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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest AleSmall Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 320
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 29.91%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Domingo on 08-15-2011

A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle.
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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 320
Photo of tigg924
3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, dark brown with tints of orange, and 1/4 inch head. Taste is pumpkin pulp, cinnamon, clove, and light nutmeg. Above average for the style, but very traditional. I will get this again because I like the brewery, but otherwise would not seek this out.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a deep, cloudy amber.
Aroma: Spices up front on the nose; cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
Taste: Not too pumpkiny - which is generally favorable - spices aren't as powerful as the aroma.
Feel: Light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation..
Overall: This wasn't an overly powerful fall beer which makes it easier to have more than one. At the same time, it's rather bland. Not a lot happening but not bad.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin, watery cola brown producing a short finger of beige, foamy, shortlived head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is bread crust, molasses, vegetable pumpkin, floral & slight spice. Taste is thin but bready with notes of molasses, weak pumpkin & spice. There is something that is slightly reminiscent of a flat "Dr. Pepper". Finishes with more spice & prickle. Afrertaste is malty caramel & molasses with a vegetable hint. Mouthfeel is light-moderate but thin with moderate carbonation, watery, lightly prickly & dry.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

had this at the brewery
they put this cinnamon, ginger spice rub on the rim of the glass which makes it hard to review the beer itself
i took home and bottle so i will update my review when i drink it without the rub
pours amber red with a tan head
smell pumpkin sweet and ginger but again that may be the stuff on the rim of the glass
taste sweet pumpkin slight bitter aftertaste
astringent feel
had i known they served it with the rub on the rim of the glass i would have told them to hold off on that
will update when i drink again
update 11.9.15 had this from a 12 oz bottle this weekend without the spices on the rim
its a pretty bland pumpkin ale
poured amber orange with a small off white head that disappeared quickly
somewhat flat looking
smelled of pumpkin only initially but then cinnamon as well as the beer warmed
slight nutmeg also
taste pumpkin slightly sweet
feel dry
overall mehtastic

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Photo of VTR
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up by accident but hey I like pumpkin beers so lets give it a go. The smell was just a muddled mix of spices with nothing jumping out or impressing me with no hint of pumpkin. OK maybe the taste can redeem it... nope there was nothing in the taste except the same muddled chaotic mix of spices with no pumpkin. After searching I still not find the pumpkin. Ugh overall this is not what I would expect from a pumpkin beer and I do not recommend this beer and I will not purchase again. I left the half of my pint glass for the GF who would not take more than one sip.

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Photo of atone315
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the taphouse. Had a graham cracker? crusted rim which led me to believe they were trying to hide something....the carbonation was off, really was not appealing. I'm a huge fan of pumpkin beers and usually pretty forgiving but I did not like this one.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber-reddish-orange mahogany color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast to leave just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of spice smells with a whole lot of coriander, clove, and nutmeg. Other moderately strong aromas of a roasted pumpkin and some cinnamon are there as well, with these mixing with a hint of a vanilla and caramel sweetness, to bring a very pleasant and spiced pumpkin puree smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a roasted pumpkin and bready flavor that has a little bit of caramel sweetness. The spice flavors of coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg are strong upfront, with these and some clove getting even more potent as the taste advances. All the while, the roasted pumpkin gets a little stronger as some light vanilla flavors join the taste. In the end, molasses and some brown sugar tastes come to the tongue, leaving one with a roasty pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a pumpkin ale while the carbonation level that is rather low. The lower carbonation is very nice for the roasted pumpkin flavors of the brew, but a little more body would have given a little more chewiness overall. In the end the feel was alright overall.

Overall – A fairly nice “lighter” pumpkin ale. At only 5 % abv. it packs a good deal of flavor, making it a nice pumpkin brew to sip from time to time while watching a good football game.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.0 % abv

Appearance- Pours a Dark brown with brown tinted head, some lacing. Opaque.

Smell- Roasted malt, pumpkin, spices.

Taste- Sweet up front with caramel and molasses notes but not overbearing. Lightly toasted biscuit like malt. The pumpkin taste is minimal, but arrives in the back end of the flavor profile. Finishes dry with very light pumpkin mash and spices of cinnamon and nutmeg rounding it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium thin in body with light carbonation.

Overall- Much more a brown ale that a pumpkin ale in my opinion. The pumpkin taste was light and could be improved upon. Mediocre.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, slightly turbid pour with small tan head. The dark color alone makes it worth a try. Not much aroma or pumpkin taste, but it is there, just very subdued. As smooth easy drinking sessionable beer I will be picking up more for year-round consumption, just not as a fall pumpkin experience.

Update: None of the local bottle shops or distributors have the new batch yet in PA. Found a few more bottles of the last years production with a Best By date of Jan 19 2015, leftover stock from last year.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I adored this a year ago, it's lost something on me. One of us has changed. It's not you, it's me. Rich brown color, taste of graham crackers and some spice. Pumpkin doesn't really taste to me, but I expect more pumpkin pie spices.
Light bodied, medium carbonation. Kind of disappointed.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%

$1.23 single.

