Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch AleRogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 670
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 4.36%
Wants: 53
Gots: 94 | 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
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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 670
Photo of ToddKaiser
4.95/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my favorites

I have tried virtually all of the pumpkin beers there are at my liquor store. They have around 25 so in my opinion this one tops them all.

Yes very pricey at 12 dollars a bottle. It is 25 oz. though so that is not bad.

It is very hard to describe but has a full flavor and does not lack in the pumpkin department like a lot of pumpkin beers.

You must purchase the beer first and foremost to understand it, Rogue did a great job and I will be trying more of their beer shortly. (516 characters)

Photo of Ancalagon
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin beer is one of my favorite types of beer. This beer has the best pure pumpkin flavor of any of them. Color is that of pumpkin pie. Very little head. Smell is the same as the color. Taste is exceptional. Balances the sweetness with the spice. Doesn't go to heavy on spice. Exceptional pumpkin flavor. Love the finish. Feels slightly less thick than the taste. Overall, pure pumpkin gold. (394 characters)

Photo of lindsaylandeen
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
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!! (312 characters)

Photo of Roose13
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a glass

A: Cloudy amber with a medium creamy head

S: A wonderful sweet aroma of pumpkins, brown sugar, and spices.

T: Natural pumpkin flavor. Just balanced and perfect. Brown sugar and nutmeg. Some malt.

M: Creamy, medium carbonated.

Overall: Holy crap Rogue just may have made one of the best pumpkin beers out there. (347 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a connoisseur of Rogue beers as well as a big pumpkin fan, I felt a need to review this one.

Bought a bomber at Wegmans in Collegeville, PA.
Poured into a mug.

Great brownish/amber appearance. Minimal head, maybe 1 finger with solid balanced lacing.

Very good smell, the pumpkin is the primary thing, the other spices minimal.
This carries over into the taste as many pumpkin beers tend to overload the nutmeg, clove, allspice, etc., Rogue did a tremendous job of focusing on what's advertised: Pumpkin!

I really enjoyed the mouthfeel as I drank the entire bottle. Great balance, some hoppy flavoring making the pumpkin stand out with the dry nature.

Probably my new favorite pumpkin beer, although it is a bit pricey. (727 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.6% ABV,

A - From the highly visible (and quite cool) orange bottle, this deep copper beer pours with clarity, carbonation streaming to the well retained light ivory head.

S - Pumpkin pie in a pint, Rogue's Pumpkin patch keeps everything in order perfectly; malt provides a wonderful crumbly crust filled with gooey pumpkin puree and a happy mess of spices from cinnamon to nutmeg, clove to cardamom. Orange peel and vanilla bean add a nice twist to a classic aroma!

T - Hearty maltiness is beefed up in flavor, bringing in toasted wheat bread crust slathered in warm, sticky caramel and sprinkled with spice and a pinch of cocoa. The usual suspects are here but cardamom, orange peel, and vanilla lend themselves very well to this beer, just like the aroma suggests. Dry roasted pumpkin seed flavor caps off this harmonious beer.

M - Smooth and medium bodied, this pumpkin ale feels like a dense slice of pie at first but sharp carbonation cuts through the feel and lightens it up, transitioning to a dry, spicy finish very nicely.

O - Round, well-balanced, and enjoyable, not only is Rogue's Pumpkin Patch a wonderful conglomeration of malt, gourd, and spice, but the fact this fall seasonal wasn't brewed until their pumpkins were ready for the beer means that it didn't hit the market in July like all the rest of the pumpkin beers, and for that I'm overly grateful to Rogue.

*As for the complaints about the price tag, it's a "Grow Your Own" bottle which means it's safe to assume using "home" grown hops, barley, and pumpkins might be a little bit more labor intensive than having it shipped to one's doorstep. (1,681 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, fresh from Rogue's Hop Yard.

A - Nice deep, stained mahogany body. Fine, light beige head with great retention and low lace.

S - Nice cinnamon note. Pumpkin bread, coriander, allspice, ginger.

T - Big, fresh pumpkin bread flavor. Cinnamon, cardamom, and yellow raisin.

M - Excellent. Thick body, nice carbonation.

O - Absolutely fantastic, one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. (402 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thickly out of a big orange bottle into a tall glass stein, dark amber with a soapy white head.

Smells a little ashen and peaty, a little like pie spice. A strange and not particularly inviting blend, although it firms up a bit as the beer warms, starts smelling more like a run of the mill pumpkin ale.

