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Pumpkin Ale - Bethlehem Brew Works

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%


Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 11-03-2003)
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large format 750 C&C bottle, ABV is listed as 4.7% ABV.

Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head that slowly recedes to a thin, lasting cap. Some mild lacing sticks to the glass.

Aromas begin like your typical pumpkin ale with toasted breadiness, light starchiness and traditional fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove. Smells like a lightly spiced pumpkin pie, nothing crazy but nice.

The tastes begin with fresh pumpkin pie with light to moderate traditional festive spices. The pumpkin fleshiness and toasted/bready malt continues to stand out above the spices, which is a great testament to the brewery and often a huge failure for some pumpkin beers. There is a touch of brown sugar sweetness at the start which gives it a likeness to caramelized sugar in a pumpkin pie. I am impressed with how much flavor was packed into this low ABV offering.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Usually beers of this low ABV are watery and thin but this does a nice job of avoiding that problem. Finish is mildly sweet and spicy; neither stands out and each work well with one another.

Overall, while not the best I've had of the style, it's a very solid pumpkin ale. Having previously sampled their Devious Imperial Pumpkin version and being overwhelmed with alcohol and spices in that beer, I was skeptical to try this. A friend gave it to me as a gift so I said why not and I was pleasantly surprised and will most likely revisit next year because of the substantial flavor at such a low ABV; one of the best sessionable Pumpkin ales out there for my money.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 18:52:54 | More by claspada
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a copper color with a soapy white head on top. The smell of the beer was spicy with a good amount of autumnal aromas to it. The taste of the beer also has a good amount of spice to it. The aftertaste had some nice caramel to it with the pumpkin spices still lingering. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had a good bite to it. Overall it's a good pumpkin ale I think, it's not the best but still not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:06:40 | More by Knapp85
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to DaveHack for this one.

A: This beers is honey in color with very little head. The lacing is almost nonexistent.

S: Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It reminds me of pumpkin pie in a glass.

T: Tastes like a normal well balanced ale but with tons of pumpkin pie flavors coming through. The finish is sweet.

M: Light bodied beer through and through. No much retention on the palate and no lingering flavors. I could drink this beer all day.

O: This beer is a total piece of nostalgia for me. In fact, it's probably the first beer that got me into the world of craft. But as a beer, it's just decent. A well balanced pumpkin seasonal brew.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 17:32:53 | More by trxxpaxxs
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was exited about this one. I'm a fan of this style and I'm glad they still had this out for me to try. It poured a deep copper orange which was pretty clear. It had a small white head. Moderate amount of carbonation and it had a fair amount of sticky clinging potential.
This brew is Deja Vu for any body with an addiction to pumpkin pie. It was soo iresistably good in the aroma and flavor.
Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, vanilla, and some light peppery notes combines with a nice caremelly malt backbone and a fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Even though the fall season is ending soon I could drink this through the winter. It was medium bodies and light enough to drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 23:20:25 | More by cooch69
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I originally had this one on tap and then again from the bottle. The notes below reflect from the tap version (although I found the bottle to be the same);

Poured a medium golden color with an off white head. Aromas of pumpkins and spices (cinnamon with some cloves). Tastes follow of the same nice pumpking and spices. Heavier on the spice side. I personally like my pumpkin beers to be more pumpkin vs. spice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 13:27:14 | More by hopdog
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drank on 10.16.08. poured from bomber bottle into british pint glass.

