Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin PorterRedhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter

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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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Ratings: 370 | Reviews: 79
Reviews by N3rdM3t4l:
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

That strange 22oz stubby thingy Red Hook uses into a frosted shaker pint.

A: pours super dark with garnet highlights, a finger of khaki head fell to a thick cap of foam. Hardly any light gets through.

S: pumpkin scented hints of the spices. A touch of roasty and all the way through the smell of fall and good porter.

T: up front this is a good porter, it is followed by the pumpkin flavor. The spice is harder to pick out in the taste but it could be meshing with the pumpkin really well.

M: rich and sort of heavy just like it should be. Great autumn beer. Even funnier because it has felt like fall all day. Excellent!

O: great pumpkin flavor, solid porter, wonderful fall beer. SCORE FOR RED HOOK! I will be drinking this all season.

More User Reviews:
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 notabeersnob
4/5  rDev +16.3%

I wouldn't consider this a porter or a pumpkin beer. It's just a nice easy-drinking tasteful beer. subtle taste of pumpkin, some smoke, and the nice smooth porter characteristics. It's a little flat like a cask ale. all said I think it's a great fall beer. I will enjoy this much more in October.

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 chinchill
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

12 oz bottle.
Dark, opaque, red-brown body with a decent head.
Overly spiced ale. good bitter/sweet balance. Pumpkin pie spices dominate and mask the malt base.

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 samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

It needs more pumpkin, Jack! This sounds so good on the bottle but it's lacking in the pumpkin department in both the nose and taste. Warm the flavors become more pronounced, definitely get the nutmeg and maple and some pumpkin. Cold, good luck getting more than a slightly sweet light porter. Overall, despite not living up to the description it's still quite drinkable. Not something I'd see myself buying maybe, but love to see at a fall party.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pitch black in color with a cream-colored head that's considerably sparse---maybe a sixteenth of an inch of head. Lac is present but again, not entirely abundant.

The smell is immediately pumpkin, then spice, hints of bubblegum, and some chocolate. These all transfer over to the taste, but other flavors emerge as well, particularly nutmeg and coffee.

The beer has some bite to it because of the spices and is quaffable. There's something about the beer that I enjoy but I can't quite place my finger on what. It's a good beer ultimately, something I'd give a run next fall as well.

Photo of alphagnome
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Incredibly dark brown in color - reminds me of tar and allows next to no light to pass through. A soft, tan head keeps the beer from escaping, leaving trace lacing.

Nice layers of cinnamon and molasses are the most dominant while maple is noticable towards the end of the nose. Welcoming aroma at first... After a while black licorice started bleeding through... and I'm not a fan of that character.

Roasted grains are quite prevelant here, as is the unfortunate taste of black licorice. Molasses and pecans are noticable. A very bitter, roasted coffee is also detectable. All of this flavors cannot distract you from the black licorice however.

Surprisingly light body for a porter and very uneventful in the carbonation department (practically flat). Refreshing if you can look past its flaws.

I was dissappointed with this one, once I noticed the black licorice, it was incredibly hard to notice much else. I applaud Redhooks approach, but I can't recommend it.

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Now, this is a nice twist on the usual pumpkin ale. Melding the pumpkin and Fall spices with a dark and roasty porter, rather than a regular ale, Red Hook’s Pumpkin Porter also adds maple syrup for an added dimension. And at a relatively light 5.8% ABV, this is a drinkable and session-worthy seasonal.

My tasting begins with the pouring, and Out Of Your Gourd pours an opaque black with slight ruby highlights. I get a thick head of tan suds, giving way to cloudy tree-line lacing.

The aroma is definitely heavier Wintery spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice), with only a token touch of pumpkin on the palate. I would’ve liked a little more of the pureed pumpkin to show itself here.

Taste is rich and spiced, with, again, the pumpkin not being as prominent as I’d like. The maple syrup also seems a bit submerged, though I do get a nice roasted element from the porter underneath all the spices. Overall a solid Fall/pumpkin brew, but not one of the best.

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured minimal head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is pumpkin spice, cinnamon and roasted malt. It smells just like pumpkin pie.
The taste is shallow. A little pumpkin, lemon bitter and a touch of roasted malt.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste was too mild, not really a porter or a pumpkin beer.

Photo of freakspank
4/5  rDev +16.3%

During the fall months of the year I try to get my hands on every pumpkin style beer I can and give them a try. This was one of the first ones I got my hands on this year and was quiet surprised. Very easy to drink and a great dark porter feel and look to it. Does taste like pumpkin but the maple comes out in it more for me which I like. Doesn't have that "fruity" style taste yet has a more complex porter that I could drink all fall...

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 Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark brown-nearly black color with a creamy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, coating the side of the glass. Awesome looking beer

S- raw pumpkin with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. There's a nice roasty/grainy malt with a touch of chocolate in the background

T- nice blend of pumpkin spices up front; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. slightly sweet mid-palate, perhaps from the maple syrup used, smoky chocolate with a hint of coffee on a dry finish

M- medium body with a creamy mouthfeel produced from an everlasting head, moderate carbonation leads to a smooth and creamy finish

O- the base porter is solid within itself with nice chocolate and smoked malt flavors, the pumpkin spices add another demension and the two balance each other very well. The creamy head is still standing after drinking 3/4 of the beer. Overall very good and one that I'll be going back to this fall. Pumpkin porters should be produced by breweries more often

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 Bung
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Nearly black brown pour, just a few wisps of off white. Cola like but much thicker appearing.

Aroma, some earthy pumpkin and allspice. Some roast malt and cocoa beneath.

Taste, Some sweeter chocolate and all spice again up front. Bready malt, which I would say has a squash component to it. Toasted malt and dark chocolate. Just a little herbal bitterness. A chocolate covered nuttiness lingers nicely.

Maybe medium bodied, carbonation is pretty lively. Drinks pretty easy. About as 50/50 mix between pumpkin ale and porter as you could get. Certainly worth a try at the price point.

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 goochpunch
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours out a deep ruby, almost black. Head is a light khaki. Smells of pumpkin pie spice, anise, and roasted malts. Flavor is light on the pie spice. Burnt, ashy grain and anise stand out above all else. I don't pick up much pumpkin or maple syrup. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and medium bodied. Too much anise for me. Not sure if it was actually used, or if it's just what I'm perceiving.

Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz stubby bottle marked 11:08-Aug 01 13. Sampled on September 6, 2013.

I enjoyed how it looked quite a lot. It was a chestnut brown pour with ruby red hues throughout and a silky beige head that stuck around.

The aroma has a nice dose of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and maple syrup with more muted earthy hops and coffee.

The body was quite thin however and was a lot like water.

The taste improved with each sip with forward pumpkin spices and sweetness to start eventually giving a little room for the coffee notes to sneak in for a bite. Not bad.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on July 3, 2014. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), coffee and a bit of chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt and ginger in there. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was a good brew, and a pretty good deal for the price at $7.49 a 6-pack. At that price, why not try it? I know I won't have any problems finishing this 6 pack!

Photo of xboxhueg
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie.

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 LiquidAmber
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, pumpkin and holiday spices, exactly what a pumpkin ale should smell like. Flavor is mild toasted malt, cooked pumpkin, light pie spices. Finishes rather mild with light residual malt and spices. Light to medium bodied. The porter body is thin, but mellow and pleasant. A nice, but understated light pumpkin ale.

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.


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Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
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