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Pumpkin Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 38.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: rcwhiteky on 10-13-2010

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great taste. Light, tea colored amber. Lots of spice on the nose and taste. It did have a pumpkiny taste to it. Not too carbonated. Good, but a little weak and watery.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a perfect pint from a bottle.

2.75 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. One finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

2.5 S: This may be the weakest beer I've ever smelled in terms of its pumpkininess. The actual pumpkin comes through fairly well, but the spices just aren't strong enough. Cinnamon and nutmeg are there, but you really have to focus to tease them out. Aside from that, there's caramel, molasses, and spring water.

2.5 T: Like the nose, the taste isn't bad, it's just hard to find. Super weak spices, just a hint of molasses, and not enough pumpkin to satisfy even the most sensitive of tasters. The beer itself is weak and near flavorless. Hints of caramel and molasses, but that's it.

2.5 M: Even the mouthfeel is lacking. Medium body. It feels heavier than it is and lacks creaminess. Carbonation level is fine.

2.0 D: I go hard on the pumpkin beer each year and this one is by far the least exciting one I've had in years. I'm bummed I bought a sixer of this but happy that this is the last bottle.

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Photo of schoolboy
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Rivertowns pumpkin ale starts off barely OK and gets weaker from there.

It's has nice color but no head. The aroma is an interesting fresh water smell plus a little spice. The taste is mostly cinnamon with a little ale bitters.

The aftertaste thankfully fades quickly. The brew is very flat, with just a touch of carbonation. Another weak offering from this brewer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's light, good spice, but not over powering. Solid..................................................................................................

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin Ale brewed by Rivertown Brewing Co with an ABV 5.0% This brew pours out dark amber color with a small white head. The smell is sweet with pumpkin and some grains. I like the smell of this brew it is like pumpkin pie. The taste is pumpkin spice with a mid taste. Pumpkin Ale has a nice balance to it there is nothing over powering in this brew. Rivertown Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. I would by this brew again. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.75 out of 5.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4/5  rDev +12%

12 oz. bottle pour into tulip glass. Nice looking beer, medium orange color, thin head. Really fresh tastes of pumpkin, pie crust, spice, and malt. Well-balanced and sweet, but not overly so. Nice medium body with a great finish and aftertaste. A really well-done pumpkin beer that stands apart.

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Photo of rangerred
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a very tiny fizzy head. It almost seems like the cap wasn't seated properly or maybe it is just under carbonated. Either way not very impressive.

The aroma is quite nice and tends to be somewhat heavy on the molasses and cinnamon. There is almost a little roast with it. Reallly good spice to this one and it doesn't overwhelm in the smell. Good balance.

The flavor is quite nice as well. Brown sugar and caramel up front with a touch of cinnamon. There is a really nice malt character but sweetness is kept in check. No hops really at all but there is a mild bitterness in the finish. Nice, full mouthfeel ending with a touch of sweetness.

Overall, a really nice pumpkin ale. The spices are not too overwhelming and you can really taste the malt. Well done.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - It has a cider-like appearance. It is orangish in color and hazy. The head was three inches tall and beige.

S - The aroma is all spices. I get some pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

T - The taste is sweet and the cinnamon is noticeable. With the cinnamon and sweetness it reminds me of a pumpkin cider. I just have cider on the brain with this one.

M - Medium

O - I had this on tap a year ago or maybe two and thought it was a decent pumpkin beer. This does not resemble that beer. Like I mentioned it tasted kind of like a pumpkin cider. I wonder if this is last years and was put out with this year's batch.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pumpkin ale assumes all the rich qualities of pumpkin bread as it takes the deep brown and highlights it with dark oranges. The head was fizzy and fleeting but collared to a froth.

The aromas are so weak but once you pick them up they are nicely appropriate. A malty base meets a spicy pumpkin in a whisper of a scent.

