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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
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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:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-03-2003)
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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 MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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.

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 hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of EricHeff
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of thequeen711
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange pour, frothy head calming to lace. Nose is an awesome pumpkin spice! The first sip is flavourful, but as I drink on the pumpkin disappears within the drink, and it is almost watery. Perhaps is is mildly pumpkin spicy, it is great with the initial sip, I think the flavours need to be more concentrated to make a stronger pumpkin appearance.

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 Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of gabe23
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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 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 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 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 CAP1868
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new Thirsty Dog brew. They have been adding more and more new beers to their lineup. So far, so good. Here is my review of their Pumkin Ale (5% ABV):

A: Pours an orange amber color. Head doesn't last very long. Some carbonation going on. What you would expect from a pumpkin ale.

S/T: Pretty unique and different. Actually reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Christmas Ale, but not nearly as good. Pumpkin and spices on the aroma. Taste is very ginger and cinnamon dominant (like Christmas Ale) with a touch of nutmeg. Pumpkin is there as well as a caramel maltyness. Finish is pretty flat. Not much going on after the swollow. One of the better pumpkin ales around, but nowhere near as good Southern Tier, Hoppin Frog or Weyerbachers.

M/D: Medium bodied with a very clean finish. Carbonation is a little low. Seems a little flat. Drinks rather easily. The lower ABV would make this a good session pumpkin ale.

Another okay effort from Thirsty Dog. Its got a good mix of pumpkin and spice, with the ginger dominating. Its not one I would regularly seek out, but not something I would turn down either. I usually find pumpkin beers hit or miss, but this one is somewhere in between. Its good, but not great.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of imaguitargod
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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.

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