Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
10-01-2013 23:20:25 | More by metter98
3.13/5 rDev -4%
Appearance: Very dark for a pumpkin ale - looks more like a brown; the head wasn't particularly impressive, either, though it did leave a streaky pattern
Smell: More caramel with a molasses tinge than pumpkin; rather sweet smelling
Taste: Taste follows the aroma, with a molasses and caramel flavor that overwhelms the pumpkin flavor; not much spicing comes through, either
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: A rather different take on the pumpkin style and not one that reaches out to my tastebuds
08-22-2012 02:31:04 | More by brentk56
3.55/5 rDev +8.9%
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best By: Dec 19 11.
Appearance: Pours a dark, brown-amber body with a moderately-sized, faint beige head. It certainly doesn't look like your usual pumpkin ale.
Smell: Light roastiness, then some toasted pumpkin meat followed by a sniff of sweetish caramel and a little pinch of earthen spices.
Taste: Lightly roasty flavor, with an inclusion of sweetish molasses and cocoa. A small bit of sweetish dark caramel as it warms. Paltry portion of vegetal pumpkin tones within, mostly masked by the other flavors. Medium level of spiciness, which essentially closes out the taste with a gentle finish and final hint of molasses flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Stands out among the usual pumpkin brews but is not a standout pumpkin ale.
09-03-2011 03:34:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.1/5 rDev -4.9%
This poured out as a brownish orange color with a fizzy tan head on top. The head basically vanishes within a few seconds. The smell of the beer is spiced with a decent amount of clove and cinnamon. The taste of the beer is decent, it's got the soft spiciness of a typical pumpkin ale. The flavors aren't as nice as some other Pumpkin Ales out there but I was picking up some molasses in this one too which was kind of nice. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied, it's got a sharp carbonation to it. Overall the beer is drinkable and has a decent flavor to it. Just not one of my favorites of this style.
08-17-2012 17:21:54 | More by Knapp85
3.7/5 rDev +13.5%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Damn, two new pumpkin beers in a week? Diggin' it. This stuff pours a clear garnet-auburn topped by a half-finger of short-lived sandstone foam. The nose comprises blackened gingerbread (imagine leaving your cookies in the oven for a bit too long), light brown sugar, light cinnamon, and a hint of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything toned down, mellowed so as not to o'erwhelm the tongue. Some extra caramel-y sweetness is injected for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a fairly solid pumpkin beer, one that doesn't overdo things and actually drinks pretty easily.
08-28-2013 19:35:33 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
10-08-2011 00:02:23 | More by WVbeergeek
3.38/5 rDev +3.7%
my first tommyknocker brew. poured a seasonally appropriate autumn leaf red-orange tinted brown, fully transparent. very small head, but lingering. nose is slight spice, caramel malts, cinnamon? taste a bit of the pumpkin, but not dominant, rather the malts round out the flavor with a slightly spiced finish, a lazy fizz on the tongue left over. not bad. body is just too thin for this beer and this season... the main knock (no pun intended) against this beer. worth a try though for sure
10-17-2011 02:59:54 | More by StonedTrippin
4.23/5 rDev +29.8%
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.
11-16-2013 14:28:28 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev +18.1%
Not the prettiest beer too look at, pours a turgid nut-brown with very little head, but I like this beer quite a bit more than I thought I would. It both smells and tastes a lot more like pumpkin and a lot less like spice than many other pumpkin beers. While the pumpkin really comes through, there are also noticeable molasses notes and a bit less spice than most. There is some ginger, mace, and cinnamon. Smooth, with a hint of sweet tang from the molasses, this particular pumpkin beer is a nice change from the norm.
12-18-2011 23:55:33 | More by Georgiabeer
3.68/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
02-06-2014 00:00:44 | More by superspak
3/5 rDev -8%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: dark amber brown with minimal head
smell: spices, caramel, malts
taste: very little spices, caramel,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,
overall: lackluster pumpkin beer. glad I finally got to try something from this brewery but this was just average at best.
10-13-2011 17:24:35 | More by THECPJ
2.91/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
12-08-2013 02:09:53 | More by WoodBrew
3.8/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
09-28-2011 15:59:07 | More by DrDemento456
3.08/5 rDev -5.5%
A – Nice color; dark antique bronze. Low retention and lace on a thin white head.
S – Pumpkin, red apple, candied ginger, a touch of pecan, and a big molasses note.
T – Very sweet-centric profile. Canned pumpkin, sweet yams, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Earthy spice on the backend with more molasses than malt.
M – Relatively light body and low carbonation. Could use a bit more of one or both to carry the sweetness.
O – Ok pumpkin flavor, but it’s missing some of the richness that I’m looking for in a pumpkin beer. Could use a bit more body and balance as well.
12-24-2011 00:12:58 | More by vfgccp
2.8/5 rDev -14.1%
A-Mahogany colored...pours with little carbonation which is the Tommy trademark in my opinion.
S-Light pumpkin....a little java and cocoa as well....a bit vegetal...somewhat of an odd aroma for the style...
T-More of a cocoa bean impression than pumpkin impression....very light pumpkin but seems more natural than some....lacks the artificial abundance of spicing many have and thankfully this doesn't
M-The low carbonation impacts the experience....light side of medium bodied and takes on a watery texture due to the carbonation issues.
O-The one plus is this seems more like a natural pumpkin beer...but it is not memorable or noteworthy for anything other than that. Would not buy again.
10-07-2011 05:20:13 | More by ZAP
Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.