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Pumpkin Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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85
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 1
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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Dicers

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

11-11-2013 04:27:56 | More by Dicers
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Light Brown not much of a head that turned to film quickly. But did leave some decent lace adn legs

S - Cinamin and Spice, mostly cinamin but others there as well. Best part of the beer

T - Lot's of Cinamin in the taste, clove, all spice anise and pumkin in there as well.

M - Thin and watery, light body and not very good

O - Smelled nice and did not taste bad but not a good representative of the style

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:10:44 | More by thepeter
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-27-2013 05:05:01 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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jbaakko

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-27-2013 13:49:01 | More by jbaakko
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Cavery

California

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed from provisions for the heck of it, bootleggers has surprised me more than once with unexpectedly good beers. Might as well give this fall seasonal a go.

A: Amber with favoritism towards those bright orange pumpkin hues. A very weak head that seems to sizzle and evaporate like water on a skillet. Thin ring of slightly off-white foams lingers over a spicy orange/brown Halloween themed body.

S: Smells like a cinnamon scented candle. Some real waxiness with all the appropriate seasonal seasonings. The nose seems a bit mellow on the spices with no real pop, this makes the notes all come off a bit flat and mellow. The spice doesn't seem to kick in the disproportionate way that it needs to in order to differentiate itself from the pumpkin/yellow squash sweet notes. Not too promising here.

T: A simple and sweet flavor of pumpkin that hits lightly before a rush of equally tempered spices. It's like biting into pumpkin pie jello, in reverse. The spices hit last instead of first, and the consistency of the whole thing just seems to meld into a seasonal mush. Quite a bit of waxy unpleasantness, and some green pumpkin pulp flavors makes me think this harvest started a bit early.

M: This is a light bodied pumpkin ale that doesn't really work because of the mouth. I think this flavor profile would do better on a creamier, thicker, and all together strong body. This beer just seems to fall apart in the mouth, and with the textures go the flavors.

O: I think this flavor profile could be transported to a darker style and do a bit better. The pumpkin in this beer tasted pulpy, green, and altogether too squash-like. I think you could successfully make this kind of pumpkin beer with the right spicing and squash-like character, but the body needs to be dead on. The body really is what made this beer fall apart for me. It was the unstable foundation for the entire idea of this beer. Flavors departed too quickly, seasonings hit at the wrong time, and the beer was just a miss. Maybe they could have another go at it next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 04:26:13 | More by Cavery
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-22-2013 03:49:58 | More by XmnwildX12
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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The pour is a dark orange/copper color with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: This pumpkin ale is certainly heavy on the spices. I get a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice, pretty standard pumpkin pie spices. A little bit of sweet malt and maybe vanilla.

T: Again, the spices are the dominant character of the beer. Pretty similar to the nose with a bit more malty sweetness than the nose exhibited. There's a dry cidery sort of character to this beer, too.

M: The body is medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D: Lots of spices which is not a problem to me, but the cider sort of qualities were off-putting to me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 07:51:07 | More by womencantsail
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 1 inch fizzy tan head that settles to a thin film. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spices (especially cinnamon gum). Taste is of malt, pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon gun. Mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin beer but the cinnamon flavor reminds me too much of chewing gum.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:02:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Crazydaddyo

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-10-2013 15:33:33 | More by Crazydaddyo
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-28-2013 01:07:37 | More by jaydoc
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:58:04 | More by mikesgroove
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-18-2013 02:53:10 | More by ralphw56
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Azrael


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-20-2013 06:00:47 | More by Azrael
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ZombieJester

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-12-2013 18:25:15 | More by ZombieJester
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John11486

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-17-2012 19:34:40 | More by John11486
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BAsbill

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-21-2013 07:52:11 | More by BAsbill
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-01-2013 00:10:20 | More by davemathews68
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Murrhey

Montana

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz in a Pilsner glass

A- 1/2 inch offwhite head. Virtually no retention. Weak lacing. Reddish-brown color with weak carbonation. Disappointing.

S- There we go. Great nose. Pumpkin, with molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very obvious and very nice smelling. Spicy but pleasant. I wish it were stronger.

T- Watery flavor, I thought it was lacking. Pumpkin is nicely present and I sort of lost the other great flavors that I had smelled. Too subtle.

M- Worst part of the beer, way too watery for the flavor and smell.

O- Liked it a lot, can't say I loved it though. The downsides are too big for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:24:18 | More by Murrhey
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jpaulsen

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-19-2013 12:38:57 | More by jpaulsen
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-27-2013 01:58:06 | More by jeff1973
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midnitesun11

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-12-2013 04:13:09 | More by midnitesun11
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-22-2013 10:17:51 | More by zestar
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SoCaliC8

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-17-2014 12:01:54 | More by SoCaliC8
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Furlinator

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-07-2013 08:37:39 | More by Furlinator
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jminsc76

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a large, thick soapy head atop an orange, murky body. Head reemerges decently.

Aromas of pumpkin (like, real pumpkin), some spices, and brown sugar. Not getting any of the molasses, but whatever. Smells good, moderate in intensity.

Flavors of pumpkin (like, real pumpkin), some spices, and ah yes, there's the molasses. It all blends well to make something of a pumpkin pie flavor. Similar to the aromas, mellow in its intensity.

Mouthfeel is thin, insubstantial.

Overall, this is a decent pumpkin ale. Plenty of flavor, though the finish is a little watery. Bootlegger's has a lot to work with here, and I would like to see them improve on the mouthfeel, just a little bit.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving dinner wasn't quite ready, so no pairing with stuffing or sweet potatoes for me. Boo hoo.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:40:45 | More by jminsc76
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Pumpkin Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
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