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Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: aerozeppl on 09-28-2008

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Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 80
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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A pretty"below"standard pumpkin ale here.Pours into a standard pint glass a cleat light brass color with a minimal head.Light pumpkin spice in the nose along with a sour note wich I didn't care for much.A lighter fizzy feel in the mouth, flavors have a sourness too that leaves the spice notes behind,for a non- funked out pumpkin ale this has some sourness that Iam not a fan of.Captain Lawrence from what I have had is pretty top notch...except for this.

Photo of MadScientist
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium amber with good clarity. The head is low and made of long lasting ivory bubbles.

S: The smell is nicely balance with moderate aromas of spice, malt sweetness and pumpkin with the spice being mainly note of allspice and ginger with lesser amounts of clove and cinnamon.

T: A medium amount of pie spice flavors blended with a caramel malt sweetness and pumpkin flavors. There is a moderately-low hop bitterness that combines with the spice to balance the malt. The finish is moderately dry.

M: A medium-full bodied beer that feels pretty light from the high level of carbonation. A slight astringency from the spice noted in the aftertaste.

O: I like that the spice isn't overdone and the overall balance if the flavors is there. Between the spice, carbonation and dryness it's almost drinks like a pumpkin saison.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always a treat to walk into the Captain Lawrence Brewery and get to try a new offering from Scott and the crew. Had 2 samples at the brewery, purchased a growler, came home and sampled further, right away. Nothing like fresh, local , and best of all world class quality beer. This one pours out of the growler very clear, darker orangy amber, under an off white head that leaves spots of sticky lace. Nose of typical fall spice, toasty malts and a final resiny hop whiff. I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, but this one is understated pumpkin/spice wise, leading to a tasty, enjoyable fall offering. Moderate pumpkin on the palate, moderate apple pie spicing thing going on. Crisp and tasty, with balanced malt/hop underlying the whole deal. A nice accompaniment to thanksgiving dinner comes to mind. I'm unlikely to often go for this one ahead of other CL choices, but its simply another quality beer choice from the good Captain.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

An above average pumpkin ale that nicely balances the beer with the pumpkin flavor. Very bready. The pumpkin taste is never overbearing. I have others I prefer, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of far333
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed caramel orange colore with particulate matter suspended. Low head dissipates quickly. Very faint aroma of malt and spice. So faint that I can't identify the spice.

Flavor is initially malty, but moves to odd spices and faint vanilla. Pumpkin seems to be missing, as does the typical cinnamon and nutmeg. Again, I can't identify the spice. Odd flavor in the finish that I also can't identify except to say unpleasant.

Mouthfeel has a sharpness from overcarbonation, and finishes metallic. I'm just not enjoying this beer.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +12.4%

This one is a deep amber-red, bright though dark and translucent. Its tan head caps at almost one finger. It's creamy and frothy and takes a good while to recede to an island and some thick edging while leaving legs on a good stretch of the glass.
With a good mingling of pumpkin, spicing, and sweetness, this one has the keys to a good pumpkin beer: the pumpkin flesh has enough presence without being either overly vegetal or sour; the spiciness blends nicely, allowing everything to come together without being harsh; the sweetness is just enough to complement the spicy and fleshy notes, with very nice elements of cinnamon and brown sugar. The malts give just a hint of crust to it (graham cracker), though I can't say whether that's intentional.
This beer is crisp, lightly smooth in its medium body working off of that bite. It's semi-dry with a vinous element at times, while the spices nip the tongue consistently.

Photo of Cjstoutlover
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

The crisp is there for sure! If your looking for a pumpkin ale you would like the pumpkin to slightly out do the hops! This doesn't happen here! You do taste pumpkin but very subtle! On a good note it is balanced, it is crisp clean very very little after taste, the hops don't jump through the roof and the alcohol doesn't over taste the grain. But again wish more pumpkin stood out. Enjoyable to drink none the less

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

Bear in mind this is my first pumpkin ale, so I may be a little off on the parameters of the style. Here goes nothing:

A--Pretty straight copper with a finger of fizzy off-white head that died quickly and left no lacing. Lots of active carbonation in the glass during the tasting.

S--Up front it's all squash, all the time. The only other thing I could trace out was some floral and some nutmeg, and that was upon repeated sniffs.

