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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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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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LSUPT

California

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

11-17-2011 07:22:05 | More by LSUPT
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mjr2377

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-16-2011 23:20:59 | More by mjr2377
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yeahhhhhhrvca

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +21%

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

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 05:25:49 | More by billshmeinke
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a hazy, light orange color with a finger of white head.

S: There is a bit of pumpkin to this, but that's just about it. A fair amount of all spice notes, and a definite grassy note. It's lacking in any real sweetness or malt, however.

T: A definite squash/vegetable character to it. So, the pumpkin character is good. It's sort of lacking in terms of the spices and also the bread/malt notes. Strangely, it's also a bit too bitter for a pumpkin beer.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Really disappointing. I've heard this beer praised highly, but it didn't live up to its billing.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 04:44:39 | More by womencantsail
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:45:22 | More by pmarlowe
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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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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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wethorseblanket

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from Richard - thanks.

Pours a hazy, slightly yellowish orange with a nice medium white fine head which slowly fades. Nose is spices dominated by allspice, a bit of clove, ginger, faint cinnamon, and a trace metallic note also. Taste is slightly sweet but not too overpowering. Lots of allspice with pumpkin coming through. Mouthfeel is a somewhat thin and watery compared to other examples of this style. Overall, nicely done and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 07:12:16 | More by wethorseblanket
Pumpkin Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.