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Spiced Pumpkin Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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83
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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 97
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 97
Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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. (2,208 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
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. (756 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
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. (708 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 (739 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of RedSpecial1
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. (510 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp orange with a thin head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is a decent amount of spices such as cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. The taste is a decent blend of spice and caramel malts. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. A very decent pumpkin ale to say the least. (352 characters)

Photo of gabe23
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper color with a small white head that hands around a long time. Not much lacing.

S - Some bready malt with a touch of herbal hops in the background. Lots of pumpkin pie spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger.

T - Caramel malt and honey sweetness followed by a tiny bit of hops bitterness. The finish is all spices, and they linger on the tongue for a while. Not a strong pumpkin flavor, but it's there.

M - A bit more watery that I would expect from the style, and the carbonation is mild.

D - I'm a fan of spiced ales, so I enjoyed this one. I could easily down a couple at a sitting. (598 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this little gem unexpectedly at Giant Eagle of all places. It was inside the walk-in cooler, hidden behind some cases of Miller or something. Someone definitely went through some trouble to hide this for some reason. Ohh, well - bonus for me!

First off I am not sure why this is listed as "Spiced" Pumpkin Ale, when the bottle only says: "Pumpkin Ale" but whatever.

Even with a rough pour you get virtually no head. What's there is milky white and recedes immediately. There is, however, a small ring of bubbles that replenished itself throughout the entire glass. No lace. It's average for the style, most pumpkin ales I've had have trouble with the head thing. I gave this one a bump on score for being so pleasingly crystal clear. The beer is a dark golden amber color on my table, emitting some nice bright red hues as the right angle of light reflects off through the bottom of my pint. When held to the light the beer is slightly lighter in color - more of that of an circulated copper penny.

Smells is pretty darn tempting right out of the gate. Lots of traditional aromas - cinnamon and allspice. Dig deeper and there's some faint vanilla bean to be found, along with pumpkin. Now, when I say pumpkin, I mean it - not just the spices in pie. This beer has the best real pumpkin smell right behind ST Pumking (no beer will likely top that). It's fresh and gooey, reminiscent of the stringy innards you dig out of a pumpkin when carving. The only problem is that it is very faint.

Taste isn't as interesting or layered. Cinnamon up front, followed by sweet caramel malts. Some other spices are also underneath, but the flavor wasn't as interesting as the smell.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp due to a large amount of carbonation. Slightly slick on the palate.

Pretty drinkable. I'll definitely be happy to drink this again next year. However, with Pumking and HF Double Pumpkin around, this is likely the third on my list to get next year. (1,953 characters)

Photo of EricHeff
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a golden-orange color with about 1 fingers worth of white head. I smell the usual pumpkin and spices right off the bat but the taste is not as strong as the smell. It is not necessarily a bad thing tho. This is an easily drinkable beer that I could chill out and have a few of. My favorite pumpkin beer still goes to Dogfish Head, but this one is still yummy and a great treat for the season. (401 characters)

Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor Ohio, Dark golden orange with a medium off-white head. Faded to a constant thin layer of foam.. Lots of cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg in the nose. Light-bodied and a More carbonated than most Pumpkin Ales.. The pumpkin flavor is not nearly as strong as the aroma would lead you to believe .The finish is crisp and spiced with a little hops as well. Pretty good seasonal from Thirsty Dog. But not quite as good as my top 3, Weyerbacher,Southampton, and DFH. Can't wait for the 12 dogs of Christmas. (531 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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 (384 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
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. (665 characters)

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

poured into a pint glass,nice deep copper. smells like pumpkin pie,notes of nutmeg,cinnamon,pumpkin come to mind. tastes like pumpkin,nutmeg,cinnamon,maybe a bit of ginger in there.some malt sweetness in the forefront with very light bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel is lightbodied,fairly carbonated.pretty refreshing for a pumpkin ale.ads to the drinkability. (364 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of xabyss
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... (1,039 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
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. (804 characters)

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Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.