T--The pumpkin comes through in the very beginning on the sides of the mouth and then resurges on the aftertaste. In between you get subtle spice pulls--mostly nutmeg, again, but something a bit sweeter, like a cinnamon stick essence. Only pumpkin pie spice missing was clove. The finish is pretty dynamic, with a decent hop dryness tugging away amid a full deep squash ring that lasts well after you're done tasting. The finale on this one is the best part of it.

M&D--Feel is viscous, almost oily, with a sting of carbonation. Don't know the ABV but it doesn't seem high and is certainly not prominent. Not eminently drinkable in the Platonic sense--just as I don't want to sit down to a bowlful of butternut, I'm not going to throw back five or six of these--but this CL offering may be better than others. I'm ignorant in that dept. But if CL's track record is any judge, most of the pumpkins I taste after this will fall off. Would pair well with game.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a growler purchased at the brewery. Poured into a traditonal pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter orange body, not a lot of carbonation coming to the top of the glass. Quickly dissipating head and little lacing left.

Smell: A bit of clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin filling. Not terribly spicy, but that's about it, and it's a bit boring in some ways.

Taste: Again, you can taste the spices, but there's not a lot of backbone. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit of pie filling. Not a lingering or complex finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and thin, but nothing that detracts too much since the beer isn't really all that complex.

Drinkability: Don't get me wrong, I could drink this again, and pumpkin ales aren't easy, or so it seems, to create. But there's just something ho-hum about it overall. I'd like to try the cask vanilla version, because I think that's what this brew calls for: some barrel aging or additions.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Syracuse Real Ale Festival. Medium orange colour, average mouthfeel. Interesting carbonation with nice, understated spices of nutmeg, cinammon, brown sugar, and of course the gourd itself. Average acceptable pumkin style beer. Drinkable, though nothing special.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Run of the mill pumpkin ale.
Smells of pumpkin pie spices.
Some pumpkin in the taste but mostly spice.
Very carbonated but the mouthfeel is a little watery.
An ok beer.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 64 oz growler into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear, dark amber color with less than a finger of head, minimal retention and no lacing.

Smell is pretty typical of a pumpkin ale- pumpkin, some cinnamon, balanced with some caramel malt, very faint trace of citrus hops.

Taste is consistent with the nose- a little bitterness up front, followed by the pumpkin, then barley makes its appearance, taken over by the pumpkin and spice. Nice, but nothing groundbreaking.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium light body, light prickly carbonation, sweet finish. This is a decent pumpkin ale- as I said, nothing particularly interesting but easy drinking. Manages to fend off the heat from Sriracha.

As an aside: I wonder if american brewers who make pumpkin ales instead of oktoberfests don't want to put in the time to lager? The marzen is a better style in my opinion...

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper color with a sudsy off-white head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is of light pumpkin along with light cinnamon and nutmeg. The aroma is not overpowering but you can tell that it is a pumpkin ale.

Light pumpkin spice in the flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice pop through. The base is a neutral amber malt that lets the spice pop through. Some tea like flavors in the end.

The feel is light but solid with fizzy carbonation. Very balanced and crisp on the finish. A bit astringent. Real easy to drink.

An average pumpkin ale; a bit too light on the pumpkin flavor. It does drink very easy.

Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliantly clear copper with gentle carbonation moving through the glass. The moderate light khaki head leaves a nice amount of lace all the way down. While the the head fades kinda' fast it leaves a light covering that stirs up with each sip. The aroma is full of spices and pumpkin. Notes of vanilla, fruity yeast, and sweet light malt. A touch of butterscotch. There is a bit of hop earth as well. Taste follows the nose. There is a pale ale core that gives a bit of bread to the body. Hops are well balanced with a mix of herbs and earth. Finish is short and dry with a bit of grains. Feel is crisp and light with mild but tingly carbonation. This goes down quite nicely and is a great session ale. The overall balance of flavors makes this a pumpkin that like the Smutty you can enjoy every day. A super brew.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Enjoyed immediately following the Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, and was surprised that I thought this was a slight notch below. But still very good.

Pours medium dark copper with some white foam a top. Its a clear kind of dark. Very faint pumpkin smell, some cinammon/nutmeg notes. Flavorful pumpkin taste with a smooth cinammon finish. Light bodied, smooth, loaded flavor. Cleaner than most. Very good.

Photo of Samp01
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy orange amber hue with a very small beige head. Aroma and taste has some caramel malt, grains and grassy notes. A medium body with good carbonation. This brew has very little in the way of pumpkin or spices. Seems to drink more lager like. Overall not that great for a pumpkin ale but still drinkable.