nice clear brownish orange color - nice light and decent head, but as others have noticed, left almost immediately. would have rated higher on the appearance otherwise. the smell of this beer is great. you need to stay with it as at first it almost smelled watered down. it could have been my palate, but a nice buttery pumpkin smell, good hints of nutmegand cinnamon. The taste is quite nice and balanced for a spicy pumpkin ale. you can taste the spices and pumpkin, but it is so well balanced. there is a slight bit of a waterd down taste to it, which is what pulled the taste score down a hair, but the mouthfeel on this one is awesome. nice soft smooth mouthfeel without being carbonated and overpowering. for a pumpkin ale, this one is pretty darn nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 14:17:20 | More by Hophead101
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A classic pumpkin ale. It has a clean, pumpkin flavor with a bit of spice and smooth, sweet malt backing it up. Well-balanced and a tasty, this is very nice version of "pumpkin pie in a glass." As a homebrewer, I'm jealous, I haven't been able to get the pumpkin flavor this spot on. BBW has managed it and made a great seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2007 16:40:13 | More by tempest
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beerhawk

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A friend of mine bought a case of this and had three left over from last November. Brew Works does a great job with the spices. This is no-where near as big and spicy as the Rude Elf I had, but it is perfect for the pumpkin ales. So many out there are over the top on spice. This pumpkin was nice and light and makes a perfect session beer. Not something I would expect to say about a spiced beer. The bottle poured nice and bubbly into a pint glass. The head was white and lasted a little while. The glass did lace throughout so the body was pretty good for a lighter beer. The color was a nice orange-red color. Looked like pumpkin. The spice mix was not as strong as pumpkin pie so I guess one could argue that it is not big enough. I liked it just the way it was.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 02:28:18 | More by beerhawk
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear, golden amber color into my pint glass with a medium tan head. The body had some nice active carbonation running through it. The aroma was a pleasant touch of cinnamon and clove, maybe some other spices in there. The taste was equally spicey but also had a touch of a pumpkin taste to it but not like a slice of pumpkin pie, which is good. The body was fully and spicey and although not my very favorite pumpkin ale, this is a very good representation of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:48:39 | More by ggaughan
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dherling

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange/reddish brown beer poured out into my goblet with ahuge off white head. Good amount of nutmeg int he nose, followed by pumpkin, cinnamon, and malt. There's also some bread and brown sugar as well. The taste is a little on the weak side, spice is there, as well as pumpkin, not over assertive which is a good thing. The problem here is not enough malt of body to back up these flavors. It's far too one sided. Lightly carbonated, with spice lingering on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 05:41:45 | More by dherling
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BeerManDan

California

1.78/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

After pouring this ale in to my glass, I could see the color was a deep golden yellow with an orange hue. The foam was just a little off white and there was no lace. The smell was of a sour ordor with very little spice in the aroma. At first sip I knew it wasn't my cup of tea. It had a tart/sour taste and mouth feel. It had hardly any spice or fruit flavor. After the second sip I poured it down the drain. Yuck!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 20:48:38 | More by BeerManDan
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with nice clarity. A one-finger white head slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of pumpkin and spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, a touch of clove. Smells like a lightly spiced pumpkin pie with a slight alcohol touch.

The taste is of fresh pumpkin with light to moderate spices. The pumpkin continues to stand out above the spices, which complement it well. A touch of sweetness at the start gives it a likeness to whipped cream on a pumpkin pie. The sweetness is balanced by a late bitterness in the middle. As it warms and nears the end, a touch of brown sugar is added.

There is some watery thinness in the body, with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavors do hold, especially the pumpkin.

Despite a certain lightness about it (or maybe partly because of it), it's not that much more drinkable than most others I've had of the style. The one 1 pt, 6 oz. bottle was enough for me.
The bottom line - While not the best I've had of the style, it's a pretty good pumpkin ale. A good selection for a lighter interpretation with real pumpkin taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 23:08:15 | More by jwc215
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lou91

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my third pumpkin beer of the season and this one is coming in third after Weyerbacher and DFH. It had all the right ingredients but the tastes/spices were just too light. I paired it with a piece of pumpkin pie and it worked well but the taste of the beer faded fast. Good, well made but an underacheiver. Thanks to BitterBrian for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 17:03:22 | More by lou91
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johnniemarg

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden honey color, with just a slight cloudiness. 2 finger yellow-tinted head. Tons of visible carbonation streaming up through the glass. I should note that as soon as this hit the glass I could see it was going to create a huge head, so I poured very carefully from then on. Looks like it's gonna have a ton of carbonation. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Pumpkin pie spices in the nose, obviously, but this is one of the lighter-spiced pumpkin ales I've smelled. The actual pumkin comes through in the smell more than most.

