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Spiced Pumpkin Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Spiced Pumpkin AleSpiced Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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 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 oberon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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 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 WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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 tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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 avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 pathman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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

Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.