Tastes like an *excellent* pumpkin ale. Roasted, almost lightly burned spice up front, moving into fresher, sugary-er spice in the middle (more pie-like) with big nodes of cinnamon and nutmeg. This segues gently into the most pumpkiny pumpkin nodes I've ever come across in a beer--it's like fresh, seasoned puree. Really great stuff. The flavor ends with a resurgence of vanilla along with more fresh pumpkin, and blended with an exceptionally creamy body the effect is quite similar to spritzing some Readi-Whip on top of a slice of pie. (852 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours browinsh yellow. Unfiltered with a good amount of head that lingers around the rim but little to no lacing left on the glass. Smell reveals pumpkin, nutmeg and a heavy dose of brown sugar. Taste is similar with maybe a bit of cinammon. Spices are forward present and linger well onto the backend. Very good beer for the season. (333 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy copper with a large creamy head.
Nose shows cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves along with a soft but unmistakable pumpkin hit amongst sweet malty gingerbread notes.
More spices as flavours along with very subtle pumpkin, gingerbread and some herbal astringency. Wouldn't mind a longer-lasting sweet malty finish. Nonetheless, very enjoyable stuff.
Nice creamy mouthfeel. Could be just a little thicker though. (413 characters)

Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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! (780 characters)

Photo of isualum12
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this beer surprise me. It's great. Rogue use to be my favorite brewery until a bad trip to their mothership in NP this summer. So since then my tasteforrogue has been tanted. That said this is the best pumpkin i have had this whole year. (including everything at gabf).

Look is a great with so orange earth tone color to it. A pure white head that leaves us quickly. Very lively.
Smell. Spice and pumpkin just like it should be. Damn it smells nice as well without overpowering.
Taste. Very light at first with earth flavor which strengthens to a pumpkin and light spice flavor. This is a beer that you can drink all night it will not over power you.
Feel while this beer is lively it is not to carbonated like many pumpkins.
Overall this is a grat beer. I love it.

Perfect today on Thanksgiving. I am thankful to live somewhere that lets me try amazing beers (871 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Murky dark brown body with hints of orange. Big dense creamy tan froth that settles to a bubbly layer of creaminess.

S: Aroma is killer! Fresh pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Roasted (real) pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, allspice, clove, barley and notes of cream.

T/M: Spice forward with a backsplash of delicious roasted pumpkin and toasted salted pumpkin seeds. Gingerbread cookies grace the palette once warmed. Medium-full body with gentle prickly carbonation. Finish is creamy and smooth with a dose of spiced hops and pumpkin seeds.

O: Fantastic pumpkin ale! This is full flavored not diluted and has real pumpkin flavor. This is the best pumpkin ale I have has the pleasure of drinking. Hats off to Rogue for this masterpiece. Cheer! (749 characters)

Photo of helloglob
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a case of these bad boys at the rogue homebase for the garage sale!

appearance: lighter than expected, pure white head and a sort of glowing amber body. reminds me of the glow of a lantern!(and the toasted insides as a result of said glow)((apologies for waxing poetic)
smell: hearty, heavy pumpkin smell, hints of caramel! not very complex, but not in a bad way.
taste: up front, this beer is bitter, with nice carbonation and a great pumpkin aftertaste. As soon as the carbonation dissipates in your mouth it really hits you that this is a pumpkin ale.
mouthfeel: creamy, slightly acidic, but really enjoyable. goes down very well from beginning to end.
overall: I had the choice between this and the chatoe pilsner, and i'm glad i chose this! It's a great pumpkin ale, and I feel safe saying so even though i've only had a few others. Most interesting to me is that they grow all the ingredients in this brew on location at their farm. I actually do feel i get a sense of location from this beer, it doesn't seem out of character for an Oregon beer at all. Rogue, keep it up! Can't wait to try more chatoe beers! (1,125 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber color with a thick tan colored head that dies down to finger's width.

A nice roasted pumpkin and nutmeg/allspice aroma.

A solid pumpkin flavor right off the bat. The spices then kick in....some cinammon, nutmeg, and a bit of ginger. It finishes smooth and a bit sweet with no over the top spice lingering like some other pumpkin ales out there.

Medium body and a smooth feel to it. Good carbonation to give it some body.

Rating it against the other pumpkin beers available, this is right up there. What it lacks in ABV, it makes up for in flavor. Great balanced beer...which is hard to do with such strong spices. (630 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (2,503 characters)

Photo of Long813
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Production Date: Oct. 4, 2012

A: Pours a cloudy red body with two fingers of off white head. Retention is minimal and leaves some lacing.

S: Strong front of pumpkin and spice. Mix of spices I can't pick out follow. Very pleasing aroma.

T: Tons of pumpkin and spice. First beer of this type that isn't strong on the spice than the pumpkin. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied with low low carbonation. Leaves a sweet aftertaste. Alcohol doesn't come through either.

O: Pleasing pumpkin ale, the taste, body and aroma are all spot on. Though, for the price, it can't beat out some of the local brews for much cheaper. A solid make from Rogue none the less. (654 characters)

Photo of dparvu
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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. (528 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat murky bronze, off white thick head slow to leave. Lots of cling.

S - Pumpkin is predominant, with mulling spices underneath.

T - Cooked pumpkin, sweet malt and mulling spices, with a little hop bitter to finish.

M - Medium body, good balance, nice carb and clean finish.

D - One of the better pumpkins I have tried. (332 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature shaker pint glass, 2012 bottling. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pumpkin, pear, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, toast, brown sugar, clove, brown bread, and herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and spices. Taste of caramel, pumpkin, toast, ginger, pear, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, brown bread, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pumpkin, pear, toast, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, slick, and foamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish, as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a highly excellent pumpkin ale! Great balance and complexity of malt/spice flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable pumpkin beer offering. (1,248 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (603 characters)

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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale from Rogue Ales
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