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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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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 37
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

25 IBU
75 AA
25º Lovibond

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-19-2011)
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Reviews by runbirddrinkbeer:
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

This ale hit the shelves later than most which I like. Something strange about pumpkin ales in July in Florida...per Rogue the later release was due to growing their own GYO pumpkins and declining to use canned pumpkin. This is an attractive beer with hazy reddish orange body with creamy yellow head. The aroma of pumpkin pie spices is more subtle than other examples of this style, also a plus. The taste: this is , I am happy to report, my favorite of the years pumpkin ales! I've tried a BUNCH of them this year. Well balanced but not boring and no chemical off tastes. I know there is a fair Amount of variability in this style from year to year, ie Weyerbacher was great last year but disappointing this year, but hopefully Rogue will hit the mark again in subsequent years!

runbirddrinkbeer, Jan 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

oberon, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of don1481
2.61/5  rDev -32%

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.

don1481, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

mojohawk21, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

aszatk01, Oct 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

beerhunter13, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Tiernan, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Kappakoosh, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

warnerry, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

Beaver13, Nov 05, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

Mora2000, Nov 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

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.

NilocRellim, Nov 19, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

jondeelee, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Moo5152, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ryser2k, Oct 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rwilde, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

WaydeRafnel, Oct 19, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

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!!!

StuporJew, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TheLevi4000, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

bpascale, Oct 24, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

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

rdilauro, Oct 07, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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

This beer pours a dark, murky golden brown hue, with two fingers of tight foamy pale beige head, which maintains some pretty sturdy retention, eventually leaving some swooping arches of lace around the glass. It smells like zingy pumpkin pie - cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and sweet pumpkin mush, with a slight bready malt. The taste is a heightened bready malt, fleshy pumpkin, more sedate autumn victual spices - a bit of nutmeg and clove, for the most part, and a twinge of warming alcohol. The carbonation is frothy, but not all that strong, the body an unassuming medium weight, and generally smooth, a little carbonic prick getting up in its grill. It finishes more malty than anything up to this point - and with the pumpkin abated in flavour, if not in vegetal sweetness, the lack of off-setting hops becomes just a little too clear.

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

biboergosum, Nov 09, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

mintjellie, Nov 28, 2012
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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale from Rogue Ales
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