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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch AleRogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

668 Ratings
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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 52
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-19-2011

13 Ingredients:
Rogue Farms Pumpkins, Great Western 2-Row, Carawheat, Weyermann Carafe Malts, Rogue Micro Hopyard Rebel Hops, Ginger, Cloves, Vanilla bean, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, Free range coastal water and Pacman Yeast.

Specs:
14º PLATO
25 IBU
75 AA
25º Lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 668 | Reviews: 157
Reviews by hreb:
Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL painted bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a nice red color with a huge foamy tan head. Big pumpkin pie aroma. Creamy and luscious from the first sip, offset with a biting carbonation. I think it could stand to warm up.

This beer happily blends real pumpkin flavor with a heavy dose of pie spices. I especially get ginger and nutmeg, though apparently there's even vanilla in here. Sweet flavors, but not sugary. Aftertaste is a little dull with some mysterious residue. Overall I'm finding this very enjoyable. Not the best beer to bring out the flavor of fresh pumpkin pie spices, but a great example of a pumpkin beer that showcases spice without neglecting gourd.

More User Reviews:
Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. What a great way to start a fall beer session. This exceeds my expectations.

It pours a great light brown color. Clear, with just a bit of head turning to a light fizz. The aroma is first rate. Not too pumpkin pie (like a Pumpking, though I love those), yet just enough real pumpkin smell.

The taste similarly is real. Real ale (brown?) and real pumpkin, with other stuff, but not too much spice. A nice complex blend. A great refreshment.

The aftertaste is very pleasant. Just a little bite. No booze. This is a very good pumpkin ale. The bottle was a lot cooler than the photo - solid orange.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep pumpkin orange with a billowing sticky one and a half finger slightly off white head atop.Aromas mainly of vanilla and roasted pumpkin,not overly spiced wich is good.Not sweet at all on the palate,one of the dryer pumpkin ales I have had.Roasted pumpkin,vanilla,light pumkin pie spice,and a almost earthy finish.This is a top notch pumpkin beer,it has the pumpkin flavor,a little spice,but a drying finish wich makes it very drinkable for the style.Well done by Rogue here.

Photo of don1481
2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Back in VA for work. At Yard House in Virginia Beach. Served in a pint glass from the tap.

Appearance: dark pumpkin color I'm growing accustomed to seeing in the type. No head.

Smell: Pretty typical for the type with pumpkin pie. Less spicy than say the 25th anniversary Lakefront.

Taste: to be blunt... Disappointing. Fizz covers up the flavor. Tastes like a seltzer water with pumpkin notes.

Mouthfeel: again, like seltzer water. Ugh.

Overall: pedestrian. Lacks a real pop to it. Watered down. Huge disappointment.

Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy ruby amber with a big rocky off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very nice pumpkin pie spices - a good blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice.

The flavor is a bit subdued compared to the nose - some sweet caramel malts with very light spices (a little cinnamon) with a grassy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK pumpkin beer.

Photo of dparvu
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

This ale is quite a delicious pumpkin ale. It pours like a slice of pumpkin goodness deep orange and clear with a half inch of head. The aroma brings all the warmth of fall. The spices come through marvelously in the smell. The taste begins with the sweet flavor of the pumpkin then moves to all those wonderful notes of spice. The mouthfell is exactly what a pumpkin ale, the flavor of the pumpkin as well as the spices linger for a appropriate amount of time. If you come across this regardless of the venue, give it a taste.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. I also get some other assorted spice notes, as well as some toffee. The flavor is more of the same. I get some pumpkin and caramel/toffee notes, as well as a good bit of spice. I get a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes, with a hint of allspice mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold from the bottle. A very nice orange/brown colour with a perfect cream-coloured head. The smell was not overly pumpkin like most of the pumpkin beers that are out there. The pumpkin taste is also A LOT more subtle than the majority of the pumpkin beers available. Some of them are over-spiced or under-flavoured, but this on is quite balanced. Overall a nice pumpkin ale.

This beer is part of their GYO (Grow Your Own) movement. It is made with their own hops, malt, and pumpkins.

