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Pumpkin Ale - Kern River Brewing Company

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%


Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-14-2009)
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:47:20 | More by Etan
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kojevergas

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired in Beverly Hills, California and served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the reputation of this brewery. ABV isn't noted on the bottle.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream, pretty decent thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a hazy murky dull copper. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. Lacing is fair. I can't say I'm impressed with the appearance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice - though I wouldn't have guessed it's allspice (per the label). Some pale malts; maybe some biscuit malt. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma, but quite a pleasant one.

T: Pumpkin and spice over a murky malt foundation. The malts are uneven and poorly layered. A hint of brown sugar - or at least specialty dark sugar. Malty sweetness overpowers the second act and climax, intruding on the turf of the pumpkin. I'd like more pumpkin as well, and more spice to boot. Still, it's enjoyable if imbalanced. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Any hopping is minimal, with only floral character. No hop bitterness is apparent. It's weak and lacks sufficient body.

Mf: Unnaturally coarse and sugary. Seriously; what's with the coarseness? Strangely thick, even approaching syrupy - in the first and second acts. Weak and thin in the second act up to the climax. Carbonation is good. Pleasantly wet. I'd stop far short of refreshing. Suits the flavours okay. Severely flawed by any measure.

Dr: Drinkable but mediocre, especially for the style. There are far better pumpkin beers at this price point. I wouldn't get this again. A disappointment from Kern River. Hides its modest ABV well. This just suffers from too many problems to be fixed.

Serve a bit warm, actually. It gets better as it warms.

C

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 05:38:10 | More by kojevergas
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srandycarter

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 05:19:01 | More by srandycarter
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, extra from soughtbygod. No bottling info. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours pale orange hued yellowwith about one finger pale head. Plenty of broad white sheets of lace.

Smells of pumpkin, wheat, hay and slight spice.

Subtle pumpkin flavor leads. Followed by wheat, spice and a little bitterness.

Light body with lively carbonation. Pumpkins and that slight bitterness in the finish.

Not bad at all but a tad thin and subtle for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 03:23:25 | More by ThickNStout
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Drinkerofales

California

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange and brown.(I would have said pumpkin orange, but it's not quite there) A huge dirty orange tinted head forms to leave no lacing.

Smell is as advertised, pumpkin and allspice.

Taste is mellow, with not too much spice and a nice pumpkin flavor. Though there is a strange tangy aftertaste.

Feel is light bodied. Very tingly bubbles and easy to drink.

A fin pumpkin beer. Not over strong or overpowering. Only thing dragging it down is that strange tangy yeasty aftertaste.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 08:20:07 | More by Drinkerofales
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cosmicevan

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:23:49 | More by cosmicevan
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 00:33:32 | More by jmarsh123
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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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BrewtifulMind

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 08:25:52 | More by BrewtifulMind
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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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rtaps

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light but murky orange. with a small white head. little retention and lacing

definitely smell the pumpkin spice, some cinnamon. almost a little dish soapy. thats about it

All i'm getting is pumpkin spices, like a sub par pumpkin pie. and fallowing the smell it taste a little like dish soap too. (the glass was cleaned and driedcorrectly not leaving any soap behind)

medium bodied. wet mouth feel and fairly smooth

overall it was decent not much to aroma or taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:59:49 | More by rtaps
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:18:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Arbitrator

California

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

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with slight clarity. Small off-white head with good retention, but no lace.

S: I remember last year's growler being more pungent, but this still has that signature aroma of graham cracker and pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, allspice, even ginger and cinnamon). Not much sweetness.

T: As the nose implies, the taste is fairly dry. No brown sugar sweetness. But the beer has a balanced delivery of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and graham cracker. The tastes are in balance without overwhelming the palate.

M: Light-bodied. It's not a session beer by strict definition, but it's sessionable, if that's an acceptable word. It is immensely drinkable, in large part due to its dryness without having overwhelming spice.

O: I haven't had this beer since I sampled a growler of last year's (which I maintain was phenomenal), but the bottle is a slight step down. I see why it doesn't have a high average overall, given the predominance of bottle reviews. Nonetheless, it's quite solid and it should be sampled by those who enjoy the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:54:57 | More by Arbitrator
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:50:56 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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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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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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dbmernin83

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 07:55:39 | More by dbmernin83
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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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Brewlore

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:41:19 | More by Brewlore
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kevanb

Illinois

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

From Notes. Bomber into a pint glass.

Kern River was one I hadn’t had in the past and was really looking forward to trying. It pours a really nice hazy orange color with a thin foamy head, very inviting. The smell is really nice, its all pumpkin with just a hint of spice. The flavor follows the nose, loads of sweet pumpkin up front with a nice spice laden finish. I come from the midwest where fall is a real season, but Kern River has captured that season in a bottle.

Verdict: Like the bottle says. So good it’s scary.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:54:00 | More by kevanb
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:14:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 01:44:42 | More by DarthKostrizer
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notchucknorris

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 21:25:30 | More by notchucknorris
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Pumpkin Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.