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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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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 289 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by wingman14:
Photo of wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish brown with a thin white head. Smell is not too strong, definitely has a pumpkin smell, nutmeg, malt, and some sweet notes as well. Taste starts sweet with some molasses, the pumpkin and spices are there but not overwhelming. The pumpkin flavor stays consistent throughout, some smokiness comes through at the ending. The spices stay through the aftertaste. This is a medium light mouthfeel, it would be perfect if it were a bit thicker. It is smooth, and the flavors are balanced very well, nothing that is annoying or overpowering. Overall a very drinkable pumpkin ale, a nice fall beer that I would have again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is lots of pumpkin pie spices. Yum.

The flavor is very watery and subdued - some pumpkin and spices and a slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very watery.

Overall, it smells great but not much to it other than that.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish ruby red with a tint of orange. Lots of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that quickly fades into a thin layer.

Smell: Some roasted caramel malts and toffee with some pumpkin. Some cinnamon, nutmeg, and molasses. Smells moderately sweet and creamy. Spice is subdued for a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Like the smell, lightly roasted caramel malts with solid presence of pumpkin. Spicing is moderate with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Also a little molasses and a whipped cream like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent Pumpkin ale with some nice flavors. Could of been spiced more and more fully bodied.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A semi hazed deep ruby chestnut amber with a light tan khaki head forming thick, leaves behind fine speckled lacing. Aroma is pretty killer expressive light spice with whipped cream and something fresh and green about it that's hard to nail down. A bit of gourd coated with molasses and festive holiday spice. Flavor has a very nice rolling sweetness caramel malts, molasses gives it charred vanilla and dark caramelized sugars with deep layers of pumpkin pie spices. Yet not overdone with overkill spices. I can actually stand a bottle of this which is an unlikely experience from any of the Tommyknocker beers, and this label is actually attractive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation unoffensive pretty easy going with mild dry spiced finish. Decent drinkability going on, fully enjoyable pumpkin ale.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle has both the ABV and a DBD listed.

A: Deep brown with red bottom tints; it has a thin white head which does not last long and does not leave lacing.

S: Earthy pumpkin, maple syrup, nutmeg, and roasted malt.

T: Lots of roasted malt, slight pumpkin, a bit of sweet syrup, a bit of nutmeg, and some slight smoke.

M: Medium and smooth but with a large carbonation burn.

O: If you were expecting the pumpkin to be obvious in this beer, or even for pumpkin pie spices to be noticeable. you will be disappointed. This beer is ruled by roasted malts, slight smoke, and sweetness from the maple. It does not mean that the beer is not very good, but if it is to be judged by the type of beer it is labeled as, then it would not be a great example of a pumpkin beer. The pumpkin is drowned out by the maple, and the spices are overwhelmed by the carbonation finish.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of McMatt7
3/5  rDev -7.7%

More like KnockyTommer if you ask me.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pumpkin and spices with some faint sweet molasses as well.

T- The taste is malt up front like a brown ale with some spices coming through. 

M- The mouhfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this pumpkin. It is not bad, but not something I would purchase again.

Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown with a small but steady head and great lacing

S: Lots of autumnal spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses and of course loads of pumpkin; some roasty chocolate and nuts but pretty pumpkin as well

T: Not nearly as spice forward which is nice; the pumpkin plays well of the roasted malts; this is an easy drinking, roasty, creamy, slightly spicy, and pleasantly pumpkiny beer

F: Medium body and fairly creamy

O: This is a pleasant and not overpowering pumpkin beer; a nice beer

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle picked up at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ...was happy to find this new Pumpkin!

A - looks good, decent but small head, minimal lacing on my glass; very dark and impressive

S - smells of your usual pumpkin spices, and some molasses sweetness comes through, some bready caramel smells too

T - I like it, tastes good, goes down easily...some malt, little hops, and nice balance of spices...low ABV means it goes down easily!

