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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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93
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338 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 116
Gots: 31 | 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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(Beer added by: on 09-19-2009)
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot of good buzz about this one from many of my beer friends. Some say it's even better than Schlafly's, so... I'm doing a comparison tasting and drinking a Schlafly at the same time. Here goes:

A: Pours pretty thick, with a slight bubbly head that quickly withers away to nothing, and a beautiful dark dark orange-red (almost bronze) color. The carbonation is moderate.

S: Deep smell of pumpkin. And I mean HUGE! All the standard spices are there (nutmeg, brown sugar, etc.), but the smell of the actually gourd is prominent.

T: Much sweeter than Schlafly and not as much pumpkin "roast" overall. I really love the crispness. The spices are a little more muted than the Schlafly, and the sweetness is a bit more "tart."

M: Really good. Nothing offensive about the sugar content. It feels exactly the way it should for this style.

D: Since I love pumpkin ales and the harvest time of year in general, I'll drink this again. Definitely in the top 5 pumpkin ales available!

UPDATED REVIEW! The 2011 version is much better than Schlafly's (the local phenomenon). It's richer, creamier, and more pumpkin-like.

Honestly, I couldn't imagine a better pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:26:45 | More by Chaney
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA.
Appearance: Nice clear appearance, good orange/brown color. Very little head to speak of.
Smell: Very good notes of cinnamon and nutmeg coupled with a nice pumpkin aroma.
Taste: Very true pumpkin pie flavor combining the spices with the sweet flavor of the pumpkin. The beer could have used some more substance because the flavors did not really linger on the tongue very long.
Mouthfeel and drinkability: Very crisp beer. There was some good carbonation which made it very easy to consume.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 13:08:17 | More by pzrhsau
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 20:19:18 | More by mikereaser
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dirtylou

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, consumed during some NFL action, thanks bert for the package

appearance: served in tyranena imperial pint, dark copper-amber body, light beige froth

smell: caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, gingersnap cookies

taste: full bodied and very complex - pumpkin pie, swirls of cinnamon and brown sugar, caramel and thick malt, nutmeg, vanilla. very nice pumpkin ale - one of the better ones

mouthfeel: full bodied, light alcohol presence, creamy and smooth

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 22:27:47 | More by dirtylou
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Blitzstyle

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra is in a trade with dregs78. Thanks bro!

Pours a light amber color with a small head that quickly fades. Leaves very little laceing on the glass.

Smells of pumpkin pie and some cinniamon. Very pleasant.

WOW nice taste best pumpkin beer i have tried. Get some real nice spice taste, cinnamon and vanilla. Nutmeg also prevalent.

Smooth beer medium body quite tastey. Iam not very big on pumpkin beers so I really would only have one of these, still a good choice if your going for one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:27:58 | More by Blitzstyle
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty surprise courtesy of the Mrs.

Appearance: Pours a very deep, clear amber color that is very surprising for a pumpkin ale. All of the other ones I have tried are much lighter in color. There is a nice inch of foamy thick head. Not so great retention, minimal lacing.

Smell: Spice dominates, followed by a nice sweet bit of pumpkin. Just about what is expected for the style.

Taste: A nice balance between the spice and the sweet pumpkin. There's some nutmeg and cinnamon up front, but that is quickly matched with the sweet pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, very smooth going down. A tasty brew.

Drinkability: One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried this year. There is a good balance between the spice and the pumpkin, though it does tend to lean ever so slightly towards the spice. It is very refreshing, and a downright tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 15:43:50 | More by krisandajt
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thought there have been limited reviews, I've been very eager to try this brew... It's the last of my "new" pumpkin beers for the season and I come in with some lofty expectations... Here we go...

A - A very slight head quickly fizzes away leaving no discernable lacing... Loads of moderate to fast paced carbonation rises throughout and hit the top very hard... A very deep dark copper color with an orange hue... Remarkably translucent given its dark color...

