Pumpkin Ale - Old Forge Brewing Company

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Forge Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: AdamBear on 08-24-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.18/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very mild vegetal aroma, not really pumpkin but maybe cooked squash. Taste is watery with a weak malt flavor. Minimal pumpkin and even less spice. The hop bitterness predominates in the finish. The adorable can is the best thing about this beer. Pity the brewing isn't as good as the marketing.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Finally, a Pumpkin Ale in my favorite vessel - A 16 oz. can...

A - Just a tad more than two fingers worth of fluffy slightly billowing audibly fizzy light khaki colored head with a slight orange tinge... Decent retention... The head becomes creamier as it settles ultimately leaving a fairly thick full rich uber-creamy lacing... The color is a light to medium golden orange... A moderate bit of carbonation that rises in streaks that start at a pedestrian pace before reaching a quick pace towards the top of the glass... A very slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A pumpkin / gourd forward offering... Fresh pumpkin pulp... This first whiff is quickly followed by a wave of spiciness... The spices are highlighted by a nifty mix of clove and all spice... There is also some cinnamon present, but it takes a distant backseat to the other spices... Some light pie crust notes... There is the slightest whiff of vanilla buried deep down beneath the surface...

T - The spices seem to mostly disappear on the palate... The pumpkin puree is again the start... Very pleasant... There is a very subtle undertone of vanilla... Perhaps a hint of pie crust... The spices are almost none existent but do appear on the finish in a very muddled manner...

M - Light bodied... Limited carbonation... Unfortunately this one is a bit on the thin side of the equation... Rather uneventful mouthfeel... To be honest, it's actually more than a bit disappointing...

D - Promising appearance and aroma quickly give way to pedestrian flavor and dissappointing mouthfeel... Mix that with the 4.6% ABV and the end result is a rather quaffable but unremarkable Pumpkin Ale... I was eager to try this one, but was left a bit unsatisfied...

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a can of this for $3.50. Into a pint glass
A - Off to a great start a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that seems to stick around forever with great lacing. Color is a Nice bright orange yellow color rather dark but clear.
S - Not overbearing with spices mild brown sugar and vanilla if anything its mostly bright pumpkin flesh with a vegital squash smell.
T - To me it needs more sweetness from the vanilla and more spice. It does taste rather pumpkin which is good I guess. Very traditional After a few sips my palate does adjust to the vegital taste and it taste rather good.
M -Despite the lower than average ABV it does taste rather good. Light to medium yet the body is not too watery.
Overall I was sort of impressed with this as my first offering from Old Forge Brewery but with little spice or sweetness its not overly interesting but its not "uber hopped" which I appreciate. Above average overall.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had laid in a whole bunch of pumpkin beers when they were first released in late-August (!) so that I would have some available in October since they flew off of the shelves in the interim. There seemed to be a bumper crop of pumpkin CANs this year, which is a good sign for The CANQuest (TM), which is on the approach to # 1000.

From the CAN: "Forging Better Beer"; "Malt beverage brewed with pumpkin and spices, with vanilla added."; "Pumpkin Ale is a seasonal ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, subtle spices, and vanilla."; "We strive to honor personal craftsmanship. Our handcrafted beer is made in small batches to ensure quality and peak freshness. Brewed and CANned by Old Forge Brewing Company, Danville, PA."

The Crack was loud and nothing unexpected was happening, so I went with an inverted Glug. This netted me two fingers of fizzy, tawny head with reduced retention as it quickly subsided. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = ~ 8) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was nicey spicy with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg really jumping out. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was rather muted, especially for a style that relies so heavily on spices as its driving force. It did not taste bad, just kind of weak. I certainly tasted the cinnamon, especially, but it just seemed as though I had tried better. Finish was semi-dry with the spices really contributing to this aspect of the beer. It was not a bad beer, but it did not knock my socks off, either.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 57md
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper with less than a finger of head. The nose has both notes of both pumpkin and seasonal spices. The flavor profile includes a little pumpkin and a little spice, but is nothing terribly bold. The finish is nicely dry. An adequate, but uneventful brew.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice amber color with absolutely perfect clarity. Nice looking white head, mostly small bubbles with some medium sized ones worked in there. Goes away pretty quickly, and not much in the way of lacing. Good looking beer though, I really can't believe how clear it is.

The smell is pretty good, a fair representation of the style. Not really too much to say about it, it just smells like pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste is a step up from the smell. The smell is more just the pumpkin pie spices, which are present in the taste too, but it actually tastes like beer too. Nutmeg and cinnamon slightly present in addition to some earthy mashed pumpkin. Decent malt backbone and a hint of hops. At the end there is a finishing flavor of some vanilla.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied I'd say. Pretty smooth with a slight earthy tone. Starts sweet and maintains most of the way through, a nice warming finish. Good carbonation level and slightly consistent with the typical pumpkin beer mouthfeel. Very drinkable beer, goes by pretty quick. Not the biggest pumpkin beer fan in the world, but I enjoyed this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is copper, head did not present.

Smell is very subdue, even when warmed, hints of caramel, overtaken softly by spices, mostly vanilla, but some cinnamon and ginger possibly.

Taste is slightly more noticeable than the scent, light, easy malt flavors, maybe some biscuit, spices are bit more pronounced, especially the vanilla, hints of other light spice, ginger and cinnamon and touch of clove.

Mouthfeel is better as it warms, pretty crisp and carbonated when chilled; flavors sit on tongue and linger lightly, maybe more so than thought by the strength of the flavors in the scent and taste.

Overall, a very subtle, lightly spiced pumpkin ale, good, simple rendition.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Pumpkin Ale from Old Forge Brewing Company
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