1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Spiced Pumpkin Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Spiced Pumpkin AleSpiced Pumpkin Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass a burnt orange tinge medium golden with a thin white head,big time mace,cardamom,and clove spice in the nose,quite appetizing.Sharp and fizzy feel,not pleasant in my mind,really takes away from the beer.Heavy mace flavors,that really sticks out,clove and cardamom flavors are there as well.It has good flavors but are masked a little by the mouthfeel,if the feel was tweeked this could be a real good pumpkin brew.

11-10-2010 01:49:42 | More by oberon
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

The beer was a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma of brown sugar and spice. Nothing definitive about the spice, but the taste revealed it to be cinnamon and clove. Not much in the way of pumpkin. It was pretty sweet, in fact a little too sweet for me. A bit above average, but there are better pumpkin beers to be had.

10-16-2009 10:55:38 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

09-05-2013 21:18:18 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%

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

01-11-2014 01:05:17 | More by chinchill
Photo of Brenden
Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

The color is a clear golden-orange. The head faded after a short time to a foam, leaving thin lacing behind.
This one's got a pure pumpkin aroma with some gentle spices and evidence of a sturdy malt to back it.
The malt is as sturdy in the flavor, with just a slight trace of hops adding very little bitterness. The spices are well-done and add an element of complexity, and the pumpkin in the flavor is natural and adds a little sweetness due to having been caramelized.
The mouthfeel sufficiently smooth and crisp with being impressive. Body is medium and this is fairly rich. Carbonation is light to moderate.
This is a sturdy, tasty pumpkin ale that sits well as a seasonal session brew. It's not particularly spectacular, but it is good.

10-17-2009 22:06:48 | More by Brenden
Photo of cynical1027
cynical1027

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-21-2012 02:57:13 | More by cynical1027
Photo of BamfBacon
BamfBacon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-11-2013 02:56:51 | More by BamfBacon
Photo of tdm168
tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

05-12-2012 19:26:10 | More by tdm168
Photo of Lanstrum
Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-01-2012 14:42:40 | More by Lanstrum
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

10-22-2011 23:03:54 | More by Gmann
Photo of dexterk1
dexterk1

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13%

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.

12-24-2011 22:28:38 | More by dexterk1
Photo of dtx00
dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-28-2011 19:31:20 | More by dtx00
Photo of n2185
n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-07-2012 23:10:34 | More by n2185
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

08-29-2011 02:25:22 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Bierguy5
Bierguy5

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle, 5% abv. Pours a clear copper color. Good looking white rocky head holds for a few minutes.

Nose is full of some pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. A bit of a caramel note, as well as some earthy pumpkin and squash notes.

Some nice caramel notes up front. Spices in the nose are present, but pretty restrained. A bit of a pumpkin flavor. A bitter fade toward the end.

Carbonation seems a bit high, giving an almost frothy feel. Lacks a great deal of character.

11-22-2009 21:47:24 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of buschbeer
buschbeer

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

I poured into a pint glass to a quarter inch of off white head. It is burnt orange in color. The aroma is your usual suspects, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt. The taste is just like it smells. It is another solid beer from a solid brewing company.

11-14-2010 16:08:25 | More by buschbeer
Photo of teyuders
teyuders

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2011 05:25:55 | More by teyuders
Photo of biggred1
biggred1

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Clear, pumpkin-orange with a big creamy tan head that lasts a while. The arome is nice, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and roasted pumpkin. Nice, albeit mild pumpkin pie flavors and pale malt with a nice balance between spice and sweetness. Light bodied, a little more creaminess in the body would have bumped up the score considerably. Savory spice dries out the finish a bit. A good pumpkin ale but not the greatest.

01-27-2011 00:02:32 | More by biggred1
Photo of Jesse13713
Jesse13713

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured into my Danny Boy's pint glass.

Appearance - Four full fingers of creamy and frothy vanilla head cover up this transparent brew. The beer is a very watery orange color with brown caramel notes to it. It definitely has the appearance of a fall beer. It looks like 'pumpkin juice'; if that sort of thing would ever exist.

Smell - Ahhh. I've been longing for a pumpkin beer ever since fall ended. Concise pumpkin bring backs memories from the fall. Light gourd and heavy pumpkin (or Jack-O-Lantern!?) notes. Very faint bitters in the background. Slight nutmeg and spices.

Taste - What? Wait a minute. What happened to those robust pumpkin spices in the nose? Upon my first drink, I thought I was drinking straight water. It isn't until moments after I swallow until I am met with sweetened Splenda gourd juice. I occasionally get a hint of spice in my drink; but not often. Upon continuing to drink; I realized that I had to work for the taste. Swirling it around my mouth and moving my tongue around brought out all of the spices in a much better fashion. I drank the rest of the beer this way.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - This is the lightest body on any beer I've ever experienced. The spices make themselves more present in the second half of the beer, which is a nice touch. This beer is extremely watered down, however. I can't even believe this is even 5% alcohol. While light bodied, the beer feels thick and swampy in my mouth. It feels like my tongue is trying to get through a thick maple syrup. Once swirling the beer around my mouth; I noticed that this really helped bring out all of the spices.

EDIT: I enjoyed this beer much more when it was warmer and have adjusted my score.

03-16-2011 02:14:54 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +11.6%

As a BA I find that price for this was too much but does not affect my review

A - Pours a nice Orange amber brown (love that color!) with an inch of slightly tan head that laces the glass

S - At first whiff, nutmeg but as it warms you get pumpkin and cinnamon maybe a bit of clove and wheat

T - Very sweet and paired with a pumpkin roll, outstanding. The beautiful bouquet of sweet caramel and pumpkin meet a astounding amount of spice flavor that makes the beer sweet but not too sweet. Finishes with malty-ness that makes me happy.

M - Light and creamy like it should be.

D - Arguably on of the BEST pumpkin ales I have had all season which started rough with a hop forward smutty nose.
Will need to find it on tap to get a growler

10-27-2010 20:25:49 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of pathman
pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-07-2013 13:52:51 | More by pathman
Photo of BB1313
BB1313

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

10-23-2013 00:30:19 | More by BB1313
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

On-tap 10/10/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains pumpkin, light caramelized malts, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste has a strong pumpkin flavor along with a lot of spices. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's not the best one out there but this is a decent pumpkin beer to drink for a while.

10-11-2009 20:11:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Simko1209
Simko1209

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-02-2014 16:56:02 | More by Simko1209
Photo of BigBry
BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

01-01-2013 01:38:53 | More by BigBry
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.