Would I buy it again? Yes. It was a very good pumpkin beer.

Photo of jondeelee
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale (2012 bottling) opens to a rich, pumpkin pie aroma, the spices and pumpkin very nicely balanced to quite closely approximate that of a good pie: nutmeg, clove, allspice, and cinnamon mingling well with good measures of pumpkin meat. Unlike many pumpkin beers, the pumpkin and spice notes here are, while strong, not overwhelming; indeed, the nose has to be decently close to the brew to pick up a scent. The pie notes are supported by the sensation of a homemade graham cracker crust, with light toast crust notes for extra texture. Sugars from the malts add a layer of whipped cream, as well as caramel. Hops add a thin rind of pine scent, adding to the holiday/festive feel. As a whole, the nose is very nice, presenting a solid, understated pumpkin pie aroma.

On the tongue, the beer continues its resemblance to a well-made pumpkin pie, the spice notes – again, nutmeg, clove, allspice, coriander, with additional touches of white pepper – nicely mingling with pumpkin meat. The spices come across slightly heavier here than on the nose, and while not overspicing the beer, they do somewhat outshine the pumpkin. And the pumpkin notes, while mainly good, do have a slight raw edge to them, as if not fully baked. Toast crust and floury baguette add a pie crust rim, and light touches of apricot fruit esters add an interesting fruity complement to the pumpkin. Very light pine notes from the hops, though these do grow slightly late in the mouthful as the sugars die off, adding a resinous texture to the late notes. The aftertaste is much the same as the main mouthful, though with slightly more resinous hops, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is a watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is nice pumpkin ale, and perhaps a good introduction to the style for many. But I found the complexity and potency of the ale to lack somewhat, and the flavors (as well as the mouthfeel) to be overly watery. A measure or two more of ingredients, resulting in, among other details, a higher ABV, would have done this beer wonders.

Photo of StuporJew
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky burnt amber with a one-finger head that hangs around for quite a while.
Shows a nice amount of visual carbonation, almost akin to certain sour ales.

S - Reeks of pumpkin spice, which is a good thing, in this case. Nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon, with a hint of underlying earthy funk. It begs to be paired with pumpkin ale ice cream, which I made with this beer last year when it first came out. Hit me up for the recipe if you're feeling froggy... it's damn tasty. I've also made the ice cream with Tilburgs' Dutch Brown ale when pumpkin ale is out of season.

T - Dry, and a little creamy. The nose nods to the taste, with caramel malt backing up all the spices and pumpkin-seed notes. Unlike some of the other "Pumpkin" ales out there, this one delivers what it promises. (We're looking at you in disappointment, Sixpoint...) Not too heavy on any of the ingredients, this is a great beer for sipping, (Or if you can afford it, at $10 a bottle) chugging. Makes a great chaser for Bullit Rye Bourbon too.

M - Dry, almost to the point of being tannic, but that's likely a result of all the spices apparent in this beer. Not much heft to it, for being as dark in appearance as it is. Proof that the lovibond scale isn't always an indicator for mouthfeel. Carbonation is an afterthought here, but that's okay, because this is a tasty little monster!

O - One of my favorite pumpkin beers from last year, as it delivers what the label promises.
Also one of the best installments so far in the "Chatoe Rogue" series. Another nifty thing about this beer is this : Rogue grew all the ingredients for this beer, and ended up with around 1,100 pumpkins, when the recipe only called for about 350. The rest were donated to charitable organizations, and town carnivals for children to paint, and carve, in most cases free of charge. I think that's pretty rad. If you're in San Antonio right now, the HEB off of 280 has a few cases left, and has the bottles marked for only FIVE BUCKS EACH.
Cheers, People... Have a good-good!!!

Photo of rdilauro
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This has not be the year of the pumpkin, at least for me. This Rogue Pumpkin did have more of the real pumpkin flavor that I enjoyed so much in different pumpkins last year.

