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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

335 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 115
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews by tectactoe:
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 22:27:19 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
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leantom

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Virginia

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Washington

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +19.3%

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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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New Mexico

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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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New Jersey

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Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 15:41:49 | More by JMScowcroft
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Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.