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Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Stingy Jack Pumpkin AleStingy Jack Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 10-15-2010

2010 (draught) ~ 7.1%
2011 (bottle) ~ 7.5%

Created with roasted whole pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds and organic pumpkin purée.
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Photo of towlea25
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, $5.79 pricetag, split and served with a nice fall soup (buttnernut, wild rice, corn, andouille)

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, dark garnet body - rather dark for the style, light filmy beige head

smell: lots of spice on the nose - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger. roasted pumpkin and cream

taste: a really nice pumpkin ale - the NW kills this genre, but most people probably dont even realize it because the bottles arent distributed. I've had at least 4 pumpkin beers in the NW that kill the typical favorites (DFH + Southern Tier). Anyways - huge dose of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seed, lots of spice - allspice, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, vanilla bean, cream. Really nice stuff.

mouthfeel: medium body, moderate spice

overall: great pumpkin ale

Photo of doughanson78
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark orange. One finger off white head with awesome retention and lacing. Some sediment floating, maybe allspice?

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Sweet pumpkin. Slight roastiness.

T: Sweet caramel and pumpkin upfront. The spices come through nicely in the middle with out being over spicy. Finishing with a great pie flavor.

M: Medium full bodied. Very creamy. Slight slickness. Low carbonation.

O: Very good. Not the best but right up there.

Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a red tint. A half finger off-white head with moderate retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of pumpkin and pie spices. Taste starts with well integrated citrus hops and semi-dry malt flavor, finishes with subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and light brown sugar. Very subtly flavor, but very nicely integrated and nice flavor progression. Medium bodied. I'm pleasantly surprised how good this tastes with the low key flavors. Nicely done.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dmsohyea
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's rare to find a locally-brewed pumpkin ale, so when a new one sprouts up, a trip to a sorta-out-of-the way pub is warranted (sorry, Laurelwood, we really should visit more often...). A shapely imperial pintful.

A: The faintest cloudiness in a chestnut brown pour, a burnished copper glow when held to light. Barely any carbonation and a aptly-named 'stingy' head, quick to fade to a slim ring and loose film swirl. Dots and specks of 'lace', but nothing organized.

S: Served on the cold side in a taproom with the sweet/cereal scent of wort boil wafting from the adjacent brewhouse. That said, the nutbread sweetness and earthy spice amply fill the nose. You've just gotta hold tight and warm it up, then cram your nose inside the glass for that reward.

T: Amber waves of grain, toasty and well-laced with 'autumn' flavors of nutmeg, dry cinnamon and a husky woodsiness that's hard to point a finger at. Veers away from the sweeter 'pie'-type pumpkin ales, relying on a sensible dose of earthen spice. Thank you.

M: Crisped and cooled feel, not carbonated too much but lively with spicing. Medium body, though surprisingly lighter than expected for a 7-ish% ale. A hint of a strange metallic/brassy tang collects in the sides of the tongue.

D: Among the sturdier pumpkins I have tried, competitive with Elysian's Night Owl, even Weyerbacher's Imperal. Not an overly sweet or 'fake' version, just a pleasantly spiced and easy-to-drink-more-than-an-"I'm-stopping-at-one-today-but-coming-back-for-more" kind of beer. Thanks for satisfying my pumpkin cravings, Laurelwood; hope this will be a seasonal addition to the lineup.

Photo of enznevr
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Distilled
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time taste. Bottled 8-Oct-13, tasting 13-Oct-13 - - the freshness is notable. Bottle to pint glass @ 38ºF - let stand 15m.

Appearance is slightly hazy, but a very nice amber color with a fairly light off-white head. Mix of small to large bubbles.

Smell is spicy, not much pumpkin and I can't pin down the spices right now (congested), but it has a pleasant smell and I think I'm getting a dominant clove nose.

Taste is very good, well balanced spice, pumpkin, and malt flavors and I don't feel like any of them dominate. I would personally look for just a touch more spice and pumpkin, but this is solid tasting beer none the less.

Mouthfeel is really nice, slightly creamy, moderate body, carbonation in this beer is spot on for me.

