Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 458
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 143
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: on 09-19-2009

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Photo of CandaceLai
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Copper/amber color! Taste like brown sugar and cinnamon -- no extreme hoppy taste, but smells a lot like pumpkin! Not my favorite beer, I dont really like pumpkin (162 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, copper/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, but otherwise had left no head whatsoever.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin and spices up front. Notes of brown sugar, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some good malty, bready notes too, like freshly baked pumpernickel. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Wow, lots of brown sugar and cinnamon and clove up front, followed by pumpkin and malt. I get freshly baked pumpernickel or gingerbread, however, I do not get any hops bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with hardly any carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 7.3%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent pumpkin beer! Massive spice notes blended beautifully with the malt. Absolutely delicious! This absolutely goes on my pumpkin beers rotation! (1,012 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%

Let's be real; sometimes you drive by a pumpkin patch that looks like it was farmed by Ronald McDonald, while other times you see one that is luscious and vibrant and it looks like it was taken care of by Noah looking to procure some pumpkins for his Native voyage. And Alewerks Pumpkin is exactaly that; its lush and vibrant and full of flavor. Sluce, nutmeg, coriander for days on days...

Yep, raul is ok with this one. (422 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

pours no head, some minimal lacing. deep, translucent orange in color. smells like a can of pumpkin puree. cinnamon. i thought other pumpkin ales ive had smelled like pumpkin pie...
i was wrong, this is pumpkin pie filling in a bottle. full bodied creamy mouthfeel. this is the most authentic 'pumpkin' taste in a beer yet. i can tell AleWerks must have used real pumpkin puree for this one. its very smooth, pretty sweet-not cloyingly so though. different. i've never had a pumpkin ale that taste less like pumpkin pie and more like actual pumpkin. definitely spiced though, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg. (601 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%

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. (770 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

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. (780 characters)

Photo of darthvohn
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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. (705 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (Batch No: 8/20/14)

A: A nice, bright clear copper with a bit of brown amber to it. Slight head and no lacing.

S: Nice smell of freshly roasted pumpkin with the scent of a nicely spiced hot pumpkin pie.

T: Lots of nice pumpkin pie spice in here. Very flavorful with lots of pumpkin for sure.

M: Nice light bit of even carbonation.

O: Excellent extra in a trade that is super fresh, not available in MD and delicious. This is a great pumpkin ale that everyone needs to try. (532 characters)

Photo of GrantW
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Such a awesome pumpkin beer!
Taste like pumpkin pie in a glass, all pumpkin beer should taste like this. A very well balanced beer and alcohol content is hidden very well.
I've tried about 12 different pumpkin beers and this one is top notch!
If you see this at a store near you pick up some you won't regret it.
Perfect for every fall day, or thanksgiving dinner. (366 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

As a fan of m,y local brewery, I feel the need to also be honest. Aroma was light, head was small. Color was amazing, I have not seen a prettier golden-orange, brilliant color. It is amazing !!!. The taste is all over the place. There is a cool sweetness that hits you first and the the pumpkin and spices come next. The end has a bitter nutmeg taste that to me is not appealing. Need a little more balance in this brew.. (421 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

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 unexciting. Biscuity malts were noticeable. Slightly spicy. There was a faint, lager-like yeasty quality. Some metallic notes were detectible as well. Quite odd. As the beer opened up, the nose improved dramatically. Pumpkin pie spices dominated. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove were noticeable. The aroma became much sweeter as well. Rich caramel malts and brown sugar notes 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 prominent. 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 an ultra fine and zippy effervescence that gave the liquid a plush slickness. Really solid for the style. At 8% ABV, the alcohol was nowhere to be found.

I usually enjoy pumpkin beers that are sweet and heavily spiced, but AleWerks's rendition contained a bit too much of both for my liking. Perhaps this beer would benefit from a more dynamic flavor profile and a touch less sweetness. (1,588 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Williamsburg AleWerks - Pumpkin Ale, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy amber ruby with a barely noticeable head, some lace.

Smell - Yes!! This literally smells like a full bodied pumpkin pie! Not overly sweet or fake or half-assed, but like liquid pumpkin pie without having too much spice. Perfect.

Taste - This is amazing! Zippy ale with creamy pumpkin pie body, spice is more prominent here but still not overdone.

Mouthfeel - Medium body wit high carbonation. A hint of booziness and heat from spice but done just right. Great drinkability.

Overall - Best pumpkin beer I have had so far. (615 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- extremely clear orange copper beer with a slim white head. You could watch tv through this beer, its so clear.

S- wonderful pumpkin smell with nutmeg and sweet allspice.

T- good string pumpkin flavor with caramel and a light spicy finish.

M- good balance and great body to this one.

O- this is a clear winner. Well done with a great taste. I will be shopping for this one every year from now on. (404 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy burnt copper color with an off-white cap that fades back to a thin penline and some spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has big pumpkin character like fresh baked pumpkin flesh and the seeds. A bit of fruity alcohol blends into a bready to caramel malt inclusion. Everything blends well in the nose.

The taste has fruity alcohol notes that blend to starchy pumpkin that is a little vegetative. Somewhat earthen with almost a flavor of pumpkin seeds as well. A faint spicing like clove and ginger is present more than the typical cinnamon and nutmeg but that is present more towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little different from the normal pumpkin ale but enjoyable with a baked pumpkin flavor moreso than spices which collectively I found very enjoyable. (873 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to OlavZipser for sending this my way and thanks to richardflyr for the glassware! enjoyed from an alewerks sniftery tulip.

a - brew pours a transparent ruby orange with a half finger of head that dissolved into a thin skin of bubbles on the surface.

s - nose is nice. big pumpkin cinnamon blast, but not too intense...nicely balanced, reminds me of schlafly nose.

t - wow, again, fairly impressive. just slightly less perfect than the schlafly, but certainly towards the top of the pumpkin beer scene. pumpkin malt with subtle candied sweetness and soft spicing.

m - easy drinker...medium to full bodied.

o - overall a really nice pumpkin beer...must try for fans of the style. one of the better ones. (714 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours very little head that dissipates immediately. The beer itself is a slight clear dark orange.

