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Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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81 Reviews
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Reviews: 81
Hads: 247
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 247
Photo of Givemebeer
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass Nice to be drinking this while watching football on a slightly chilly night.

A: Light brown/amber/copper in color head dissipates pretty quickly some lacing

S: Many spices. Maybe some pumpkin and spice in there too

T: Yep, just like the nose there is tons of spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Good pumpkin flavor and a nice sweetness thats not too overbearing. Still not on the same level as the elite pumpkin beers.

M: The spices linger on the tongue of this light bodied beer.

O: I wish this had some more malt back bone and pumpkin to it as the spice dominates. Also, it was a little bit watered down compared to some of the greats. Regardless, it's enjoyable and a beer I could have a few of. (736 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Slightly hazy copper with a two finger head. Strong retention and lacing

S_Biscuits and graham cracker. A bit of generic spice

T_Bread and caramel up front. Mild spicy finish. Cinammon and cloves mostly. A nice blend of malt and spice. Some pumpkin shows through as it warms

M_slightly thicker with a medium carbonation.

O_Another nice mild pumpkin beer. Nicely constructed beer with a nice pumpkin and spice character. (428 characters)

Photo of Roland45s
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Better than the average pumpkin ales (sam adams/blue moon/starhill) but not the best pumpkin ale that I've had. Picked it up while on a trip to NYC, enjoyed a local brew. Pours dark with a medium flavored body and a few hints of nutmeg and spice in the brew. A little pumpkin flavor on mouthfeel. (296 characters)

Photo of Steeda89
1.74/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not much to say about this beer. The color is spot on of most pumking beers. My nose could not pick up anything that stands out. Carbed up kind of a hint of a malty taste. Over all i dont see why they would call this a pumking beer. Would not buy this beer again. (263 characters)

Photo of far333
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 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. (537 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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 (829 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber tinted orange, moderate cap of froth. Scent quite muted, light spicing and moderate pumpkin, hint of green apple. Taste expands seasonal spices a bit, pumpkin is flavorful but relatively uninteresting, needs more sweetness. Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. A good, but middle of the road pumpkin brew. (327 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a nice clean amber pour with a minimal amount of head turning into a small rim of foam around the glass. smells of pumpkin pie, apples.
tastes a bit acidic up front.. kind of a vomit-like apple crossover... not saying it's a bad thing.. apples are actually not that bad coming back up! lol, but really though, it's a bit tart.. apply, then the pumpkin pie spices come up.. and it leaves a tart/acidic finish.
light-medium body.. nicely carbonated with a SLIGHT creamy feel on the lips.

i'm just either over the whole pumpkin beer thing, or this is the first captain lawrence beer i didn't really care for all that much. sorry guys, not your fault - i don't think! it's definitely very sweet.. so those looking for a sweet pumpkiny beer will be into it! (753 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange to copper in color with some highlights of amber and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin head and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront the aroma of this beer is all pumpkin and it smells quite natural (no hints of artificial flavorings) and lighter aromas of pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

T: This beer has a very pleasant flavor of natural pumpkin and caramel malts with some lighter notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Light amounts of non-lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed that this was a pumpkin beer with lighter hints of pumpkin pie spices rather than liquid pumpkin pie - since this is not sweet I find it much easier to drink and more enjoyable. Definitely one to have again. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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... (870 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear light orange color with ample carbonation bubbles moving towards the top, nice fizzy white head which lingers very shortly before dissipating, leaves minimal lacing
S: really nice pumpkin spice scent, cloves are prominent, small amount of actual pumpkin notes
T: really smooth taste, nice and light on the spiciness but still with plenty of character, nice notes of nice cinnamon, slight clove, and overall pumpkin notes
M: medium carbonation tingle up front, smooth throughout, drinks beautifully light and smooth
O: quite happy with this one, although i feel like there is plenty of room for the pumpkin bombs were so used to seeing, i think it is exponentially more difficult and ballsy to make some thing like this, well balanced, highly drinkable, and non offensive (813 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense light beige head.
S: There are light aromas of pumpkins in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has more pronounced flavors—pumpkin is most noticeable followed by notes of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. There is a very light amount of bitterness; no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this pumpkin beer because it was very drinkable and it had a nice flavor of pumpkins (not artificial) that was complemented by pumpkin pie spices (not dominated by them). (727 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark browish orange, an average pours shows a thin white head that fades quickly, scant carbonation drifts upward

S - typical pumpkin beer aromas float up, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. To me this has the sam problem as almost all pumpkin beers, all spice no pumpkin. Though the spices in this one seems somehow more inviting than others I have tried.

