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: 92 | 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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Photo of don1481
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deeper shade of amber that's hazy with an off-white head.

Cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose, little pumpkin--but do pumpkins really smell?

It's missing a sweet note but well spiced right up front. Dry, maybe too much so in that it doesn't hang around. Maybe some vanilla but that's a stretch. Really it seems to stop short, not necessarily needing to up the spice or pumpkin but maybe a good strong caramel note or some darker malts.

Bubbly head that doesn't really even lace. Feels like an amber (497 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

glass: Tulip

Dark honey/brown color with a white right atop the glass. Light splashy lacing left behind. Mmm.. big all spice, Cinnamon and clove on the nose. Underlying pumpkin can be detected as well. Smells a bit sugary, caramelized sugar but more of a powder sugar.

A bit lighter in body than i expected. It sort of falls through mid-pallete. There's a nice spicy flavor initially then then fades away and picks up in flavor towards the end. Light pumpkin, more spice and just a touch of dark fruit on the end.Medium carbonation.

Drinkable, somewhat flavorful but not really that great. (592 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear reddish brown colored ale with a medium sized khaki colored head.

Smell is herbal with a mild pumpkin and spice aroma. Slight scent of vanilla and pie crust. Ginger and allspice are the strongest scents. Wood and strong tea are what remains of the hop scents.

Starts out sweet and spicy with green allspice berry smacks me in the mouth on the very first sip. Caramel and vanilla but the allspice really shoves aside all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Over priced and average overall. (498 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
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 (721 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lively dark ruby red topped by a frantic beige head that settles down quickly. Strong aroma that is more fierce than satisfying: overspiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and subtle vanilla. Flavors of cooked pumpkin, burnt pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, acidic vanilla, mild spicy hop presence towards the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Prickly feeling. I expect better from Rogue. The beer could use less emphasis on the spices and bring in a heftier, creamier body. Diggin' the cooked pumpkins, the vanilla, and the hops but the ginger and clove could be tossed to the side. (613 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with some red and orange hues to it. The head was white and kept a solid retention from start to finish. The smell of the beer has the traditional spiced and earthy aromas of most pumpkin ales. The taste of the beer is similar to the nose, it's got a good amount of spice in there without overpowering the other elements of the beer. The mouthfeel of the beer is light to medium bodied... similar to most of Rogue's ale in my opinion. The carbonation was good and the beer was drinkable. Overall it's a decent pumpkin ale. (573 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer pours medium brown in color, with red hues when held to the light. The head is tan with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal.

S- Lots of spice up front. Getting a lot of nutmeg, clove and all spice. The nose is all in all very aromatic yet one dimensional.

T- Again the spices hit strong upfront. The pallet is bombarded with nutmeg and clove. The hops profile keeps it some what balanced with a slight piney bitterness.

M- Medium body in mouth feel with medium carbonation.

O- This is a slightly above average pumpkin ale, kind of a spice bomb. Its flavorful and festive but not very well balanced. Could use a little work. (643 characters)

Photo of halo3one
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

It pours a clear medium burnt orange with a large (2-3 finger) off white fizzy head that quickly diminished until there was almost nothing left, but did have a tiny bit of spotty lacing.

The aroma was mild of a sweet bread malt and a light doughy yeast with notes of pumpkin, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.

The taste was lightly sweet and quite malty with a touch of brown sugar and nutmeg throughout. Then a slight bitterness crept in along with a bite of clove and a hint of vanilla, with the ending having a spicy cinnamon taste. The flavor was average in duration following the swallow, with a light spiciness lingering on the taste buds for a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with a watery yet slightly dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was a light and tasty Pumpkin Ale with a slightly sweet start, a spicy bitter middle and a nice cinnamon ending. Yep, it's Fall alright...

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Photo of Rizalini
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a semi-hazy amberish, ruby red color, with a very fluffy 3 finger head that fades rather quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Smells of spices run rampant. Allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg take center stage, with the pumpkin and an underlying sweetness taking a backseat.