The flavor is greatly more robust than the scent as a rich malty breadiness hits nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavors are more to pumpkin bread and less to pumpkin pie as the malt tempers the candy sweetness. I really like this take on the pumpkin ale as it has a richness and thickness to it without holding to the overly sweetened pumpkin pie movement.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy auburn-brown color with a small white creamy head, decent retention leaving a thin layer floating on top

S- cinnamon and nutmeg with some raw pumpkin pie, sweet molasses with a touch of ginger

T- cinnamon flavors stand out up front with some ginger flavors mid-palate, cola, some vegetal notes with a dry finish highlighted by a bit more cinnamon

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- nice mix of aromas, middle of the road flavor with nothing special but nothing offensive.

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Photo of bryansahadi
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Incredible smell. Truthfully, I enjoyed the flavor out of my growler better than from the bottle (then into a glass). I believe it's true to style but the overall taste is more questionable than I remember first time around. The carbonation make it quite a bit difficult to enjoy the spices you would expect from the smell. I'd drink it again, but I've had better

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange with a one-finger head that very quickly settles
S: Malt, pumpkin, cinnamon & brown sugar
T: Wow this tastes just like Libby's pie recipe. Really nice taste. Pumpkin up front followed by all the baking spices & I can almost taste the vanilla on the finish
M: Surprisingly thin & carbonated... if the mouthfeel were a bit fuller/creamier with less bubbles this would be a home run
O: Delicious flavor, the rest of the beer just doesn't quite hit the same level. If it did, this would be the best out there

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant medium brown with amber highlights and a fleeting, modest tan head.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin form the initial aroma, becoming very pumpkin pie-like at the finish. Smells dead-on pumpkin pie, with the subtle graham cracker hints. Just a touch of specialty malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals that underlying amber malt fruitiness, but cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg surface mid palate, finishing with pumpkin at the base. This, like some better examples of the style, has that pinpoint pumpkin pie flavor, which I think may be attributable great spice balance, the addition of mace (or just using pre-made pumpkin pie spice). Finish is just a touch bitter, dry, and graham crackery.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch low.

Great example of a pumpkin beer. Excellent spice and pumpkin balance. Unfortunately, the only beer character noticeable is that fruity malt character, which detracts somewhat from the flavor. If this had head, a little more malt, and carbonation, watch out pumpking.

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Photo of screamking
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

First off, great looking bottle. This pours much darker than I thought, dark amber with a thin off white head that vanishes very quickly. Lots of ripe pumpkin in the nose, with cinnamon and apple rounding out the rest of the aroma. Not extremely powerful but I've smelt worse pumpkin beers. The taste pumpkin spice crushes the front of the tongue, but not to overwhelming. Back of the tongue has a little cinnamon kick but nothing to noticeable.

The mouthfeel is wonderful on this, incredibly easy and rewarding to drink. Light bodied. Low ABV makes this very seasonable. I am very impressed with this one from rivertown. I've never been a big fan of theirs but this is very well crafted. Great cheap local price along with great pumpkin pie flavors makes this a win.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours crimson ruby hued with light tan head forming thick dwindling quickly leaves fine speckled lacing. Aromatics spicy cinnamon and spice combo with some flesh like tones of actual pumpkin gourds, I'm usually not a huge fan of these fall releases but somehow I always feel inclined to try them when I see them. Flavors are muddled between sweet semi burnt sugars and bitter spice additions, the palate is coated with traditional pumpkin pie spice, some flesh tones of pumpkin and then the spice dies down almost leaving a bit of watered down notes. Makes for a refreshing drinkable 5% beer not one of the cloying versions that you can't finish one, but at the same time not as extreme as some of those imperial pumpkin ales out there that have become more popular in the last few years. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied ample carbonation periods of dry/lingering bitterness from the spice additions finishes surprisingly clean and refreshing on the palate. Overall a balanced pumpkin ale that won't completely assault your palate, and you may like it if you like this type of fall release as the weather cools here in the Ohio Valley it's actually working quite well. It's been dipping into the 50s at night in mid August.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle> Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a dark ruby brown color, very thin head that fades fast, no lacing.
S - This is the best part of the beer, lots of warm inviting scents here, nice sweet pumkin pie, cinnamon, and hints of other spices, some molasses, and a kinda toffee quality to it.
T - Things take a turn for the bad here, the flavor just isnt here, its really underwhelming. You get the pumkin and cinnamon off the bat and then it just goes away and leaves a mild bitterness to it.
M - After a while that bitterness goes away and you get some of the spice and pumpkin again.
O - I really really love the aroma in this one, but the taste is just so bland and lacking, its a real shame.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer #7 8/9/13

