Pumpkin Ale - Kern River Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-14-2009

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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 59
Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from Solomon420 in a recent trade. Thanks, Damian! I split this 3 ways last night.

The pour is orange with a thin white head that recedes to nothingness rapidly. The nose is simple, but I really dig it - allspice and pumpkin, with there being a touch more allspice than I'd care for. These flavors are replicated on the palate, with the spice dominating the pumpkin. The base flavor of the pumpkin does carry through, and is enjoyable. Mild sweetness is present. Light in body with creamy carbonation and a great, spicy finish make for a thoroughly enjoyable beer. I'd definitely drink this again, my 8oz weren't enough.

Photo of Xul
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden with amber highlights, capped by two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is good as the head recedes every so slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Big allspice character up front with some distinct clove notes, followed by fresh pumpkin. Some caramel lurks in the background. Not overly complex, but it's a pumpkin ale...it's supposed to smell like pumpkin and spices.

T: Slightly sweetened pumpkin through most of the mouth, with spices coming in near the tailend and lasting through the finish, but at a very subdued level.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, has a bit of chewiness that fits well with the style.

D: Easy drinking but not the best take on the style I've had.

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Blonde Pumpkin ale?

Very attractive amber color and some chill haze. Nice carbonation and lacing lasts well in the glass. Appealing at first sip. Cinnamon and allspice are obvious but not overly strong. Interesting and pleasant aftertaste like butternut squash. Makes good use of the vegetable flavors. Hints of sweetness but a crisp taste.

While I would wish for a maltier beer with more pumpkin flavor, this is a great lighter style-- a leaf-raking beer.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to surlytwinsfan for tossing this one my way in the Math Trade #5 BIF. split it with my wife.

a - poured two snifters which both settled a murky orange leather with an ipa frothy white head. head was chunky and fizzled away leaving the glass looking like a milkshake was there. attractive.

s - subtle pumpkin cinnamon potpouri craft store...autumn smell. has a lager tint.

t - even more lagery in the flavor, with a hint of the pumpkin seasoning that the nose suggests. pretty decent. more subtle pumpkin than most others of the style. very enjoyable.

m - smooth and easy drinker.

o - overall not the best pumpkin beer i've ever had and not the worst. has a malty presence, but it is tasty and not gross. glad i got to try it. my wife dug it too. definitely not an in your face pumpkin explosion...although, tis way past pumpkin season now, so perhaps a different monster fresh?

Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper. Small white head. Some spotty lace.

S - Light uncooked pumpkin, some spices. Malt.

T - Taste similar to smell. Has more bittering hops than in the smell.

M - Medium body. Somewhat meaty. Good carb, fair balance.

D - Not a bad beer. Fun to try.

Photo of Etan
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip.

A: Clear gold with a large white head.

S: Light pumpkin flesh and pie spice in the nose. Some graininess.

T: Taste is bready with mild pumpkin flavor. The allspice is there, but it's restrained. A little bit of crisp hop bitterness. Essentially an American blonde ale with some mild pumpkin and spice flavors.

M: Light-bodied with zingy carbonation.

O: The pumpkin flavor here is pretty nice, but I think that it would work better with a maltier base beer.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baybassboy for picking this bottle up for me.
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a decently sticky white head. The nose is fairly weak and made up mostly of pumpkin puree, cinamon and graham cracker. The taste follows with pumpkin, nutmeg, graham and cinamon. The moughfeel is a lighter body with good carbonation. It's a good pumpkin beer but all that I had hoped for. The flavors were all right I just wish they were a bit more upfront.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, blog says 4% ABV,

A: Pours orange with a solid fizzy off-white head with great retention for the style.

S: Nice aroma of pumpkin and allspice. An intriguing cinnamon bread note comes out as the beer warms.

T: Light on the pumpkin flesh flavours. The brew is heavy on the fall spices, allspice in particular, nice enough.

M: Very fizzy, light-bodied, needs a little more oomph.

D: This is pretty much a middle of the road for pumpkin brew for me. Very easy drinking as I find this style to be usually. Probably the best of those available in the Southland, but nowhere near as good as the stuff back east. At least a Southern California brewer made this style, I have to give them props for that, it's rare enough out here.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at the Brewery – 11/15/2014
Taster from flight

A: Sienna orange hue and mostly clear. A half finger width of paper white foam settles over top. A loose webbing of lace gets left behind as I make my way down the drink.

S: The nose is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace which is apparent but not overly potent like some holiday ales can be. From there comes a bit of sugary pumpkin or squash and a complementary bready pie crust element. Pretty nice and inviting.

T: Taste comes in almost reverse to the nose with a light bready malt sweetness up front followed up with caramelized squash and then the zesty spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon , and clove. Pumpkin is fleshy and not fully pronounced. That saisd the balance is nice and well rounded all together. Interesting approach here…the base brew is almost Lager like in that it is light and crisp yet malty and filling. Seems to work well here.

