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Pumpkin Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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42 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
To honor Fall we offer our deep mahogany hued Pumpkin Ale, bursting with a robust roasted malt flavor. To this mélange we add copious amounts of pumpkin and embellish that further with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. This would have been ideal, but perfection is our preference and so we diligently add cocoa nibs as the beer conditions and intensifies the depth of flavor. This melds magnificently with the pumpkin and spice. And as a fitting finale we gently introduce hops to compliment this complex potion and the result is a finish that is clean and brilliant.

(Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 09-20-2013)
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BucannonXC5

California

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a BevMo variety 8-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2013
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an amber orange color with three fingers of khaki white head that shrunk pretty quickly. A decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Very good layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass on the way down. Great and thick retention all the way down.

Smelled pumpkin seeds, peppery spices, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate and faint peppermint.

Tasted a bit better than the smell. First thing I noticed was cocoa, chocolate and fudge chips. Also pumpkin, nutmeg, caramel, toffee pumpkin rind and faint cinnamon. Maybe even some chili peppers in there late?

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, spicy finish.

The most different kind of pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. A couple of my ratings could have gone either way, but I’d try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 07:46:13 | More by BucannonXC5
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paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-18-2014 00:59:34 | More by paulish
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a reddish orange color with only a slight head and some floaties mixed in the beer. The aroma is mild with pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, and other spices. The texture is bold and smooth with good pumpkin flavor that it’s too thin or watery like other pumpkin beers. A delicious, sold seasonal beer just too bad I found this past the prime pumpkin beer drinking season.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 02:52:18 | More by Lemke10
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-24-2014 04:08:43 | More by apasternak
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-12-2014 19:07:27 | More by imperialking
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heyjose

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer that I would definitely drink again. I can taste the spices with a subtle pumpkin flavor and mild hoppiness. Cocoa nibs are added, but I cannot taste them. The mouth feel is a little malty, but not real sweet. The color is anice orange-brown. Carbonation is good, but not much head. No yeast at the bottom.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:49:54 | More by heyjose
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

01-01-2014 19:02:00 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-29-2013 16:20:40 | More by KevinGordon
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TruePerception

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-21-2013 18:43:31 | More by TruePerception
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hickmancase

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-30-2013 08:30:24 | More by hickmancase
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-26-2013 08:58:20 | More by largadeer
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this Pumpkin has a lot of amber mixed with a brownish orange. The head was fizzy and bubbly but it did settle to a tightly knit foam.

The scent is typical pumpkin ale with gourd, light cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and some bread or malt.

The flavor has nice pumpkin tones, good spice and a light balance of everything you expect. Nothing screams out superb Pumpkin experience but it is tasty.

The feel is easy refreshing but highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:57:42 | More by KYGunner
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ScorpyX

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

11-22-2013 19:29:00 | More by ScorpyX
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mactrail

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very thin body. I believe "wan" is the word for it. The aroma is pleasant with the spice and a whiff of cocoa. Attractive orangey amber color with lots of suds with every pour.

This is just so light in body and sharp in mouthfeel it seems more like a Pumpkin Pilsener, though without the crisp hoppiness. The spice and vegetable flavors are quite restrained though a little candy-like.

Borderliine drinkable. I still don't know why this has to be a style, and why people keep making these light pumpkin lagers. Maybe a Pumpkin Belgian Golden Ale would be an improvement.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 06:33:33 | More by mactrail
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csadkins54

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-19-2013 21:49:46 | More by csadkins54
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-16-2013 16:54:59 | More by schaffer9252
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-12-2013 09:03:23 | More by JSchock7
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sunofneurot

New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-12-2013 02:14:43 | More by sunofneurot
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hilgart1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-11-2013 05:17:47 | More by hilgart1
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-09-2013 06:32:19 | More by WoodburyMN
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alexanf

Mississippi

2.75/5  rDev -21%

11-09-2013 05:29:03 | More by alexanf
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JLapadura

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-01-2013 01:58:44 | More by JLapadura
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.9%

10-31-2013 18:17:56 | More by lauries444
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New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-30-2013 17:31:38 | More by civicm87
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