S - An absolutely terrific aroma... Brown sugar and caramel dominate... Maple syrup... The traditional pumpkin and spice aroma are still present but they take a back sweet to the overall sinful sweetness... A very slight hint of booziness... Some faint woody characteristics could also be detected...

T - The best word to describe this brew is "yummy..." Again the general sweetness is the first thing detected... Caramel... Brown sugar... Cinnamon buns... Raisins... Deathly sweet pumpkin pie... The spiciness, namely cinnamon, is quite subdued but adds a terrific bit of character and balance... Wonderful layers of richness and complexity...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly sticky... A minimal but impactful carbonated bite... Rich... Complex... Hearty... Smooth...

D - There is no doubt about it... This is quite simply, hands down, the most perfect Pumpkin Ale that has ever crossed my lips... A truly epic introduction to a brewery that I had never heard of... I wish this weren't a seasonal... I would gladly drink this each and every chance I got... This is not just one of the best Pumpkin Ales that I've ever had, it's one of the best beers that I've ever had...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 02:37:18 | More by philbe311
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with amber highlights. Thin yet creamy head, minimal lacing. Smell is of pumpkin pie... pumpkin puree, brown sugar, with moderate spicing (cinamon, nutmeg, ginger). Taste is of pumpkin pie... pumpkin puree up front with a nice sweet brown sugar (crust!) and sweet milky (whipped cream!) flavor, spicing is under control. Exceptional balance, yet the flavors do not seem to last long in the mouth. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy. One of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had, no question.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 13:09:51 | More by rfgetz
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 10:17:13 | More by clayrock81
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, batch # 091009, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep amber, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed small and faded into a thin layer. Love the color.

Aroma: Pumpkin dominates with cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar in the background. Excellent.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front almost immediately give way to the pumpkin and spices. The finish is sweet pumpkin pie flavors, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation balances well.

Overall: One of the best pumpkin beers I've had to date. If you're a fan of this style, be sure to seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 00:20:23 | More by FenwaySquid
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blackie

California

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: piraat snifter, pours a deep amber-orange color, capped with a nice little off-white head that settles to a healthy ring around the glass

s: great caramel and brown sugar malt base holds up a carefully spiced pumpkin pie concoction, rich and highly aromatic, big on the nutmeg with plenty of meaty, buttery squashlike aromas, clove spiced cookies, promising start

m: carbonation on the light end and smooth, body on the full side of medium, satisfying

t: the malty "beer side" is in great harmony with the "pie side", brown sugar malts carry thoughtfully used pie spice, with meaty, roasted pumpkin pushing through after the swallow - that flavor is more striking here than in any other, sugary squash flavors linger, complex, fantastic and pretty much flawless

d: puts my old NC brewed favorites to shame, chances of another sixer purchase are high as this is one I'd like a couple of at a time, recommended

sixer from Norm's, Vienna, VA

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 03:18:09 | More by blackie
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Tiderion

Virginia

4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Minimal lacing and carbonation. That isn't necessarily bad however. Very inviting orangish-copper color.

S: Smells like pumpkin pie with cinnamon.

T: The first few sips are a lightly spiced beer that develops into a complex pumpkin flavor as the pint empties. A true joy to taste this one.

M: Low carbonation but it really adds to the flavor.

D: I tried this straight out of the fermenter when I stopped by the brewery. I immediately bought a case off of them as soon as it was bottled.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 05:56:43 | More by Tiderion
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LittleLeity

District of Columbia

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was out with a couple of friends in the park and we purchased a six-pack of this (with solo cups) from an upscale corner store that recently opened by Lincoln Park. We all really liked this, and it went perfectly with an early fall day and bocce ball. As a beer, it was very nice, medium body, not too much head but very pleasant. We purchased it for the pumpkin flavor though, and on that count it was the best I've had. The smell and flavor of pumpkin and spices was just right, definitely there, but not completely overwhelming the beer. It also did not have the artificial taste. If you are a fan of this flavor, and not everyone is, then grab a six pack of this and you won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 02:12:17 | More by LittleLeity
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