Appearance (3.75) : dark cranberry/currant red body with a frothy 1 finger head that dissipates to a ring within a minute. Opacity is near 90%.

Smell (4) : Pumpkin flesh, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, faint clean chlorinated water. An overall smell of a pumpkin pie baking in the oven is dominant.

Taste (3.75) : a little sour, watery. Aftertaste is of clove and pumpkin, and if you leave it in your mouth a few seconds the pumpkin pie flavor takes hold. A little ginger and nutmeg. It gets better the more you drink it. The aftertaste is great - spiced cinnamon pumpkin pie, and it stays with you. Better straight out of the bottle so more carbonation hits.

Mouthfeel (1.75) : kills it for me. Watery and soupy. Almost no body, and finishes like Aquafina. Slight carbonation. Better carbonation out of the bottle.

Overall (3.29) : the taste, smell, and appearance aren't half bad but the mouthfeel is totally absent in body, depth, and dimension. It's literally like spiced water. Not sure if I'd pick it up again, it may be worth a dollar but that's about it for me. Try it though, you might like it if you like light bodied beers.

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Photo of BB1313
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by 1/5/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head that fades very quickly and leaves decent lacing and retention. It doesn't have a sexy appearance for the most part. The aromas aren't bad. The aromas are actually the standout for me. Lots of vanilla and cinnamon. Nutmeg and ginger is there. Some caramel malts in the mix. Subtle hints of cocoa. The flavors have lots of spices and malts. It's not really watered down, but it just feels incomplete. Lots of grains too. It's not that spicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. I will say this becomes more enjoyable as it warms.

This is a forgettable take on the style. I actually think Tommyknocker gets a bad rap and makes decent beers sometimes, but this isn't one of them. This isn't even that bad, but it doesn't hold its own against other examples of the style.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by Feb 3, 2014. * was consumed before this date

(A)- Pours a very dark mahogany amber color. Some off-white froth and lacing.

(S)- Some nice rich combos of rustic spices and creamy pumpkin.

(T)- Quite dry and grainy with some subtle spices, though not much pumpkin to speak of. Some subtle dark fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice subtle richness to the background with the proper seasonal spices, just lacing the pumpkin flavor one should expect from the style.

(O)- Not bad, but there is plenty of room for improvement. Lacking alot of actual pumpkin in all categories.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/3/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, light ginger, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and pumpkin notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, light clove, light ginger, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, nutmeg, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for good bit. Nice balance, complexity, and robustness of pumpkin, malt, and light-moderate spice flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale. All around good robustness and balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Number one....I'm not a pumpkin beer fan...number two...I don't like this....so please disregard if you are a pumpkin fan. The beer pours a dark brown with thin head that is not lacing. The scent has a faint spice. The taste is a watery pumpkin with hints of spice. The mouthfeel is light in body with little carbonation. Overall....no.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color to the point that you won't see much light through it. I get a millimeter of light brown tinged foam on top. I get a light whiff of molasses,but the pumpkin is very faint. The flavor is a dulled bit of molasses and some pumpkin. The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly chalky.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tommyknocker shaker pint.

The beer is as murky and dark as a mud puddle in Autumb. A country vanilla ice cream colored head calms to a wisp. Light splotches of lacing stay on the glass.

The aroma is part cranberry tart, with some earthy rich molasses and brown sugar.

The taste is also a cranberry tart beginning then slides into spices, gooey molasses, and a subtle pumpkin afterthought.

The mouthfeel is solid, medium in weight, and almost chewy but not quite.

Overall, considering the modest ABV, this is a real gem, and one of my favorite pumpkin ales.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has been the year that I decided to make a conscious effort to review all pumpkin-related beers, but I am flagging in terms of my enthusiasm. Just like all other styles, NOT all pumpkin beers are created equal!

From the bottle: "Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer"; "A festive seasonal ale pumpkin and a touch of molasses and spice"; "Ale brewed with pumpkin, molasses and spices"; "Tommyknocker Legend [-] Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800's with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often heard singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm's way and to the gold they sought."