MF - good feel in the mouth, not too over-powering, with either the pumpkin spices of molasses sweetness, nicely done

O - overall, I like this new one from TommyKnocker; nothing crazy or overpowering, just a good solid rep of the basic pumpkin ale style....I will enjoy the rest of the six pack!

Photo of Gmann
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light brown color with some dark amber highlights. The head is small and sudsy and settles into a light ring. Quite dark for a pumpkin ale.

The aroma is of light pumpkin spice. Nutmeg and allspice provide the aroma, perhaps a bit of pepper and molasses. The malt base provides a bready caramel aroma with some tea like scents.

The taste is of a toasted malt, scorched caramel, rust, and a lemony tea. There is some light nutmeg and allspice but it barely comes through. Some pumpkin vegital flavors.

The feel is light, almost watery, with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet but finishes with astrigent bitterness that lingers on the palate. Meh.

A disappointing pumpkin ale; more of an amber ale really.

Photo of Treyliff
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark brown with a redish hue, small light tan foamy head that reduces to a small layer, nice lace.

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet nutty malt, a bit subdued.

T- sweet malt, a bit of pumpkin pie spice, finishes slightly dry and clean. Nothing really stands out.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel.

O- middle of the road pumpkin ale, nothing really sets it apart from the pack in terms of taste but worth trying.

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head.

Not much aroma going on a bit of spice and maltiness.

Tastes pretty mild for a pumpkin beer. A little sweet up front with mild pumpkin spice: cinnamon, possibly nutmeg behind it. A bit watery.

Mouthfeel - light and a bit on the watery side. Enough going on to make it a nice session beer, but it's definitely on the lighter side of the style.

Overall - a decent pumpkin beer. Nothing stand-out, but as a sessionable pumpkin beer, it works.

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
1.18/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - A murky caramelized brown color. Soda-like with average lacing. A bit of red when held up to the light. No orange hues.

Smell - Malty and alcoholic. Not so great. Extremely faint spices.

Taste - Extraordinarily plain. I don't get any real pumpkin taste at all. The spice is so weak that it's hardly recognizable. This tastes like RC cola or something.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Extremely uncomfortable in your mouth. Highly acidic on the tongue and inexcusably flat. Light-bodied and tasteless. Compared to other pumpkin ales, this is the worst I've had.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.57/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Tommyknocker's Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale a few days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. While at the store I saw a beer from Tommyknocker that I haven't tried yet, I like this brewery so I decided to take a chance on this beer, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the best buy date, but it's 2012 vintage that I think is fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label isn't that great, it's that typical creepy Tommyknocker Gnome with an orange background, it poured a pretty dark muddy brown color that took on dark ruby red color when held to the light and it had a half a fingers worth of bubbly thin head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing. The appearance wasn't that great, the color was more dark and muddled then I thought it would be and the head was pretty disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a large amount of malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some grainy, bread crust, and caramel aromas along with some slightly bunt malts. After that I get a sweet molasses like aroma followed by a light pumpkin aroma with lots of spices really coming though and sticking out the most impart those typical pumpkin pie spiced aromas with cinnamon and nutmeg sticking out. Towards the end I get a little more slightly burnt malt followed by a noticeable nutty aroma. The aroma was a little too sweet and the malt back bone doesn't seem to work that well with the pumpkin and spice, but it does have nice balance, I think the aroma is pretty average.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma, but it's much lighter, it starts off with the malts which seems to stick out the most and impart some bread, bread crust, grains, and caramel like flavors along with a slight astringent burnt malt taste with a little bit of molasses and a light nutty flavor. In the middle I get a real light pumpkin flavor that is hardly noticeable and is followed by a light amount of pumpkin pie spices with the cinnamon and nutmeg sticking out the most. Towards the end I get some more astringent burnt caramel malts with hardly any bitterness with a really malty, grainy, roasted and slightly spicy aftertaste. The taste was below average, the pumpkin and spice didn't show up that much and they clashed with the malt backbone, I wasn't impressed.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly sticky, watery, light bodied, with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty disappointing, it was way to thin and watery and need just a little more carbonation, not impressive.

