Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.3/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
750 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on Oct 4 2012 and listed at 6.0%. I was getting a little sick of trying pumpkin ales a few months back when they flooded onto the shelves, but after a few months' abstention from such brews, I'm ready for more gourdy goodness. Poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep orange-bronze colour, muddy with sediment, and topped at first with two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Retention isn't great; it seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a soapy film and narrow collar at the surface, as well as some scant lacing. The aroma is spicy and appealing, with lots of gingerbread and fresh pumpkin pie, as well as accents of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. It's a slightly sweet bouquet with a nice, underlying mashed pumpkin feel, but the spice is definitely in the forefront here. This kind of makes me nervous, because I tend to prefer balanced pumpkin beers, not spice bombs.
That worrying turned out to be for naught though, as the taste is deftly balanced between sweet maltiness, dry spiciness, and pumpkin flavour. The nutmeg and cinnamon grab my attention at first, followed quickly by some buttered pie crust, brown sugar, pecan and mashed pumpkin that gradually overtakes the spice. The clove shows up more toward the finish, alongside hints of allspice, orange zest and leafy hops. Spicy, lingering aftertaste that clings to the palate. Medium-bodied, about right for a 6.0% brew; although the carbonation is biting and nearly distracting. Ridiculously drinkable, perhaps moreso than any other pumpkin ale I've tried previously. Not boozy at all; I can't detect any ethanol.
Final Grade: 4.3, an excellent A grade. Rogue's Pumpkin Patch Ale is a fine specimen of this occasionally-obnoxious style - everything is balanced perfectly, with lots of spicy goodness for those who enjoy that aspect of the style, but never going overboard. This is not a spice/booze bomb that will exhaust your palate. The malty sweetness, gourdy flavours and (relatively) dense body do their part keeping the spice in check, generating an unbelievably quaffable spiced ale. As much as I love Pumking, I like this stuff nearly as much, although for different reasons. Pumpkin Patch is obviously much lighter and nuanced, and for that reason I would suggest it as a perfect introductory pumpkin ale for newbies interested in trying the style. I would also highly recommend it to seasoned pumpkin-loving BAs who are looking for a great fall/winter spiced sipper. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2013 00:43:07 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
4.51/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Head is tan to off white and is considerable. Deep pumpkin color with dark brown tones.
S: Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Nutmeg, Cloves, Anise, Orange, Vanilla, Chinese Five Spice.
T: Roasted pumpkin pie. IF Pumpkin Pie were a beverage this would be it. I would say it is missing whipped cream... but it almost has that quality as well. Full marks. Roasted and dry, this beer is fantastic. Pumpkin really shines as a part of the beer's flavor profile instead of just being an add on flavor.
M: Light to Medium bodied. Fantastic carbonation.
O: It is July. It feels like early October in my mouth. Fantastic. I don't normally agree with the Rogue beers... but this one is heads and tails above the rest. Truly a treat to drink.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 03:18:58 | More by ahommell
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A - Dark amber, moderate lacing, inch of froth
S - Bland malt, hops, a little pumpkin
T - Weak pumpkin and flavor overall
M - Medium bodied and carbonated
O - Pumpkin is a really hard beer to do well and there are many many more misses than hits.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 21:25:39 | More by halo3one
Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale from Rogue Ales
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