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Pumpkin Ale - Old Forge Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AdamBear on 08-24-2013)
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Photo of wattoclone
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.

Photo of bum732
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of dfhhead25
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Crimzy711
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Roland45s
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Lehighace06
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of canawler
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mvanaskie13
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Pumpkin Ale from Old Forge Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.