T/M - The taste is a little thinner than I was expecting, and actually lacking a little. The allspice is huge in the flavor. Very dominating. A lite carmel malt backbone, but bordering on the watery side for me. Heavy on the spices, but light on the pumpkin. Light mouthfeel.

O - I was disappointed with this one honestly. I was just expecting more of a pumpkin forward brew, with the spices taking the backseat. Not the other way around. (777 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml orange paint covered bottle into a snifter. Wow the packaging here sure is a standout when sitting on the shelf. I hope other brewers dont follow this format and turn the beer isles into a crayola box. The brew pours a clouded amber brown color. A finger of creamy off-white head appears across the top and fades to a thin ring. 

The nose smells of cinnamon and fruity to citrus hops mixed with something like ginger zest. There is an earthen element running throughout the profile like the expected minorly vegetative inclusion of punpkin. Some caramel to toffee grain is alsp present before the onset of solvent alcohol.

The flavor is full of biscuit sort of grain quality and earthy to vegetative pumpkin flesh. There is some accenting cinnamon spice and fruity tinges that creep into more of a veggie aspect towards the back. As more sips are taken, some caramel to vanilla sweetness comes out and the aftertaste includes a minor nutmeg flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking. Overall it is a pretty average pumpkin offering. I probably would not buy this again despite it's eye catching appeal on the shelf. (1,191 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

one of the 13 ingredients is free range water..Thank God for that...wouldn't want captive water in my beer...no Sirree..

Seemed to be a bit darker in color, cloudier, and certainly not as bright as some pumpkin ales I've sampled. Off white head fizzles down to a slight cap leaving some gobs of lacing.

Aroma, for a pumpkin ale is disappointing. Faint hints of nutmeg, roasted malts, your typical pumpkin pie spice spectrum. But I like it to be more upfront...just how I roll..

Gonna agree with a fellow reviewer in so much as I like the balance in the flavors. The spice doesn't overpower the malts, which I found to have a slight chocolate undertone which blends well with the spice mix...a nice, fresh approach.

Had the mouthfeel at 3.5, but as I worked through the pint I found it got flatter. This coupled by a too fizzy beginning = a meh average. Certainly not as full bodied as I was expecting from a Rogue Ale.

Some good things to take from this sampling..I really like the flavour as they were a fresh take on this style. This beer falls flat, literally, with it's carbonation. Too agressive in front, not enough in the finale. (1,141 characters)

Photo of bens0n
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, dark coppery color with a small amount of foamy light tan, off white head. Not too much lacing going on, head dissipates fairly quickly.

On the nose I detect a tiny bit of pumpkin, but the bready malt from the pacman yeast dominates the nose, overall pretty mild.

Flavor wise theres more of a pumpkin presence. Not overpowering by any means, but after a few sips the pumpkin and spices come through the pacman yeast. I'd say its pretty similar to rogue's dead guy ale, but with a pumpkin twist. Its not a pumpkin-pie flavor though, its more like pumpkinseed. Its on the bitter side, not sweet by any means.

Its pretty smooth, not too thick, easy to put down.

Overall, a decent offering, but nothing too special. (740 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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 (484 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep hazy amber body with a thick creamy tan head. Good lacing and above average head retention.
S: Vegetal pumpkin, cinnamon & nutmeg aromas produce a very pleasing nose.
T: Flavors include roasted pumpkin & malt. Starts sweet, spiced middle and a lightly bitter clean hop finish.
M: Smooth medium bodied brew.
O: Good pumpkin beer that is more vegetal than spicy. (372 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze colour, quite pale on the edge. Lovely steady carbonation up the sides. Head is off-white, dense, retaining well. Looks nice.

Smells like a gruit. Lots of aniseed, clove, slightly tart with a touch of pepper. Light caramel malt as well. Yeah, interesting but I don't love it.

Cinnamon upfront on the palate and then all-spice all the way through. Big spice mix and Chinese medicine shop character, with some floral notes, aniseed and a decent burnt caramel undertone. Decent flavours: plenty of spice without strangling it.

