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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

353 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 125
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 09-19-2009)
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LancetherealLeader

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-20-2014 00:36:38 | More by LancetherealLeader
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PhilDaBrewer

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

08-19-2014 21:19:08 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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d3rb

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

08-19-2014 02:16:33 | More by d3rb
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Washington, D.C.
Served in a pint glass

With a vigorous pour, a small, frothy, eggshell colored crown topped the dark, orangey-amber liquid. The head quickly dissipated to a thin ringlet.

Not much happening in the aroma initially, and what was there was pretty uneventful. Biscuity malts were noticeable. Subtle spices. There was a faint, lager-like yeasty quality. Some odd, metallic notes were detectible as well. As the beer opened up, the nose improved dramatically. Pumpkin pie spice notes dominated. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove were noticeable. The aroma became much sweeter as well. Rich, caramel malt notes and brown sugar were also apparent.

Sweet and spicy notes dominated the flavor profile. Pumpkin pie spices came through front and center. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove were most apparent. Lots of caramel malt and brown sugar-like sweetness. There was a faint vanilla presence on the back end. The beer finished with a touch of earthy bitterness before the super sweet and spicy notes made a reappearance. Almost a bit cloying.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was medium bodied and contained a super fine, zippy effervescence that gave the liquid a plush, slickness. Really solid for the style.

I usually love beers that are both sweet and spicy but Alewerks Pumpkin Ale contained a bit too much of both for my liking. Perhaps this beer would benefit from a deeper and more dynamic flavor profile and a touch less sweetness.

08-19-2014 01:05:58 | More by Damian
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makeitavintage

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-18-2014 19:42:51 | More by makeitavintage
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Rmbr2

Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -6.4%

08-18-2014 12:04:23 | More by Rmbr2
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rmlampert24

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

08-18-2014 01:10:37 | More by rmlampert24
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DavidHume

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-16-2014 22:37:11 | More by DavidHume
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

08-16-2014 01:46:32 | More by sebaastionb
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jayluf

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-14-2014 23:50:05 | More by jayluf
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supermanny

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-13-2014 22:59:08 | More by supermanny
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rbail012


4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-09-2014 00:18:41 | More by rbail012
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-08-2014 03:21:13 | More by SlothB77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

I know, I know, I am supposed to be divesting myself of bottled beers, not buying more new ones! I am just such a sucker for these pumpkin beers and while visiting Total Wine & More in Norfolk, VA this past weekend, I came across this one, just sitting there as a single, waiting to be scooped up and taken home. I could not resist.

Being that it is intensely fresh, I went with a very heavy-handed pour, creating an initial pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an oddly fruity quality, underlain by the spice, not the other way around, which is more standard. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was, interestingly, more sweet than spicy, more in keeping with what pumpkin pie tastes like and which the style was originally meant to mimic. I also liked that the spices were not overwhelmed by cinnamon, which can sometimes saturate this style of beer. Instead, the spices seemed to be more even and as such, more pleasant. Finish was dry, thanks to the spices, but not so dry and spicy as to be off-putting. I would say that this is probably one of the better examples of the style that I have tried.

08-06-2014 14:54:48 | More by woodychandler
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-03-2014 23:10:16 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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GarrettBoots

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-26-2014 23:35:07 | More by GarrettBoots
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-20-2014 03:00:14 | More by Howlader
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

07-17-2014 18:53:36 | More by MattSharpless
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leantom

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +16.9%

Schlafly's pumkin ale IS NOWHERE NEAR AS GOOD AS THIS ONE. It's that damn good. There is NONE of the raw pumpkin taste that's found in other pumpkin ales. I have personally never had that from any other pumpkin ale.

Personally, this is one of the best ales I'VE EVER HAD regardless of style, and I consumed so much of it that people started calling me "The Pumpkin Head."

Here goes:

A: Beautiful orange and amber with a great amount of carbonation and a head that dissipates quickly. Very clear as well - see-through, in fact.

S: Wow, breathtaking. Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spices, molasses etc. In fact, it smells exactly like a pumpkin pie. Since I love pumpkin pie, I can't get enough of this beer's smell.

T: PERFECT, but must be consumed either warm or at cellar temperature for maximum flavor. The taste follows the nose, and it's exactly like a pumpkin pie. Tons of cinnamon goodness mixed with pumpkin and brown sugar. I've never tasted a beer that this closely approximated a pumpkin pie.

M: Again, beautiful. A rich thickness with lots of brown sugar and molasses.

O: You must try this beer. It's absolutely stunning if you have it at the right temperature.

06-23-2014 06:10:03 | More by leantom
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-09-2014 21:57:43 | More by paulys55
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omegagogetass4

California

5/5  rDev +19.3%

06-06-2014 21:59:17 | More by omegagogetass4
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-05-2014 04:16:05 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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atrocity

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-30-2014 20:11:13 | More by atrocity
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-11-2014 15:55:35 | More by bleedsblu
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-10-2014 22:15:42 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.