Pumpkin Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 12-12-2009)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is interesting. When I had this a year ago in the bottle it was pretty awful. This year I can't find fault with the stuff on tap.

Handsome amberish orange color in the tulip glass. A decent foam and nicely carbonated. The vegetable taste is kind of sweet, like butternut squash, but it has a sharper tang that provides some balance. The stuff actually tastes like pumpkin instead of pie. There is a little spice, but mercifully it's hot the cinnamon pie bomb that so many brewers subject us to. Warm and malty in a way that enhances the actual pumpkin flavor. Atertaste is a beery and slightly fruity with just a scratch of bitter spice.

This is definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Quite drinkable and tasty with food. On tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Dicers
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

877th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22 oz

2011 bottle
Purchased from Bevmo Chino Hills

App- A mix of orange and light brown with some amber running through the center. A small impish one finger head with a lack of cling. Nice color just lacking stick.

Smell- Nice aromatics of a -bit of roast pumpkin a little bit of nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. As it warms a little bit of vanilla prevails next.

Taste- I don't get a lot of the pumpkin but keeps a ton of the nutmeg and allspice to layer itself after a pumpkin that has a little bit of that molasses on the label. A good tasting beer but a little more pumpkin would be nice.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. Nice residual spice, pumpkin and nutmeg with a little cinnamon. Needs more pumpkin

Drink- I haven't had a lot of pumpkin beers being from So. Cal but this was good and very tasty. A good mix across the board with layers of flavor and nice spice profile.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Pumpkin Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
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