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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 481
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 09-19-2009

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Reviews by uvachief:
Photo of uvachief
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. This is THE pumpkin beer.

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More User Reviews:
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!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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Photo of Beejay
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark murky brown with a small amount of tan head on top.

S: Roasted pumpkin and sweet potato, followed by maple syrup and a touch of booze. A touch of clove maybe in the finish.

T: Clove and nutmeg followed by pumpkin, and vanilla with a touch of caramel in the finish.

M: Medium to heavy thickness, with medium high carbonation, and just a hint of booze in the finish.

O: Overall I was a bit surprised by this one.. the aroma really has a lot of the pumpkin aroma, instead of just pumpkin pie spices. Pretty good, and of the batch of pumpkin beers I've tried this year this one takes the cake so far.. There are a bunch of mediocre pumpkin beers on the market, and a few fantastic ones.. This one is somewhere in the middle, reaching for amazing, and coming close.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of TheCobbgoblin
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Lots of nutmeg and fresh pumpkin. Great out of the little brewery in Williamsburg

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MidloRapid
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This is probably the best they brew

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of nebbil
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Amazing pumpkin beer. Everything about it is just right. Continues to be my favorite.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep burnt orange with a thinner fizzy head atop,much more carbonated than I was expecting here.Cardamom,nutmeg,and mace stand out in the nose...not all nutmeg like way to many pumpkin ales seem to smell like theses days.A little sharp in the feel but it has the right depth.Graham cracker crust,cardamom,nutmeg,and finally a bit of lightly roasted pumpkin in the flavor dept.A little less carbonation and more creaminess would make this great because the flavors are quite good.

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Photo of BryanFlaherty
2.74/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of bahamut6565
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Tiderion
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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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

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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