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

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(Beer added by: Deuane on 10-29-2007)
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1/5  rDev -77%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the reason I found out about Selin's Grove. I had been searching on here for good seasonal brews and saw this had a high rating. The beer was poured and needed a lengthy period of time for the nitro to settle. The beer is a very nice looking orange copper color with the soft creamy nitro head on top. There wasn't much lacing with was surprising. The retention was very good though. The smell of the beer wasn't that good, it was kinda funky. The taste was pretty good but there was also a metallic flavor in there... Had the iron-like flavor not been there the fla or of this would be great. Pumpkin, spices, and vanilla sweetness all come together with a nice soft finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, very smooth. This is very drinkable. Overall this beer could be mind blowing if they can fix the aroma and metallic flavor in there. Still found this to be very good though.

Photo of kemkempalace
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On nitro tap at the brewpub. Pours dark orange with a thick light tan nitro head. Aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar, and whipped cream. Flavor is more of the same--lots of sugar and cinnamon. The nitro gives it a smooth body. Definitely my favorite pumpkin ale (although it's not really pumpkiny so much as full of pumpkin spices). It reminds me of my 2nd favorite pumpkin beer (John Harvards Pumpkin Spice) except that instead of actual cinnamon and sugar on the rim of the glass, this beer has incorporated these flavors. Personally I didn't quite enjoy the nitro tap as I like a beer to have decent carbonation, but apart from that I really have no complaints. Top notch beer.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro-tap at the brewpub.Surprisingly good for pumpkin and for nitrogen. Mild spicey, more on the nutmeg. Light orange. A bit less than medium mouthfeel. Lasting white head. Easy drinking, smooth. This one was 4.5% a.b.v. was appreciated. Masterful brewing again.

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Brew Pub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with not much head showing up at all.

Smell: I would say the overall smell is mild. I'm getting some brown sugar sweetness with a hint of pumpkin type spices. The pumpkin flavor is there, but it's not standing out.

Taste: Mildly sweet with a pumpkin flavor. There is a fruity note that contains some green apple. I'm getting a mild spice note with a bready spice finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with very full carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very mild but nice pumpkin ale. I would have more, but I don't know that it lived up to the score.

Mouthfeel:

Photo of krukster
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap over the weekend at the brewery

Pours an orange/reddish color with a medium head. Very nice color.

Smell: Not overwhelming, but you could definitely smell the aroma of pumpkin

Taste: Very smooth, had a nice flavor, almost like a pumpkin pie taste

Very refreshing pumpkin beer. I would compare the taste to pumpkin pie. Almost a lite version of the Southern Tier pumpkin, very refreshing and not too sweet.

Serving type:on tap

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the record, Pumking could be the worst thing beer that I've ever consumed. That being said, while at SGBC, I figured that I should give in to the hype and try this.

A: The pumpkin ale is an amber hued ale that is moderately translucent, enough so that you can see an outline of whatever is on the other side of the glass. The nitro pour has given the ale a thick head that lingers.

S: The nose is spicy, full of cinnamon and nutmeg with allspice and cloves following up. The fullness of the nose isn't intimidating or overly sweet.

T: I gotta tell you, I'm kinda liking this one. The spices are dominant with cinnamon taking the lead. The other spices from the nose follow in short order. The pumpkin aspect is minimal but the spice load is more than capable of carrying the weight. The spices don't linger much after a sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel is a bonanza of spices atop of a mild malt body. I'll freely admit that this beer exceeded my expectations.

D: The alcohol is low but the spice profile is pretty strong. To me, that limits the drinkability of the ale. It is the best pumpkin ale I've had though.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep orange-copper body with a big, white pillowy head...the nitro pour allows the head to retain through the entire beer...lace clings to the sides of the glass

S - At first the aroma is kind of muted...but as it warms the spices really come to life...all of what you would expect from a pumpkin ale...cinnamon (dominates), nutmeg, and some all spice

T - The flavors work together very nicely...this one is very balanced between tasting like pumpkin and tasting like pumpkin pie...the spice notes come out every now and then as well as the straight pumpkin notes...cinnamon again shines through a little more than the other spices...a very nice balance that doesn't disappoint

M - Medium bodied...creamy as all get out...I love nitro pours

D - Like I said this one is a great balance between pumpkin and pumpkin pie...this rates right up towards the top for me in pumpkin ales...a must try if you are at SGB in the fall

Photo of JohannBock
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've heard so many great things about this beer this was the main reason we came out to the brewery tonight.

