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Pumpkin Ale - Kern River Brewing Company

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-14-2009)
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yeahhhhhhrvca

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-15-2011 07:16:05 | More by yeahhhhhhrvca
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

5/5  rDev +34.4%

04-04-2012 21:53:38 | More by muchloveforhops3
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mthomas84

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

12-18-2011 10:19:17 | More by mthomas84
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marysparks18

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-26-2011 06:05:42 | More by marysparks18
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LSUPT

California

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

11-17-2011 07:22:05 | More by LSUPT
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-24-2013 03:36:53 | More by DNICE555
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +21%

11-14-2011 19:39:15 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Dspohn

California

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this from a KR growler after the FW 14 release at the Pour House.

I'll admit to being fairly intoxicated and not taking good notes on this review. But after sampling some awesome beers and getting to try the very highly regarded Citra DIPA and Just Outstanding which were both excellent and receive a lot of praise, I feel like this underrated beer deserved a great review. By FAR my favorite pumpkin beer, incredibly refreshing, light and delicious. One of the standouts of the night. I sort of hate pumpkin beers that tend to be too heavy,sweet,over-the-top but this was a wonderful beer.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2010 02:29:38 | More by Dspohn
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Stan.

Appearance: Glowing jack o lantern orange with a large blanket of foam.

Smell: Sweet bready malts and pleasantly restrained pie spices. Nutmeg, allspice, clove and ginger, perhaps? Spices prevail, contributing most of the depth, but this never comes off as cloying.

Great pumpkin pie flavor. This tastes a hell of a lot like pumpkin pie, actually. There's a pleasant bready sweetness beneath the clove, nutmeg and ginger. Medium in body, malty and spicy in the finish. I had low expectations, but this turned out to be a surprisingly excellent pumpkin ale.

Serving type: growler

10-25-2010 18:27:04 | More by largadeer
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aknight

California

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange, lighter than I am used to for pumpkin beers, pours with a really nice head too though it quickly dissipates. I can smell the aroma before even bringing the beer to my nose. This beer smells strongly of pumpkin pie spices. On first taste the spices are there, it's not overly sweet as far as pumpkin beers are concerned though. This is perhaps the most pumpkiny of pumpkin beers that I have tried. There is a definite taste of pumpkin to the beer. Pumpkin is definitely a subtle flavor and I think it shines through a little better on a lighter canvas like this beer.

I often find myself complaining that pumpkin beers are too sweet. To me that is the downfall of most pumpkin beers. Not this one. It's still on the sweet side as far as beers go but it is better balanced than most pumpkin beers with a wonderful aroma and a truly pleasing flavor. I'll be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:45:50 | More by aknight
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Stoicfc

California

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter than your usual pumpkin ale. Still a nice head.

S: Great odor. Quality pumpkins used here!

T: Smooth yet a lot going on. Impressed.

M: Crispy generous. Hoppy smooth.

I really enjoyed this brew. Such a relaxing can't miss ale. Kern Brewing doesn't fail!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:16:42 | More by Stoicfc
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KevinBrewer

California

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden color with a faint orange hue to it. Billowy white head that dissipates to a blanket, leaving sheets of lace down the glass.

N- Slightly pungent biscuity malt with a good amount of cloves and allspice. Also a light citrusy coriander type aroma that adds a nice touch. There's an earthiness in there that I imagine to be pumpkin.

T- Wow, I love the malt in this beer. It has a rich biscuit flavor with a crisp pilsner quality to it. Nice spice accents (allspice and coriander) with a little citrus to brighten it up. Moderately bitter leafy hops bring to mind the pumpkin vine. Long soft bitter finish with lingering spice, biscuity malt, and floral, leafy hops.

M- Creamy medium body, moderate carbonation, and a bittersweet, spicy finish.

D- Overall, this is a fresh take on pumpkin beer. They use lighter malts than any other pumpkin beers I've had, it's more bitter than the typical pumpkin, and it totally works. It's more of a creamy pilsner pumpkin than the standard oktoberfest pumpkin. Kudos to another great beer from Kern River!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 05:54:40 | More by KevinBrewer
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beorn7676

California

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant orange color with big fluffy bright white head.

