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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

390 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 134
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent enough head; neither the retention nor the lacing were top notch, however

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice aromatics, with brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice; hints of pumpkin underneath

Taste: Shortbread cookie malt flavors, up front, with brown sugar and vanilla initially prominent; by mid-palate, the pumpkin pie spices take over, with the cinnamon and allspice and a touch of ginger in the back; the pumpkin flavor really doesn't arrive until after the swallow, when the pie elements all come together in the aftertaste, perhaps even with a dollop of whipped cream

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice pumpkin ale, though perhaps just a tad too sweet for my palate

brentk56, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good two inch or more of white foamy lace formed as a head on top and actually had some really good retention as it was still around a good couple minutes later. This gradually settled down and formed a thin film of lace across the top. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and this lasted until the end. A decent amount of side glass lace could be seen down the glass and lasted again until the end.

Aroma was highly spiced but yet not overpowering as you see a lot with these pumpkins. They usually put too much of everything and try to force home the point of what it is, but this seemed to be very nice and subtle. It had a lighter overall smell then some, lots of nutmeg, and cinnamon and a good amount of fresh grass or even a tree like smell to it.This was followed by loads of fall spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, lots of spiced apple, just a good all around mix. There was a noticeable hoppy presence and this definitely could not be hidden. Great finish left you wanting another sip almost right away and there was just really an overall light and vibrant feel and flavor to this. Again very well put together. Super light but yet smooth at the same time. Very nice carbonation led itself to this and really helped to push the flavors out at you. This was full of the little carbonation bubbles if that makes any sense at all. It really made it feel silky like and had a great smoothness to it.

mikesgroove, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this for the second time, thanks tb69 for sharing a bottle, second purchased from Al's of Hampden. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a willybecker.

a deep copper that borders on bronze with a quick dropping pale cap of tan. A bead ring is left which is made of tiny bubbles, the clarity is translucent and slow moving carbonation is visible. The aroma is very nice with plenty of pumpkin pie spices. The dominant aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg however a slight clove scent accents the nose. The feel is moderately carbonated and slightly leaning toward the sweet side with spices adding contrast and the beer is lightly bittered overall w/ a semi dry finish and hardly any alcohol in the feel.

The pumpkin in this is nice and not muted with a mild caramel malt backing and slight toasted taste with lighly sweet yet substantial malt flavor. The spiced middle is moderate and holds on to the end with creamy quality and subtle pepper w/ a hint of nutmeg. The vegetal flavor is there but kept to a minimum. This is a pretty tasty pumpkin, w/ good drinkabiity. A tad on the sweet side, but there is a nice amount of spice too. This style is one I might not drink often, but this is above average with very subtle alcohol for the abv.

Slatetank, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into a tulip glass. Bottle split with Amyliz4, the resident expert of all things pumpkin. Very slight, quarter-finger head that quickly recedes. The beer itself is a dark shade of copper amber with a bit of orange. No visible carbonation bubbles. After a tough swirl, surprisingly there's a pretty good deal of spotty lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. A tiny layer of foam remains.

Initial whiff brings quite a bit of sweetened caramel malt and a bit of cider, though not in a bad way. The whole things combines with spices and reminds me a bit of Apple Jacks. This follows through in the taste, which isn't as sweet and caramelized as the nose would suggest. Mild pumpkin flavors come through, like a very delicate pumpkin mousse.

This is almost like a modification on a brown or amber ale, in that it focuses on some mildly sweet malt. This brings a decent amount of pumpkin flavor, but isn't very heavy at all on the spicing. It's much different than most pumpkin beers, but definitely has quite a bit of a Fall vibe.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with low levels of carbonation. Somewhat sweet and nowhere near cloying. The near lack of spice is much better than being overly spiced. Somewhat dry in the finish. This drinks really well overall. This is a nice and easy drinking beer, a pretty good Fall beer.

Also, wow. Just now seeing that this is an 8% abv beer. I had no idea and had assumed it was near 5%. I'll have to bump the feel up a bit. I'll leave drinkability as is, but this is way too drinkable considering how high in alcohol it is. I was just about to comment that this could be a sessionable ale on cold nights. Overall, quite good, and certainly a bit different than the average pumpkin beer.

B+ from the wife. Not as good as Pumking or Schlafly's version.

Thorpe429, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of dsigmon
4/5  rDev -4.5%

dsigmon, Today at 02:04 PM
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Sunday at 08:19 PM
Photo of Swandingo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Swandingo, Sunday at 04:51 PM
Photo of quang_dam
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

quang_dam, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

HuntDaddy540, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

HoppySeb, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of kellyej
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%

This beer poured a clear dark amber-brown color with virtually no head. The nose had a strong alcohol scent along with rich pumpkin pie and vanilla extract notes. The mouthfeel was smooth, coating, and creamy with a heavier body. I would say this beer is not sessionable for most people.

On the pumpkin beer spectrum that ranges from pumpkin pie to gourd in flavor, AleWerk's Pumpkin Ale is certainly more toward the pie side. This beer tastes quite rich, with notes of vanilla, caramel, creme brûlée, and pumpkin pie. I also found the beer to have a strong alcohol taste and I thought it became a bit cloying as it warmed. Overall, it's a solid pumpkin beer but could be refined a bit so that the sweet/alcohol flavors don't overpower the other, more subtle notes.

kellyej, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Beerasaurus
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Beerasaurus, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

reebtaerG, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of foghornleghorn22
4/5  rDev -4.5%

foghornleghorn22, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Tyler32
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Tyler32, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of SixPack6
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

SixPack6, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Crystal clear and orange to orange-amber in color. Brilliant pumpkin orange when held up to a bright light. A 1 finger head that dissipates to a ring around the glass.

Smells exactly like pumpkin pie. Very well done. Pumpking pie spice, sweet pumpkin, the works.

Pumpkin pie in the flavor as well, just more subdued. A bit of tart citrus and a moderately bitter finish with a taste of alcohol. Not as sweet as pumpkin pie, but still rather sweet for a beer--not a detriment.

Medium bodied and medium crisp from the alcohol. Somewhat astringent and drying. Light booziness.

A great pumpkin beer. I rate it just a notch under Wild Wolf Howlling Pumpkin, simply because it seems a bit raw. I did like the bite though, so it's basically a tossup for my favorite pumpkin ale.

obywan59, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of jimbob25
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

jimbob25, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

1Sundown2C, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of ethanmc12
4/5  rDev -4.5%

ethanmc12, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of earlholman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

earlholman, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of jp312
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

jp312, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of erwityk
5/5  rDev +19.3%

erwityk, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of darthvohn
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Glass Used: nonic

Appearance: Deep caramel orange color with a fluffy khaki foam which lingered around a bit.

Smell: Wow. This smells just like my mother's pumpkin pie. Carmelized sugar, roasted pumpkin/squash tones, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger. Fantastic!

Taste: The taste is even better than the smell. Big pop of carmelized pumpkin and ginger, cinnamon and other fall pie spices. This tastes exactly like my mother's pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: A little velvety moves this one along nice across the palate. Medium carb.

Overall: This one is definitely in my top 5 pumpkin beers. I'm gonna have to try this and Schlafly's side by side and see which is better. I have a suspicion it may be this one.

darthvohn, Sep 09, 2014
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Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.