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Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

419 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 135
Gots: 56 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 09-19-2009)
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Photo of earlholman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

earlholman, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of jp312
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

jp312, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of erwityk
5/5  rDev +19.6%

erwityk, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of darthvohn
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Glass Used: nonic

Appearance: Deep caramel orange color with a fluffy khaki foam which lingered around a bit.

Smell: Wow. This smells just like my mother's pumpkin pie. Carmelized sugar, roasted pumpkin/squash tones, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger. Fantastic!

Taste: The taste is even better than the smell. Big pop of carmelized pumpkin and ginger, cinnamon and other fall pie spices. This tastes exactly like my mother's pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: A little velvety moves this one along nice across the palate. Medium carb.

Overall: This one is definitely in my top 5 pumpkin beers. I'm gonna have to try this and Schlafly's side by side and see which is better. I have a suspicion it may be this one.

darthvohn, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of EFR94
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

EFR94, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (Batch No: 8/20/14)

A: A nice, bright clear copper with a bit of brown amber to it. Slight head and no lacing.

S: Nice smell of freshly roasted pumpkin with the scent of a nicely spiced hot pumpkin pie.

T: Lots of nice pumpkin pie spice in here. Very flavorful with lots of pumpkin for sure.

M: Nice light bit of even carbonation.

O: Excellent extra in a trade that is super fresh, not available in MD and delicious. This is a great pumpkin ale that everyone needs to try.

gillagorilla, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of TheElleCo
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

TheElleCo, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of _RL_
4/5  rDev -4.3%

_RL_, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of GrantW
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Such a awesome pumpkin beer!
Taste like pumpkin pie in a glass, all pumpkin beer should taste like this. A very well balanced beer and alcohol content is hidden very well.
I've tried about 12 different pumpkin beers and this one is top notch!
If you see this at a store near you pick up some you won't regret it.
Perfect for every fall day, or thanksgiving dinner.

GrantW, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kramerbarthomer, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of bigbutter
4/5  rDev -4.3%

bigbutter, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Rtapler
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%

Rtapler, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Thomas1971
4.6/5  rDev +10%

Thomas1971, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of PaulsBrew
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

PaulsBrew, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

amstokesdb9, Sep 02, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%

Robmgm, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

xseanprimex, Aug 31, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +15.8%

JohnathanColeman, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of mwckiltedsavage
5/5  rDev +19.6%

mwckiltedsavage, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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..

hophugger, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

LancetherealLeader, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of PhilDaBrewer
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

PhilDaBrewer, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of d3rb
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

d3rb, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

Damian, Aug 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

makeitavintage, Aug 18, 2014
Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.