Good aroma of pumpkin pie spice. Smells like a pumpkin ale should.

Really love the flavor here. Good amount of spice but nothing overpowering. Tiny bit of sweetness. Hops are subtle but help keep everything in check. Great balance in this beer.

Mouthfeel is just what i want from this ale. Slightly creamy but quit refreshing.

Overall i really enjoyed this one. Wish i bought more than one. The best Pumpkin ale i have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 03:42:19 | More by beorn7676
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t420o

California

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kern river pumpkin ale

A- pour produces a 1 finger white head that rests atop a light golden-orangish body that is hazy. Leaves decent lacing 4

S- sweet pumpkin pie type smell: allspice, cinnamon, caramel malt, smells better than the average pumpkin beer 4

M- I just had been drinking punkin before this which I feel is a good pumpkin beer but this one is definitely superior. It's similar but it tastes like sweet pumpkin pie but the pumpkin tastes very fresh and not artifial at all. They don't kill you with the allspice and cinnamon. It's done in excellent balance and is just right in the background. Overall flavor is light and refreshing but somehow rich and warming all at the same time. I love it.  Definitely in my top 3 pumpkin beers. Maybe the best 4.5 

M- excellent mouthfeel. Perfect viscosity and good cabonation. 4.5

O- great drinkability. Maybe the best pumpkin beers I've had. Will be buying many more of these 4.5



Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 08:00:20 | More by t420o
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mithrascruor

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale orange color. A bit like a wheat beer. Nice dense yet foamy white head with excellent retention. No lacing, but there's a big film around the edges of the beer.

Smell: Great spice flavor with nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Excellent pumpkin aroma, and overall rather malty.

Taste: Some light malts and perhaps a bit of wheat, with pumpkin and spice taking the front seat. Certainly a bit sweet, but not sugary or too much for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with mild carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, mild ABV!

An excellent pumpkin ale. It tastes like it is made with great pumpkins, and it is full of fall spices. Definitely more on the pumpkin than the beer side, but I'd prefer that in a pumpkin ale, rather than a beer that just had a bit of pumpkin and spice thrown in.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:14:03 | More by mithrascruor
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from jmadrigal2, what's this? A pumpkin beer that actually tastes like squash and not like a bunch of spices thrown into a pale ale? Not possible? Apparently it is.

Beer is yellow and a little hazy with a whispy white head of small and medium white bubbles, like a pillow.

Aroma is a little sweet and pumpkiny.

Beer is medium body and creamy in the mouth and really pumpkin forward, its a little sweet but its not cloying at all, subtle sweetness, easy drinking, one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 14:26:13 | More by drabmuh
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pastradul

California

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a duvel green tulip.

huge white head that leaves slowly. lots of bubbles along the glass.

the nose is a ton of fall spice right in the front of the nose. with a bit of pumpkin in the back of the nose.

the taste is very similar. the spice is less then I was expecting which works out well. with a bit of pumpkin working it's way through t the palate in more of the mid and back of the mouth. as it warms the pumpkin comes through a but more.

I feel that the carb could be a bit less and it would help the beer a bit more.

Pretty solid pumpkin beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 20:02:11 | More by pastradul
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GrumpyJunglist

California

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into A The Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a slightly darkish golden yellow with a decent amount of haze in the color. The head has a good fingers worth, which is a nice fluffy bright white color to it.

S: The aromas on this are amazing. First whiff and its like smelling a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Big aromas of of nutmeg and spices which combine to give off a cinnamon aroma too.

T: The aromas somewhat mirror the the taste. You get the nutmeg and spices with the pumpkins. As the flavor settles it kind of has a banana bread taste at the end.

M: A little overly carbonated, which i feel drowns out a bit of the initial flavors of the beer.

O: I really like this beer, the aromas of this one are simply amazing. I just hope I can find more of this soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 04:44:25 | More by GrumpyJunglist
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route66pubs

California

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a nice, one-finger white head. Head subsides but maintains itself well, with good retention and glass lacing. When held to the light, the orange color appears very clear and almost yellow, with loads of tiny bubbles dancing around.

Pumpkin and nutmeg dominant the aroma, giving the sensation of a pumpkin pie baking in the oven. Very lovely aroma.

