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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:
No notes at this time.

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-17-2012 23:56:48 | More by jgluck
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Lex_Talionis


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-13-2012 18:33:21 | More by Lex_Talionis
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drewone

California

3/5  rDev -19.4%

12-05-2012 08:58:48 | More by drewone
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-20-2012 04:01:55 | More by Texasfan549
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-18-2012 19:49:32 | More by BeerHunter76
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-17-2012 22:33:42 | More by kjkinsey
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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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APreacher

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-10-2012 21:21:17 | More by APreacher
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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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alwaysanswerb

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

10-28-2012 03:54:37 | More by alwaysanswerb
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leodarko

California

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

10-27-2012 23:40:15 | More by leodarko
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-09-2012 16:18:19 | More by Rollzroyce21
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

5/5  rDev +34.4%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-16-2012 17:21:50 | More by MrVonzipper
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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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Schlais

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-21-2012 16:15:56 | More by Schlais
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MASPuros

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

01-03-2012 22:14:22 | More by MASPuros
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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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mthomas84

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

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

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-26-2011 06:05:42 | More by marysparks18
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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
Pumpkin Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
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