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Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: aerozeppl on 09-28-2008

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Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 80
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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?

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of smacgaha
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance - Poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Slightly hazy; light orange. Not much lacing; decent head that dissipated after a few minutes.

Scent - Very faint. Some pumpkin with a hint of toast, but mostly various spices

Taste - Not much pumpkin; mostly various spices with a wheaty aftertaste. Very warming.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat excessive carbonation.Very light.

Overall - Reasonably well-balanced, but a little too light on the pumpkin and the carbonation is a bit much. Good for the price.

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Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.