This beer looks the part, a dark orange color. An off-white cap manages a bit more than half a finger and, with moderate retention, leaves light creamy lace.
The smell catches me off guard, as I sometimes find Rivertown's beers underwhelming in terms of depth and how the elementse work together. This one's got it, though: it's all pumpkin, butter and spices, nothing overdone but all working in tandem. Nice.
It's definitely buttery, but not overly so. Spices are strongest in the flavor but, again, not overdone. A bit of pumpkin flesh is in there. As far as taste, a boost in the pumpkin itself would be the best improvement, but it's good.
A medium body holds a firm carbonation while remaining crisp and smooth through the entire session.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I wasn't impressed with my last brew from Rivertown, but this one works a little bit better. It's nothing fancy or complex, but the pumpkin tastes good. The focus is more on the spice than the pumpkin, especially in the nose. The cinnamon complements the pumpkin without being overbearing, but the mouthfeel is simply too thin, and the carbonation is off, not working at all with the spice. I can't say this is a memorable beer, and there are flaws, especially the thin mouthfeel and the pour, which lacks much of a head at all and delivers almost zero retention. If you're alright with a pumpkin ale that doesn't skimp on the spice, you'll probably like this. Don't expect much hop presence, but the malt, pumpkin, and cinnamon flavors don't disappoint.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, so this is slightly out of season. I admit it. Buuut, it came in the most recent "Variety Crate" from Rivertown that I picked up. It's still a solid pumpkin ale. 12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A dark copper/amber body is topped by a thick head of foam which quickly dwindles to a cap and leaves soapy lacing down the glass. Healthy carbonation bubbles jet from the bottom of the glass. A nice-looking beer.

On the nose, I can tell that is definitely more of a "pumpkin pie" beer rather than a straight pumpkin ale. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, backed by brown sugar, molasses, and some caramel/bread scents from the malt. No detectable hop presence in the nose. Some fruity esters emerge as the beer warms. A nice smell; about what I would expect for this kind of ale.

The taste of this of this brew is what some would call "safe" - while I'm inclined to agree with it, this is not by any means a BAD pumpkin ale. It feels the style criteria accurately. On the front of the palate is a big burst of dry spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some clove and allspice if you search hard enough) followed by a flash of genuine, earthy pumpkin flavor and sweetness. There's a small flash of earthy bitterness on the back of the palate to wash down the sweetness of this beer. There is some bread and caramel-flavored flavors in the finish to complement the pumpkin and the spices. While a little too spice-heavy for my tastes, this is an overall balanced example of the style. I enjoy it more than some commercial breweries' examples of this style.

As far as weight goes, this beer is medium-heavy in body but retains a smooth characteristic. The spices provide a dry finish and leave lingering hints of earthy pumpkin. The finish fades quickly and is actually quite refreshing for the style.

Overall, a solid interpretation and representation of the style. Rivertown seems to have played it safe with this one, but in a world in which brewers are pushing extremes for the sake of being extreme, it's good to come back to basics. A solid pumpkin ale with good flavor; I would certainly drink a few of these as an after-dinner treat.

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Photo of BB1313
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice color. Off-white head fades very quickly and doesn't leave much lacing or retention, but there are a ton of legs. The aromas are nice. It has your typical pumpkin ale aroma with cinnamon leading the way. There's also a vanilla cream aroma floating around which is nice. Finally a nice caramel aroma from the malts. The flavors hit you with a sharp cinnamon spice blast, but quickly fades leaving a juicy bitterness. I'm also picking up some ginger and nutmeg along with a touch of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but smooth. It's pretty light, but has a nice body to it. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a pretty average/middle of the road pumpkin ale. It's pretty nice, but very safe.

