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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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385 Ratings

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 133
Gots: 49 | 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:
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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

tempest, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

avalon07, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of 57md
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange with no appreciable head. Smells spicy and has a bold flavor of pumpkins and pie spice. There is a slight sweetness to this offering, but it is nothing unpleasant by any means. There are also some apple notes as well (perhaps, this accounts for the sweetness). The sweetness combines nicely with a very light alcohol and spice finish. As a fan of pumpkin beers (one of my favorite seasonal styles), I'd say that this ranks near the top of all the beers I sampled this year. Happy Halloween!

57md, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into Ommegang BPA glass.

Pours with a short, 1F off-white head over a very cloudy orange to brown body.

Aromas are phenomenal. Could be the best of the highly spiced varieties. Very sweet. Lots of natural pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and even some carrot cake with frosting.

Flavors are very nice as well - not over the top. Pumpkin pie filling, plenty of nutmeg, and maybe some zucchini bread for good measure. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy smooth. Just a hint of carbonation to cut through the ABV.

Overall, this is among the best. What a nice surprise.

BeerImmediately, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

oline73, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. This is the last of my six-pack, unfortunately, so probably a little over a month old.

A: Virtually no head; quite the difference. The beer is still a gorgeous orange with traces of bubbles around the edges. Faintly hazy.

S: A pumpkin beer that avoids artificiality. Wholesome smells of roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice. Perhaps a touch of malted grain.

T: Tasty! Mostly sweet, with obvious pumpkin flavours. The spice is here, resulting in a pumpkin pie-like beer. Well-rounded, and still noticeably a beer (i.e., not over-spiced/flavoured into oblivion). The malt base is unimpressive but clean, wisely leaving room for the pumpkin to develop. Overall, an impressive effort and an excellent beer.

M: Tingly carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and refreshingly. A touch of clinging sugar, like pie filling.

O: Significantly better fresh. (Though it's also possible that my recovery from surgery is not quite complete.) Still, one of the best pumpkin beers (maybe THE best) I've encountered. Highly recommended; will avidly seek out.

AgentMunky, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Old Town. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours hazy deep copper toward ruby with off-white head. Nose is rich caramel malt, pumpkin puree and spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Tastes delicious; rich, sweet, complex, with a huge authentic pumpkin puree/spice flavor, even notes of pie crust, and a super smooth finish. Wow, this is one of my favorite pumpkin ales out there!

CuriousMonk, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade from csbinva along with a fitting Alewerks pint glass, thanks again man!

Deep murky orange amber color with a small off white head up top that fades fast. Moderate legs and overall kinda mysterious and rich looking.

Wow, thats a shit load of cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose along with pumpkin spice, brown sugar, and booze. I currently have a homebrew pumpkin that smells nearly exact to this! Very spicy brew here, with minimal hops in the mix.

All those spices rush in on the palate like a tribe in assault mode. Starts off big cinnamon and pumpkin spice, warps into a caramel malt sweet, and finishes mildly drying with a hint of nutmeg. This, along with Good Gourd from CCB are probably the best pumpkin beers I have had to date.

hoptualBrew, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

yourefragile, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

A: Slightly hazy orange amber with one-finger, white head that lasted a minute or two and left some lacing.

S: Pumpkin and subtle spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

T: Strong sweetness and not much bitterness to balance. Pumpkin and lots of spice. Cinnamon. Very sweet and spicy. Some alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and delicious.

O: Looks and smells great. Very pumpkin-like flavor that hides the alcohol pretty well. Nice mouthfeel too.

SolipsismalCat, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a British Pint...

A: Pours a semi-hazy, sunset orange color. About a half finger of bubbly eggshell head forms and lingers for the duration. Sticky lacing provides a moderate coating on the sides of the glass. This is better color depth and head retention than I am used to from the pumpkin ales. Excellent.

S: Mmmmm...the pumpkin really shines here. I get plenty of the raw stuff, along with an assertive dose of allspice, cinnamon, and some clove. Fan-freakin-tastic. I enjoy the fact that this beer has enough raw pumpkin nose to balance with the pie spices. Can't wait to get into this one.

T: Man, the good times keep on rolling. This is a hearty beer, relatively thick and with a very strong malt presence. The pie spices work well to give a mild, sweet finish and balance off the bitter malt and roasted pumpkin. Top-notch balance is the best I've seen in the style as the pumpkin, pie spice, and malt build are all showcased masterfully. Well done.

M: The aforementioned balance is perfect. Carbonation is just right for the style. Excellent.

O: I've heard Williamsburg Alewerks has been producing great beers for some time, and this is definitely one of them. Easily the best Pumpkin Ale I have had, as this delectable brew allows the three great components to all shine in stride: pumpkin, pumpkin pie, and BEER. Too many beers of this ilk tend to shade towards sweet, sticky dessert types, losing many of the raw pumpkin and beer qualities. Not this one. It's thick, viscous, and perfectly balanced. Outstanding achievement.

siege06nd, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of KenC
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured clear gold/amber with two fingers of foamy, pure white head. Little retention and zero lacing.

S- Cinnamon, allspice and bready malt erupt from the bottle, I haven’t even poured yet! Very complex just like a pumpkin pie and my mouth is watering for same.

