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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

356 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 126
Gots: 39 | 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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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

09-25-2011 18:39:30 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

03-23-2011 01:51:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

11-03-2010 13:52:15 | More by Slatetank
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

10-17-2010 00:43:12 | More by Thorpe429
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +15.5%

08-25-2014 22:01:56 | More by JohnathanColeman
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mwckiltedsavage

Virginia

5/5  rDev +19.3%

08-21-2014 22:43:18 | More by mwckiltedsavage
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hophugger

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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..

08-20-2014 15:37:52 | More by hophugger
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LancetherealLeader

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-20-2014 00:36:38 | More by LancetherealLeader
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PhilDaBrewer

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

08-19-2014 21:19:08 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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d3rb

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

08-19-2014 02:16:33 | More by d3rb
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

08-19-2014 01:05:58 | More by Damian
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makeitavintage

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-18-2014 19:42:51 | More by makeitavintage
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Rmbr2

Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -6.4%

08-18-2014 12:04:23 | More by Rmbr2
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rmlampert24

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

08-18-2014 01:10:37 | More by rmlampert24
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DavidHume

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-16-2014 22:37:11 | More by DavidHume
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

08-16-2014 01:46:32 | More by sebaastionb
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jayluf

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-14-2014 23:50:05 | More by jayluf
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supermanny

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-13-2014 22:59:08 | More by supermanny
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rbail012


4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

08-09-2014 00:18:41 | More by rbail012
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-08-2014 03:21:13 | More by SlothB77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

08-06-2014 14:54:48 | More by woodychandler
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-03-2014 23:10:16 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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GarrettBoots

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-26-2014 23:35:07 | More by GarrettBoots
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-20-2014 03:00:14 | More by Howlader
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

07-17-2014 18:53:36 | More by MattSharpless
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Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.