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Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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5/5  rDev +39.7%

ironbike1, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of daveh88
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

daveh88, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

cde1218, Sep 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

MikeyC37, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Timmyg128
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Timmyg128, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

wrightst, May 29, 2014
Photo of gpcollen1
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%

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.

gpcollen1, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Retail1LO
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

Retail1LO, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

ABokononist, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

DCH, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of corsendonkfan
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

corsendonkfan, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

aerozeppl, Sep 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

DoogeeZ, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Mike099, Sep 08, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

LittleBreeze, Sep 30, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

david18, Oct 10, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

scootny, Nov 26, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

koopa, Sep 24, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

pmlondrigan, Oct 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Milkysunshine, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

TheycallmeTim, Oct 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

RMoeNay, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Drew88, Today at 11:20 PM
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Amalak, Sep 25, 2012
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Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.