Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 11
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tdizzle on 08-21-2013

Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter is dark chestnut brown in color and is made with pureed pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are added to the whirlpool and maple syrup is added during fermentation. This full-bodied, rich roasty porter makes you want to eat turkey and watch football, or build a bonfire.
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Photo of Nugganooch
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 10/23/2014

A: Pours a thin dark brownish-black body with a nice healthy brown sugar head. Nice retention efforts with lots of bubbles popping throught the foam. Nice crusty lace left sticking to the glass.

S: Smells of coffee roast with cocoa powder and a light earthy spicing. I get some take on a squashy vegetal component but its not very distinct. This more porter-esque in the aroma. Not a bad thing but nothing stand out.

T: Taste does have more of a lomey green veggie rather than pumpkin but there is a nice coffee roast character to it with a light chalking of cocoa. Has an earthy spice bread note but the holiday spices are not very pronounced at all here. I get a light bittering hop detected along with some dark berries and a slight char on the back end. Decent fair and kind of to be expected.

M: The feel is moderate to light and runs a bit wattered down. Even carb and a touch of bitters helps froth up and dry out in the finish. Still on the wetter side.

D: What you would expect from Redhook. Nothin excepetional here. The base porter is decent but I don't think the pumpkin is elevating the experience much.

Photo of Matonika
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Fainting pie spice is only aroma. Taste is spicy, nutty ,caramelized a touch of minerality from maple syrup. Also a touch phenolic and a unappealing lingering aftertaste.

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, some hints of pumpkin, but not much. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not a bad beer, but drinks much more like a porter than a pumpkin beer.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, dark black, almost opaque color, with a quarter of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and malty, like freshly baked dark bread. I also get notes of pumpkin pie spices such as all-spice, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; however, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Very roasty up front, like a porter should. Lots of roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. However, unlike the aroma, there’s practically no flavors of pumpkin or pumpkin pie spices, which is disappointing. There is a decent amount of sweetness after the initial roasted flavors fall away, but not much in the way of pumpkin or pumpkin pie spices, more like a caramel-like sweetness. Also, there’s not much in the way of hops either.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with almost no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good porter, but as a pumpkin flavored beer goes, it’s pretty thin. Next year I think that I’ll pass on it.

Photo of pman03872
4.67/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wasnt sure at first but after a few I was 'hooked'.

Photo of CTurtle2
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Could not get enough of this beer! Loved it

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Red Hook Out of Your Gourd has a thick, creamy, cream-beige head, a very dark brown appearance, with ruby highlights, as the light hits it, and spider web lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of subtly spiced pumpkin, malt, and sugar. Taste is of dark, spiced bread, syrup, and slightly burned popcorn. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Red Hook Out of Your Gourd finishes semi-dry, mellow, and not overly spiced.


Photo of tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with thin light brown foam, smell is less than expected in a good way - mildly sweet and hints of spices. Taste is roast and malt with smooth feel. I'm typically wary of these holiday-spiced brews as they tend to be overdone. This one't just right.

Photo of Patbrown2
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Only taste is initial pumpkin spice. Not much after that

Photo of dangriff
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Nothing special here. Pumpkin is lost in the porter and even the porter does not come through

Photo of Tommo
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Very very thin even for a porter. Maybe its late in the season, but most pumpkin is gone, only taste left is the spice on top which is barely appealing. A most disappointing beverage

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/31/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, herbal, and roast/spice earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, pumpkin, spices, and light herbal hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, herbal, and roast/spice earthiness. Slight roast/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, and roast/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, spices, and light herbal hop flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin spiced porter. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Urk1127
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into nonic. Orange brown color. Not really much of a head. Smell is clove and yeast and pumpkin allspice smell. Taste is like a malty pumpkin pie but not that sweet. I would not buy again was good at first sip but could barely finish it honestly. Not a fan of pumpkin in beers

Photo of Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Massive, dense dark tan head surmounts a black body, impenetrable to light. Alien hieroglyphs masquerading as lacing adorn the glass walls. The head retention is excellent.

Aroma: Dark caramel malt opens the aroma. Cloves, bitter chocolate, and surprisingly coffee, soon follow. There are notes of cinnamon and nutmeg as well.

Taste: Opens with a wave of caramel and dark roasted malt. Soon after, cinnamon and nutmeg appear. The spices carry well throughout. The caramel and dark malt form the backbone of the taste. Later in the taste, woody notes arise. Finishes with a lingering wave of pumpkin pie spices and roasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, quite drinkable, over-the-top example.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, custom brown glass bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/24/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains pumpkin, coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very smoky. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with mild flavors of coffee and pumpkin. The hops presence is mild as expected but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, mixing the pumpkin flavor with a smoky porter is better to me than the standard Pumpkin Ale, overall it’s a decent beer.

