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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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 81
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 vfgccp
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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 Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of drewba
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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 yeahnatenelson
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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?

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 Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Nickls
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Syracuse Real Ale Festival. Medium orange colour, average mouthfeel. Interesting carbonation with nice, understated spices of nutmeg, cinammon, brown sugar, and of course the gourd itself. Average acceptable pumkin style beer. Drinkable, though nothing special.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange brown along with a mild pumpkin/spice smell with a good head that died quickly. Smooth, semi-creamy, easy to drink with a great pumpkin taste that is well-balanced with mild spice and pepper notes. Contains some cinnamon and nutmeg as well to complement the pumpkin sweetness. Nothing that pops but this is a standard pumpkin beer that is a must try at least once.

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 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 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 corby112
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the SFTO Apple Brandy Barrel release.

Pours a dark golden orange color with some light coppery/ golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy white head which has great retention lasting throughout the glass, leaving splotches of soapy white lacing in it's wake.

Aroma was kind of weak, especially after sampling the cask conditioned version with vanilla added. There is some pumpkin pie spice, caramel malt, cinnamon and brown sugar but it is kind of fain.

Disappointingly watered down mouthfeel with a lighter end of medium body. Caramel malt backbone with a subtle hop presence and faint pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices in the finish. Hints of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. A decent pumpkin beer but a let down after the pumpkin pie in a glass cask conditioned version with vanilla added.

Photo of kasper
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dirty orange color with a fizzy, almost white head. A few lacing spots on glass.

S: Aroma is predominately spice. Some nutmeg and clove. Hint of cinnamon. Fresh raw pumpkin flesh in the background.

T: A lot of the nose but mild in overall flavor. The nutmeg and pumpkin flesh are there. Slight bitter and powdery on the finish, but there's not as much pop in the flavor.

M: Overall thinner and more liberally carbonated than expected. Bland if poured too cold, enjoyable as it warms.

D: Overall a decent, drinkable pumpkin ale. Was kind of expecting more from the captain, flavor wise. The nose leads into something big that never materializes in the taste.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a deep orange/brown with a small white ring of head. Aroma of light fruits and pumpkin. Flavor of pumpkin and lots of sweet malt. A little too sweet for me. A pretty ordinary pumpkin ale.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

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 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 bonbini26
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Belgian Room in a Tulip glass- $6

A- orange, light copper color, with a very small head

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, light hints of clove and all spice, not a lot of pumpkin coming through with this one

T- Light on the pumpkin side, in the beginning and medium on the spice side to finish, not very balanced, a little on the sweet side

M&D- the alcohol wasn't listed on this but it seems on the high side and the alcohol comes through a little to harsh on this one. Overall nothing special here for a pumpkin beer, i usually like most of Capt. Lawrence's offerings but ill pass on this one next time

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 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 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.

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