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Stone Cat Pumpkin Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Stone Cat Pumpkin Ale
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BA SCORE
84
good

13 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-04-2003)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/19/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, roasted malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of pumpkin, coffee and spices. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good porter variation of the Pumpkin beer style, this is one of the better Pumpkin beers that I've had.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of MA08
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Earlfest.

Pours a deep brown with decent, thick tan head that dissapates. Smells of strong pumpkin spice, with strong undercurrents of cinnamon and nutmeg coupled with burnt malts and chocolate. Tastes mirror the aroma, with strong spices coupled with the burnt malts and bitter hops of a porter.

Overall, this is a decent alternative to its more well known North Shore competitor, Cape Ann's Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout.

MA08, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone Cat Pumpkin pours a very dark brown into the glass with a small tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a thick ring around the beer and leaves behind a few spots of lace as it disappears.

The aroma isn't very strong, but is malty with notes of chocolate and coffee. Pumpkin pie spices are faint but detectable. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and silky with a light carbonated fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor has more spices detectable than the aroma. It begins with clove and nutmeg with a hint of giner. In the middle the malts move in with chocolate and roasted malt notes. It finishes a little bit sour with some grainy malt flavors mixed in. Once gone the spices linger on the palate.

This is an easy to drink, well balanced pumpkin beer. It has a great mouth feel and not too many spices.

WanderingFool, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Called "Stone Cat Pumpkin Porter" on draft at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours dark with no head or carbonation. Light pumpkin pie aroma. Light pumpkin pie flavour, less so than other pumpkin ales that I've had. Light on the malt as well. This isn't much of a "porter".

sstackho, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very dark brown beer, and in spite of my best effort i couldn't produce much more more than a tan ring around the edge of the glass for a head.
roasted chocolate and coffee malts dominate the aroma with hints of pumpkins here and there. smells like a porter. it's also clearly spiced with baking spices
roasted chocolatey coffee makes itself known in the flavor too. it's got a little bit of sour flavor too in keeping with the porter theme. pumpkin weaves its way in and out of things, but definitely stays in the background. i also pick up taces of smoke.
medium body with suitable carbonation.
an ambitous pumpkins ale for sure, and pulled of pretty well to boot.

kmo1030, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of jtell
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review ever so here we go.

The appearance was very dark with very little head that disappeared rather fast. I detected a lot of roasted sweetness and chocolate. Could smell a little pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg but definitely not overwhelming. The first thing I noticed about the beer was how thick and rich it was. Definitely a heavy beer. The taste was similar to the smells but not as sweet and chocolatey. The roasted flavor is clearly evident and the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg follows in the back. This beer is strange in that I have found other pumpkins to be somewhat sweet and dominated by pumpkin pie flavor. This beer I found to be somewhat drier. I am reminded of a darker, creamier beer than the average ale. It is kind of confusing because the packaging says pumpkin porter but the bottle doesn't include the words porter so if you just got a single I could see some confusion. I thought this was a good beer for the season and would definitely drink it again. The sweet pumpkin pie flavors do not dominate which I find to make it more drinkable if you are having more than one.

jtell, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted on-tap 09/30/05 at Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA.

Billed as Stone Cat Pumpkin Porter with 5.9% ABV @ $3.95/pint.

A murky black color with a low beige ring for a head and low carbonation. Nice balanced roasted malt, chocolate, pumpkin, and spice aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied. I could drink this all day during the fall season since it's not too pumpkiny or too spicy.

An excellent mixed style brew here. I loved it but we had mixed reviews of the large pitcher at our table of 6. Seemed like a love-hate beer; not many middle of the road reviews....

RBorsato, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of surprised when this beer poured out so dark. Thick brown in color but some light snuck around the edges to refract a nice amber. No head. Nose is autumnal spices. Not a lot of anything, but whispers of nutmeg and cinnamon come through in the flavor. But I really have to wrap my tongue around this beer to find much of any pumpkin. Very malty with some toasted grains that come out much more than any pumpkin flavor. Mouthfeel is kind of thin with a slight oiliness. A fine beer, but personally I find it kind of "blah."

MuddyFeet, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/2 gallon growler.

A- Sturdy tan lace, good stickage. Dank brown hue, some clouded but glowing reddish hued light coming through the edges.

S- Earthy mix of pumpkin, spices and roasted malt. Smells of hermit cookies.

T- Mild roasted malt throws suggestions of unsweetened chocolate and creamed coffee, mild hop bitterness within the maltiness. Moderate spicing with a touch of pumpkin earthiness. Finishes with a kiss of roasted grain and spice.

M- Medium bodied, smooth with a mild slickness on the tongue.

D- Tasty enough to put a few pints down, certainly one of the more interesting if not completely original pumpkin ales on the market.

Jason, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving hardly any lace. Murky dark red/brown color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Spicy nose. Starts and finishes like a pumpkin pie, pronounced spices some sweetness. 95¢ for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown, longneck bottle.

This pumpkin ale poured a surprisingly dark chestnut color with tan foam that settled rapidly but clung to the glass a bit. If the sediment was poured, the beer was cloudy. The smell was malty with light spices and perhaps a bit of pumpkin. The taste was sharp and spicy with a good maltiness and a faint sweetness. The spices tasted were cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin added flavor and texture in the background. There was a moderate hoppiness that mixed with the spices in the finish. The mouthfeel was rather dry and crisp. Overall it was spiced and not overly sweet. The body was medium, and the carbonation was low. This was a decent pumpkin ale.

UncleJimbo, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-brown with virtually no head and lots of yeast swirling around. Actually the yeast doesn't move, it just sort of sits there in suspension. Weird. Smells spicy and sweet. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin and nutty malt aromas.

Tastes like alot of nutmeg. Also cinnamon and other spices detected. Also pumpkin and some nice sweet malt. Mouthfeel is honestly, not too thick, not too thin. It's just right.

This is the most drinkable pumpkin ale I've ever had. It's right up there with Smuttynose. Unlike Smutty (and other lesser beers) this one has the malt profile to stand up nicely to the other strong flavors and spices present in the style. Very nice!

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of LiamStLiam
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a muddy brown color, mid-sized grayish head.

The nutmeg dominated the nose with the cinnamon fair behind. The pumpkin is somewhat subtle, and personally I prefer to taste it a little more than this.

I am on a "buy local beer" kick and am also on a mission to try as many Pumpkin Ales as I can.

Since Mercury Brewing is the closest brewery to my house, and this is a pumpkin ale, it was an impulse buy tonight.

I didn't like it nearly as much as I wanted to. Sure, it's a well-made beer. All of the Mercury stuff is. But I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Octoberfest from them earlier this week.

I am only a couple beers into the six-pack, so we'll have to see if it grows on me.

LiamStLiam, Sep 27, 2003
Stone Cat Pumpkin Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.