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Braaaiins! | Spring House Brewing Company

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Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our pumpkin ale is brewed with generous amounts of real pumpkin blended into the mash. The subtle fresh pumpkin flavor is enhanced by the addition of a touch of traditional autumn spices and sweet dough, thus creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, a bold malt center and a crisp finish. We are proud to offer you a balanced and delectable fall treat. Suitable for zombies.

Added by guzzle211 on 10-02-2010

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber color with a huge off white head and minimal lacing. Slightly hazy in appearance and the head last forever. Notes of pumpkin pie, gourd meat, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and graham. Medium body, starts creamy and finishes crisp and almost refreshing. Interesting beer here, I wasn't sure what to expect but I like it.

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Photo of cejaev
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is weird, first off where the hell is the pumpkin at? Smells like cream soda, tastes like peanut butter with a bitter bite. Maybe I got a bad one or one mixed with big gruesome. But there is no pumpkin tastes just peanut butter. Not a fan at all.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is a very nice gold, head is off white, about 1/4 inch thick, dissipates to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is a big cream soda like aroma, is that vanilla? either way I like it because i used to love cream soda.

Taste is also a big cream soda forward flavor with a harsher aftertaste, potentially from the artificial flavoring that could have been used. Malts are less noticeable due to the strong vanilla/cream soda flavoring, but maybe some light biscuit and toast.

Mouthfeel is also a bit harsh on the tongue in the lingering part of the beer which seems to distract from the lighter flavoring upfront.

Overall, a tough beer to review, it looks great and smells delicious but the flavor doesn't seem to executre well and the finish is a bit dry and biting.

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Photo of onesammich
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I bought this just for the bottle, not noticing until I got home that it was the love of my life...pumpkin ale!

I have to say, this beer smells and tastes like what my senses of Halloween are. I can't explain it, but on the first sip I felt like a child again with the smell and taste.

I taste the pumpkin, but I get notes of orange and vanilla too. Either way, it's absolutely delicious! Well done!

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Photo of OGShotzy
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a solo cup (brunch party). This beer has an artificial vanilla smell and taste. Kind of like ginger ale or cream soda. I'm getting no pumpkin at all, really. A little spice, but not much. It's not terrible—it's just not a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear and bright amber orange color.

S - Citrus candy pumpkin sugar, vanilla, and spice, some nutmeg.

T - Candy pumpkin sugar, honey cracker, vanilla, spice, cloying sugar, cinnamon.

M - Medium heavy body,

O - I hate to be negative, I like this brewery but not this beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip

A - Cloudy amber with some floating yeast two fingers of thick creamy khaki head, little lacing
S - Candied sweet potato, pumpkin, sweet caramel malt, smells very sugary.
T - Taste isnt as sweet as the aroma leads you to believe, but its still on the sugary side. Lots of sweet pumpkin pie flavor, no pie crust flavors though, a little bit of vanilla comes through.
M - Kinda creamy but a little thin too.
O - Not the usual pumpkin beer I'm used to, very fresh and sweet pumkin flavor. Reminds me of sweet potato casarole a lot for some reason.

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Photo of JWU
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- a very slightly hazy amber with a lovely off white head that coates rather than really sticks. Almost looks like an IPA, but the head isn't sticky like an IPA.

S- BIG vanilla and graham cracker. Not much else on the nose.

T- wowsers, it's just too sweet. Cloyingly so. The sweetness/vanilla taste artificial to a point where they almost taste like bubble gum on the front of the sip. The spices are there, but overrun by the doughy, vanilla sweetness. Way out of balance.

M- fine for the style, medium, slightly slick from the pumpkin and medium carbonation

O- a swing and a miss. The sweetness overrides any essence of pumpkin or spice.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the bottle.

A: Hazy, cider-colored body with 1/2 finger of rich, almost white, head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Very sweet nose, strong vanilla, marshmellow, caramel, circus peanuts (!). Lighter baking spice, nutmeg. Trace pumpkin. Brown sugar. Pretty unique.

T: Dry malt and spice open up. Transitions to a hop-fueled bitterness for a rather dry finish. The key word here is "dry". Surprisingly so, given the nose. Pretty clean for the style. Lingering bitterness and baking spice in aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium to light body. Faint creaminess.