Photo of moundbz
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smoked holiday spice, no pumpkin taste

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours like a stout with deep black hue. The nose has deep pumpkin spice, anise, nutmeg, malty char, gourd and gingerbread. The flavor is more char than gourd, less spice than the nose and a bit watery. Where the nose advertised an autumn like bouquet the flavor doesn't live up to it. Don't get me wrong this is good and above average but it could be so much better.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer smelled more pumpkin-y than it actually tasted. I could taste a bit of the spice. But actually what I liked best was the bit of smoke flavor in this porter. I've had many a pumpkin beer, but never one that tasted smoky.

Photo of xboxhueg
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie.

Photo of guityler83
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Bottle date - Aug 4 14
Glass - Surly Darkness Snifter

A: Thick, luscious cream colored head with endless sustain. Lacing left behind covered most of the two finger hight that it poured, with only a few dry spots. The beer is deep brown just a few shades from black. The layer of foam rested on the beer nearly the full time.

S: Nutmeg, clove and all spice are up front in the nose with a mix of cinnamon and vanilla slightly lesser. Toasty, pie crust, and nutty like malt aromas. No hop aroma to speak of. Medium aroma overall.

T: Nutmeg and cinnamon flavors with a woody edge (like cinnamon sticks). The pumpkin might be there but its hard to distinguish with the nutmeg taking center stage. Nutty and light milk chocolate malt flavor (very english minded) with no detectable hop flavor. Balance is on the malts, sweetness is medium. Maple is more of a sweetness than it is a flavor in the finish

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light with carbonation on the mild side. The woody character from the spices gives a tad bit of harshness in the finish but its clean otherwise.

O: Not a bad pumpkin beer by any means but not a great one either. The woody character made it slightly harsher then I like and the thinner mouthfeel probably killed it for me. I’d compare it to a brown ale with spices.

Photo of dmgeng
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

I've never been a fan of any Redhook beer but with my pumpkin beer kick I figured the $2 would be worth it to try a pumpkin porter, even if it was Redhook.

A - Dark brown almost black color. Very small white head with almost no lacing. Not a very ascetically pleasing beer.

S - Light spices come first: i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and maybe some slight clove. Second to the spices comes the lighter porter with some caramel, chocolate, and malt character. Seems like a good mixture in the nose

T - Initially you get the spices coming through, however not a dominant pumpkin pie flavor but enough to taste first. Second comes the pretty tasty porter flavors with some chocolate and light roasty character accompanied by the caramel and malt. Quite a balanced flavor without any harshness or bitterness that some commercial dark beers have.

M - Light to moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation. The body was light and pretty crisp but didn't seem too watery or cheap especially compared to their ESB.

Overall, this is an okay pumpkin beer. It doesn't have the flavor depth or spice palate that most craft pumpkin beers have and isn't a good representative of that flavor but with that being said it is still drinkable and is a significant improvement from Warlock the last dark pumpkin beer I had that was just burnt pumpkin. This beer does well to merge the dark beer style with the pumpkin spices. Don't expect the best pumpkin beer but it's worth a try and at only $2 a bottle and it's hard to pass up the deal. I might get it again next year if Schlafly isn't keeping up with demand for their pumpkin offerings.

Glass- Chimay Goblet

Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very deep chocolate brown letting no light through. Aroma is mainly of pumpkin/pumpkin spice. Taste is definitely full with pumpkin pie spice, some pumpkin and also dry spice. I do get some characters of a porter, some malt sweetness and some bitterness. I think a lot of the bitterness is coming from the spices, though.

Photo of hophead_87
3.75/5  rDev +9%

I enjoyed this. Nice depth to the porter and the pumpkin lends some spice.. but doesn't overpower..

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug, the beer is a very dark brown coloring with ruby highlights, and a thin, filmy, sparse, surface coating of light tan head. Aromas of heavily roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, and caramel. Pretty rich nose, but subtle. Flavors are roasted and rich pumpkin forward, with a subtle spice blend to follow. Fairly sweet blend, but it disappears quickly, and leans more to a bitter roasted characteristic in the aftertaste. Sugary sweet, and cloying overall. Oily body. The finish is richly sweet, like pumpkin bread. This beer isn't bad, but it's a bit all over the place.

Photo of hreb
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle served in pint glass. Date Aug 12 14 printed on bottle. Beer pours dark brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma is seriously disappointing. Pumpkin porter had so much potential for roasty goodness, pumpkin gourdiness, or just pie spice. This falls flat and delivers only adjunct amber lager in the nose. Flavor is nicer, but pretty mild. Well balanced between a generic edge of spice and a hint of pumpkin flavor, with the body of a porter, all with the volume turned down. I don't get any maple flavor, either.

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Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
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