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Pumpkin Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 13.3%
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 +14.7%
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!

jacwomyn, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Rhettroactive, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
4/5  rDev -8.3%

hardcor33, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Bieregod
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Bieregod, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of robieobie1
5/5  rDev +14.7%

robieobie1, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of jordanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jordanmiller, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +14.7%

brez8791, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +14.7%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +14.7%

whartontallboy, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of krukster
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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

krukster, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of JohannBock
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

JohannBock, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Selin's Grove Pumpkin Ale has a dark orange to brown body with a very solid-looking tan head. This one was obviously a nitro pour. Very good lacing and retention.

The nose has a lot of sweetness and a variety of spices. Smells more like pumpkin and less like pumpkin pie than a lot of other pumpkin beers, which is something that I like. Over-spiced beers all taste the same, and I seldom want a second glass.

I'm not sure how this beer tastes so much like pumpkin flesh, but it reminds me of that more than any other beer that I can think of. All kinds of pumpkin flavor and a moderate amount of sweetness do most of the work of the flavor profile here. The spices do come in toward the end, but they are accents rather than highlights. A bit of cinnamon is really all I pick up, with maybe a hint of vanilla. This is a very good pumpkin beer.

Full and creamy, like any nitro-pour should be.

For once I'm not going to complain about a nitro-pour, because this beer is so damn good. For the first time ever, I ordered more than one of the same pumpkin beer in the same night. For those of you who like an occasional pumpkin beer, but tire of the spices, this one is for you.

Hojaminbag, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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!!!

bigfnjoe, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of pmsawyer
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 white head.

S - Light spices complement the pumpkin aroma. The pumpkin pie spices present a good balance.

T - Expertly made pumpkin pie in a glass. The pumpkin flavors are well presented but not overwhelmed by any spice.

M - Good flavor, medium body, excellent carbonation and smooth texture contribute to the style.

D - The best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

pmsawyer, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

stakem, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

orangesol, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of gator0877
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

gator0877, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -11%
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.

Sammy, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

akorsak, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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

thain709, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Beerisheaven, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of cyraxx
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

cyraxx, Nov 08, 2009
Pumpkin Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.