There wasn't much of any nose on this one, sure, the typical pumpkin spices, but nothing alarming. Now, onto my tasting:

Initial Sip, I was hit with the cinnamon, clove, allspice and all the other pumpkin spices. Perhaps a bit too much. Then slowly the pumpkin started to come out. It was richer than some of the other pumpkins I've tried this year.

Now on the back end, I felt there was too much carbonation in this ale.

I would have enjoyed this one much better, if the spices were tamed a bit and take a notch or two out of the carbonation

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Shouldn't the power to the people fist on the label be cradling a gourd, instead of the usual hop vine clench? Just sayin'.

This beer pours a dark, murky golden brownish amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which maintains some pretty sturdy retention, eventually leaving some swooping arches of lace around the glass.

It smells like peppy, zingy pumpkin pie - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, and sweet pumpkin mush, with a slight bready, crusty caramel malt. The taste is a promoted bready caramel malt, still rather fleshy pumpkin, more now sedate autumn victual spices - a bit of nutmeg, cardamom, and clove, for the most part - and a twinge of slightly metallic warming alcohol.

The carbonation is surely frothy, but not all that strong overall, the body an unassuming middleweight, and generally smooth, a little carbonic prick now getting all up in its grill. It finishes more malty than anything up to this point - and with the pumpkin continuing its flavour free-fall - if not exactly in vegetal sweetness - the lack of off-setting hops becomes just a little too clear.

A decent enough pumpkin (pie-adjacent) ale, all of the associated ticks are duly nailed, and recorded now for posterity. I could, however, stand just a bit more (or any) proper hop bitterness spread around - that would help with the whole beer vs. dessert conflict currently mucking up my consciousness.

Photo of mintjellie
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt orange colour with red highlights. Pale beige head is large and tightly formed, but not very retentive. Patchy lace. Malty brown sugar aroma with pumpkin, orange zest, and spice notes. Toasted malt up-front followed closely by a vegetal note from the pumpkin puree and a melange of spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon are more prominent than clove. A nutty character persists throughout. Almost medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a soft, gentle mouthfeel. The pumpkin and spice character is strong enough to be easily noticed, but restrained enough to allow the base malt character of the beer to shine through. There is some sweetness to it, but not a whole lot. It certainly isn't Pumking. An extremely well balanced take on a style that many find either overpowering or underflavored. This one finds the middle ground.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a murky orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Average retention. Very little, spotty lacing.

Smell - Beautiful, natural smelling pumpkin aroma. Hints of spice and a pie crust maltiness sit in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose. Flavors are moderate, but perfectly balanced. Fresh pumpkin forward, with hints of spice and lightly baked crust character playing second fiddle. Slight bitterness on the back end, but overshadowed by the pumpkin sweetness; finishes much the same. Flavor becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation, leaving just enough tingle on the tongue. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall - Great, great pumpkin ale. In terms of beer, it's no world beater, but it's far and away the best pumpkin brew I've tried to date. Is it worth the price? Probably not, but I'm of the firm belief that very few bombers are worth more than $7.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange bodied with some creamy head and lace. Spicy aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. A better than average pumpkin ale.LCBO score.Good cinammon, cloves, star anise, pepper, vanilla. Good drinkability. I like that there is ore spice than pumpkin vegetable flavour.

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +4.2%

First off, this is the very best pumpkin beer bottle going. If it's in the liquor store, you will see it. Really love the packaging and glad Rogue goes through the effort.
Pours a clear amber orange color with a small head. The aroma is all pumpkin and spices. As for taste, this is a very balanced ale with a great pumpkin flavor and just the right amount of spices. While there are better pumpkin ales, this is a very good one.

Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark for the style as it pours a dark brown with some coppery red mixed in. Not hazy, but still dark enough to be opaque. The head is a finger and a half thick of very contrasting white bubbles. The two contrasting colors work well.

Not so much pumpkin as it is pumpkiny spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, caramel malt. Killer smell.

Like the smell, it's all about the pumpkin spices and not so much about the pumpkin. The scents are good, but they come across the taste buds as aggressive. It's certainly not a bad taste, just very strong in the spice area, particularly in the swallow. Again, all the tastes are good, just extremely in your face.