A: Thick 2.5 fingers of off white head that receded very slowly. The beer was a brown orange color but when held into the light was orange around the outsides with a deep red in the middle.

S: Pretty much all pumpkin, not many spices though. There is a bit of cinnamon at the end but pumpkin really dominates.

T: Follows the nose pretty much to a "t". You get pumpkin right at the beginning. You get some hop in the middle but it is washed out again with pumpkin. The cinnamon comes out way late, almost after you swallow, but it's a really nice touch.

*Note* Becomes exceptional after you let it warm up. It's not a day and night difference but in my opinion it got much better after it sat around for a bit.

M: Smooth and creamy just like you want out of a nitro.

O: Nice pumpkin beer. I've never had a bad offering from Selin's Grove and this is no exception. Not overly spiced and just plain tasty.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Selin's Grove last weekend. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rusty orange-amber with a decent-sized off-white head that falls fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lacing, especially considering the serving type. The nose brings some really nice pumpkin pie character with a bit of spice and sweetness. Integrated spices with nothing over the top. The flavor carries this through. Mouthfeel is what really makes this beer. The nitro delivery is brilliant and the spices are just right through the finish. Great medium body and smooth carbonation. Really well done.

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on Nitro at the brewpub, served chilled in a tulip pint.

The color is like an amber sunset with thick cascade of nitro cream head with dark golden hue at base with fine bead and moderately hazed appearance. The smell is nice with a fragrant mix of spice with cinnamon woody character and smooth toasted malt odor with light nutty scent. The feel is thick and creamy from nitro pour but mildly spiced in general complimenting the malt base well with subtle sweetness and a thinner dry finish with light toast in the texture.

The flavor has a creamy spicy and mildly caramel malt flavor if you are comparing to pumpkin pie it not as dominated with spice it has a slight hint of woodiness from ginger or nutmeg perhaps with light toasted malt complimenting that and almost no alcohol in the taste but it is a sessionable strength pumpkin meaning it does not pack the sweetness or strength of an 'Imperial' version. I like the cinnamon-like taste and subtle clove/ginger quality in the dry finish. Overall this is a wonderful example of the style -very nice smooth and spicey balance very drinkable and I think the nitro kind of softens the spice but a flavorful base amber supports that.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NearTheGrove
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of orangesol
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Selin's Grove into a pint. Paired with a bowl of pumpkin soup. Such a good combo.

A - Pours a deep orange with a strong, creamy, two finger white head that leaves light lacing down the entire glass.

S - Light spices add a nice complement to all that pumpkin aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all the other pumpkin pie spices you would imagine are in this one. A very nice balance.

T - The spices dominate this one. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all the other spices help warm the pallet. The pumpkin flavors are ever present but don't come to the forefront until the finish. A great balance off spices and pumpkin.

M - Heavy flavor with a medium body and excellent carbonation. Very creamy feel on the pallet. The flavors are strong but don't linger for very long.

D - The strong spices bring it down a few notches but it is still a very enjoyable pumpkin offering. One of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Selin's Grove. Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color with an off-white head, about a finger in height that has decent retention, leaving a thin cap on top. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma a bit closed at first, but opened up quite a bit as it warmed. Lots of nice spice going on, cinnamon, nutmeg, with a little ginger. A bit of bready/graham cracker malt.

T: Quite tasty for a pumpkin beer, the spices and pumpkin blend nicely with the pie crust like malt. More cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with pumpkin, and a bit of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel.

O: Certainly one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

Photo of gator0877
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro tap tonight.

A Orange with a one inch white head. This sounds weird but it looked like an orange stout.

S. Light spice smell. It smelled more like roast pumpkin than pumpkin pie spice and that is kinda rare for most pumpkin beers.

T. Wow, just wow. There is a slight nutmeg and cinnamon taste but it is very faint and obviously not overpowering. Just like the smell, it has more of a roasted pumpkin taste and no hop presence. I really like this, it is a change from most pumpkin beers.

M. Very very creamy. It almost has a stout feel to it. I loved this.

D Low ABV. If I was here longer I could drink a few of these. This was a definate winner.

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