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Pumpkin Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 1
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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ScorpyX

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a...wella pumpkin orange color with a nice looking billowing white head that has a creamy texture to it and never really settles.Aromas of cinnamon and clove mainly and on the lighter side.Prickly at first in the mouth with a lighter to medium feel.Pumpkin pie spice with only cinnamon actually standing out over the rest,a bit of a drying earthiness in the finish.Par for the course I guess for the style,nothing stands out but it's not horrible.

10-28-2013 20:19:17 | More by oberon
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +2%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Lovely looking froth, clear reddish hue. Mild pumpkin and spice int the nose, chicory, fresh grain, orange pith, and mild caramel. Smooth, cocoa nibs, pumpkin, noticeable but still vague spicing, mild broth, very light hopping, dusty grain, ends dry.

A bit different than the usual pumpkin brews but still well within the same vein, the cocoa nib element could have been dialed up a bit more ... perhaps an addition of darker malts would have elevated this beer as well. Give it a try.

09-22-2013 02:58:02 | More by Jason
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-21-2013 16:39:52 | More by acurtis
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BeerVikingSailor

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Saw this new one from Mendocino while traveling back east and picked up a sixer....new fall seasonal....

Nice appearance ,poured into a tulip....some foamy creamy white head, about 1/2 ", nice amber orange color

Smell is nice, pretty muted, but pick up the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger it is brewed with; slight smell of chocolate, from the cocoa nibs

Taste is decent, I like it; solid brew, easy drinkability, nothing crazy but to the style

Good medium mouthfeel, easy to drink, on a warmish September day sitting outside, not too sweet

Overall, I am glad I picked this one up; some of their beers are so - so, but this is a nice pumpkin at a nice price point ($8.99 / six) - worth checking out!

09-20-2013 19:08:05 | More by BeerVikingSailor
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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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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

A- pours a bright clear copper color with a small foamy off-white head, good retention of a small layer on top

S- typical pumpkin spice aromas of nutmeg, ginger & cinnamon. Some cola and cinnamon potpourri, sweet and malty

T- nice malty backbone to this beer, the spices kick in mid-palate with cinnamon being the most dominant if the variety, the cocoa nibs are noticeable near the end and add just a touch of chocolaty sweetness on the finish that compliments it nicely. The toasted malt and cinnamon bring flavors of cinnamon toast on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish, slightly chalky on the linger

O- nice malty pumpkin ale with an emphasis on the cinnamon, which is not artificial tasting like most. Overall solid

10-25-2013 21:34:07 | More by Treyliff
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

09-22-2013 04:38:08 | More by jaydoc
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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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heyjose

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

01-04-2014 02:49:54 | More by heyjose
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st9647v3

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

10-31-2013 22:30:38 | More by st9647v3
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metter98

New York

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light tan colored head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to die down, leaving lots of rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cinnamon sticks are present in the nose.
T: The taste has strong flavors of cinnamon along with notes of pumpkin and other pumpkin pie spices. There is a slight amount of bitterness and the cinnamon spices linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Both the smell and taste of this beer are dominated by flavors of cinnamon, so if you don't like this particular spice you're probably not going to like this beer. It said it was brewed with cocoa nibs but I didn't detect any of these flavors or associated sweetness. With all of the cinnamon, it seemed a little one-dimensional.

10-09-2013 01:04:14 | More by metter98
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civicm87

New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-30-2013 17:31:38 | More by civicm87
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plaid75

New York

3.51/5  rDev +0.9%

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an astringent rind and faint spices.

The taste consisted of a smattering of dry spice with a vegetal rindy pumpkin.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a decent pumpkin ale.

10-08-2013 22:29:40 | More by plaid75
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schaffer9252

New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

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

Kansas

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a slightly hazy orange-amber color. A foamy cream colored head takes a while to calm to a film, while thick lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma is citrus orange, cinnamon, allspice, and faint chocolate.

The taste is on par with the aroma. A good spicy cinnamon note comes through, and again, the finish is a faint bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

Overall, pretty standard pumpkin ale, but the cocoa nibs add a nice component.

10-09-2013 00:03:59 | More by JuicesFlowing
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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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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -21%

09-23-2013 00:16:07 | More by Hellpop65
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-29-2013 21:15:38 | More by zeff80
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mactrail

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

11-20-2013 06:33:33 | More by mactrail
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Pumpkin Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.