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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
82
good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | 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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RedSpecial1

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:22:22 | More by RedSpecial1
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MordorMongo


2/5  rDev -44.9%

01-02-2012 15:41:11 | More by MordorMongo
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:28:38 | More by dexterk1
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:25:36 | More by vfgccp
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-16-2011 21:01:48 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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HeathP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-12-2011 01:29:31 | More by HeathP
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-10-2011 13:33:30 | More by Brown120
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:51:14 | More by Hoptometrist
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-28-2011 19:31:20 | More by dtx00
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amstelcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-27-2011 22:43:38 | More by amstelcat
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:18:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:54:04 | More by VncentLIFE
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:10:12 | More by MacQ32
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teyuders

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-16-2011 05:25:55 | More by teyuders
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 19:50:32 | More by BeerKangaroo
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 13:38:30 | More by avalon07
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Innocentexile

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:03:45 | More by Innocentexile
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Gmann

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 23:03:54 | More by Gmann
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:25:22 | More by mikesgroove
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Spadoof

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 15:13:29 | More by Spadoof
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 08:26:14 | More by AwYeh
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 02:14:54 | More by Jesse13713
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biggred1

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:02:32 | More by biggred1
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potownbill

New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:52:39 | More by potownbill
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Spider889

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:50:32 | More by Spider889
Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.