Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of daveh88
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had. It's a great Fall beer that doesn't overpower your senses in terms of the pumpkin and the Ale is far more important to this brewer than the pumpkin taste to it. Great head to it and an overall solid taste.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to entering this review - consumed late October. Great to see this come out of the Captain - love the pumpkin brews.

Poured this one into my Imperial pint - a nice medium amber in color with a huge head on the pour - quick enough to settle down to drinkability.

The aroma hit just right - a touch of sweetness, a bit of hops and some pumpkin/spiciness to round it all out. Taste hit the same as the nose - big on balance, spot on on flavor. Lots of pumpkin mixing with the sweet malt and hops - hinting of spiciness but nothing over the top as some brews get. Far off hints of cinnamon and clove but nothing whacking you in the face. A slightly dry and mildly bitter finish being rounded out by the carbonation that fits in nicely.

This is just a great season drinker - period.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 32 oz. growler of this in my first ever BIF. Not just one of the finest pumpkin beers I've ever had (it's the best), but one of the best beers I've ever had, period. I only wish this was a 384 oz. growler. Pours a beautiful bronze shade with a thin wispy head. The nose is a faint mix of vanilla, nutmeg, and yes, PUMPKIN. A pumpkin beer that SMELLS LIKE PUMPKIN? Oh yeah. Right here! The taste is so slick. I'm so tired of getting spiced the fuck out by pumpkin beers. This is light in body and overall flavor. You could session the hell out of this. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. One of the few beers in my opinion, that could quench thirst. Top to bottom, this is a good goddam beer. I would drink this year 'round. Outfuckingstanding.

Photo of corsendonkfan
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark bronze color. Had very little head but left some lacing on glass. I think it probably would have had much more head if poured correctly not by a waiter that doesn't know much about beer.

S: Had a typical smell for a pumpkin ale. Strong smell of sugar and pumpkins.

T: I'd have to say this is one of the better pumpkin ales I've had. It had a definite taste of pumpkins and sweetness of sugar and cinnamon spice, however unlike many pumpkin beers I've tried this did not overpower the taste of the beer. It did not have the overpowering spice taste that so many pumpkin beers have. Very drinkable beer.

M: Was very drinkable. I feel like i could have kept drinking it for a while without feeling full, made it perfect to have with dinner.

O: The only reason I don't rate this beer higher is I can't compare it to the complexity of some to the great beers that are brewed that give you a range of tastes. For a pumpkin ale though, I don't know if I have had a better one. The Captain Lawrence website says on its page for this beer, "Perfect match with Thanksgiving Dinner". I just wish I knew where I could get a growler of it so I could test their theory.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A: Nice deep copper color with 2 finger of white head. Good lacing.

S: More of a pumpkin nose than just the spices. Not quite the mental enigma of Pumking which is basically like having a pumpkin pie under your nose. This was much more subtle. The spices were there but in the background.

T: The taste follows in line with the nose. More actual pumpkn flavor with the spices taking a backseat. I picked up some cinnamon and nutmeg and the usual spices but again they were not the focus.

M: Very nice crisp mouthfeel. Pumpkin ales always have that sort of heavy mouthfeel and this was no exception.

D: Really great. Curious on the ABV on this one. Grabbed a growler of it which I will enjoy tomorow.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding pumpkin smell. Not high on spices. Just a good clean smell.
The taste is also pumpkin. Nice nutty bite on the finish. Spice is kept in check. That allows this delicious pumpkin beer to pair well with savory dishes. I wish it was in bottles.

Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of pumkin, or any spice or fruit beer, but the bartender assured me that this was a mellow one and I also love the brewery so, of course, I had to try it. Very good! A hint of pumkin in the aroma but not really too much in the flavor and in general a great drinking beer. Not sure of the ABV either but drinks like a 6% or so. Great color, very good aroma, I will drink this all fall.

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

Growler filled at the SFTO Apple Brandy release and consumed yesterday.

Appearance: Classic dark pumpkin body with a 1 finger off white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Really nice balanced mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, pie spice, etc. Not overwhelming, not imperial, but very nice for a standard pumpkin beer.

Taste: Absolutely the same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and just enough carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable.

