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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 481
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 156
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: on 09-19-2009

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.32/5  rDev -43.7%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.51/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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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 kellyej
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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..

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Photo of jacwomyn
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch code 8/25/15.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, dirt, squash, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, yeast, and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is super malt and earth forward with no real distinct pumpkin pie spices.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Copper orange, burnt pumpkin color. Thin white head which dissipated very quickly leaving absolutely nothing on top. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Looked great with the head, not a nice without.

S - Smell is brown sugar, clove, all spice, and... pumpkin. Bready malts, and some sweetness.

T - Over the top pumpkin spice flavor, and not too much else. Not bad for the style, but not even as good as other pumpkins. Cinnamon, nutmeg powder and caramel malt up front. Pretty good, but missing something. I don't know what, maybe a bitter finish.

M - Lots of carbonation. It stings the tongue. Very slight tinge of alcohol, which is a good thing. Other's I've had hide the alcohol completely, but this one kind of tastes like a beer instead of liquid pumpkin pie.

D - With this much spice, I'm not sure I could drink it all day. The slight alcohol tinge makes you realize it's a beer, so while it's nice to have one or two, I'd probably switch to something else.

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Photo of GJ40
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle marked "7 23 13". Thanks surge1311.

Copper with very good clarity but a minimal head. Strong spice in the aroma. Ginger and nutmeg. Like holiday cookies. The flavor followed closely. Some pumpkin and malt comes through but not enough. The spices are just too overdone. Smooth consistency with a low carbonation.

An interesting beer but the spice levels cover anything of any real value instead of enhancing it.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color, very opaque, glows in the light. Head is nonexistent. A vigorous pour generates a few bubbles, but nothing to speak of. Looks very still in the glass. Aromas are of pie spice and candy corn. Body is surprisingly light for the high abv, sweet but not too much. Pumpkin flavor is mellow with good spice and pie character, not overdone. Solid beer overall, but I think it was better a few months ago.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin ales always smell the same - it's how well everything balances and integrates that's really what matters. The nose has some subtle gourd character, and is even paired with a nice vanilla sweetness. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes start off subtle, but grow more intense as it opens up. In fact, it seems overspiced after a while. Its roasted pumpkin touch is pleasant, though. Its flavor works better: for one, it doesn't taste like a pure cinnamon/nutmeg bomb. I really pick up the roasted pumpkin here - I taste some gourd at first, and I get a burnished quality near the back end. There seem to be strong vanilla cream and brown sugar flavors floating around - great companions to the pumpkin ale base. While the sweetness level on the palate screams "dessert beer", the finish is dry enough to will it down very easily. Carbonation is also properly done: it's airy-feeling without being intense. It doesn't quite dethrone Schlafly's pumpkin ale for me, but if you're a pumpkin ale lover, this is a keeper.

3.6/5: Ultimately not *quite* my thing, but I don't like this style either way; this is a really damn good interpretation of the style from an objective standpoint

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had some friends from work grab some random bottles for me.

A: Really nice and clear copper color. Poured with less than a quarter finger of white head. Kind of poor head retention and almost no lacing.

S: The nutmeg and cinnamon are really strong in the nose. A little too heavy on the spice side of things for me. I really do not mind the spices so long as in the end it reminds me of pumpkin pie which IMO the best examples of the style do.

T: Starts off with nutmeg. Really strong. Behind that is a heavy malt backbone which saves this beer for me. The spices are strong but the choice of them is not. The nose is a little better than the taste. The balance of spices is off and I do not get much actual pumpkin. The aftertaste is more like pumpkin pie than anything else.

M: Nice thick medium body. Super low carbonation.

D: Only have a single bottle of this and that is enough. A great beer is in here but they need to play with the spices a little bit which is a really hard thing to nail down.

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Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!

Somehow I missed this pumpkin beer during my time in NoVa. It's nice to trade, isn't it? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly cloudy sunset tawny topped by maybe a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, light rye bread, clove, and brown sugar. The spices hang heavily, but not overbearingly. The taste brings in more of the same, but instead of the seeds the pumpkin's flesh is now evident, producing a strange (-ish) bitterness that undercuts the heavy spicing. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty solid pumpkin beer, one that somehow manages to spice the hell out of it without o'erwhelming my 'buds in the process.

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Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good Pumpkin Ale. Pours a brilliant, clear orange/amber color. Practically no head...covering of the glass that faces quick, with no lacing.

Aroma of pumpkin and pumpkin spices. pleasant, fairly pronounced and nothing overdone (like a spice potpouree).

Taste is good. Not much carbonation but the pumpkin flavor and accompanying spices were done just right, no annoying over the top spicing.

Mouthfeel is very good. Rich and crisp, a good slow sipper on a fall day.

I still don't see the outstanding rating, but this is a solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of teromous
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a hazy dark shade of brown, with a very light red hue to it. There isn't much of a head to speak of, and it goes away very fast. It leaves almost no lacing on the glass. It leaves much to be desired in the visual department.

S: It has a very light caramel scent to it, and some faint spice notes...mostly cinnamon and the others I can't quite pick out. Pretty standard affair for a beer like this.

T: The taste of this beer is fantastic. It has a great mellow flavor, with a very pronounced pumpkin flavor. The spices are dead on. I can't articulate well enough how good it is. I wouldn't say it's 5.0 perfect, but it is right on the fence.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good. It seems to have a very light bitterness which is nice. It's not quite as full or present in the mouth as I'd like, but it is pretty smooth. It feels amazingly light for a beer of such a high ABV.

O: Overall I say you can chuck the appearance out the front door for a flavor like this. It may not be the prettiest beer, but it tastes near perfect. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. It's perfect for those looking for a nice autumn holiday beer. I was shocked to see that it is 8% ABV on the website, because I couldn't tell when drinking it. I will grab a few more when I get the chance.

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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 robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to maltytasker for this one.

poured cold from the bottle an opaque creamy caramel brown to a foothills pilsner with a 1/2 finger off white head

aroma brown sugars, spice and pumpkin.

as advertised - pumpkin way up front. super sweet. spicy.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy.

nice example of style, very enjoyable. abv well masked.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours hazy orange brown with a half finger of white head. The head required a vigorous pour to create and receded fairly quickly.

S: If I didn't know I was holding onto a beer, I'd think this was an apple pie under my nose, a bit odd since it's a pumpkin ale. Apples, spices, crust and all. It's nice, but not vaguely reminiscent of pumpkins or beer.

T: Strong cinnamon and nutmeg with bready malts and moderate bitterness. I also get some pumpkin as the beer warms. It's not strong, but the flavor is good.

M: Slightly thicker than moderate mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Great for the style.

O: I'm not sure what to make of this beer. The flavors work well together and there are really no flaws to the beer. However, the aroma is way different than the taste and the pumpkin is pretty weak. It's balanced, but not amazing.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - typical golden brown deep orange pumpkin ale color. Very thin head that fades quickly.

S - A little faint but pumpkin is the main aroma. Not a lot of spice in the aroma and a small caramel scent as well.

T - Again, thin on the palate but the spices come through more in the flavor. The pumpkin blends in well and the combination of the brew is very good.

M - Thin body but good carbonation. The aftertaste is quite pleasant with ripe pumpkin.

O - If the brew was a little more robust and had a bigger body it would be fantastic. I think it's a little thin for the ABV and it can support a little more pumpkin flavor. Overall it is a better pumpkin beer compared to what is available out there.

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