The taste of this is very well balanced for a pumpkin beer. Spicy, but not too spicy. Sweet pumpkin and caramel through the middle, but not too sweet. Based on flavor alone, probably the best pumpkin ale I've had.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but there is too much carbonation in this.

Tasty pumpkin ale. I would recommend it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 22:23:41 | More by johnniemarg
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walleye

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this in a trade with weeare138. poured a amber to arange with a off white head. aroma just what you would expect from a pumpkin beer, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. flavor, pumkin, and more pumpkin has a nice smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable good beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 02:35:38 | More by walleye
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle, this brew pours a transparent amber color with a slight, wispy head. The aroma is modestly spiced. It has a little clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There’s a notable pumpkin presence, but it isn’t very intense. Malt, and a little hops round out the smell. Pumpkin comes out a little more in the taste, which is moderately sweet. Nicely balanced finish…bitter and spice. The brew has relatively generous carbonation. All in all, this is a quite drinkable and enjoyable pumpkin brew…better than many others.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 01:39:26 | More by Suds
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light amber clear hue with a few scant bubbles rising up to the settled spotty bubbled ivory surface.

Light spice scents of cinamon and a pinch of clove and I'll give the pumpkin pie. Other than that, nada mucho.

First swigs: Light easy pumpkin pie. Just barely in the ball park here. Some caramel and vanilla meets a light pumpkin and cinnamon spice.

Feel is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Leaves a linger of mixed spice.

Last swigs: Thin and diluted, but gets the pumpkin flavor ok. This missed the mark, overall. A good beer to introduce someone to a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 02:13:29 | More by blitheringidiot
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by GoodbyeOhio and his ladyfriend Allie. Thanks dudes!
Pale, perfectly clear orange. Thin white head that drops to a scattered mist. Holds a collar, and laces well, in a splotchy, cobwebby fashion. Heavily spiced aroma, big on nutmeg and ginger, with hints of allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin making an appearance. No discernable hop aroma beneath the spices. Toasty, caramel maltiness. The flavor opens up mildly. Thinner caramel malt spiced up with, well, spices. Very easy drinking, light bodied and plenty quaffable. Mellow carbonation keeps things going at an easy pace. Ginger and nutmeg flavors mingle with the malt, easing into the finish with a bit of spicy/floral hops, cinnamon and clove. Almost tastes like how my mom's potpourri smells. Real pumpkin doesn't taste like much, hence the spices in pumpkin pie, but there's a bit of a vegetal, squashy flavor in the end. I assume that's the pumpkin smiling away, gap-toothed as usual. Very dry in the finish. Plenty of depth in the spicing, although it seems to move along easily and delicately enough to refrain from becoming overbearing. Terrific, subtle touch on a usually heavy handed style.
Rather thinner in the flavor than I expected, which is somewhat of a relief. In my years of beer geekin', I'd gotten tired of pumpkin ales rather quickly. One bottle is usually more than enough. I hadn't had one in ages, at least a couple years, so I was pleased to see this included in our little PA "care package", courtesy of my pals Jim and Allie. I'd visited Bethlehem brewpub a couple years ago, and liked their beers a lot, so I had high hopes for this one. Much milder than your average pumpkin ale, lighter bodied, softer, and more drinkable in quantity. Feels like a lower abv brew, which is a nice change of pace. I could revisit this one, especially when in the pumpkin pie spirit.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 03:52:08 | More by UnionMade
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Bethlehem Brew Works.

Appearance: Light orange-copper with some ruddy flashes when backlit. The head was a bit of a disappointment though, started good but basically vanished into thin air, leaving a rather Spartan looking fluid. Average carbonation.

