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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: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

VncentLIFE, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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

MacQ32, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +10.5%

teyuders, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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

BeerKangaroo, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

avalon07, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Innocentexile
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Innocentexile, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Gmann, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Spadoof
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Spadoof, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

AwYeh, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Jesse13713, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of biggred1
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

biggred1, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of potownbill
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

potownbill, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Spider889, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

buschbeer, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

oberon, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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

DrDemento456, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

MbpBugeye, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

nrbw23, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

hustlesworth, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of EricHeff
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

EricHeff, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

beergod1, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Ricochet
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Ricochet, Sep 04, 2010
Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.