I may be redeemed! I am not in harm's way, but I hope that they will guide me to some good pumpkin beer. An aggro pour has created two fingers of fluffy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet highlights (SRM = > 27, < 34) and NE-quality clarity. The nose had an earthy, medicinal quality that put me in mind of freshly-tilled soil and/or Geritol. I am sure that it was largely due to the molasses and while I did not mind it, YMMV. Mouthfeel was medium and the molasses interacted well with the spices so that neither one was as overwhelming as it could have been. This beer had a distinctive earthy flavor that others in the style have eschewed in favor of spices and malty sweetness. Frankly, I was really digging this beer after a spice onslaught from other brewers, so my numbers may skew high. Finish was only semi-dry, proving that you need NOT dump the whole spice rack into the brew kettle to still get nice flavors! Now, one might be enough, where drinkability used to be part of the rating system, but I still want to put it out there that I was not going to make an afternoon of it.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.08/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It has a deep amber to nearly brown color, darker than usual for the style. It has molasses in the recipe which could account for the darker color. The aroma was notable for nutmeg, sweetness and a hint of bandaid. Upon tasting it had an upfront sweetness, followed by an acetic tartness leading to a harsh finish. This one was either infected or fermentation went horribly wrong. I know for a fact that The Gnome cleans their tap lines religiously, so I think the issue was with the keg of beer itself. The sourness really clashed with the spices and made this one hard to stomach. Looking at Beer Advocate, the beer gets fair marks, so mine may be an outlier. I rate this one low for being unintentionally sour.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I wrote a very thorough review for this beer, but the site beeradvocate.com deleted it when I tried to submit it, and now it's lost and that's really frustrating because I was very happy with that review and I cannot recreate it, especially now that my beer is gone.

From what I can remember:

A: pours a dark cola mahogany with almost no head seeping out of the swirl into a delirium tremens tulip. i pouted it cold, so it might have had more head if i'd let it warm.

S: some spice, cinnamon, pumpkin....can't remember what I wrote here....

T: started pretty bland, but a good, light, sweet, slightly spicy pumpkin beer. by the end I didn't really enjoy it, as it was a little vegetal. man it's irritating that I lost that first review.

M: watery

I wanted to love this beer, but really only liked it a little. I liked the smell and that it wasn't overly spiced like some pumpkin beers, but I didn't see it as a great fall beer since it wouldn't be good out of a bottle.

I might buy this again if I were really craving a fall-themed beer and there was nothing new to try, but otherwise can't really recommend SPPHA.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin dense tan colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger and there is a little bit of sweetness. Among the spices, nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the pumpkin flavors and pumpkin pie spices and also isn't too sweet, but both the smell and taste seem to be too weak. Nonetheless, the beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The first thing I noticed was the lack of head as I poured the beer. There is may an eighth of an inch atop the beer. The beer's color is a dark chocolate color with amber hues against the light. Lacing is also minimal.

The smell improves on the appearance, although a smell of vegetables is strange. Fortunately, pumpkin, mild spice and subtle malt emerge eventually. As for the flavor, there is much to like in this department. The beer has nuttiness, caramel notes, spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, and a bit of pumpkin pie flavor. The sheer number of different tastes that emerge is surprising considering the less than notable nose and appearance. The beer tastes pretty good.

The mouthfeel too is good, with light carbonation, some sweetness and mild dryness.

Overall, the beer would not be my go-to pumpkin ale, but it is one I'd return to.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no date, poured into a new belgium tulip glass

look is a very clear dark ruby color, with a thin spattering of mocha head. smell is heavy pumpkin spice, lighter pumpkin. taste is biscuity sweet malt at first, with a heavy (burnt?) spice presence on the finish. has a cloying feel to the finish, almost waxy.

i feel like i can taste the molasses in there... yeah, i won't pick this one up again

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. A nice, cool, somewhat chilly and spots of passing clouds in the atramentous, dark sky and a nice, harvest moon to set the background. Let's see how this works out.

Appearance: Pours a dark, stout-like. Leaves behind some residual lacing, but not much on the way down. Very dark, chestnut, brown. Actually darker that I remember most pumpkin beers of high-quality. Not too bad, but what disappointed me was the lack of head. On the final pour, it was good, but dissipated quickly.

Smell: At first, it gave off a sweet, molasses-like scent. Had some notes of caramel too. Light roasted malts and very light earthy spices. Light cinnamon and nutmeg and some pumpkin aroma, but again, very light. Good, but missing more of a pumpkin flavor. But not entirely too bad.

Taste: The first sips give off a very similar taste as mentioned in the smell: sweet molasses and almost a toffee like flavor. A bit overwhelming in the sweet department, as it doesn't give much of a pumpkin flavor, which is somewhat disappointing, but still not a bad beer. The cinnamon and nutmeg flavors make their appearance known. Gentle finish though. Not too bad for someone looking for some pumpkin flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry, but has a gentle aftertaste. Not bad.

Overall: Coming into this, I was a bit hopeful for a beer that was/is full flavored. It had a nice presentation, but fell short of flavor and aroma. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent session beer, but for a seasoned veteran of beer tasting, it's sorta a let down. My girlfriend seemed to enjoy it, so that was a big plus. But maybe next year, a little altering of the recipe can make big things happen in a positive way and this beer can be memorable.

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Photo of OttoS
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

No pumpkins were harmed in the making of this beer.

That is, this beer doesn't even have a hint of pumpkin flavor. Instead, it has a heavy malt draw combined with a middle of the road dark beer smell and taste. Finish features a slightly burnt taste, which is what I'd do with the recipe for this beer.

I'm certainly not looking for a beer that tastes like a pumpkin pie, but the pumpkin taste or lack thereof certainly was a downer for me. Look for my eBay listing for the remaining 4 beers very soon.

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.