Pretty much exactly what you would expect with the taste. Pumpkin, nutmeg, maybe some coriander in the flavor. I'm dying for some vanilla ice cream to go with this. I wish I would have thought ahead to making a run to http://www.fosselmans.com/ ahead of time. Very little aftertaste, save for some nutmeg, which is a huge plus as most pumpkin beers leave to much residual goo behind for my liking.

Surprisingly crisp and refreshing, with just a hit of hop bitterness at the tail providing some extra crispness. Very easy going on the mouth from front to back.

For a spiced pumpkin ale, this is surprisingly drinkable. While one is plenty for me, I can definitely see enjoying a few of these on a crisp harvest evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:18:02 | More by route66pubs
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in trade with vurt. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery goblet.

A - Pours a clear amber. Small white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves a thin collar.

S - Lots of pumpkin character, pumpkin itself, nutmeg, cinnamon. Lots of fruityness and spicy Aromas.

T - Sweet and spicy. Sugary malt sweetness, balanced amount of spices - nutmeg, cinnamon. Not much hop character, bitterness just there to offset the other flavors. Good, well rounded pumpkin beer.

M - Thin to medium body. Low to medium carbonation. Very smooth...lingering pumpkin spices in the aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable pumpkin beer. Good blend of pumpkin spices...not overpowering, but definitely present. Very good pumpkin beer, might be my current favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 17:54:41 | More by portia99
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vande

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

split with some family at thanksgiving....

a: a nice murky, reddish-orange pour with a thin layer of head...

s: immediate pumpkin spices on the nose, along with some gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeggy graham cracker.... a nice smelling beer...

t: along with the nose, this is a nice blend of the i assume, typical pumpkin type spices... a nice balance of them in a way that one is not overpowered...

m:lighter bodied, but easy to drink...

o: a nice addition to our turkey day!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 04:54:53 | More by vande
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a slightly hazy golden color. Over two fingers of white fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour. The head slowly dissipates, leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - In one word, it reminds me of fall. Light spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. There is a definite pumpkin aroma - though not overdone. Overall it is a more subdued aroma of the spices and pumpkin, though quite pleasant.

Taste - Interesting - not what I was expecting. As the individual who posted beneath me noted, this appears to be a blonde pumpkin ale, though that is not necessarily a bad thing. The spices come through nicely, though I will admit there is an odd vegetable flavor (again, not bad in my opinion, just different) that suggests, besides pumpkin, celery and perhaps cabbage? There is more of a "bitterness" to this than malt (I do wish there was a hint more malt) though honestly, this is an odd pumpkin beer but one that is impressing me the more I sip it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, pretty creamy.

Drinkability - Quite so. Relatively quaffable in my opinion. Not nearly as heavy on spices as say DFH Punkin, however, a great session pumpkin beer in my opinion. There is just enough flavor to make you want more, but it is not overpowering in the sense that you would get sick of it after a glass. A great attempt from Kern River with their own twist to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:47:22 | More by SpdKilz
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light copper/yellowish nice dense foam head lasted forever nice lacing.
Smell is pumpkin spice and a touch of hops smells really nice.
Taste is heavier on spices and pumpkin finishes with a bit of hops
Mouthfeel was weird it was light drinking but had a chewiness to it worked well nicely carbonated.
Overall this is a nice pumpkin beer does its thing and doesnt try to kill you with one thing or another.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:40:17 | More by sliverX
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augustgarage

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - served in a snifter.

Clear ECE/ACE amber body with a half-finger of seashell foam. Pasty lacing, decent retention.

Light pumpkin aroma with a hint of angel cake as well. Pleasant but restrained.

Pale malt base comes through with a lovely crispness on the palate, offsetting any sugars from the pumpkin. The latter is pure and while not vegetal, certainly isn't going to bring to mind "pie" either. A touch of earth and pepper (perhaps from hops) is revealed in the finish.

Light-bodied, lively, and smooth mouthfeel.

About as refreshing a take on the style as one could imagine. Unique and well done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 23:17:49 | More by augustgarage
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APreacher

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-10-2012 21:21:17 | More by APreacher
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Pumpkin Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
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