T- Bready malt came through first, which I wasn’t really expecting. Nutmeg or cinnamon was the expectation. Than it all comes together, caramel, malt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove. This is the stuff a GREAT pumpkin (pun intended) beer is made of.

M- Feel is thin (surprised again) with medium carbonation. But I like the fact it doesn’t sit in my gut like a rock. The finish is clean, a perfect balance of all the tastes you’d expect from grandma’s pie.

O- Wildly impressed. I might even go back to Philly where I know I can get more of this.

KenC, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear gold with little white head. The appearance is probably to least amazing part of this beer.

The smell is of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pure pumpkin pie.

The taste tastes straight like a pumpkin cookie. A slight bitterness on the front from hops or spice I cant really tell. The back is equally amazing with tons of spice and a nice pumpkin pie crust.

I will go and say this is probably the best pumpkin beer I have had to date and this year I've been trying as many as I can get my hands on.

Eriktheipaman, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Knapp85, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

claspada, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No head whatsoever, and my glass is clean. Pours an opaque dark orange/brown color. Honestly, not very appetizing.

S: Beautiful smell of pumpkin pie! Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Allspice, Pumpkin, and I think even a little Cardamom!

T: WOW! This tastes like someone took a pumpkin pie and liquified it! You can even taste the 'crust' of the pie in here! I get slight biscuit notes but that is in the background. Tons of pumpkins spices listed in the aroma are doubled in the taste. Brilliant beer.

M: Lightly carbonated and full-bodied with a finish that is slightly oily. Not what I really prefer, but I suppose it's all the adjuncts used.

D: An 8% pumpkin beer that drinks like a liquid pumpkin pie.. its a sipper in my book.

tlazaroff, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Gobigvt7
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Thin white head to start, but quickly dissipates to no head at all. Very pretty orangy-amber color, which I expect out of a good fall/pumpkin beer. I've seen darker, but this will suffice. No lacing on this one.

S - "Beery" with some obvious pumpkin pie spice, toasted pumpkin seeds, a bit of cinnamon. This could be promising...

T - Not overwhelmingly spiced in flavor (this is a good thing), a solid beer backbone (essential and so often overlooked). I'm getting enough squashy pumpkin, though I would prefer more if it were up to me. Caramel malts and very faint clove? The base beer for this could have been an oktoberfest. Finishes clove and cinnamon.

M - Medium-bodied, light carbonation. The abv isn't on the bottle but I'm shocked to find it is 8%. Goes down very easily.

O - The easiest drinking, lightest imperial pumpkin I've had. If the abv were lower, it'd be one of the better session-ish pumpkins out there too, a good blend of beer and pumpkin. Drinkable and repeatable. Would prefer a little more head retention to throw me that spice note on every sip. Not quite as "pie"-like as some of the very best, but very good for the style.

Gobigvt7, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into tulip

Pours a dark burnt orange with puffy head that falls into a rocky lace. Smells very nice, pumpkin and sweet malts on the nose with spice. Taste follows very very well and this is quite a treat :)
mouthfeel is great and smooth with the little tickles of the spice.

Overall this is a Homer beer for me so take it for what it is but I loved it. Def one of my favorite Pumpkin beers so far with my limited exposure.

engagechad, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

robwestcott, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt orange into the glass. Minimal head that disappeared quickly. Smell is nice for a pumpkin beer. Hints of multiple standard spice for the type like nutmeg and cinnamon, but its nice to actually smell pumpkin itself as well. Taste is spot on. Really does taste like pumpkin pie with a great blend of spice and pumpkin, and it doesn't feel "artificial" like in some pumpkin beers. Mouthfeel is also really above average in this one. Its got a nice smooth feel in the carbonation that is not sticky or cloying like you can find in some spice bombs. Williamsburg has a top notch seasonal in this one that again seems to be flying under the radar for some reason.

smokeypeat, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a tawny color with a finger of almost off white tan head. Not great retention but much better than last year. Some lacing.

S- Great balance of pumpkin and spice. Starts of with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Notes of caramelized sugar and malty goodness in the middle. Finish is roasted pumpkin!

T- Malty caramelized sugar and with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg coats the palate. Hops nicely balance out the sweetness allowing the savory roasted pumpkin flavor to shine. Long lasting finish with a blend of pumpkin and spices.

MF- velvety robust mouthfeel with light carbonation.

D- Smooth incredibly drinkable pumpkin that doesn't over do it with the spice. Great drinkability.

Overall a great example of a pumpkin ale.

Viciousknishs, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of nandemo1
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber with very little head, despite a fairly aggressive pour. didn't get much in the way of lacing as I downed the glass.

Aroma is not overpowering and consists of your typical pumpkin pie spices. Taste is well balanced with a base of roasted pumpkin and dashes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Not overly sweet and the 8% is gently warming.

Mouthfeel is smooth but full bodied. Not sticky at all though.

This is a great pumpkin beer that I'll enjoy in the fall/winter while watching football and around the holidays.

nandemo1, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A tawny brown color. Very nice and nutty.

S: Pumpkin and brown sugars and spices. My friend says "It smells like Thanksgiving without the family angst."

T: Pumpkins and a little brown sugary sweet. Maybe a hint of bitter hops at the end? but only barely.

M: Some carbonation, a little smooth. But kind of thin and unimpressive compared to how good the flavor is.

O: I really like it. Will have another; recommended.

Meerkey, Sep 03, 2011
Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.