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Pumpkin Ale | Kern River Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 09-14-2009

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 142
Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of vande
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very lightly orange tinted, golden yellow color. The two-finger head of off-white foam is loose and frothy. Retention is okay. Lacing is minimal.

The allspice is the strong standout, in the smell department. Notes of pumpkin pie filling are close behind, together with cinammon. A mild earthy (wheaty?) quality.

The pumpkin flavor is sharp. Happily, there is enough presence of allspice and cinnamon to give it a hint of balance. All of these flavors are light, mild and unremarkable.

A light-bodied beer. Very crisp and clean. Too bad I like some thickness to my beers.

This is designed for mass consumption. Very crisp and light and easy to drink alot of, without feeling like you've drank anything at all.

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After a 2 peak day hike this really hit the spot. Pumpkin sounded gimmicky but it was a solid beer with pumpkin as a complementary flavor. I probably couldnt have 2 of these in a row but i will probably start with this for the season.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as yet another generous extra from Solomon420. Reviewed from old notes.

Orange/golden color with two fingers of persistent head. Pumpkin spices seem mostly relegated to the background stuck behind a nice orange zest aroma. Taste is somewhat watery, the pumpkin is there but if this was a blind tasting I would have a hard time picking it out. Still, pleasant overall. Mouthfeel is medium with a boatload of carbonation, probably too much so but luckily it is fairly soft. Nothing offensive in this beer at all, but it may be a bit mundane.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of vacax
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber at Hi-Time.

Pours a fairly light orange, some floaties, average looking light tan head with low retention. Appears fairly highly carbonated. Smells pretty similar to some real pumpkin pie: cooked pumpkin, allspice, slightly spicy vegetable smell that is reminsicent of beets for me, all topped with a little light caramelly sweetness.

The taste has a cooked pumpkin flavor with a nice amount of allspice to it. To me this is lightly sweet, and I appreciate how the bitterness kept fairly low in order to highlight the pumpkin flavor. I am not a fan of brews that just load up on spices and intensity instead of going for a real pumpkin flavor. Slightly spicy, again sorry but it sort of reminds me of beets, but is pretty tasty. In my book, one of the nicer pumpkin beers. Light in body with a smooth medium carbonation that adds a creaminess. Finish is pretty similar to the flavor, the spice sticks around.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 bottling. 22oz brown bottle shared into two 14oz pint glasses.

A: Pours a mildly hazy amber/orange. Huge, white head. Great lacing; sticky.

S: Loads of pumpkin character, pumpkin...pie?, nutmeg, ginger, allspice!, cinnamon. Smells real good.

T: Sweet & spicy. Nice sugar sweetness with a balanced amount of spice. No real hop character to speak of.

M: Quite a light body. Med carbs. Nice & smooth. Pumpkin spices linger around the aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable pumpkin brew. A pleasant blend of pumpkin spices - not too strong (like Jack's), but definitely present. Might be my favorite pumpkin beer in a few years.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

As much as I love Kern River I'm not really sure about this beer. Very faint pumpkin spice on the nose that quickly turns into sweet malts. Taste is nutmeg and slight cloves for a brief second. Really just tastes like a pale ale that's masquerading as a pumpkin ale. Is this a Sierra Nevada? I really look to Kern for bigger, brighter flavors and this doesn't bring it.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of t420o
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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



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Photo of Xul
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of rtaps
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an interesting shade of golden orange.... or maybe an orangish gold... either way, an interesting mix, with a couple fingers of eggshell white head that slowly recedes leaving a little lacing.

Aroma is very pleasant, what a pumpkin beer should be: not a spice bomb. Plenty of pumpkin and butternut squash with some faint hints of the typical pumpkin spices.

Taste features lots of sweet malts up front, and to a lesser extent pumpkin. The spices really come through in the finish and kind of hang around for awhile.

Mouthfeel is a little on the lighter side, but it works well for this beer. I am enjoying this one more than most of the other pumpkin ales I've had, which are typically heavier and spicier. This one is the first one I've had that I'd almost refer to as refreshing.... must be for Halloween in the warmer climates.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

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Pumpkin Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
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