Nose: Sweet malts at the start that rescind as the Saaz hops break through.

Taste: Made with real pumpkins, cloves, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s all here too but in a very balance manner, tastefully put together.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth brew, there are no ‘spikes’ of spices in this one, but moreover a gentle curvaceous all-spice malty feel.

Drinkability: Typically I cannot stomach Pumpkin Ales, but this one is perfectly balanced and easily managed. That said, I still couldn’t manage more than one, or maybe two of these.

Overall: Many will know that I detest Pumpkin Ales, they are so often far too sickly, sweet, overly spiced, messy brews. But I had to swallow my pride and admit to fellow BA Erica that I actually quiet enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2005 00:01:17 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

goldish orange hue.. clear, misty cream topper. sticky thin lacing cemented on the glass. nose is big spicy cinnamon and nutmeg pie mix with an equal part of nutty malt sweetness. flavor introduced through aggressive spice, peppery with earthy anise hints and the bitterness of a raw cinnamon stick. some marzen qualities and the spice throw the sweetness of the pumpkin into perfect balance. light mouthfeel and low abv works here, calms the busy flavors and spreads them out. aftertaste is smooth in the mouth and very clean. drinkable, but savouring draws out some serious spice depth. you, the drinker, are free to choose how intense you let this beer be. nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 22:59:41 | More by goodbyeohio
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a nice 1" white head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is too mild, as only a hint of spice is detectable. Flavor wise, this is a nice pumpkin ale. Cinammon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar are not overwhelming, but just right. The malts, mild bitterness, and pumpkin flavor round it out.

Medium bodied brew. Mouthfeel is crisp at the start and finish.Nice drinkability as this is not one of those in your face spice laded pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 18:33:48 | More by Gavage
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whartontallboy

New York

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear gold-orange with a thin white head that disappears in a blink. No lacing, no trace that it ever even existed.

Smell is pumpkin pie spices, particularly cinnamon, and a light maltiness.

Flavor is a bit more difficult to describe. It hits the tongue with a pretty big blast of the same cinnamon and is almost perfumey with spice, but it finishes with a lightly pumpkin-overtoned toasted grain flavor that's very clean. Kind of pumpkin pie in between. Mouthfeel is a tad thin.

Overall: Middle-of-the-road for a pumpkin ale. I think it doesn't some interesting pie-like things without being abrasive or cloying, but it wallops just a bit too hard on its way in.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 02:40:50 | More by whartontallboy
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter than expected, a coppery golden color; soft, sweet malty nose with pumpkin spices mixed in. Starts sweet, with the allspice and pumpkin notes lingering throughout, finishes with a more herbal, clove spiciness. Moderate bitterness, the finish is clean and a bit bland. Mild, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Middle of the road pumpkin ale - I've had better, and I've had so very much worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 19:26:23 | More by IrishRedRock
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a golden color with a light orange haze. Tiny white head dies after 20 seconds. Very little lacing with medium carbonation.
Smells of light pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and all-spice.
Taste all the aforementioned smells on a light level that is pleasant and comforting.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but this is still a brew to give a chance. Certainly no as full as some of teh other pumpkin ales out there but this may be more appealing to some beer lovers just for that aspect.
Drinkability isn't bad. Perfect for a dinner based around comfort foods. Gets better as it warms up.

It's ok, dog.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 14:25:43 | More by weeare138
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin. So few words in the english language instill fear in my soul like that word right there. But, for the sake of advancing the cause, I bellied up and wrapped my lips around this autumnal offering. Spicy and sweet on the nose, this deep and rich looking brew seemed like pumpkin pie in a glass. The flavor was of just that, maybe some faint notes of molasses in the distant background. Not a brew I could have one right after the other, but still a solid concoction.

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 13:38:16 | More by goindownsouth
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Pumpkin Ale from Bethlehem Brew Works
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