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Pumpkin Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Deuane on 10-29-2007)
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Photo of jacwomyn
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went there the day after the town parade just to have this beer. It smelled like Yuengling. I wasn't expecting that. It tasted much better than how it smelled. The nitro gave it a creamy mouth feel. There was very little taste of pumpkin. It was not spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice at all which I loved. It was more like a vanilla creamy with a very slight hint of pumpkin. The pub was very quaint and country like. We got to drink all there beers outside which added a nice touch of Fall. Overall, Selin's Grove's beer were all fantastic!

Photo of BeerCon5
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Chrislovesbacon
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of DNICE555
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate Pumpkin beers but I thought I’d review this one and give it a ridiculously low score because it’s not a DIPA or a Sour – JK

Stopped by this gem of a little brewpub on the #Fall #Halloween #Pumpkin trip 2013. (Anyone see that Jimmy Fallon skit?)

If you like shipyard pumpkinhead (regular not the smashed version) – this beer might require you to put some training wheels on.

Poured by the great bartender Jen – First thing I noticed is it’s on nitro tap – awesome. First time having a pumpkin on nitro tap. A very dark Orange/Brown with a nice creamy head.

This actually smells like pumpkin!!! No, not cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ect (although I do get a subtle waft of those too) but actual pumpkin! I can’t wait to dive in.

Finally, a pumpkin beer that tastes like pumpkin. The normally associated spices are there but subtle. The squash taste really comes through beautifully. This is the best pumpkin that I’ve ever had. I’m glad I got to enjoy 2 pints of it. Gets so much better as it warms up.

The mouthfeel is awesome – smooth with a touch of nitro creaminess.

To date – this is my #1 pumpkin beer. Too bad it’s only on tap 4.5 hours away from me once a year.

Photo of robieobie1
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of cyraxx
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a pretty dark orange amber color with an amazingly creamy looking white head.

S - Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg all waft from the glass.

T - Wow, this is phenomenal. Incredibly lightly flavored, but with all of the spices coming in distinctly.

M - Light bodied and creamy carbonation...great.

D - I could drink this all day. I was upset that they didn't do growlers of it, but then again it's nitro. I would have gotten one or two definitely, and probably would have finished them tonight.

Photo of HopDerek
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 batch now available at the brewpub.

Poured a clear coppery amber color with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Excellent retention left gorgeous lacing notches down the glass. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, and doughy malts. Tastes of brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, caramel, and pie dough with hints of vanilla and floral hops with a finish of cream and cinnamon. Medium in body and low in carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy, doughy and spicy. A great balance between malt and spice, with all the spices being noticeable and recognizable, but not overpowering of any of the other flavors. Very easy to drink and absolutely delicious, one of my favorite brews from Selins Grove, like pumpkin pie in liquid form, with whipped cream on top. Serving it on nitro is pure genious!

Photo of ffejherb
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On nitro-tap at SGB on 10/25/08.

A - Hazy two-tone medium copper body fading into a deep orange color with a smooth, creamy beige head that left some lacing that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg in the forefront, as well as hints of vanilla, cream and all-spice. There's also a bit of bready malt in the form of a sweet graham cracker pie crust.

T - Delicious fresh pumpkin pie flavor with a subtle spiciness including cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Notes of vanilla and whipped cream add sweetness, while hints of fleshy pumpkin meat adds authenticity and depth to the flavor. Malt is crusty and bready with an almost graham cracker crust essence.

M - Medium, softly carbonated body with a smooth, creamy texture thanks to the nitro tap. Mildly spicy on the palate. Bitterness is almost non-existent.

D - Wow! This is serious competition to Pumking. Simply an awesome pumpkin ale, but then again, I wouldn't expect anything less from Selin's Grove. Another beautiful work of art!

Photo of ryser2k
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Zdrummer15
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Deuane
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A--beautiful muddy orange-copper with a thick solid creamy head.

S--Cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of malty goodness. Smell not unlike a fresh baked pumpkin pie.

T-- Whoa! Like a liquefied Pumpkin Pie complete with the whipped cream topping. A nice spicy aftertaste. This years version is a bit more spicy (on the cinnamon side) than last years...but very good nonetheless.

M--Full bodied, rich and creamy. This is some solid stuff.

D--A beer I crave every year. This is, IMHO, the best pumpkin beer out there. The difference is to have it served on nitro...sheer genius! I always look forward to the day when the Pumpkin gets tapped at "The Grove"!

Photo of SierraGS
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2007 version was made in a bigger batch than any previous, so the spices came out a bit differently - much stronger than 2006 - but certainly not in a bad way.

Cinnamon is the primary essence that comes through on the nose. A nitrogen pour gives this ale a creamy head, and a smooth mouthfeel. It's reminiscent of the creaminess of pumpkin pie. It has a beautiful dark copper hue and is a real treat for the season.

Photo of hopdog
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Selins Grove Brew Pub. Nitro.

This one was the reason for making the long trip out (I had very high hopes for it!). I heard they just kicked a keg before we got there and almost didn't put on another one right away (they had to call the brewer to find out where it was - or something like that).

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie crust. Tastes of pumpkins, vanilla, pumpkin pie crust, and spices. This was a solid Pumkin beer but I heard (from several people) that the 2007 was a tad bit better.

Notes from 10/26/08

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by Friday and Sunday during the Penn State Ohio State weekend. My stops at this lovely brewpub were the highlights of a bad weekend spent at Beaver Stadium.

