Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 141
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Someone gave me this as an extra and I forgot who it was... My apologies, but thank you to whomever you may have been. Drinking a pumpkin ale in April doesn't seem so out of place when it's still only 37 degrees outside... Thanks, Michigan. This one pours a muddled copper, barely letting any light through. The off-white head grows to about an inch before settling quickly to a mere skin atop the brew.

Aromatics for pumpkin ales tend to get a little repetitive at times since they almost all essentially contain the same spices and ingredients. This brew has a bit of the normal things you'd expect - nutmeg, cinnamon, and some bready and caramel malts to tie it all together, giving that "pumpkin pie" feel to it. This one, however, contains a slight apple spice aroma to it, along with a a decent amount of leafy hops, slightly segregating it from the rest of the somewhat tiresome pumpkin ales out there. Nothing is really too overpowering, either - nice mix of all components.

The first sip leans heaviest towards nutmeg with a secondary nod to cinnamon, yet neither of them overshadow the other. Hops are present, just like they were in the aroma, giving a slight bitterness up front that fades over time. There's a delicate sweetness that hits almost immediately, reminding me more and more of apples. A dash of ginger makes its way in and molds with the bread and cookie-like malts to radiate a solid "gingerbread spice holiday" vibe. The finish contains a little bit of caramel with a solid nutmeg and cinnamon spice combination still resonating enough to be relevant. I love how the maltiness gives a graham cracker and cookie feel. Very festive. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, lightly creamy mouth feel.

Overall, very nice pumpkin ale, even though they typically aren't my "thing". Good addition of spices to remain strong but not too fatiguing. Malts play a huge role in providing a biscuit, cookie, and shortbread type of flavor profile. Certainly one of the best pumpkin ales I've had.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Brewed with roasted pumpkin and spices, good to know this is the real thing rather than just a pie-spice brew.

Lighter carbonation still leaves a thick ring of lace for the glass to show off. Caramelized sugars, nutmeg, cinnamon, baked apple fruitiness and cooked pumpkin meat fill the nos- trils. Very smooth, with a lush, creamy full body. Cinnamon and burnt sugar hit the palate first. Heavy malt sweetness is put in check by the spicy, subtle hopping and warmth of the alcohol, which, in the end, brings a good balance. Finishes spicy sweet with a faint burnt sugar tone.

Finding the perfect balance in a Pumpkin Ale is hard to achieve--Williamsburg AleWerks nailed it here. Certainly big enough to throw at the heartiest of holiday meals. A real winter warmer.

Photo of Tiderion
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Minimal lacing and carbonation. That isn't necessarily bad however. Very inviting orangish-copper color.

S: Smells like pumpkin pie with cinnamon.

T: The first few sips are a lightly spiced beer that develops into a complex pumpkin flavor as the pint empties. A true joy to taste this one.

M: Low carbonation but it really adds to the flavor.

D: I tried this straight out of the fermenter when I stopped by the brewery. I immediately bought a case off of them as soon as it was bottled.

Photo of CandaceLai
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
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

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a nice mix of pumpkin, along with all of the spices you expect in a pumpkin pie. The flavor is more of the same. While all of the spices are present, the ones that seem to stand out the most are cinnamon and cloves. All of the spices meld nicely and create a wonderful pumpkin ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of frenchblood21
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Chimay goblet

Appearance- Very cloudy orange/red. Very thin head that goes away right away.

Smell- Just like fall! I get apples and just a hint of pumpkin spices.

Taste- The most complex pumpkin beer I've ever had. Just like the nose, only way more pumpkin spices. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel- Perfect for the style. Not syruppy, and certainly not thin. Coats your mouth in all the right places.

Overall- One of the best in the class. I wish I lived by this brewery, cause I would live there in the Fall.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Photo of dowen17
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of KenC
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured clear gold/amber with two fingers of foamy, pure white head. Little retention and zero lacing.

S- Cinnamon, allspice and bready malt erupt from the bottle, I haven’t even poured yet! Very complex just like a pumpkin pie and my mouth is watering for same.

T- Bready malt came through first, which I wasn’t really expecting. Nutmeg or cinnamon was the expectation. Than it all comes together, caramel, malt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove. This is the stuff a GREAT pumpkin (pun intended) beer is made of.

M- Feel is thin (surprised again) with medium carbonation. But I like the fact it doesn’t sit in my gut like a rock. The finish is clean, a perfect balance of all the tastes you’d expect from grandma’s pie.

O- Wildly impressed. I might even go back to Philly where I know I can get more of this.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A high pour for a thinnish white head, but already the aroma of pie spice is present form arm's length. Red-orange body.

Heavy pie spice in the nose along with pumpkin and some cherry.

Very spicy-- the pumpkin is secondary but it's definitely there-- this is not a case of all spice and no pumpkin. This is a pretty classical pumpkin beer. Lots of pumpkin, lots of spice, but a balance. Strikes me as slightly alcohol-heavy, and this is a pretty old bottle (from the Halloween batch, not the Thanksgiving/Christmas batch). It's been in my fridge though. Kind of a good standard by which to judge pumpkin beers.