Photo of bonbini26
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Belgian Room in a Tulip glass- $6

A- orange, light copper color, with a very small head

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, light hints of clove and all spice, not a lot of pumpkin coming through with this one

T- Light on the pumpkin side, in the beginning and medium on the spice side to finish, not very balanced, a little on the sweet side

M&D- the alcohol wasn't listed on this but it seems on the high side and the alcohol comes through a little to harsh on this one. Overall nothing special here for a pumpkin beer, i usually like most of Capt. Lawrence's offerings but ill pass on this one next time

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light-copper with a thin white head. Aroma is of apples, cloves, cinnamon. Taste has a surprisingly tart element to it that comes in up front. Spices follow: a bit of cinnamon and ginger(?) but muddled. Finishes dry and crisp with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Carbonation isn't excessive, but the beer is so light that there's a definite carbonation bite. Overall an OK light pumpkin beer, but I wish the spices were cleaner and it had a bit more body to it.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

An OK pumpkin ale.

The spice is there. the pumpkin if faint (overwhelmed by the spice) but is there. OK head, though retention is poor. It's a good pumpkin ale, but not a great pumpkin ale. Worth another try? Sure. But not worth a place on my list of pumpkin ales for the ages. With so many better offerings, do I even have room in my stomach, let alone my fridge, for this pumpkin ale when the leaves turn brown?

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the secret Halloween BIF I had the great pleasure of being able to try this treat. Served cold, I popped this growler open the other night to enjoy during the course of the evening. Served in a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/11/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, light amber color that had a multitude of light orange hints ranging in throughout it. A nice tight head of white foam then rose up to a height of a round an inch before finally settling back down to a thin layer that covered the top. Loads of side glass lacing and carbonation were readily apparent throughout the session.

The aroma was nice and light, with an apple crisp like property to it that I found quite interesting and different. Tight cluster of spices, caramel, and a light bit of hops all combined to form a light and pleasant aroma. The flavor was more of the same, nice and crisp, clean and refreshing. Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon spices that were layered on top of a solid base of grain malt and a touch of light and fresh hops. Smooth, and quick clean finish was punctuated well by an abundance of carbonation. A smooth and easy drinker there was no issue here at all with being able to put down a few of these.

Overall I have to say this was a very solid seasonal ale here. Not much bad about this one can really be said. It was smooth, well balanced, and clean with not much in the way of flaws. I would not mind having this again any day.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Very light bronze color. It is completely see through with a few bubbles popping up here and there. It has a white foamy head that leaves some lace.

S. Very soft malty scent, mixed with lemon.

T. It tastes more like a light ale than a pumpkin. There are hints of pumpkin, some sugar, some malt. But a very mild taste all around.

M. Cirsp and refreshing.

O. It's a good beer, but it lacks a real kick, which I like out of a pumpkin ale. Nice, but nothing that stands out, either.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense light beige head.
S: There are light aromas of pumpkins in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has more pronounced flavors—pumpkin is most noticeable followed by notes of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. There is a very light amount of bitterness; no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this pumpkin beer because it was very drinkable and it had a nice flavor of pumpkins (not artificial) that was complemented by pumpkin pie spices (not dominated by them).

Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Hazy ruby orange in the glass, two finger head but not much carbonation,

S-Pumpkin, cinnamon, spices some earthy notes.

T-Rather sweet, not too spice heavy, mild pumpkin with slight bitterness.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbontion.

O-What can I say, I love pumpkin ales. Not the best, but enjoyable.

Photo of plaid75
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a rindy sweet pumpkin with aromas of cinammon and allspice.

The taste consisted of a sweet vegetably pumpkin with a light pumpkin spice.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style.

Overall a tasty pumpkin ale.

Photo of tviz33
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange/ amber body with a short white head that recedes quite quickly.

S- The nose is not particularly strong, but quite good. An even mix of pumpkin and spice mingle with something I can only describe as sweet potato.

T- Taste follows the nose, except it exhibits more of a nutty flavor throughout. The flavor is mild and strays far from the sweetness I expected from the style.

M- Light and very carbonated. I wish the feel was a bit thicker.

O- Very balanced pumpkin ale. I just wish they would amp the flavors up just a bit. If you're not in to the super sweet and spice-filled pumpkin ales, then this one might be up your alley.

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Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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