Spiced Pumpkin Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
10-17-2010 20:35:59 | More by hustlesworth
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
11-24-2011 01:54:04 | More by VncentLIFE
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
A- What we have here is a clear ale of a deep rich orange color. A nice white head crowns this beer, leaving intricate lacing in big fat rings. Pretty nice looking.
S- Very pumpkiny. Fresh pumpkin pie. A nice dessert sweetness, could be from the addition of honey or the freshly harvested pumpkins. What ever the cause, the result is a beautiful smelling pumpkin ale.
T- Sadly the taste isnt quite as decadent as the bouquet is. It goes back to being more of a beer than a dessert. Ive noticed that it seems to be hard to get the pumpkin flavors to contend with the strong flavors of spices used in these ales. This beer is another one that suffers from that challenge, but compared to many, many other pumpkin ales this one does exceedingly well. The finish is the nicest part of the flavor. Cinnamon and honey linger and allow the pumpkin to catch up. They meet and create a fleeting glimpse of sweet pumpkin pie.
M-Errr, too carbonated. Its a shame too. Everything this beer has would be magnified if the carbonation were lessened and the beer was smoother.
D- I really am enjoying this one. I feel that this is a new contender in the pumpkin ale category. Ill take this over a Punkin any time.
10-26-2010 04:32:10 | More by MbpBugeye
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
02-21-2012 03:03:50 | More by TMoney2591
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
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
4.01/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
01-31-2014 05:49:47 | More by thegodfather1076
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
12-24-2011 00:25:36 | More by vfgccp
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-08-2012 23:22:22 | More by RedSpecial1
Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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