Spiced Pumpkin Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Spiced Pumpkin AleSpiced Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-03-2003

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by imaguitargod:
Photo of imaguitargod
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a small head that dissipated into a light ring of foam, no lacing. The color is lighter than most Pumpkin Ales, but still nicely colored (orange tinted yellow). Moderate carbonation. Nice malt sweetness combined with a Pumpkin/brown sugar taste on the front end. The spices come in on the back end with a lingering nutmeg flavor. Very nice and would love to have another.

~Jonathan Passow

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biggred1
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of potownbill
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Bethpage Black USOPEN 2009 Glass.
Appearance: pale orange-amber with a thin white head.
Smell: Somewhat grainy. More of the pumpkin/spice smell comes out with warming
Taste: Sweet. Not much pumpkin spice. A little kick of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Again, with warming, more of the spiciness comes out
Mouthfeel: Thin. Not much carbonation.
Drinkability: Did not think this is a very remarkable brew. Easy to drink, but not very memorable.
Based on the scores, this is a very average beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light copper color with some orange highlights and a white head. A bit of lace going down. The nose brings nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and some other light spicing. There is some light pumpkin and caramel as well. Good balance. The taste isn't quite as nice and balanced, with the flavors being a bit more mild. Medium body with good carbonation. I was most excited to try Siberian Night from Thirsty Dog, yet ended up being a bit more impressed by this one.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new Thirsty Dog brew. They have been adding more and more new beers to their lineup. So far, so good. Here is my review of their Pumkin Ale (5% ABV):

A: Pours an orange amber color. Head doesn't last very long. Some carbonation going on. What you would expect from a pumpkin ale.

S/T: Pretty unique and different. Actually reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Christmas Ale, but not nearly as good. Pumpkin and spices on the aroma. Taste is very ginger and cinnamon dominant (like Christmas Ale) with a touch of nutmeg. Pumpkin is there as well as a caramel maltyness. Finish is pretty flat. Not much going on after the swollow. One of the better pumpkin ales around, but nowhere near as good Southern Tier, Hoppin Frog or Weyerbachers.

M/D: Medium bodied with a very clean finish. Carbonation is a little low. Seems a little flat. Drinks rather easily. The lower ABV would make this a good session pumpkin ale.

Another okay effort from Thirsty Dog. Its got a good mix of pumpkin and spice, with the ginger dominating. Its not one I would regularly seek out, but not something I would turn down either. I usually find pumpkin beers hit or miss, but this one is somewhere in between. Its good, but not great.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice english ale type off white head atop a clear pumpkin colored amber brew. rising bubbles are extremely tiny for a beer of this nature. cobwebby lace leaves a pattern like the white lines on a giraffe before drying to a spattering of spots. head retention is so-so but does hold at a solid ring after it settles.

S- ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg are all very mild and that's just the way i like it. honey aromas provide a delicious dessert sweetness along with the base of toasty and caramel brown sugar malt. complex squash aromas come out more and more as it warms. on a recent trip to the brewery, thirsty dog owner john najeway told me he uses several different varieties of homegrown pumpkins to make this brew. i believe it.

T- caramelized squash sweetness, toasty and caramel malt, and pretty much no bitterness. spice flavors are very subdued in the flavor and only a touch of honey comes through, allowing the pumpkins to be in the spotlight. the flavor is not comparable to pumpkin pie, but more like pumpkin bread. and a not overly spiced bread at that. earthy-sweet pumpkin flavor paired with honey and malt sweetness dominate this beer until it dries out in the finish leaving pumpkin, a touch of vinous hop? and ultimately a cleaner palate than other honey-spiced beers. the only problem for me is that honey sweetness can become too dominant as the beer warms. i could look at it as a transition, but the spice and sweetness are what i'm trying to avoid.

MF- medium carbonation, medium body, nice balance of sweet/dry toasty/leafy and very soft on the palate until those sharp tight bubbles come sneaking up and firmly planting a carbohydrate almost sweet potato feel, minus the starch.

D- easily my favorite pumpkin ale, and an all-star among one of my least favorite styles. i shy usually away because pumpkin beers taste like pumpkin pie and i don't like pumpkin pie and although this one does have flavorful spices, they aren't so overbearing that the base malt and the damn pumpkins themselves aren't in the forefront. drinkable body matches the drinkable abv matching the drinkable flavor makes a winner for me. still don't serve it with a slice of pumpkin on the glass.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.