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Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 70
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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a dark, orange amber color with a two-finger head of dense, white carbonation that faded quickly and left a bit of lace.

S: Strong pumpkin flesh aroma with hints of caramel malt, salted pumpkin seeds and very minimal baked good spices.

T: Bittersweet from the start, this pumpkin ale seems to lean heavily on roasted malts and vegetable flavors. There isn't much in the way of sweetness from the malt or from "pumpkin pie" spices. It sort of has the flavor of an English ESB with some mild pumpkin flavor and a dash or two of ginger and cinnamon.

M: Medium-bodied ale with a slightly acidic body, possibly from the use of roasted pumpkin or adjunct spices.

O: Not a bad pumpkin beer and one that could session at 5.5% ABV, not that I'd necessarily want to. It's got a decent, if not all that interesting flavor and aroma. Possibly a cut above Saranac and below Smuttynose, and certainly not as interesting as the imperial pumpkin ales that will soon flood the aisles. I wouldn't turn one down, but I'm not in a rush to get it in my fridge.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev +11.7%

RMoeNay, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from my capt lawrence tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a finger plus of foamy head. some visible carbonation could be seen.

s - pumpkin and autumn spicing. pot pouri. soft hints of spicy cinnamon.

t - surprisingly not all that pumpkiny...at least in the over-the-top way i've grown accustomed to for the style. kind of like a pumpkin lager. extremely malty and not that much spicy sweetness as suggested in the nose. as i sipped the beer, more pumpkin flavoring came out on my palate but still held onto a lagery pumpkin thing.

m - medium to light...soft. missing some zing that i love in the style.

o - overall a more subtle pumpkin. if you like punkin or pumpking, then this one will fall short for you as it is more malty than sweet. pretty good...not mind blowing.

cosmicevan, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

davey101, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of SMason
3/5  rDev -16.2%

SMason, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +11.7%

alalvarez75, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +11.7%

shufon, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ironbike1
5/5  rDev +39.7%

ironbike1, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +11.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This seasonal brew is a clear copper color, with a thin white head and very little lacing. The aroma is deep "yellow" vegetable with a mild herbal hop. Taste is raw pumpkin with light cinnamon squash. It’s a bit bitter and not at all sweet. It’s medium-light bodied with very mild carbonation. Feel is a midland sort of deal with a touch of dryness in the finish. I would like some sweetness and a touch more hops but this is a quality brew with an authentic pumpkin flavor. Just not my favorite side of the pumpkin ale variety.

Durge, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a transparent orange color. Minimal head that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S-Light spices and pumpkin. Cracker malt. Pumpkin crackers. Sweet but the pumpkin is good in the nose.

T-Also pretty light. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Pumpkin is light. Crisp taste but light in a good way.

M-Light with bunches of bubbles. Crisp. Clean and refreshing.

O/D-Don't love the style but this one is pretty good. Not overwhelming. Easy drinking. Not bad.

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

corsendonkfan, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber in color, nice head, pretty good lace that lasted until the very last drop.

S - There are little undertones of spices like nutmeg, but they're much lighter than you'd expect in a pumpkin ale. Also a slight moss scent that's not all that pleasant.

T - Bold in flavors, but not the pumpkin ale flavors like spices. There is a slight hint of cinnamon on the back end, but its like a watered down cinnamon. There's a nutty flavor present as well.

M - Smooth going down, light on the back end.

O - Honestly tastes more like an Oktoberfest than a pumpkin ale due to the lack of spice in the flavor.

vfgccp, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Retail1LO, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Gmann, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of drewba
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to alewatcher for sharing this after getting this growler in a trade!

A - Slick golden yellow with a two finger white head and medium lacing.

S - Cinnamon, coriander and a little funk and tartness. Not a ton going on here.

T - Cinnamon, allspice, anise and a mild funkyness to it. While the spices are nice, not a real depth of flavor here. The pumpkin isn't here at all. There was a noticeable oxidation taste going on here, but it could have been from the growler, so I won't count that against it.

M - thin but creamy and the carbonation just pops - very nice.

D - Crispness and clean, wet finish make this a fast drinker.

drewba, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

scootny, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one open at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours an orange-amber hue with one finger of sudsy white head. So far so good...

Smell -- Toasted malt, grassy hops, gentle spice, and a mild dose of pumpkin.

Taste -- Pretty much follows the nose: Toasted malt, subdued brown sugar sweetness, grassy hops, cinnamon and allspice. Pumpkin is really subdued.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Really quite nice.

Drinkability -- Pretty generic, honestly. Essentially this is a run of the mill amber ale with some spices thrown in. Pumpkin is nearly nonexistent in this brew. One needs to ask: why make this?

yeahnatenelson, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

pmlondrigan, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing. Served in my Allagash 25cl chalice. Poured a burnt orange/copper with a half inch, loose white head that lost half its volume within seconds. Some dribs and drabs of foam adhered during the tasting, but weak adhesion. Nose is somewhat reminiscent if not as bold as Pumking - Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, with some maltiness coming out towards the back. Flavor profile is very muted, considering the nose, but consistent with the aromas coming out of the glass. Mouthfeel is light-medium, lively, but also a bit watery. Fairly drinkable for the style - not so cloying as some, but not so flavorful as others. What it trades in boldness, it makes up for in drinkability.

Jwale73, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

asabreed, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Light, clear, still orange in appearance; slightly off-white thin head

S - Lightly gingery; touch of malt sweetness; graham crackers; good degree of spiciness

T - Fresh ginger; holiday spices; not really sweet at all which was nice; drying; pumpkin pie spices shine at the end

M - Thinner; dry; prickly carbonation

D - Nice drinking; actually not all that warming and found it to be fairly refreshing, but I couldn't do this one too much

Really great in terms of the style, and not overblown or too much on any end, nice.

Nickls, Nov 22, 2009
Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.