew. Well balanced sweetness, a great nose, and great pumpkin flavor. One of the better versions of the style I had in 2011.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:25:36 | More by vfgccp
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a mug

A- Poured a darker orange color with one and a half fingers of frothy head that left some good lace.

S- Lots of cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, and citrus. Very aromatic

T- Lot of natural pumpkin, ginger, and nutmeg, cinnamon,seltzer like taste, and quite a bit of graininess. Kind of ginger ale flavor to this.

M- Lighter bodied pumpkin ale with pretty high carbonation.

O- An okay pumpkin ale, the flavor was not nearly as robust as the aroma though.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:51:14 | More by Hoptometrist
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear orange color with a small off-white head that thinned to a light ring.

S - smells like liquid pumpkin pie.

T - taste is full of pumpkin pie spices blended together fairly well.

F - medium bodied with easy drinkability.

O - a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:18:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light orange, almost straw. No head leads to no lacing.

Smells of pumpkin. This is possibly the strongest pumpkin smelling ale Ive had. Hints of allspice and other pie spices are lingering in the background.

Taste is very light. No power is really mind-blowing. Initial tastes are pumpkin and powdered cinnamon. Hints of biscuit malt along with the rest of the pie spices are there in severe moderation.

The powdered cinnamon is what separates this one from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:54:04 | More by VncentLIFE
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours an orange copper with minimal head that dissipates fairly quickly. Minimal but visible lacing

S - Strong brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg maybe?

T - Strong brown sugar presence, as the initial sugar rush dies down cinnamon nutmeg and some pumpkin come in.

M - Like most all pumpkin brews, mouth feel leaves much to be desired. Tastes more like sugar water than beer. Thin, ok carbonation. not terrible but not good.

O - Nothing really special about this one, it would be ok for a holloween party I guess but the mouthfeel is pretty poor. Super sugary

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:10:12 | More by MacQ32
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear yellow/orange body, small white head immediately died

S: pumpkin spice up front, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon in the background

T: sweet through previously mentioned flavors, honey comes through as the beer warms

M: light to medium, sessionable, crisp, strong spicey aftertaste and finish

O: this is a good pumpkin ale and I would have this again as well

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 19:50:32 | More by BeerKangaroo
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-brown color and a clear consistency. There was almost no head to speak. Same with the lacing.

S: A nice, underplayed aroma of malt, pumpkin and spices.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt, though the two spices were not as featured as they could have been. A somewhat flat, thin flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is just an average, extremely forgettable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 13:38:30 | More by avalon07
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Innocentexile

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- transparent amber. head disappeared as quickly as it came with no lacing

S-very slight spice with a hint of pumpkin, very thin smell

T- curious, I didn't taste much pumpkin. spice was present but not very much. pretty lackluster IMO

M-smooth, little carbonation. easy on the tongue

O-its OK. not really what I was expecting. not bad in anyway, just under-performed

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:03:45 | More by Innocentexile
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Gmann

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear toasted straw color with some light amber highlights. The head is small and dissipated into a light cap.

The aroma is big on the pumpkin spice. Strong nutmeg aroma to go along with some allspice and cinnamon. Pretty much all spice in the nose.

The taste is light. There is a sweet honey malt that serves as a base. The pumpkin spice flavor is nowhere near as strong as in the aroma. Some light nutmeg and allspice notes. There is a bit of a grainy/vegetal flavor probably coming from the pumpkin. I also get a lemony flavor in the end.

The body is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation which gives the beer a crisp edge. Mainly sweet on the palate but does finish with a lemony astringency.

An average pumpkin ale. Some nice pumpkin spice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 23:03:54 | More by Gmann
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a very nice orange tinted amber with a little bit of a haze to it and ample carbonation. A nice three finger head of white lace appeared on top and gradually faded down into just a film across the top. The aroma was very big, full of spices, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were readily noticeable. The taste followed along the same line. A very spicy little ale with just the right amount of hotness to it. The cinnamon was particularly strong and had a great effect on the flavor. Very nice light body and ample carbonation made it go down very easily. Overall this was a fine version of a pumpkin ale that was rich in spice and had just the right amount of hop in the back to give it a little punch.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:25:22 | More by mikesgroove
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Spadoof

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from: Williams IGA (Vienna, Ohio)
Origin: 12 oz Bottle
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 04/26/11
Glassware: Dogfish Head Snifter
Serving Temperature: 50 F

Notes: A friend of mine split this bottle with me. This may have been a little past its prime due to the fact its April and this beer is a flat 5% ABV.

I)Appearance: Pour a 1/2 finger of fluffy head with little retention. As the head feel it left no real lacing on the glass except for a few faint wisps. The body is a beautiful, bright orange.

II) Smell: The nose on this is great. Homemade pumpkin pie. It even seems to have a slight graham cracker smell to, which I suspect is due to the honey used in the brewing process.

III) Taste: Actually follows pretty close to the nose but is a lot less intense. Pumpkin, Cinnamon, nutmeg and a light honey flavor all make a brief appearence and quickly dissipate. Again this might be due to the fact that the beer had some age on it. Overall very pleasant though.
A) Malt Intesity (1-5): 2
B) Hop Intesity (1-5):1

IV) Mouthfeel: Thin and lightly carbonated. Actually works pretty well for the style. This would go great with a piece of pumpkin pie after a thanksgiving feast.

V) Drinkability: I could have quite a few of these in one sitting. Nice session beer at 5% ABV.

VI) Concluding thoughts: It was pretty good. Actually has a pretty authentic pumpkin pie taste to it. I'm definitly going to revisit this when October comes around again to see what its like fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 15:13:29 | More by Spadoof
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting one of his few 12oz bottles with me on this night of remembering Autumns past. No freshness date spotted on the bottle, but we'll assume it's a little past its prime given that I'm reviewing a September/October beer in March.

A: Pours a cloudy copper-orangish color, with two fingers of frothy off-white head.

S: Musty, pumpkin-squash aroma, with hints of ginger and nutmeg. Quite spicy, much like a pumpkin pie.

T: More pumpkin and spices; very reminiscent of the fall season. Not getting much beyond those two flavors, maybe a bit of malty sweetness. Nice balance for the style; haven't been a huge fan of the Thirsty Dog brews I've tried in the past but this one stands out as a notch above the rest.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, which lends a creamy texture to the mouthfeel. Moderately smooth, with an equally moderately dry finish.

O: A decent beer, and definitely worth a try (for at least a single) from anyone within distribution range. Exceeded my expectations considering my prior experience with Thirsty Dog; glad I got a chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 08:26:14 | More by AwYeh
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Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.