T - more of the same, with the roasted nutty malts roaring up from the depths to join the spice army in the battle to subdue the pumpkin flavors. However the malts and spices combine with the remnants of any pumpkin flavors for a great pumpkin pie type flavor.

M&O - thick and smooth on the palate, with a great layered flavor. Spices and nutty roasted malts. One thing, in the grocery stores carry canned pumpkin and canned Pumpkin Pie Mix, which is pumpkin plus the necessary spices. Why don't breweries make the same distinction? Would a pumpkin pie beer sell any less than a pumpkin beer? Regardless, this is a better example of a style I'm not particularly fond of. Kudos to CL. (1,042 characters)

Photo of patriot76
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Pours a solid copper color with a slightly red hue along with a half inch head that dissapates. Slightly hazy.

S- The smell is appetizing with caramel malt and fall spices. There are really no hop or definitive pumpkin notes coming from this offering.

T- The caramel malt dominates the taste along with the previously mentioned fall spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon etc. A little low on the taste meter.

M- The brew hits the palate very slowly with an almost soda like quality that is quite thin at points. This has low carbonation with an easy finish. Not much lingering taste as the end of each sip.

O- Not bad, but not the best. In the middle as far as pumpkin ales go for me. I've had Southern Tier Imperial Pumpking so I think I'm ruined forever as far as other pumpkin ales go. Easy drinking but not mind blowing. (864 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of solid glowing orange. It holds a two finger head of creamy beige bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving thick sheets of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and there is a chill haze to the beer, without sediment. The aroma is classic for a pumpkin ale. There is a deep spice of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, gingerbread, and raw clove. Honey adds sweetness, alongside pale and caramel malts. With warmth comes a cooling vanilla, some toasted wheat, fermented vegetables, and raw nutmeg. Our first impression is that this is a more “serious” pumpkin beer. The flavoring opens with biting metallic pale malts, and the same spice profile from the nose, with nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cooling vanilla, and cinnamon bitterness. The middle peaks with more wettish wheat grain, raw and bittering nuttiness, and flashes of sweeter cinnamon sugar. The finish lightens up a bit, with light lactic sours sitting amongst the grain which, here, takes on a borderline adjuncty vibe. Metallic comes in, but are bolstered by a stronger, more real pumpkin flavoring than anywhere before in the sip. The aftertaste breathes of metallic tin, salty pumpkin seeds, baker’s yeast, bittering wheaty grain, and genuine pumpkin flesh. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is light slurp and smack to each sip, with minimal cream and froth. The mouth is wetted and cooled, with a final spicy dryness down the hard palate. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its genuine pumpkin flavoring, and general mildness throughout. Many beers of this style tend to overwhelm you with spice and depth, but forget about the importance of the actual pumpkin flavoring to the taste. Here we find a mature ale, with nice flavoring, and a decently hearty malt profile to back it all up. (1,873 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale 2012. 12oz bottle poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip glass.

Pours a clear red-orange amber. Thin head with good ring and thin film, lacing present but fades quickly.

Smells of spice and pumpin, a touch of sour wood and dry malt.

Tastes of spicy dry malt and fleshy gourd. A bit of hops bite on the finish with lingering cinnamon spice.

Overall a an enjoyable pumpkin beer that does not overdue the spices although a bit off balance with the dry malt. However I do like the dry malt contrast of this beer that makes it an approachable favorite of mine among this seasonal specialty. (618 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear light pumpkin color with a respectable white head that leaves some spiderwebs.

S: Light malty brown ale, with a hint of fresh pumpkin, very minimal spicing.

T: Taste is similar to the taste, minimal in a lot of respects, there is the fresh pumpkin taste, but it is just barely there. Just hints of cinnamon, and barely mentionable nutmeg or allspice in the back.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Possibly my taste has evolved, but I remember this being more robust in past years. Maybe it is the new brewing apparatus. In any case, its not great and I would have many other pumpkin ales in line ahead of this. light fizzy pumpkin ale. Not impressed (insert meme) (704 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (472 characters)

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