Overall I was pretty let down with this beer and I thought it was a below average example of a Pumpkin Ale, there was just way too many things wrong with this beer for it to be competitive in the ever increasing Pumpkin Ale style. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but the flavors just couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't that bad and it had some nice complexity to it. What I liked least about this beer was the the flavor and mouthfeel they were both pretty disappointing with the thinness of this beer hurting it the most giving it a very a watery mouthfeel. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it just can't hang with all the other Pumpkin Ale's on the market and I wouldn't recommend this one. All in all I have to say I was a disappointed with this beer and this was a letdown from Tommyknocker, I was expecting a nice Pumpkin Ale and all I get was a below average Pumpkin Ale that had way too many things wrong with it, better luck next time Tommyknocker.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I wanted my 800th to be special but this was just a random grab. Ow well you can't plan all your special events!

A - Pours a dark ruby red, with a half inch off off white head.

S - Not sure what kind of "pie" everyone else is smelling but I mostly get some musky pumpkin, slight cinnamon, and a weird strong molasses smell. This beer has more molasses than most of the RIS I ever had!

T - Surprisingly the molasses works well in the base to deliver a good sweetness almost like a lighter bodied old ale. You don't get much spicing since the molasses steals the show but again cinnamon is picked up along with nutmeg. Pumpkin in this beer is balanced since it only leaves a slightly earthy taste and no hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, a very interesting brew.

Overall this kind of breaks away from the typical pumpkin lager or ale so some will not "get it" but I thought it was a nice one off beer that worked well to be considered a pumpkin ale.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off let me say that I love the label that is on this beer.

The beer has an awesome aroma of malts and pumpkin and spices. I am having this beer with thanksgiving dinner and it mixes perfectly with the aromas in the house.

The beer has a well rounded malt flavor that is highlighted by pumpkin and not weighed down by the spices like a lot of the pumpkin beers that I have tried.

The mouth feel is solid and leaves the pallet a little sticky but in a pleasant way.

Overall I really like this beer in particular for the style.

Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Tulip Glass..Amber, very little head, thin white ring around glass.. darkest traditional pumpkin beer to date.

smells of rich pumpkin, almost like pumpkin pie and whip cream.

immediately tasting hints of molasses which for me is good.. i like a bit of molasses along with the taste of real pumpkin.. lighter on the pumpkin spice than most.

Not heavily carbonated.. smooth easy drinkability.

overall. A nice break from the normal pumpkin seasonals...

Cheers Tommyknocker.. keep up the good work..loving the new label designs.. no artsy gimmicks.. more quality..

Photo of BB1313
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple-ish brown, murky, with some ruby highlights. No real head, just a thin, loose collar. Leaves some lacing sticking to the sides.

The molasses comes through, but it's combined with a kind of syrupy dark fruit character, like stewed prunes. A different sort of pumpkin smell, like actual baking squash with some butter & brown sugar.

That "baked" character gets clearer in the taste, & reveals more of a baked corn flavor, that slightly husky, roast flavor. Or grilled corn-on-the-cob. Normally corn is not a positive descriptor, but I do enjoy it here. A little hop bite in the finish, followed by a smooth, mellow roast. Not bad, & definitely interesting.

Mouthfeel's on the thin side, a little prickly.

Normally not a fan of the lower ABV pumpkin ales, but this one brought something different to the table & didn't have any really off-putting flaws. I'd go for another.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

Photo of TCMike
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger tan head. No real lacing. Beer color is dark, slightly translucent mahogany.
The smell is lager like, with biscuit, and a hint of pumpkin/spice.
Taste was similar, but would have liked more pumpkin,and spice. Medium bodied, and medium carbonation.
It's a nice easy drinking beer. Nothing spectacular, but good.

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.