Gets a little prickly midway. A touch on the thin side, but OK.

Interesting beer, but I can't say I'd trample my mother to death to get another glass. (693 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Faintly hazed medium amber color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is about average and some irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pumpkin has a good strength in the nose. Most pumpkin beers either skimp on the pumpkins or don't even use them at all. Nice to smell one that does neither. However, the spices are a bit weak on this. Just light cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Moderate caramel, a light toast, and a enough neutral sweetness to round things out.

3.5 T: Like the nose, there is enough pumpkin, but not enough spice. I want more of all of the spices, but especially the nutmeg. Fairly dry overall with just a light caramel sweetness. Lightly toasty. Easy drinking, but don't expect this to impress you.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more creaminess, but it's not bad overall.

3.5 D: Good pumpkin flavor in this, but nothing else is any better than the ordinary, which seems to be a theme when it comes to pumpkin beers. (1,034 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a snifter.

Pours a medium brown with an inch of airy tan head that quickly recedes and leaves little to no surface layer or lacing.

Aromas of pumpkin, spice and carmel malts.

Taste follows through from the aromas. Spice, carmel, vanilla and pumpkin and a nutty background.

Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. It does have a nutty aftertaste that lingers, that I personally didn't care for.

Overall a good representation of the style. Nothing really sticks out, but nothing is overdone either, which can be a problem with some pumpkin beers. (580 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at the Boise COOP today... paid about $6. Poured into my HotD goblet. Deeeep orange... pretty clear... off white head... good retention and cap... decent lacing as the brew drops.

Nose shows all the sweet spices associated with pumpkin pie.... Cinnamon... clove... ginger... cardamom... etc... The spices make it smell sweet... but you can tell it is a pretty dry from the aroma... lite toast and maybe a little bit of pale maltiness but generally, the spices blow the malt profile out of the water.

The spices don't come out swinging as much on the palate... instead they seem much more restrained... instead an earthy element sorta drives the taste. Again, as expected it is pretty dry. Really the only spice that really stands out for me is cardamom... and maybe ginger and even lighter cinnamon on the finish.

Body is a solid medium with light/medium yet smooth everpresent small bubble carbonation.

I normally don't like pumpkin beers as they generally seem like pie spice water... but this is much more approachable for me.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5 (1,082 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A murky looking mahogany colored brew with little visibility. It produced a 1-2 finger head that seemed to fizzle out like an American Adjunct Lager. No lacing left on my glass.

S - The first thing I pick up is that classic pumpkin pie smell. Cinnamon, brown sugar, pie crust, it's all there but the cinnamon seems to be dominant. I hardly get any hop presence here, just allot of pumpkin pie like notes.

T - I get lots and lots of cinnamon with a good amount of brown sugar to follow. Pie crust like notes throughout with a nice leafy hop character that comes in towards the finish, which breaks up the overall pumpkin pie like flavor profile. It finishes with linger cinnamon and brown sugar with an almost absent bitterness. A touch of alcohol can be noticed as well.

M - Kinda thin actually. I would say lite-medium in body with very mild crispness.

O - I gotta say this is probably the most pumpkin pie like flavored Pumpkin Ale Iv'e ever had. The flavor profile is intensely pie like, which was great to me but it sorta falls flat towards the finish, and gives off a sorta watered down like flavor. The mouthfeel could be fuller as well, to me anyway. All in all though it's pretty good, and I like that it's not sickeningly sweet and boozy, so it makes for a session Pumpkin Ale. I would say give it a try, but I probably wouldn't buy this one again. (1,380 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (2,091 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark burnt orange with a small soapy white head. Good retention for the style, no lace.

S: Pumpkin spice. Some flesh, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg.

T: Spice dominated. The overall pumpkin flavour is light. Cinnamon and clove heavy taste. Clove especially on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, soft crisp carbonation. Light aftertaste. Thin at points.

O: A solid pumpkin beer. I don't know why it showed up in December, but I'm glad to try another one of the style. (488 characters)

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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale from Rogue Ales
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