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Photo of wingman14
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish amber with a frothy tan head that fades after awhile. Smell has some spice with the cinnamon being the most prominent, some malty goodness, and some sweetness probably due to the molasses. The taste follows suit, the molasses and cinnamon come through with a healthy dose of pumpkin, the aftertaste finishes with the molasses and pumpkin. The flavors are over the top or annoying, but still packed in there. The flavor definitely improve as the beer warms, the cinnamon, molasses, and spices come through and the beer sweetens up a bit. This one has a medium mouthfeel with a nice balance of flavor and somewhat smooth. Overall a good pumpkin ale, and a great fall beer. One of my favorite pumpkins I have had.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a darker amber color with small, 1 finger, off-white head.

S - Bready with caramel malt, there's a hint of allspice and cinnamon, but it's very faint.

T - Actually a pretty tasty pumpkin pie blend of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent. Touch of clove. Taste is a little metallic at the end. And the spices fade quickly.

M - Pretty big carbonation, but overall, fairly crisp.

Overall - A decent pumpkin ale here. Not blow-me-away good, but it does the trick.

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Photo of stewart124
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber to light brown with a very nice head. Almost nitrous-like in appearance.

Nose has just a slight character of "home brew" dare I say. Spices abound and a nice caramel character.

Lighter body and more carbonation than I anticipated with less mouthfeel. Muted spices come through the mellow malt character. More nutmeg and allspice hit the palate at the end. More spices and malt character come through as this warms a bit. Some tobacco and slight roasted notes make their way through this pumpkin ale.

Nothing really wrong with this pumpkin ale but it doesn't shine. The best part was honestly the appearance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Where pumpkin ales are all the rage during the fall season, there seem to be no shortage of supply as every brewery that gains access to the gourd feels compelled to partake in this highly competitive market. Rivertown takes a stab at it with a lighter body and spice-heavy attitude.

The Pumpkin Ale pours with a copper-auburn color that makes me want to read actual pumpkin hues in its aesthetics. Sternly carbonated, the beer seems to sparkle as the bubbles rise through the coppery liquid. Fueling a head partly of creamy foam and partly fizzy, the carbonation isn't enough to keep the foam character or lacing throughout, leaving the beer lacking a bit of beauty later in the session.

Spicy aromas, lead by cinnamon, also rein in complementary notes of nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar. Layered on a pillow of caramel and molasses, the beer begins to resemble pumpkin pie. Even the starchy twinge of tartness that actual pie pumpkin displays is alive and well in the nose.

The flavors tell a taste of two beers. There's a caramel-laden base flavor with molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but without the underlying associated sweetness of caramel. Lighter in taste from a malt standpoint, the spices abound and seem to have little grounding. This is a cause for sharp spiciness that supplants hop bitterness in balance. The persistent tartness keeps the beer tasting alkaline and somewhat battery-like.

Light in body, the beer's spicy additions have timid support from mid palate onward. But the early taste is subdued from the creaminess of carbonation and fresh malt texture. But after the beer falls thin, its the astringencies of boiled spice that finishes the beer with an unsettled mouthfeel.

Rivertown Pumpkin Ale captures a very true essence of pumpkin and spice in authentic and common taste. But recent pumpkin ales are doing a better job of capturing the taste of pumpkin pie in the glass rather than trying actual pumpkins. Let's face it, we don't even eat pumpkin pie for the pumpkin taste; it's all the other sugars, spices, and praline flavors that keep us going back to the Thanksgiving dessert table.

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Photo of stewarbd
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice copper color, nothing unusually amazing or horrible about it.

S: Very subtle hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, not much else at first pour, but after warming up, sweet molasses dominates the nose with a nice backing of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Similar to the aroma, the spices came through almost exclusively until it warmed up, when that great molasses flavor revealed itself and the spices once again took a backseat. Never did get much malt or hops, which doesn't disappoint me too much.

M: Isn't a heavy beer, but by no means is it watery. The carbonation was a bit much for me, although it didn't take away much from the experience. I just noticed once the beer warmed a bit and lost some of the carbonation, I enjoyed it slightly more, as nothing then detracted from the flavors.

O: I really wasn't expecting much, but this beer may be the best Pumpkin Ale I've had, save Pumpking. I would definitely serve it cellar temp if it was my call, as the beer seems to reveal more at a slightly warmer temp. That molasses driven, spice supported idea worked for me.

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Pumpkin Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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