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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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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Domingo on 08-15-2011

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A brown ale with a reddish hue. The head is about a finger's width and last for a moderate amount of time. The beer leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkin pie spices overlay a fair amount of toasty malts. Honestly there's not a whole lot of aroma here, but what's there is good.

T: Unfortunately, the same holds true for the taste as is true of the nose: there's just not much here. There are some toasty malts, a nice kiss of the spices, but then there's nothing really on the end. The flavor just falls away.

M: Light body, moderate amount of carbonation.

O: While I appreciate the light hand that Tommyknocker used in this beer, it could use a little more. It is a nice break from the pumpkin beers that go way overboard with the spices, but there isn't much in the way of any flavor here.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rustic brown with a burnt orange hue. There is a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving only a modest touch of lace on the glass. There is just a trace of pumpkin in the nose. There is a bit of pumpkin and a bit of spice, but overall this is a pretty thin offering especially on the finish.

There is some promise here; this could be a solid pumpkin ale if it had some body to it.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown in color with a sticky light tan head

S: Dark roast malt aroma with molasses and toffee in the nose. Slightly sweet malty

T: Knowing from the aroma that there was going to be a molasses flavor in here, it completely took over on the first sip. This is overwhelmingly molasses and roasted burnt tofee. I picture falling leaves and earth when tasting it. There is extremely minimal hopping in the flavor here. Slightly disappointed.

M: Very light carbonation with a viscous mouthfeel for a 5% abv beer.

O: Not extremely impressed. This is more of a fall beer than a pumpkin ale. It tastes like and ale with the body which is a plus, but the flavors here just dont do a pumpkin ale justice. I would compare this to Sierra Nevada Tumbler with a little less carbonation and more stale.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges the color of raspberry chocolate and is topped with a minimal, wispy white head. This one didnt have much fizz when i popped the top so the lack of head isnt surprising.

Aroma isnt bad. This one looks, smells and tastes like a brown ale base with the requisite pumpkin flavorings and aromas. Aroma is filled with the cracker and breadiness from a hearty brown ale with hints of nutmeg and general seasonal spice.

The mouthfeel on this one was a bit thin. I did like the taste; it was something different than the usual amber ale with pumpkin. However, the overall appeal just wasnt there. There was nothing special yet nothing horrible about this one. Unique, yes. Delicious or one of the best pumpkin beer out there, no.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +23.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with a huge frothy tan head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Beautiful.

S: Pumpkin smell first and foremost- exactly what I want. Some malty sweetness along with pie spice, nutmeg.

T: Again the pumpkin is center stage here. If you don't like this, why'd you buy a pumpkin ale?! Nutmeg comes through in the middle, ending with nice malty sweetness.

M: A little thin. It's creamy and very drinkable.

O: This is an excellent pumpkin ale. I could see the pumpkin flavors being a little too pronounced for some, but that's exactly what I wanted out of it.

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.