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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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125 Reviews

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 461
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 150
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: on 09-19-2009

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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 461
Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A high pour for a thinnish white head, but already the aroma of pie spice is present form arm's length. Red-orange body.

Heavy pie spice in the nose along with pumpkin and some cherry.

Very spicy-- the pumpkin is secondary but it's definitely there-- this is not a case of all spice and no pumpkin. This is a pretty classical pumpkin beer. Lots of pumpkin, lots of spice, but a balance. Strikes me as slightly alcohol-heavy, and this is a pretty old bottle (from the Halloween batch, not the Thanksgiving/Christmas batch). It's been in my fridge though. Kind of a good standard by which to judge pumpkin beers.

Feel is a bit bright and fizzy, though fine grained and not soda-like.

Solid pumpkin beer and definitely worth a try. Like many pumpkin beers, this is markedly better on draft, but this review is from a bottle. (825 characters)

Photo of frenchblood21
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Chimay goblet

Appearance- Very cloudy orange/red. Very thin head that goes away right away.

Smell- Just like fall! I get apples and just a hint of pumpkin spices.

Taste- The most complex pumpkin beer I've ever had. Just like the nose, only way more pumpkin spices. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel- Perfect for the style. Not syruppy, and certainly not thin. Coats your mouth in all the right places.

Overall- One of the best in the class. I wish I lived by this brewery, cause I would live there in the Fall. (533 characters)

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. (457 characters)

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. (368 characters)

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. (359 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy copper with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of spice and clove and coriander, with some pumpkin and cinnamon, and a little barley and copper.
T: It tasted like pumpkin and clove and cinnamon and coriander, with some carrot cake and copper. It had a very clean and sweet and smooth aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with some carbonation. Nice and slick body.
D: This was one of the better pumpkin ales I've tried. More like carrot cake than pumpkin pie, which I personally prefer. Great scent and taste, with nice body. Alcohol is well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Recommended. (621 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra...I'm a sucker for pumpkin beers. 12oz bottle at our pre-ugly sweater party. Poured into tasting glass.

A - Pours a burnt orange color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Smells like pumpkin pie! Sweet nutty notes, spices, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg. Yummy!

T - An excellent mix of sweetness, pumpkin, and spices. Nothing overpowers the other, really nice blend here. Finish is sweet with a touch of spices.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, smooth, sweet finish.

O - An excellent pumpkin ale that came out of nowhere! Right up there with my favorite, Schlafly, as a top contender. Would have all the time if it was local. Yum! (659 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in a pint glass poured from bottle I picked up at the brewery yesterday after our tour.

A: Honey colored with a hint of reddish hue. Almost like an amber / red ale cross, but slightly hazy. Almost no head, but what little head there was seemed to be a dark cream / light tan color. No sediment.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, cloves, nutmeg, allspice. Delicious. It'd be hard to imagine it smelling better. Maybe if it was bourbon barreled?

T: Just as good as it smelled. Roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, etc. It's pretty much word-for-word the same as the scent notes, in the same order. Very impressive.

M: Good overall texture. It's got more carbonation than most 8% ABV beers do, but it seems appropriate for the style. Nice density and body.

O: One of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had. Wish I could find it more readily and that it was produced for a longer season - I could see drinking this all winter if it was an option. (962 characters)

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. (701 characters)

Photo of littlelorib
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a golden brown brew with almost no head, neither clear nor cloudy. That first whiff spoke of spices normally associated with pumpkins, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of ginger, mixed with a definite pumpkin note. Taste was true to smell, pumpkin and spices. I did not detect on avert alcohol taste like i expect an 8% abv beer to have. Mouthfeel is light, not heavy and syrupy like i was expecting.

Overall, i have to say that this is what i expect a pumpkin ale to be like, light with tastes of the fall season. This beer is not only good, but it fits the type perfectly. (596 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a fresh growler (more than once) from the brewery.

Pours a russet orange with a nice two finger head. Rich smell of vanilla extract and pie spices.

The predominate note I get is cooked squash that has been sprinkled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. There is a roasted nut element lingering around, too. Vanilla is a secondary note, and brings extra complexity that pushes this into "I'm pretty" territory. Despite its complexity it is also balanced. Hops are hidden. Creamy finish; I detect a touch of lactose. This is a well-rounded pumpkin ale; it is well-balanced, fairly smooth in terms of mouthfeel, and is fairly easy to drink considering the ABV. Love it.

Fantastic for a fall evening.

(Edited to reflect repeated drinking and increased appreciation for what Alewerks does with their pumpkin ale.) (824 characters)

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. (517 characters)

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. (555 characters)

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. (819 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (511 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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. (599 characters)

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. (564 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (390 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (756 characters)

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. (602 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,552 characters)

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. (805 characters)

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 (762 characters)

Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.