Smell:
The beer has a strong scent of pumpkin pie with various spices. Spices include cinnamon, nutmeg with what appears to be notes of vanilla. The pumpkin is the strongest note and works very well.

Taste:
The beer tastes as well as beer smells. The strongest taste the pumpkin and mixes well with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla notes that follow. The vanilla lasts through the beer but the aftertaste is mainly pumpkin with cinnamon. The cinnamon is the stronger of the two flavors in the after taste.

Mouthfeel:
The beer is lightly carbonated and medium bodied but on the heavy and thick side. the overall feel of the drink is very smooth bordering on velvety.

Overall:
An impressive pumpkin ale that is worthy of the name. My only complaint is that this beer flies off the shelves and unavailable if someone is not quick enough to get one. (970 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

This lightly carbonated pumpkin ale pours to leave a nice thick ring of head about 1 finger deep. The aromas smell like a true pumpkin beer should smell like - not a pie or air freshener. You can smell the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, baked apples and loads of pumpkin - almost like a pumpkin meat pie. I tasted cinnamon and brown sugar first. Its heavy sweetness puts the melting pot of spices in the right place. This is a beer to be enjoyed on a cold November evening. It is very balanced and goes down extremely smooth. It has a spicy aftertaste that leaves a smooth but sweet taste in your mouth. Many pumpkin beers are unbalanced - either too sweet or too spicy. This one is just right. Pumking is just a prince to this ale. Grab it when you find it if you like pumpkin ale. A 6 pack of bottles goes down very easy. Case is only $44. (841 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep apricot pour, half inch of tawny head dissipates quickly, minimal lacing, carbonation not visible but present.

Aroma is like pumpkin pie with the sweet crust, pumpkin spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg,vanilla.

Taste mirrors the aroma, and it takes a few sips to fully realize the fine balance and fusion of flavors. Simply delicious, slightly sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, low level of carbonation seems suited for the flavors.

I feel I might have been spoiled here: this trade extra is my first pumpkin ale, and from what I have seen, it has the highest rating amongst the pumpkin ale offerings. Any reservations I had about enjoying a pumpkin ale have been annihilated by this incredible brew, but how does it get better than this? If you can get you hands on this one, do not pass it by or cast doubts on how enjoyable a pumpkin ale can be, this is a winner. (891 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: copper slightly cloudy maybe, translucent at least. Kind of creamy head at edges, some retention
S: pumpkin pie, shockingly ;). On the sweet side, brown sugar or molasses. Maybe some light orange blossom underneath
T: sweet, brown sugar, cinnamon/nutmeg, alcohol other pumpkin spice, ending when all combined in a little cola type taste.
M: twinge of alcohol and malt sweetness throughout. No bitterness noted at all.
O: a very drinkable ale for a higher ABV beer. That said, it tends to the sweet side to balance an alcohol bite. Some mind find this off-putting, but it works for me for a beer that's supposed to be flavored. (629 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle marked "7 23 13". Thanks surge1311.

Copper with very good clarity but a minimal head. Strong spice in the aroma. Ginger and nutmeg. Like holiday cookies. The flavor followed closely. Some pumpkin and malt comes through but not enough. The spices are just too overdone. Smooth consistency with a low carbonation.

An interesting beer but the spice levels cover anything of any real value instead of enhancing it. (439 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange hue with minimal head and no lacing.

On the nose is pumpkin purée and spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some brown sugar. Very fresh.

Taste mirrors the nose. Very fresh tasting pumpkin and spices. The brown sugar really comes through here.

Nice carbonation. Light but not watered down. (310 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good Pumpkin Ale. Pours a brilliant, clear orange/amber color. Practically no head...covering of the glass that faces quick, with no lacing.

Aroma of pumpkin and pumpkin spices. pleasant, fairly pronounced and nothing overdone (like a spice potpouree).

Taste is good. Not much carbonation but the pumpkin flavor and accompanying spices were done just right, no annoying over the top spicing.

Mouthfeel is very good. Rich and crisp, a good slow sipper on a fall day.

I still don't see the outstanding rating, but this is a solid pumpkin ale. (544 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Review.
12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Orange-amber with a short off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Pumpkin, pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Taste
Pumpkin meat, toasted pie crust and hints of caramel. Has a bouquet of pumpkin spices comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. Touches of brown sugar and pumpkin rind.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, sticky and dry.

Overall
Still a damn good Pumpkin Ale.

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2011 Review.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with almost entirely no head. A nice film clings to the side of the glass with sparse lacing. Low carbonation.

N: This is a beautiful, mouthwatering nose. Smells very close to liquid pumpkin pie. Good amount of pumpkin, caramel malts, cinnamon and perhaps hints of nutmeg and clove.

T: Pure caramel malts and pumpkin meat upfront followed by lightly toasted pie crust, candy sugar, cinnamon and clove spices. Finishes with lingering bread, allspice, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth and sticky.

O: This is one malted beast of a Pumpkin Ale. I really respect Williamsburg AleWerks approach. This is focused primarily on the pumpkin and malts with spices only coming secondary. A rather hefty brew at 8% abv that would be best enjoyed on cold fall evenings. (1,336 characters)

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