Feel is a bit bright and fizzy, though fine grained and not soda-like.

Solid pumpkin beer and definitely worth a try. Like many pumpkin beers, this is markedly better on draft, but this review is from a bottle.

Photo of spacecake9
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Delicious, drinkable pumpkin beers. This one is a Top 5 pumpkin for me.

Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, consumed during some NFL action, thanks bert for the package

appearance: served in tyranena imperial pint, dark copper-amber body, light beige froth

smell: caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, gingersnap cookies

taste: full bodied and very complex - pumpkin pie, swirls of cinnamon and brown sugar, caramel and thick malt, nutmeg, vanilla. very nice pumpkin ale - one of the better ones

mouthfeel: full bodied, light alcohol presence, creamy and smooth

drinkability: pretty good

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect after mixed results from other Williamsburg beer, but this hit the spot on a chilly fall evening. It doesn't exactly stand out in the crowd, but this isn't a style with a deep range. There's a rich pumpkin pie spice aroma and initial flavor, followed by a slightly nutty, toffee malt character. The body is light enough to not let on the strength, I was surprised to learn it's 8%, so watch out for this one. Definitely worth a try if you can find it. This is a fine example of the style.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade from csbinva along with a fitting Alewerks pint glass, thanks again man!

Deep murky orange amber color with a small off white head up top that fades fast. Moderate legs and overall kinda mysterious and rich looking.

Wow, thats a shit load of cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose along with pumpkin spice, brown sugar, and booze. I currently have a homebrew pumpkin that smells nearly exact to this! Very spicy brew here, with minimal hops in the mix.

All those spices rush in on the palate like a tribe in assault mode. Starts off big cinnamon and pumpkin spice, warps into a caramel malt sweet, and finishes mildly drying with a hint of nutmeg. This, along with Good Gourd from CCB are probably the best pumpkin beers I have had to date.

Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber haze into a snifter with a minimal head. The smell is intense and wonderful. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, it truly smells like a pumpkin pie. The taste does not disappoint either. Again, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, a little clove. The pumpkin pie taste is prevalent without being overwhelming. The mouth feel is medium bodies, and it's very drinkable.

Overall, perhaps my favorite pumpkin beer I've yet had. I love the Dogfish Head punkin, but this is perhaps even better.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

By far one of the best pumpkin beers I've had.

I opened the bottle expecting a good pumpkin beer, and then the smell hit me and I knew I was going to be blown away. It smells exactly like a good, fresh, sweet pumpkin pie. There is an abundance of pumpkin, caramelized sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon on the nose. You could blindfold me, hold it in front of my nose, tell me that there is a fresh slice of pumpkin pie in front of me, and I would believe you.

The flavor is amazing. It is rich in pumpkin and the traditional spices you taste is a slice of pumpkin pie. There is also a little malt profile similar to that of an amber or brown ale, and a nice level of carbonation. It is as if someone blended a pumpkin pie with a really good brown ale, filtered it, and bottled it.

Totally blown away from this beer, and I want more.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body was an autumn-esque clear burnt orange. The head had a tan hue and lacing cascaded through the whole glass.

The aroma has a heavy dose of nutmeg up front. The pumpkin scent is that of real pumpkin, not a pumpkin spice.

The real pumpkin flavor carries into the flavor along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and carmalized sugar.

Slightly dry mouthfeel with good carbonation.

It's a really good pumpkin beer. It does have a good dose of spices yet still keeps a good sweet balance to it.

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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..

Photo of kellyej
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

Photo of Tripphop
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color, very opaque, glows in the light. Head is nonexistent. A vigorous pour generates a few bubbles, but nothing to speak of. Looks very still in the glass. Aromas are of pie spice and candy corn. Body is surprisingly light for the high abv, sweet but not too much. Pumpkin flavor is mellow with good spice and pie character, not overdone. Solid beer overall, but I think it was better a few months ago.

Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a pint glass.

A- rigorous pour produces only a thin ring of fizzy head that reduces to nothing. Amber in color and clear, looks like apple cider.

S- right off I notice that I can actually smell real pumpkin, which is a welcomed change that most don't produce. Beyond the raw pumpkin, I pick up cinnamon stick, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and a bit of cola. If you could capture the smell of fall in a beer, this is it.

T- sweet malt, highlighted by fresh cinnamon stick with a bit of nutmeg. finishes dry with a cinnamon spice pumpkin flavor unlike anything I've had in a pumpkin beer. It has a warming finish that complements the spices perfectly while hiding the high alcohol content.

M- medium body, low carbonation, the zero head from the pour leads it to finish a bit slick.

O- wow, this was a great pumpkin ale, the best I've had thus far. The pumpkin and cinnamon flavors didn't taste artificial, which is what sets this apart from others. The finish and linger was so refreshing, this one is a must try.

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Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.