M: Moderate filling body with a nice creamy texture. Low bitterness to this with good balance overall. Finishes with a nice lighter feel and drying lift. Very clean all around.

D: This is a nice Pumpkin brew. Not all that much going on with it. Lighter than most others I would say while still maintaining a sweetness to it. Nice flavors and good balance.

Photo of Brewlore
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

The beer poured a very cloudy & hazy bright orange. It had a very nice white head which did cling to the glass quite a bit.

The aroma is pleasant with a lot of the allspice coming through.

It possess a really smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. This beer has an interesting malt profile. Fairly different from other pumpkin brews. It's rather crisp and slightly biscuity.

It's a good ber overall. The malts are rather crisp when compared to the malt profile of other pumpkin ales. The spices are present and blend well the malt.

Easy drinking and definitely not heavy.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In my never ending quest to try all the Pumpkin beers I could this year, I made a nice little trade with Solomon420 for some west coast pumpkin beers, and get more Kern River as I really enjoyed their 3rd Anniversary. This beer hits both categories, so here comes a review.

A: Pours a bubbly 2 finger head that fades as quickly as it rose. It's semi clear with some haze and the golden orange yellow color reveals the copious number of bubbles rising.

N: Hmm, not too bad. An obvious pumpkin aroma, with some toasted malt and toasted pumpkin. A slight sweetness and citrus, with some light spices. A big of malt as well.

T: Meh, its not bad, but nothing spectacular. Starts as a nice light ale with some toasty malts and crystal malt flavors. Some fruit and obvious pumpkin shine through, and bring a slight spice flavor with it. It's semi watery taste as well. Some pumpkin pie tastes shine through nicely. Some other juicy fruit flavors come through, but otherwise very light.

M: Pretty light with tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and still light. The huge number of bubbles helps clear off the tongue well. A light spice flavor comes through a little more. Pretty clean finish, and it would go well with spicy foods, esp Indian food.

Final thoughts: Very light ale, some nice pumpkin flavors, light on the spices (thank GOD!) and some juicy fruit flavors. Pretty light and crisp and airy. Way too watery though, could use more flavor and body (just not spices).

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. This brew pours a hazy golden in color with a full inch of almost white head. Decent and artsy lacing follows, settling to a surface ring.

Smell is less of pumpkin than of such fall spices associated thereof. OK there is pumpkin, and cinnamon, allspice and orange, bit of pepper as well. Pumpkin notes are well spiced, pretty interesting.

Flavor is moderate and with a cooked pumpkin and spice flavor that follows the nose. Interesting gruit notes on the nose and tongue truly override the pumpkin flavors and not in a negative way.

Offers a smooth feel and decent drinkability. Light in body, the aromas of this brew give it some substance indeed.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orange with traces of yellow throughout. 1/2 inch head with ok retention

Smell: Lots of allspice upfront with pumpkin in the background

Taste: The flavor is pumpkin and cinnamon but it is a bit muted and it is a oneway street not much else going on here

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: It's not a bad pumpkin beer but that is about all I can honestly say it is not great by any means. Worth a try however if you like pumpkin beers

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a 2 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spices. Taste is of pumpkin puree and spices mainly but overall the flavor is pretty subdued. The spices linger on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin ale but it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. Bottle into snifter glass

I was saving this for Thanksgiving but I couldn't handle it after the feast we had, so I had it after dinner tonight. It pours a nice pumpkin-orange color, go figure. Its hazy and there is some sediment floating around, then collecting at the bottom. Poured with a thick head that retained nicely, leaving thick sheets of lace throughout the glass. The nose on this is lacking the pumpkin pie scent I was hoping for, but maybe it was just me expecting too much. I'm getting cloves, cinnamon and allspice, not as sweet smelling as I would prefer. Taste is also heavy on the spices, a faint pumpkin taste on the backend, with a very slight hint of brown sugar. The mouthfeel is what I liked best. It has a nice creamy feel to it, but doesn't skimp on the carbonation. Really nice. This was a pretty good offering of your traditional pumpkin ale. I would pick it up again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would argue that drinking pumpkin ales during the Xmas season can be a great thing. It's a festive type of beer, and while it brings a different set of spices to the table than the traditional Xmas ale, spices in cool weather find a way of warming me up from the inside out. We're going bomber style tonight. On to the beer;

Sundrop yellow colored in the majority, with a spectrum going from washed out orange to pale yellow depending on where at the glass you're looking at. Just a little haze in the body as carbonation bubbles jump from bottom to top of glass. Semi-creamy head on top retains well and leaves some lacing. No major complaints about the aroma. It is allspice at the forefront with pumpkin and clove trailing along.