O: There are some interesting things happening here, flavor-wise. High potential, but unfortunately, there is a bit too much hop going on here. I think the bitterness detracts a bit, but this is still a fine brew.


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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and poured into a standard tulip.

A - crystal clear super light gold hue with a thin wispy head that fades to leave, well wisps! 4

S - Aromas of vanilla galore, light spices, nice vegetative pumpkin, almost creamsicle like. Very pleasant 4.5

T - Taste is similar to the nose, for a delicious brief flash. Wonderful vanilla and pumpkin, the spices ate super super subtle which I really love, almost an orange note. Odd, but tasty. 4.25

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, slightly creamy, works well with the flavours. 4.25

O - Overall this beer was really interesting. Very orange creamsicle like with nice faint pumpkin pie spice and good vegetative pumpkin, solid. 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of EvoRich
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Look: Poured into a snifter because my tulips are dirty. Reddish amber in color. Poured with a 1-2 finger head which was retained for sometime and never really quite goes away completely.

Smell: Butterscotch and candy. Yes. I'm having a hard time getting pumpkin in the aroma. Butterscotch is very very strong to my nose. Maybe I'm losing my mind.

Taste: Again, butterscotch, with cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm getting just a slight touch of pumpkin at the end. But to me, pumpkin is not a dominate flavor in this ale.

Feel: Medium bodied, easy to drink. Carbonation is on my preferable levels, which is medium.

Overall: I really like this beer. I would NOT think this is a pumpkin ale if blind testing this beer. So maybe It's hitting it's mark as far as being a pumpkin ale, but it is good regardless. I was really looking forward to this beer, as Spring House is one of my favorites, but it's not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of oldmankoch
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Killer pumpkin ale. Sprint House has once again stamped their unique touch on another beer style.

Nose has this interesting presence that reminds me of a pumpkin flavored Jello brand pie with cool whip topping.

Taste in no where near the nose. It'c much more hearty and tamed than initially thought. Strong natural pumpkin presence with nutmeg and tame cinnamon & vanilla along with a good malt presence and hint of backing hops and dare I say citrus zest to round it out.

Mouthfeel is thin into medium bodied which makes this almost too easily drinkable. Only real letdown is the lack of carbonation.....I'd like to see just a bit more.

Overall this is an excellent Pumpkin representation and a top 5 of the style for me.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A-orange amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-pumpkin, caramel malt, cinnamon, nutmeg

T-pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, little vanilla, caramel malt, hint of hops in the background

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-one of the better pumpkin beers, not overly sweet which let's the base flavors shine

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a sample at SN Beer Camp Philly

A-Pours orange amber with a small off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S-Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and some vanilla.

T-Flavor of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg,clove, and hint of pumpkin.

M-Mouthfeel medium body and low carbonation.

O-Overall this beer smells better than it taste. Could be more fuller on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been holding on to this one for a little bit. Figured I may as well get to it.

Nice looking, but minimal head. The flavor is nice. Not sure if several months have toned it down a bit. If so, I suggest this for all pumpkin ales. It's a nice firm accent, but an accent all the same. Nice level of spices; again, an accent. A bit of a floral thing that I could use less of. But overall, it's a nice one. Been quite some time since I've had a pumpkin beer. Which is mainly due to fear of all the crappy ones out there.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange-copper color with a two finger head of an off white color. Seen within the brew are some particulates with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the beer. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a roasted pumpkin smell with some hints of a bready nature mixed within. Lots of big sweet smells are there as well being mostly of a caramel and vanilla nature, but also containing some smells of toffee and a bit of molasses. Along with the pumpkin and sweet, so too comes the pumpkin pie spices, with aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and clove all present.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted pumpkin flavor mixed with some notes of breadiness. Some caramel sweetness and well as a bit of toffee are in the taste as well creating a moderately sweeter flavor for the brew; at least upfront. Soon after the initial taste and enhancing as the flavors advances are flavors of the spices that were detected in the nose, with nutmeg and clove being the strongest. The sweeter flavors begin losing ground however as the flavor advances leaving a slightly drier taste in the middle of the flavor profile. Some flavors of earth and a bit of hay come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste. These are accompanied by a slight enhancement of the roasted pumpkin flavor as well as the sweetness which had dwindled in the middle of the taste. In the end with the mix of flavors that is present in the flavor profile ends up leaving a lightly sweetened and spiced and rather strongly roasted pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is one the higher side. The thickness is quite nice for the pumpkin flavors of the brew with the carbonation level helping to accentuate the lighter sweet flavors, giving them just enough of a presence to keep the brew drinkable but not overly sweet.