It's a bit spicy, even though the spices are pleasant. Very aggressive on the palate, almost too much. There's a hint of sweet from the malt, but the spices take over immediately and don't slow til well into the finish. No real hop presence because of the spicy feel.

Overall it's a good beer, just a bit in your face. Looks and smells greats, then takes a step back. A bit of mellowing would likely help.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured one finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rich pumpkin and spice.
The taste is malty with a nice pumpkin flavor.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Pumpkin ales are not my favorite, but this one is tolerable.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Pumpkin pie spices

T: Some squashy notes, cinnamon, slight metallic notes up front. Cinnamon & nutmeg as this warms, dryness & a bit of vanilla mixes in as well, slight dryness. Finishes slightly sweet with all-spice & slightly dry

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, stays a touch thin

An alright pumpkin ale but would never buy this again, there's several better for less money

Photo of EBeckett3
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- brown orange, decent head & laces
S- spices, clove prominent
T - Smoother than anticipated without the overwhelming pumpkin pie tase in most offerings, more pumkin, less spice - carbonation added a refreshing bite
M- medium, balanced, but not lasting note
O- probably the best I've had of the bunch. Could even do another one.

Poured into two pint glasses in my kitchen prior to seeing Brian Wilson-Jeff Beck show.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany/amber with orange hues and a white head that settles out to about 1 cm. Nose is pumpkin, a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, some caramel, brown sugar, a little bit of raisin and fig and a bit more pumpkin. Most pumpkin ales smell mostly like spices but this one really smells like straight up pumpkin. The taste is more spiced than the smell. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses and raisins. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale has always been my favorite pumpkin beer but this year two have given it a run for its money, Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter and this bad boy. I will be looking forward to this every year now. I hope I can get one more this year too. Rogue's Chatoe line has been pretty impressive.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - murky orange brown, one finger of tan head fizzled out to a few thin islands
S - definite veggie pumpkin aroma with lots of spice tickling the nostrils, light toasty grain
T - roasted pumpkin vegetable flavour, moderate nutmeg and cinnamon, toasty malt with a faint leafy touch
M - medium body with a definite spice tingle throughout that lingers long after
O - what I like about this is that neither the pumpkin or the spice angle dominate as is often the case with pumpkin ales, each have their own moderate presence that works well with the malty backbone, a very nice offering in this category

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, deep amber color (carmalized pumpkin) with a moderate bubbled fluffy head that slowly settles.

Nice pumpkin spice aroma, with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out. Some ginger pops through as well and it has a brown sugar sweetness. The malt is an amber base with some tea like aromas.

The taste is of an amber malt; dry, lemony with tea notes. The spice doesn't pop as much as it does in the nose. The cinnamon sticks out but the other spices just kind of blend in. Clove and vanilla seems to come through more in the taste.The hops provide an earthy bitterness.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, that burns the tongue just a bit. The beer is sweet on the palate but is offset by some hoppy bitterness and a bitter clove presence. Finishes dry.

A good but not great pumpkin ale. The amber base takes on too much of a presence for my liking and the traditional pumpkin pie spices don't shine through enough in the taste.

Photo of lindsaylandeen
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my fav breweries. Have not had one that I don't love. They are now popping up all over the place. I would love to see more on tap but as of now have only seen Dead guy. I figured living in Chicago I might see more but no dice! If any one has any info on the bars that carry it around my town let me know!!

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown-amber color with an orange hue, small fizzy white head reduces completely, leaving just a few patches floating on top

S- buttery pumpkin pie aroma with an emphasis on nutmeg and cinnamon, the addition of vanilla gives it a whipped cream aroma. Sweet malty base gives hints of caramel & cola, slightly nutty and earthy finish

T- sweet caramel malt base gives way to notes of cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, but the spices are subtle. This leads to some vegetal pumpkin notes with a hint of vanilla. Pie crust sweetness on the finish

M- medium body with medium spritz carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp, biting finish

O- quite drinkable and doesn't go overboard on the spicing, nice pumpkin ale

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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale from Rogue Ales
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