A - Arrives at the table boasting a puffy light head over top of a dark orange amber color liquid. Given that it was poured from the nitro tap, the large puffy white head is a billowing cloud sitting atop the beverage.

S/T - Whereas last year I thought that the pumpkin ale took a more muted presence, this year's is about perfect. The aroma is a delightful reminder of this time of the year. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. The taste is by far and away the most natural of all pumpkin ales that I have had. Some tend just to be a spice bomb, but this one blends the smell of spice and pumpkin perfectly. For many a pumpkin, the initial flavor sensation melts away and you realize why you don't normally stock your cellar with cases of pumpkin beer. This one you could. It is fresh, crisp, and delightful.

M - The nitro makes it a creamy sensation, just perfect.

D - A really top notch beer, but like I said when I have a pumpkin or two that is about it. Not something that I could drink a lot of but certainly a beer that I could enjoy having around to taste over the long holiday season.

There are many threads discussing which pumpkin ale is the best. Take a road trip and you will realize that there is NO debate over this question. Each year I look forward to it, this year's batch is just about the best of the ones I have had. Check it out before it is gone.

Photo of Kegatron
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub on 10/24/08. Dispensed via nitro-pour.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin layer of oh-so-creamy looking off-white head. Retains by thinning down a bit, bunching up around the sides with some thin wisps in the center that leaves a nice spotty cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is what you would expect but with a twist. Spicy notes of cinnamon and all spice with a bready malt signature behind it but I'm also picking up a moderate amount of a hop profile in the backend that adds in notes of floral hops and citrus to the mix.

The taste is similar with a characteristic blend of tingling spices, a touch of pumpkin meat, and some toasty, bready tasting maltiness that lends itself to having an almost pie crust sensation. Once again, those hops show up towards the end, bringing in some citrus tang and a floral feeling hop bitterness that punches up the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fantastic smooth and creamy feel from the nitro pour. This doesn't seem quite as creamy as I'd had in the past from this beer but it's still an overall wonderful feel that smooths everything out and brings it all together.

This is just one of those signature beers from the SGB that everyone looks forward too each Fall, as it really is tops for the style and the addition of the nitro-pour really puts it over the top, adding a smoothness that is reminiscent of eating a piece of pumpkin pie with whip cream on top. There is a bit more of "green edge" to this years batch than I remembered but I'll just chalk that up to being uber fresh and will probably mellow out a bit over the next couple of weeks. A great beer that I wish more people could be able to try.

Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken on 11/17/10 at the brewpub. This was my 3rd visit during the pumpkin ale season and every time there was an excuse as to why it was not on tap. Behold, this day I finally got to try it. Evidently I was just in time because this was the last keg of the year.

Served on nitro into a short type of weizen glass. It appears a clear polished amber orange color. A beautiful creamy smooth finger of yellowish stained froth sits atop this brew and laces in a curtain all about the glass. The cap retains perfectly atop the brew right down until the last sip.

The aroma of this brew is exactly what I love about pumpkin ales. The dominant character is the flesh of pumpkins instead of the obligatory spices that cover up any indication of the pumpkin scent/flavor. There is a light spiced and earthy component that accents the flesh of the pumpkin. A suggestion of citrus hops is evident as well in the background. A light cinnamon hint and mellow sweetness like vanilla is also included in the nose.

The taste of this brew is pumpkin flesh with some light earthy character. Some citrus hops make the flavor of this brew a little brighter. A light amount of nutmeg is noted. A sweet fleshly brew yet it is balanced by the inclusion of the hops. A subtle note of cinnamon comes out as the brew warms along with a vanilla bean type of sweetness. A lasting character of earthy and herbal hops meets the flesh of pumpkin and it just resides inside your mouth long after each sip.

A touch of alcohol starts to warm the back of the throat. It is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is exceptionally smooth and drinkable care of the nitro delivery which is exactly what this brew needed to take it above and beyond any other pumpkin experience I have ever had. This beer is absolutely pound-able, it was my intension to try one of these and then move on to the other offerings. Instead I found myself calling it quits after three of these. The pumpkin flavor in this brew is absolutely perfect, when someone wants to drink a pumpkin ale and not just a spiced ale, this is the one to go for during the holidays.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro at the brewpub....this is the main reason we came up

A- pours a cloudy shade of dark orange. OK then

S- the aroma is of pumpkin, and nothing but...no spices coming out of this one. Just what I'm looking for

T- this one is all pumpkin, minimally sweet. There is a very, very mild taste of cinnamon coming out of this, but I'm mainly getting that pure, unadulterated pumpkin taste.

M- body is medium, but the nitro gives it a very creamy body, much like a Guinness. Excellent

O- fantastic pumpkin beer, unlike anything I've had before. It tastes like pure pumpkin, and has a very unique mouthfeel. GET ALL THIS!!!

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DrDietz
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of _RL_
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at the brewpub. Creamy mouthfeel with subtle pumpkin flavors. Not a lot of spice - nothing like Pumking or a similar over-the-top pumpkin ale. Reminds me a good deal of Good Gourd - a pumpkin made into a beer, not thrown in as an afterthought. As another reviewer said, let it warm, as it is better closer to room temperature. Worth the drive to the middle of PA.

Photo of Joecaddie
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of makeitavintage
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Pumpkin Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.