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Spiced Pumpkin Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Spiced Pumpkin AleSpiced Pumpkin Ale

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-03-2003

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 102
Photo of potownbill
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of Ricochet
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here it is. Fall. The usual players are pushin punkin on the beer world, and I continue my search for a slice of pie in a glass.

A: Light orange/amber, very little carb with small head and lace that went away.

S: Rusty cap, slight fake pumpkin and grain.

M: About as average as it gets, mild aftertaste with no sweet, foam slightly on the mouth.

T: I get the spice part, but there is only a small amount of pumpkin. The sweetness is from honey and slight bitter from whatever hops they use, otherwise, straight average.

D: There is better, there is worse. Average all the way.

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Photo of CAP1868
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Wasabi 88 pint glass.

A-Pours a dark copper color just like most pumpkin ales. Minimal head with spotty lacing.

S-Smells sweet, not really what I expected it to smell like, didn't really notice much pumpkin, smelled more like honey.

T-Tastes very sweet, the honey overwhelms the pumpkin and spices. I was really thinking it would be more spicy.

M-Light little to no carbonation

D-With the light carbonation it is very drinkable, but it feels more like a summer brew than a fall pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Jayli
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 11/1

A: This beer pours a beautiful crystal clear amber color topped with a one finger of white sudsy head to it. Head disappears immediately and no real lacing to speak of is left behind.

S: Nose is of nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of malt.

T: Taste is nutmeg and cinnamon upfront, lending in to some pale ales with a finish of pumpkin and sharp spice finish.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, slick feel with a slightly chewy bite to it.

D: I love pumpkin beers, but the spicing, pumpkin and malts weren't blended that well. I have had far better offerings of the style.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crytal clear orange color with a nice white head. Head has ok retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is typical for a pumpkin ale. Quite a few spices just a bit lighter than others that I've had.

T- Again just like others that I've had only quite a bit lighter in flavours. The spices dominant this brew mainly nutmeg and cinnamon.

M- Lighter in body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just not really my thing. I guess for this season I'll just stick with Oktoberfests.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of avalon07
3.22/5  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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Luckily my wife got a glass of this on our most recent trip, because there is no way I would get anything else when Siberian Night is in season! Dark golden orange with a medium off-white head. Thin and quick lacing. Lots of cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg in the nose. Light-bodied and a little fizzy. The pumpkin flavor is not nearly as strong as the aroma would lead you to believe. It almost reminds me of a spiced Christmas-type ale with the different spices that come through in the flavor. The finish is crisp and spiced with a little hops as well. Pretty good seasonal from Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of AwYeh
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Spadoof
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pumpkin aroma with a mild cinnamon and nutmeg scent that's noticeable without going over the top. It's a lighter beer with mostly a pale malt composition. The taste is decent as well. It has a pale malt flavor with a mild pumpkin flavor. It's adequately spiced as well as having a slightly acidic/tart finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average pumpkin ale, however among craft beer offerings this one doesn't measure up.

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Photo of Gmann
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.