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Pumpkin Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 12-12-2009)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Demosthenes255, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy orange-ish amber color with a very thin cream colored head.

S: Lots of pumpkin flesh, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and some brown sugar.

T: This beer definitely tastes like fall. There's just enough pumpkin flavor in here and it doesn't feel forced or artificial. A nice blend of spices as well along with a hint of grain and molasses on the finish. One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had.

notchucknorris, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Nonic
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Huge thanks to RodBurg for bringing this one to me!

This one pours a dark shade of amber. It produces a very small, quite loose and foamy, head. This disipates quickly to nothing. Lacing is very minimal.

Lots of pumpkin in the nose, along with a good amount of pie spices. Nutmeg, allspice and a hint of cinnamon. Traces of brown sugar and vanilla.
I like pumpkin beers and this one smells very good.

A good malty backbone here, slightly earthy and slightly sweet. Good yeast presence combines with a like touch of butterey caramel and gives an almost crust-like taste. The pumpkin flavor seems real, not artificial (flavoring). The pumpkin and yeast and malts are balanced by the spices, which we already found, in the nose. There is a nice hint of the molasses flavor, with a trace of sweetness, that hits around mid-palate and rides almost to the finish.

A solid medium body on this one. It has a high level of carbonation. Not quite enough to give it a sharp quality, just enough to make it crisp.
The body is fairly well done, to style. I'd like to see someone make a pumpkin beer with a big, heavy, thich, creamy body to it.

Personally, I'd be hard pressed to tell you that there was any alcohol in this beer at all. The 6.10%abv is not the biggest in the world, to be sure, but it's very well hidden, regardless.
Very easy-to-drink.

coldmeat23, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a almost pumpkin orange color with a 1/2 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: Pumpkin all spice clove and cinnamon notes like a typical pumpkin beer

Taste: Upfront is quite a bit of pumpkin and in the middle is just a touch of molasses and rounds off with a nice amount of cinnamon. One of the better tasting pumpkin beers I have had.

Mouthfeel: Almost a medium body with an ample amount of carbonation

Overall: Good pumpkin beer definitely recommended if your a fan of the style

DarthKostrizer, Oct 08, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

This is orange amber colored, topped by a fast fading head which leaves a tiny amount of lacing obto the maso jar it sits in. The aroma comes out in full force, pumpkin pie spices fly right out with a whiff of vanilla. Despite the medium body, it's full flavored. The pumpkin base stands out and provides the base to the generous amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla notes in this beer. Fizzy carbonation appears to intensify the spices. However, you'll want to drink this slow.

Talk about hitting the spot, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. I've tasted this in the past, so it was great to revisit and get an "extended taste" on this seasonal.

DoubleJ, Nov 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

mjr2377, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01Ryan10, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sandiego67, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Wowcoolman, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

t0rin0, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a soft white head, good head retention for the style, no lace.

S: Hard to come by at first, but got some nice vanilla and fall spice by the end of the pint.

T: This is a pretty darn good pumpkin ale. Real pumpkin flesh flavour is very well balanced by the simple spicing - nutmeg, allspice, cinnnamon(minor). It doesn't go to the extreme one way or the other as many pumpkin ales tend to do.

M: Medium-bodied, has the fizzy carbonation I find in pumpkin beers often, smooth drinking though.

D: Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I've ever had and certainly the best CA made one I've had. Very impressive. Certainly something to be on the lookout for in October 2010.

Halcyondays, Dec 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of vince4953529
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 cc bottle poured.

It seems like Bootlegger's is bottling more and more of their brews.

The color is similar to a typical amber ale. Not a thick brew, finishes dry and clean. it's an easy-drinking pumpkin ale with medium ABV. It is a appropriate to accompany the autumn/winter atmosphere.

vince4953529, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of phichifiji00
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Orange/Amber in color, hazy, pours 1 finger of off white head that fades fairly quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, pumpkin.

Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A good, very drinkable pumpkin ale. Very little astringency. Good spice level/balance.

phichifiji00, Oct 30, 2011
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Pumpkin Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
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