Overall –A nice pumpkin brew that was not overly sweet, but yet had a nice balanced roasted and spiced flavor. There was just enough sweetness to enhance and compliment the spice and roasted pumpkin flavors.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this bottle at the cove, enjoyed chilled in a pint glass

The color is deep amber with mild haze with thick pale tan cap with rocky appearance. The smell is a bit spiced and some floral/fruity esters accompany the spice and malt smell. The feel is strong but pretty well balanced and not overly spiced for the style.

The taste is good, pretty spicy with dry effect of cinnamon, not very sweet flavor wise and there is a subtle chalkiness I don't understand that sort of detracts from the toasted malt flavor. Overall this is a decent pumpkin, perhaps I should try the draft version to compare but I would say it is worth a try if you enjoy pumpkin beers.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with less than a fiunger of head. The nose is sweet with plenty of pumpkin pie spices. The flavor profile has a blast of sugary sweetness upfront and then becomes quite dry by the finish. The spices take over on the finish, especially the nutmeg. The spices don't make much room for the pumpkin to poke through.

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Photo of misterRG
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma smells of cinnamon and spice, with a hint of pumpkin. Dark amber/orange color with nice foam. Average mouthfeel for this style, but the sweet flavors rule right from the get-go.

Great, sweet flavor that reminds me of sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving day. Tons of cinnamon and nutmeg spice, with sweet pumpkin/yam flavors. Really a delicious dessert beer.

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Photo of mjvu11
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, Fall is my absolute favorite time of year which means there are so many different beers to try. For me, I stuck with the pumpkin brews. In my quest for the best pumpkin beer, I have tried over ten different tasty beers. NOTHING tops Braaaiins! There is some sort of vanilla hint and a perfectly smooth pumpkin taste. NOTHING compares. Grab one before it's too late!

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Photo of tviz33
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in to a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy light brown body with some orange hues, topped by an inch and a half of soapy white head that settles to a dense cap.

S- Sweet cinnamon and lots of maple syrup. Very faint pumpkin in the background.

T- Not as deeply rich as the nose would suggest. No single flavor dominates, but pumpkin and spice are there as expected. The notable part of the taste is the hop presence. This bitterness and floral presence adds a great deal to the flavor.

M- Medium feel, medium carbonation. The finish is dryer than most.

O- Solid offering. Would enjoy again.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/amber with a white soapy head. Aroma of pumpkin, graham, and vanilla. Pumpkin flavor with hint of spice,vanilla,caramel, and graham. Strong cinnamon flavor to the point that it almost overpowers the other spices and vanilla This years version is markedly improved over previous years.

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Photo of bcm75
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - attractive deep copper color
S - cinnamon, and lots of it, with just a touch of maple sweetness
T - really nothing but cinnamon. Very overpowering. I'm not detecting much pumpkin, if any.
M - smooth and pleasantly carbonated
O - this really just hits one note. It's one dimensional and really beats you over the head with it.

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Photo of dgherm
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this brew on tap at TJ's the other night. Deep, clear, bright orange in color. Miminal head that quickly dissapated, no lacing to speak of. Strong maple syrupy in odor. None of the typical pumpkin aromas came through. Slight hint of the mapleness in the taste not much else. Went down smooth little to no carbonation. Overall I liked this beer, however I don't think this a good representation of a pumpkin beer if that's what you're really after.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what all the hype is about. Hard a pint of this and it was straight cinnamon. Nose was cinnamon, taste was cinnamon, finish was cinnamon. Had big expectations for this, but the cinnamon drowned everything out. Sadly, it was nothing in the pumpkin sweet spice arena and everything in the baking cinnamon arena.

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