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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 125
Gots: 38 | 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:
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(Beer added by: on 09-19-2009)
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-11-2013 15:06:48 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

04-25-2013 22:27:19 | More by tectactoe
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-17-2013 12:57:54 | More by SkiBum22
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

01-03-2011 15:28:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

09-24-2009 05:56:43 | More by Tiderion
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

10-12-2010 23:12:41 | More by Mora2000
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

01-19-2012 00:09:32 | More by frenchblood21
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-12-2012 13:09:04 | More by wattoclone
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-11-2014 17:23:46 | More by Cynic-ale
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-05-2013 14:52:30 | More by williamjbauer
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

10-05-2013 01:09:24 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

10-06-2012 01:12:46 | More by BethyBo0op
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

10-14-2012 20:40:48 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

10-06-2012 01:16:58 | More by azazaz44
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-09-2013 00:27:02 | More by cclark67789
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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

10-18-2013 20:50:04 | More by dowen17
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

09-25-2011 17:54:08 | More by KenC
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 01:17:11 | More by jh1982
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-02-2012 03:59:27 | More by dafizzif
Photo of zaphodchak


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

01-20-2012 03:33:43 | More by zaphodchak
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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

12-06-2009 22:27:47 | More by dirtylou
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

09-29-2013 00:20:38 | More by riktronics
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

04-06-2012 03:53:59 | More by avisong
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

11-08-2011 02:48:39 | More by tempest
Photo of hoptualBrew


4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

10-13-2011 05:08:35 | More by hoptualBrew
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