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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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159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 698
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 58
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
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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.

25 IBU
75 AA
25º Lovibond
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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 698
Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive hazy copper-amber with a tawny foam that persists as a eighth inch layer with lines of lace.

Smells like pumpkin pie with an emphasis on the pumpkin squash and not a lot of sweetness detected.

Taste is pumpkin squash right off the bat, there is caramel malt, biscuit, light amount of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg I think, very lightly sweet, definitely not sugary. Focus is on the pumpkin here.

Body is medium perhaps a bit too light for the style. I would like it a bit creamier. Carbonation is zesty.

Overall this is a pretty good pumpkin ale, and packs a nice wallop of pumpkin without cloying sweetness nor veering totally into pumpkin pie mode. If you are looking for a pumpkin ale that's not totally pied out, give it a try. I enjoyed.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.), with no apparent bottled on date present. I had last year's version of this beer, which was labeled as Chatoe Rogue First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale. This 2013 release simply identifies itself as Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale, much like the bottle pictured, only it is a painted ceramic orange. Looks pretty sweet.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a burnt sienna orange colored body with some chestnut highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of big bubbly off-white head audibly sizzling away to a ring within seconds. About average appearance for the style.

S - This is where the beer starts to kick it up a notch. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cola, carbonation, and then cream, vanilla, butter, brown sugar, ginger, and authentic whipped pumpkin puree.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: crisp cola, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, herbal spice rack notes, cream, whipped pumpkin puree, and a slightly bready finish.

M - Feel is crisp and lively with nice carbonation dancing on the tongue. Finishes beautifully; creamy and smooth with some slight stickiness.

Overall, I can safely say this is probably my favorite pumpkin beer out of all that I've tried so far, which is a lot. Definitely a top-notch pumpkin ale, one I will continue to look forward to every year. Highly recommended.

Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hzey dark honey with 2 finger tan head. Very good retention

S - Smell like a pumpkin pie! Lots of nutmeg aroma along with some pumpkin, caramel, and cinnamon

T - MMM....very good fall beer. Not as sweet or pumpkin like as I thought it would be. Great use of hops to balance the sweetness with just enough pumpkin and nutmeg flavors to make it work. Hops are really present at first and then the beer fades to the pumpkin pie taste!

M - A light bodied beer. Slick feelnig in the mouth. Smooth for the most part with a little alcohol burn

O - A great fall beer! I enjoyed theu se of hops in this pumpkin beer. Most dont have quite as much kick. It seemed to balance the sweetness of the pumpkin quite nicely. A very unique flavored pumpkin ale

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Photo of lindsaylandeen
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
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!!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well balanced and surprisingly tasty beer, despite the horrific orange bottle!

Pours a clear and dark amber colour with an off-white head that disappears pretty quickly. A satisfying mouthfeel, neither too oily nor light. Malt-forward aroma has both roasted and caramelized malt profile, with a nice spiciness in the background that's not limited solely to "pumpkin pie". The flavour also balances the roasted malts with a fruit sweetness in the body, and the spices ride the bittering hops in the finish. Nice mix of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and even some black pepper.

More complicated than expected and a real pleasure - will look for it again.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
I poured this into a glass, it has dark cooper color body with a small white head. The aroma has a nice spice of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is strong of spices and has pumpkin on the back of the tongu. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall this is a great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $10.00

Appearance - Copper with a large size fizzy off-white e coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, all-spice, pumpkin

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, all-spice. There is also a decent amount of pumpkin and some cinnamon. It ends with a sweet and spicy aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better pumpkin beers I've had. It's not over the top like ST Pumking but it's also not boring/thin like some of the other pumpkin beers are. My bottle was 7 months old and was still drinking very nicely.

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Photo of skylander7
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased in the fall from Liquor Express in Huntsville AL and shelved at home. Poured into a snifter on 3/30/13 at around 40 degrees at around noon.

-Pour: Good bit of head and carbonation in the glass. Head dissipated after about a minute or two. Very nice pumpkin hue to the color.

-Nose: Smells like pumpkin pie to me, nothing overly dramatic. I like pumpkin pie though so no worries!

-Taste: Pretty much the same. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkins, wheat, some malts, spices. None of them were overbearing, but I felt that this was a much better balance of taste than most other pumpkin beer types that I've tried.

