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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: on 09-19-2009

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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 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 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 Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit! What a surprise this brew was! I love when this happens. Stumbling upon this brew makes me realize that I don't have to resort to Pumking as much for a solid pumpkin brew. This beer poured out with a nice amberish orange color with a light fizzy white head on top. There's really no lacing or anything but still looks pretty nice. The smell of this beer had some really nice autumn aromas and spice going on in it. The taste is unreal! I couldn't believe how good this tastes, the flavors even get better as it warms up. Plenty of sweet spices on tongue with a nice caramel in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is really nice also. Overall I can't believe how solid this beer is. It will be one I'll be on the look out for in the future for sure. I'll be lookin for more before this season is up! Really gotta try 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 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 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 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 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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paolia, PA

Poured an orange-copper color, slightly hazy, with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Mostly spice in the aroma, which is not a bad thing by me, cinnamon, allspice, caramel, pumpkin. Similar taste, with cinnamon being a dominant factor, caramel malts, nutshells, allspice, nutmeg, mild pumpkin flavors, which again, is ok...I like big flavor in my pumpkin ales, but that can come from the spice too. This was nice, almost like a simple spiced brown ale, medium body, smooth, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear, bright orange color with one inch of white head and mdoerate carbonation evident. Looks like most pumpkin ales.

s - Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, light spices, gingerbread, and light pumpkins. Cinnamon and gingerbread are dominant up front. I really enjoy the nose.

s - Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, bready malts, spices, and pumpkins. Again, cinnamon dominates, which I again really like.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy and insanely easy to drink for 8% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic pumpkin ale; one of the best I've ever had behind Schlafly and ST's Pumking. Ton of nice cinnamon and gingerbread and super easy to drink, I would certainly buy this one again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A top five Pumpkin Ale, yes please. Thank you Sergeant. This one wasn't half bad.

Beer is orange / brown and hazy with a nice tan head but with low retention, low lacing, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma smells like a graham cracker and some pumpkin.

Beer is sweet, tastes like a cookie, really biscuity and strong. Forward on the spice but again it tastes like a graham cracker with pumpkin butter on it. It was enjoyable. I may even have this one again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy orangish copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some hints of amber + ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with just a hint of spicy rye malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of brown sugar sweetness and roasted pumpkin. Finally there are moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove) that lingers through the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, though this pumpkin beer is moderately sweet. Nice roasted pumpkin flavor and pumpkin pie spices. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy burnt copper color with an off-white cap that fades back to a thin penline and some spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has big pumpkin character like fresh baked pumpkin flesh and the seeds. A bit of fruity alcohol blends into a bready to caramel malt inclusion. Everything blends well in the nose.

The taste has fruity alcohol notes that blend to starchy pumpkin that is a little vegetative. Somewhat earthen with almost a flavor of pumpkin seeds as well. A faint spicing like clove and ginger is present more than the typical cinnamon and nutmeg but that is present more towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little different from the normal pumpkin ale but enjoyable with a baked pumpkin flavor moreso than spices which collectively I found very enjoyable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle gifted by Chaney. Thanks Brandon.

The beer appears orange to brown hued. A fine color for an autumn beer. The aroma brings pumpkin right up front, followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, pie, vanilla, malt. The flavor is great, with flavors of pumpkin pie, vanilla, and Fall spices. A bit sweet, but not too. Certainly one of the better pumpkin ales I have had.

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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 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 billab914
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill shaped glass. It poured a dark amber, slightly orange color with a very thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer. Very nice color to it.

The aroma has a moderate pumpkin pie spice to it. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice all come through. It has a sweetness to it as well that helps smooth out the spices. It's almost smells like the cinnamon, sugar and butter combo my mom would put on toast. I typically prefer more reserved spices in my pumpkin beers but this one actually does them very nicely. Very appealing aroma for the style.

The taste shows the spices throughout the flavor as well. The cinnamon and nutmeg come through along with a good dose of sweetness. I get a bit of an earthy bitterness towards the finish while the spice and sweetness linger. Very nice balance for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good pumpkin beer. I love that they use real roasted pumpkin and they also really do get the spices right for a beer. The sweetness really cuts the cinnamon and nutmeg nicely. This is definitely one of my favorite pumpkin beers of the season and one I will buy annually right along with Pumking.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a DuClaw mug.

