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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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436 Ratings

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 135
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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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Photo of UnderPressure
2.3/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear copper colored beer. Little to no head. No lacing.

Heavy spice in the aroma. Cloves and allspice. It's hard to pick up anything else. Maybe a little sweet malt in the background.

Heavy cinnamon in the flavor. Hard to get past all the spice flavor.

Decent medium bodied mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Clean finish.

Slightly below average pumpkin ale.

UnderPressure, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Beerasaurus
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Beerasaurus, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of mikereaser
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 10/30/09.

A - Pours a clear orangish brown with just a ring of bubbles on the surface

S - Mainly pumpkin spice dominate, too much in my opinion, some caramel, brown sugar

T - lots of pumpkin spices, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and malts

M/D - just not what i'm looking for in a pumpkin ale, too much spice for me, I like them smoother and not just spices i guess.

mikereaser, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of IMS
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

IMS, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of clfrost
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

clfrost, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of BryanFlaherty
2.74/5  rDev -34.6%

BryanFlaherty, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of jawneyt
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

jawneyt, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of rpjordan
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

rpjordan, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Waveoff
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Waveoff, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -28.4%

timjim1327, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -28.4%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mbiscombe
3/5  rDev -28.4%

mbiscombe, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ElGordito
3/5  rDev -28.4%

ElGordito, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of StoutSeth
3/5  rDev -28.4%

StoutSeth, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark amber (the color of dark maple syrup), clear as they come, but with a very anemic head that faded quickly, and no lacing whatsoever.

S: Super heavy on the spices -- allspice, cinnamon, and a little ginger dominate -- with a little vegetable smell that I can imagine is pumpkin.

T: Initially sweet. I mean, REALLY sweet. As in, I can't believe they reached this level with malted grain alone (a liberal addition of Belgian candi sugar is high on my list of suspects). Then the spices hit, and they hit hard and linger to the end. There are other flavors in the mix (some faint grain notes, pumpkin for sure, and the obligatory hops), but they are all drowned out by the spices. Indeed, the bitter hops in the finish didn't balance the sweet malt, it just accentuated the spices in a harsh way.

M: Initially moist, then crisper and drier toward the finish. The high ABV is well hidden (but you could hide just about anything with the level of spice they used!)

O: If you read my other reviews, you'll soon find that I like my beers to be balanced in terms of flavors. There is no balance here at all -- it's all sugar and spice (and nothing else nice). Drinkable once, but there are far better pumpkin ales to be had.

TappaKeggaBrew, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kellyej
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

kellyej, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of hophugger
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..

hophugger, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of EFR94
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

EFR94, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of jp312
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

jp312, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of ADemshar
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

ADemshar, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jacwomyn
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orangish amber with hardly any head at all, just a little off white.

Smell: Pumpkin and some mild pie spice. A bit bready and somewhat sweet.

Taste: Sweet malt with some pumpkin and mild spice. There is a bitterness that shows up during each sip and lingers until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive and smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but the bitter finish could have been a little bit milder. Pretty good and I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

jacwomyn, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/10/2010. Bottle thanks to dkachur. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin, pumpkin pie, crust, and spices. Flavor is pure pumpkin pie -- the pumpkin, crust, and even whipped cream on top. Pumpkin spices in the finish. On the sweet side and a little syrupy. It becomes a little cloying by the end of the glass but it's certainly a decent pumpkin ale.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Efes tulip. Low head/retention. Minimal lacing. Murky, muddy coppery colored with aroma of cardamom, nutmeg, malty sugary sweetness and pumpkin rind. Taste actually seems dominated by cardamom? Some light spicing on the back end, maybe nutmeg. The alcohol is very unnoticeable and this one is very easy to drink. Interesting take on a pumpkin.

KickbacksSteve, Jan 08, 2012
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Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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