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Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 09-28-2008)
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Reviews by Hopdaemon39:
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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...

09-20-2012 23:42:52 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.04/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

10-08-2013 22:24:50 | More by oberon
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.61/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

10-02-2013 23:57:27 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Tiernan


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-10-2013 18:08:44 | More by Tiernan
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-08-2013 02:51:11 | More by csmartin6
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

10-03-2008 23:54:51 | More by Billolick
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

08-24-2014 14:54:24 | More by tigg924
Photo of JC333

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

10-20-2013 10:40:26 | More by JC333
Photo of Milkysunshine

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-17-2012 00:41:19 | More by Milkysunshine
Photo of far333


2.65/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

08-31-2013 23:02:18 | More by far333
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-16-2012 19:17:40 | More by SPRichard
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-13-2013 02:19:51 | More by richkrull
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-09-2012 01:29:47 | More by acurtis
Photo of TheLevi4000

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-29-2013 02:24:13 | More by TheLevi4000
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

10-08-2008 19:42:19 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of ABokononist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

10-07-2012 15:03:29 | More by ABokononist
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

11-29-2009 19:41:27 | More by asabreed
Photo of ipc2000

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-14-2013 04:00:10 | More by ipc2000
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

10-27-2009 00:53:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of Betajeff

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-04-2013 03:24:53 | More by Betajeff
Photo of earlholman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-31-2013 21:10:06 | More by earlholman
Photo of BklynTerp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-27-2013 18:32:01 | More by BklynTerp
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-26-2012 23:10:52 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

09-18-2011 00:51:41 | More by Gmann
Photo of scootny

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

11-26-2010 02:28:03 | More by scootny
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Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.