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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 thequeen711
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

thequeen711, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

WesWes, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Bierguy5, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Jayli, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of gabe23
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

gabe23, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Brenden, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

atsprings, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of CAP1868
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

CAP1868, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

OldSchoolGamer, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

wyattshotmaker, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

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

imaguitargod, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Dogbrick, Nov 03, 2003
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Spiced Pumpkin Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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