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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:
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(Beer added by: AdamBear on 08-24-2013)
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

djrn2, Nov 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

acurtis, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Knapp85, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm really glad Abe's sells things for a reasonable price so that I can get pumpkin beers for $2.25.

For a pumpkin beer, it's not all that bad. The spices and pumpkin are there as usual. Kind of a metallic tone going on in a very minimal way. Hey, it's a pumpkin beer. Some people like them and some don't. I don't. But for what it is this does the job.

RblWthACoz, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

InspectorBob, Sep 01, 2013
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.

woodychandler, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

xnicknj, Sep 21, 2013
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.

DrDemento456, Sep 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

IPAchris, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

rfgetz, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange-reddish-amber color with a very foamy head of 2.5 fingers. The head fades rapidly at first but, at about one finger, persists for a few minutes more. Once the persistent foam head fades, it leaves a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some foam islands on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is of a roasted pumpkin smell with some bready aromas mixed within. Along with these smells are some spice aromas of clove and nutmeg as well as a light cinnamon and a little bit of brown sugar and caramel. Overall a nice balanced pumpkin ale aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and lightly roasted pumpkin flavor at the front. Along with these flavors are some lighter caramel tastes sweetening the brew ever so lightly. The caramel fades as the taste moves on with some spice flavors of a clove and nutmeg coming more toward the middle of the taste. Some of the caramel returns more toward the end of the taste along with some brown sugar as well. With these sweeter flavors coming, the once lighter roasted pumpkin taste takes on a much more roasted flavor. With a decent sum of cinnamon and a light herbal and earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a lightly sweetened, nicely roasted, and moderately spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to above average for a growler pour. The carbonation level is quite nice for the roasted pumpkin flavors and the lighter sweetness of the brew, although a bit more body thickness may have helped all the flavors around a bit more. With that said while at only 4.6 % abv., the mouthfeel is actually quite good overall.

Overall – This is likely the best pumpkin session beer I have ever had. While not a super flavorful powerhouse like many of the pumpkin brews out there (imperials in particular) it packs tons of great flavor and a wonderful drinkability into a very modest 4.6 % abv. Perfect for sipping on a nice autumn day watching football and chatting with friends.

Darkmagus82, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

st9647v3, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

tommyguz, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

IdrinkGas, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

jbaker67, Sep 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

brez8791, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

hoppymcgee, Sep 08, 2013
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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...

philbe311, Sep 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

dfhhead25, Sep 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

bum732, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Drknight, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

TimoP, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

bacher468, Sep 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
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Pumpkin Ale from Old Forge Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.