Pours a clear light copper with a silky off white head. Fades to a thin crown, little lacing or carbonation. Excellent strong, yet balanced aroma. Cider like with pumpkin mash, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Really enjoying the complexity of spice given the balance provided by the malt and pumpkin. Medium thick body, with an oily texture and a light syrupy finish. Flavor is sweet and has a surprising amount of pumpkin flavor. Nice to not just have a spice bomb. A very pleasant warmer, distinct from the other local suspects like Pumpking, Weyerbacher, etc.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect after mixed results from other Williamsburg beer, but this hit the spot on a chilly fall evening. It doesn't exactly stand out in the crowd, but this isn't a style with a deep range. There's a rich pumpkin pie spice aroma and initial flavor, followed by a slightly nutty, toffee malt character. The body is light enough to not let on the strength, I was surprised to learn it's 8%, so watch out for this one. Definitely worth a try if you can find it. This is a fine example of the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on cask in a nonic, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange copper coloring with a foamy, off white head. Aromas of rich and roasted pumpkin, subtle cinnamon and nutmeg spice, and a bready backbone. Flavors are creamy rich and smooth forward, heavy on pumpkin spice, with a rich, bready backbone. Full bodied, but light and drinkable. The aftertaste is rich pumpkin pie, with vanilla highlights, and a subtle spice linger. Smooth, creamy, layered finish. Great beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely light pumpkin color.

Smells very sweet, more pumpkin than spice in the nose which is encouraging.

Lots of real pumpkin flavor, very sweet, there's subtle spice but it doesn't dominate or distract. This is exactly how I want pumpkin beers to taste.

Great beer, one of the best pumpkin ales I've had, one of the few I would buy to drink repeatedly if I had access to it.


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Photo of claspada
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear glowing amber colors with a nice 1 inch bubbly white head; not much lacing is present.

Aromas begin with a ton of pumpkin pie spice and sweet bready malts. First I get some fresh nutmeg, clove, lighter cinnamon and a little allspice in the background. Combined with the spices I get a nice caramel maltiness, bready maltiness and some brown sugar in the background adding further complexity as it warms. There is almost a slight apple cider characteristic to the aroma, like if you cooked apple cider and thickened it up to make the flavor/aromas more concentrated.

The tastes begin in a slightly different manner than I expected. It begins like a brown ale with bready, caramel and brown sugar maltiness; while I got those flavors in the aroma, they are different somehow here. The spice flavors join the party next adding light cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove. The brown sugar flavors are quite prevalent as well and are a real treat adding a different aspect to this beer. Some Imperial pumpkin ales are too sweet from a high grain bill but this drinks as if the ABV was bumped up with brown sugar too add flavor and ABV without adding thick or cloying, syrupy flavor. The only detriment is a tad too much allspice and clove flavors which creates a bite as it warms which becomes taxing on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium to low bodied with medium carbonation; cannot detect that this is 8% at all. Honestly the mouthfeel makes it seem like it is a 6%ABV beer max. I really enjoy the lack of thickness but it makes it crazy drinkable and dangerous for a Pumpkin beer fan, as I am. Finish is clean with just the perfect amount of spice linger.

This really was a real treat for me, which says a decent amount because I consider myself a Pumpkin beer fan and aficionado. I am going to have to sample this next to my 2 top favorite of the style; Weyerbacher and Hoppin' Frog to see how it compares. Highly, highly recommended if you are a fan of Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing, either.

S: A very alluring aroma of pumpkin, malt and spices in this beer.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and little malt thrown in, too. This is a very well-rounded, spicy and flavorful beer. A very solid taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of Williamsburg's better efforts. It's a balanced and tasty beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear orange/brownish body with one-finger head. A strong cinnamon and peppery smell along with a good pumpkin aroma. Pumpkin and bread malts are clearly evident, along with some caramel malts for sweetness. A light body that is smooth and easy to drink but finishes a little sharp as the sweetness is complemented/balanced with some pepper and clove spices. A very good pumpkin beer, although the guy who sold me on it said it was as good as ST's Pumpking. Not quite, but close.

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