-A medium feel to it with medium carbonation, went down pretty smoothly.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish auburn with decent head on top of a bready, subdued pumpkin and cinnamon aroma, not really noticing much else although a touch of other sugary goodness (probably caramel). It is a light to medium bodied beer that is smooth and easy to drink and finishes crisp and easy thanks to the spice and decent hops and carbonation. As for the taste, a good chunk of pumpkin is noticeable but it is not overpowering and thankfully the spices in here, like a touch of nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, balance the beer, as do some sweet and bready. So while not overly sweet or pumpkiny, it is also not watery and too spicy and almost no pumpkin is noticeable as I have found in some other (cheap) pumpkin ales. Not the greatest or tastiest pumpkin ale but I got my "pumpkin fix" and it was sweet enough to enjoy as a dessert beer and that's all I ask.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another pumpkin ale...this one using homegrown pumpkins though.

Pours a nice cloudy copper brown with a thin off-white head, not much lacing.

Smells the same as every other good pumpkin ale I've had: like pumpkin pie with a lot of spices!

Tastes of nutmeg, pumpkins, cinnamon and pie. Lots of sweet malts and a nice hoppy backbone. Very well balanced, one of the nicest pumpkin ales I've had.

The mouthfeel is amazing, nice and creamy and just the perfect amount of C02

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark amber colored body, almost looks cola colored when not held up to the light. Sticky ring of thin tan bubbles that coat the side of the glass on top.

S- Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malt. Nothing out of the ordinary for a pumpkin ale.

T- Almost tastes like a malty amber or a brown ale complimented by the pumpkin and spices. None of the pumpkin pie flavors overwhelm the beer, which is a nice change of pace. Much more subtle than I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

O- I was expecting a ton of pumpkin and spices in my face, but what I got was a well executed amber ale with complimenting pumpkin flavors.

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Photo of videofrog
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Dark garnet red with burnt orange edges. Nearly opaque. Three finger off-white head. Sediment present in final pour.

S: Roasted pumpkin, cinnamon and clove.

T: Roasted pumpkin up front, cinnamon and various spices in the middle, peppery alcohol and earthy hops in the finish.

M: On the thicker side of medium. Carbonation was lively.

O: One of the better pumpkin ales I've had, especially considering I sat on it for nearly 3 months. Rogue can be a little pricey, but they always seem to make solid beers.

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Photo of StuporJew
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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!!!

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Long813
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into block15 snifter. Purchased for $8.49.

A: Pours a lightly hazy ruby amber with three fingers of soft looking off-white head. Head slowly faded into a thick and lasting fuzzy film that left thick streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Dominating notes of pumpkin spice on the nose. Fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, lemon zest, allspice, cardamom and pepper mix well to create one of the more natural and inviting pumpkin beers I’ve come across.
T: More pumpkin like the nose but perhaps not as rich. In addition to everything mentioned I get flavors of brown sugar and orange citrus rind. The sweetness falls off in the finish and the aftertaste is full of lingering spices.
M: This is where the beer falls short. The body is on the thin side of medium and the mouthfeel is slightly watery. The real problem is there are far too many bubbles. If this beer was slightly thicker and far less carbonated it was be awesome.
O: Great flavor for the style, not overly spices nor synthetic and syrupy tasting like many are. Let this beer warm up and burn off a few of the bubbles and you’ve got a great evening sipper.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear coppery- brown with two fingers worth of a lingering, light tan foamy head. There is a lot of sticky lacing.

Smell- Clove , nutmeg, allspice, and caramel malts.

Taste- Pumpkin pie flavor with a strong spice presence, especially the nutmeg and clove.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Very, very smooth and creamy.

Overall- Very enjoyable, this is one of the better pumpkin beers that I have tried. Maybe Rogue needs to turn down the spice a tad but it is still a good beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz served in an Allagash cervoise

A - Pours a dark reddish copper color with an egg cream head. Darker than most pumpkin beers.

S - Dried spiced, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, brown sugar, nutty yeast

T - Sweet and creamy pumpkin pie flavor, good bill of spice, allspice and cardamom being the most prominent, the cinnamon is faint. Pecans, cream, there's a clean character in there as well. The spice runs long into the finish

M - Moderate carbonation, thick feel, medium full body,

Very good for the style. It's full flavored with plenty of pumpkin and rides the edge of too spicy while maintaining a steady sweetness. Like this one alot.

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Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.