Overall I'd say this is very tasty beer. I think a warmer temperature does the beer some good, during my initial tastes the beer was pretty cold, but as it warmed up the spices started to shine through a little more and come up to a level I like, but I was still lacking the desired pumpkin and ginger profile. I would certainly buy this beer again however; nice work on this Laurelwood.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange-tinged amber in the glass, with a frothy, thick two-plus-finger head that has great retention and leaves a good deal of webby lace down the glass. looks like fall.

aroma of spice subtly intermingles across the malty, caramely backbone. subdued and underwhelming, but the subtle spicing is just enough to recall the season.

taste is similarly fair. a bright citrusy hopping up front, followed by that mellow, sweet caramel warmth that rich malts bring. then a touch of vegetal squashiness and a subtle hint of spice... wishing for a touch more, but I'm glad there's no intense artificiality goin' on here.

mouth is fair, with a light to moderate body that has a good touch of slickness with some nice squashy bitterness.

overall, this an interesting and solid pumpkin ale, with much more of the squashy pumpkin character than spice, which is a nice refreshing change of pace. the combo of the hop profile and the veggie squashiness yield an almost harsh citric profile, but that's most likely just me... overall, impressive. I'll buy another one for sure before the season's up.

Photo of sdawson
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled today into a pint glass.

Appearance: Quite a beautiful beer -- shades of dark amber and caramel, red undertones, and a persistent thick lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly mild. As others have noted, it smells strongly of grain, backed up by a very subtle backbone of cinnamon and clove.

Taste: Fortunately, the taste is much more interesting than the smell. Astringent, lemony hops are at the forefront followed by a hint of molasses, brown sugar and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full, not quite heavy, and significantly carbonated. Not quite what I expected, but it definitely works.

Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale is a fine addition to the Laurelwood lineup, and I'm happy to live near the Portland pub in order to easily try it. I see this conceptually as a great transitional beer between summer and fall -- it's got all the brisk drinkability of a summer beer, but with a level of complexity and depth I'd expect from autumn.

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this one. Oh, treats from Portland...joy joy...

Pours a head that's dirty white, and the liquid is total pumpkin ale material, having that autumnal leaf-brown/burnt-amber sort of glow to it. Head doesn't last long, but the crown clings forever.

Aroma is promising, to say the least. Where lots of more commercial pumpkin ales are overloaded with spice, this one actually smells quite like the flesh of the squash itself. Like sticking your head inside your freshly trepanned jack-o-lantern. And then I read the label, and wouldn't you know it: "created with roasted whole pumpkin, pumpkin puree, and a touch of spices." The spices are nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon, seemingly. I don't know for sure, of course, because it doesn't say. One thing's for sure: it's smells very, very nice.

I suppose the taste couldn't live up to the smell, but it's nice anyway. There's a green, hoppy bitterness here that you don't often find in the style, and it lends an interesting slant to the more traditional pumpkin ale personality that's happening here. The spices remain as detected in the smell, with the cinnamon especially prominent but not at all cloying. The pumpkin itself is very much present with its musty, earthy, peculiar squash-y goodness. Fairly dry, with the hop bitterness teaming up with a kind of metallic edge in the finish. Maybe just a little too carbonated for my tastes, but it's hardly soda-like or abrasive. I just like a rounder, creamier pumpkin ale, although it takes on some creaminess with warming, and even provides a slight bit of pucker. Overall Stingy Jack is a comfort-beer that's a treat to sip while the days turn to dark early and the smell of damp and/or burning leaves hangs in the air.

Ever since I met the Pumking (Southern Tier), I've not found a pumpkin ale that truly satisfies like that one. But this is good for sure, and I love how the spices are dialed down in favor of letting some actual pumpkin in. So happy to have tried another Laurelwood beer, thanks again Brian!

Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium cloudy brown with one finger of cream white head. Lacing is minimal. Smell is grains, maybe a touch of floral hops. Taste is sweet brown sugar with a quick slap of bitter hops. Alcohol is quite apparent in early tastes, then hides better as it warms. The pumpkin flavor is minimal yet real. No artificial flavors or any spices other than from the hops. Mouthfeel is alright, low to medium carbonation. Finish is just slightly dry and bitter. From a shared bomber.

Photo of SCZ
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of the ever-generous ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a cloudy reddish-brown; it's surprisingly dark next to the other pumpkin ales we're having at the tasting. Mild lacing.

S: Sweeter than some of the other beers on the nose; brown sugar is prominent, setting a welcoming ground for a bouquet of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Mild floral tones to it.

T: Sweet up front; I like brown sugar, and this resonates with me. The spice ornamentation works well, with distinct flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, as noted in the aroma. What brings the beer down for me is a dash of bitterness in the finish. I guess the floral note in the nose is from an inclusion of some bittering hops.

M: Medium-bodied. The brown sugar flavors prevent the beer from finishing dry, but there is a tea-like astringency that gives the impression of a drying close.

O: It was one of the better ones at the tasting, but I would have preferred less of an emphasis on hops and more of a pumpkin pie approach. Laurelwood is teasing me with aspirations to greatness that never quite materialize.

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Rudes
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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