I was pleased with this pumpkin beer.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler, half inch whit head that fades quickly to some foam around the top and a ring. Color is a little boring, clear copper ish. Aroma is of pumpkin, brown sugar and faint spices. Flavor is very much the same. This is an ale more on the pumpkin flavored side and less on the spice side, which is nice actually. Little heavy on the palate in a good way. Real sessionable for a pumpkin ale.

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 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 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 nasty15108
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler (Skibbo) into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber color with an heaf of off-white foam that subsided into a thin film.

S - Pumpkin pie. The smell of the holidays. Spicy with hints of vanilla cream.

T - More of the same. A good balance of sweetness with a slightly bitter hop finish.

MF&D - Probably the best of the bunch as far as the pumpkin beers go.

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

Had this directly from the teet at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. The taproom samples were flowing freely and this one (with the Imperial IPA of course) came home in growlers to share with my friends Moxley and Hyland. It had a clear copper color with a half inch of creamy white head. Smelled of cinnamon spice and sweet pumpkin goodness. Tasted the pumkin big time here, without the extra sweetness found in alot of these, with nice spice balance of nutmeg and cinnamon. Had a clear crisp feel and nice carbonation. I look forward to next weekend when I go back for more.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin creme head lining the top. Nose is slightly floral. Flavor is smooth pumpkin with very little spice interfering with the mix. Feel is smooth on liquid and carries a biting carbonation. Hey. I think most pumpkin beers are garbage. But this is a nice pumpkin beer.

Photo of Darkhorse09
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled and tasted on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Darker than average color, amber with shades of brown. Nice, off white head, about 1.5 inches up the glass.

Smell: Getting a lot of hop, actually, mixed with the standard pumpkin flavors of brown sugar, pumpkin, spice etc. A subtle, more complex aroma, not in your face pumpkin. Relaxed, for sure.

Taste: All pale ale up front, the pumpkin and especially clove/cinnamon spice comes out big time on the finish. A two-faced beer. Really quite nice, as you don't get bored.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Just a touch too light in the mouth, I think.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. This growler disappeared fast!

Very happy with this beer. Another winner from CL.

Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Super fresh seeing as its only mid-August.

A - Typical dark yet clear brown body. Two finger high off white head settles down to a patchy cap. Almost no lacing or retention to speak of.

S - Roasted pumpkin, light bready malts, a touch of english style hops, smooth spices on the finish with just a hint of brown sugar sweetness.

T - Amazingly this has pumpkin flavor to it. Roasted pumpkins with a slight vegetal quality to it, light spices, and a great balance of bready caramel malts and ever so bitter english hops. A great deal of flavor, but it disappears quickly. Mouth feel is medium to light with a crisp carbonation.

O - This beer does seem to do things a bit differently than most pumpkin ales. Like other reviewers have noted, this is basically a session ale. A great REAL pumpkin flavor that is never too spicy or sweet. Perfect beer for the transition from summer into fall.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - mostly clear deep copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - fresh pumpkin pie aroma.

T - all the pumpkin pie spice flavor done right, tasty beer.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation, goes down smooth and easy.

O - good tasting fall seasonal.

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 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 Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

enjoyed from a goblet chilled purchased from half time.

The color is like sunset red with amber highlights and thick light beige cap with sticky lace and fine bead. The smell is a mix of sweet and spicy with caramel notes and light nutmeg with subtle woody nose with mild ginger-like tropical accent. The feel is good, moderately carbonated with a slight sweetness with mild spiced texture and gentle bitterness and low alcohol with semidry finish.

The taste is mild up front with light toasted malt and slight caramel sweetness with a subtle spice flavor that gets more dominant toward the middle with a light ginger tinge and subtle nutmeg like citrus tinge with a vegetal tanginess in the finish. Overall this is a good beer with nice spicing, but alittle spicier than most and somewhat sweet but still a drinkable pumpkin

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 WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

A very solid pumpkin beer. Pours a dark amber with a thin head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell is full of pumpkin and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is a little sweet in the beginning with the nutmeg and what tasted like a little brown sugar, and then the pumpkin flavor finishes the taste. Very refreshing. Very nice for the price as well.

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Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.