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Pumpkin Ale - Bethlehem Brew Works

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BA SCORE
82
good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 11-03-2003)
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Reviews by johnniemarg:
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johnniemarg

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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.

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trxxpaxxs

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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 -11.6%
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 +5%
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

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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +22.9%
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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Pumpkin Ale from Bethlehem Brew Works
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