Rather subtle flavors, nothing wrong with that. But there are brief moments where I lose the overall flavor. Allspice is first to hit. Carbonation adds a zing to the palate, picking up the slack of other spcies. Nutmeg and a small gush of pumpkin flesh enter the ring. The body is medium sized and chalky, somewhat creamy with a sizzle of carbonation. Allspice and seltzer-like bitterness linger on in the aftertaste.

Not bad. Ok, I'll admit that having other Kern River beers in the past, I expected a little more than what I got. That said, it's putting me in a good mood tonight.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy golden color with some slightly orange hues. About two fingers of frothy white head. The retention and lacing are pretty astounding for a pumpkin ale.

Smells of all spice, nutmeg, grainy and biscuity malt, pumpkin is fairly mild.

Taste follows smell. All spice, nutmeg, touch of cloves, then grainy and biscuity malt. The pumpkin notes are really subdued. Sweetness is pretty mellow as well.

Spicy, just a touch sweet, well carbonated with a carbonic acid bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, tastes pretty good for a pumpkin ale, but it's fairly boring.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a very thin tan head.

S: Pale malts and floral hops with the faintest hint of pumpkin underneath. A hint of nutmeg as well. Most pumpkin ales are so pumpkin heavy on the smell that this was in interesting change of pace.

T: Tastes more like a blonde than a pumpkin ale. Floral hops and pale malts make up the body of the flavor with some hints of butternut squash, pumpkin and bready malts in the background.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours a pale peach to apricot color with a single-finger white head and some good white lacing. The lacing is a bit spotty. There are large carbonation bubbles visible throughout. Nose is wheat-based with some slight clove and pumpkin spice. The taste is really like pumpkin plus some clove and allspice. Overall, pretty light. Feel and carbonation are both pretty light. Drinks fairly well, but is a bit plain.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold/orange with a 2 finger white creamy sticky head. A little lighter than most pumpkin beers.

Well balanced aroma consisting of gingerbread, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the appearance and smell. No off flavors, but everything is pretty subdued and a bit bland. The cinnamon comes on a little stronger than some of the other spices and it finishes a little spicy, bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, but not bad, and carb levels are good.

A decent pumpkin ale. I've had much much worse, but also better. It was enjoyable, but I doubt I'd seek it out again.

Photo of dbmernin83
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt golden with an inch white head. Kinds looks like an IPA with no lacing.
Pumpkin and pumpkin spices on the nose.
Pumpkin and the normal spices. Caramel malt with a light hop finish.
I'm into the liquid pumpkin pie beers and this isn't one of them. I fell though it's a nice in-between. This one still tastes like a beer with pumpkin and fall spice notes. Also, a decent pumpkin offering from a west coast brewery.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped this bottle open last night. Thanks for the bottle jodan!
22oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a big cream-colored head composed of fine bubbles. Good retention and streak of lacing.

S - Strong cinnamin and ginger bread. That is all I got.

T - Cream, vanilla, gingerbread follows with some cinnamin - very pumpkin pie.

D - Smooth and creamy finish. Average body and carbonation.

O - Smooth, but very mild. A lot lighter than most pumpkin beers.

Photo of GRG1313
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange amber with a pleasant white head that's creamy and long lasttingly firm.

Nose is huge pumpkin and pumpkin spice, rich and bold and like the best of pumpkin cookie and bread.

Mouth is medium bodied with elegant carbonation and a very nice balance.

Flavors are well integrated pumpkin, winter spice, cinammon and pure pumpkin pie. I'm not a big pumpkin beer fan but this is a clean, rich and flavorful example with nice integrated flavors and balance and a nice clean and uplifting bitter herb finish.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours light orange-ish gold color with a modicum of white foam with large bubbles. Retention is not great, though there is some lacing.

S: Spot on pumpkin pie filling and allspice. Almost overwhelming.

T: Decently well integrated pumpkin and spice, which are a little lighter (fortunately) than the aroma would have you expect. Some pale malt.

M: Medium carbonation which fits nicely on a medium-light body.

O: Pretty refreshing and light pumpkin ale, although the aroma is a bit overwhelming.

Photo of Floydster
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Hi-Times in Costa Mesa for four dollars and some change, drank during the USC loss, poured into a flute glass, color was very light, golden yellow with some orange tones, two inch foamy white head, decent retention, minimal lacing, aroma conists of pumpkin, pie crust, sweetness, various spices, cinnamon, and cream, flavor starts with sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg in the middle, finish has more sweet pumpkin along with a lactic flavor, gets sweeter and harder to drink as it warms, not much complexity in the spice category and pumpkin is very pronounced, sweet, spicy, and creamy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, too much carbonation, taste lingers, too light and sweet, expect this style to be crisp but this was creamy, no alcohol in the flavor, smoother when colder, not one of the best pumpkin ales I have tasted, the Midnight Sun porter still takes that honor quite easily, would drink this seasonal again, pretty good for its price, worth trying

Pumpkin Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
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