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Pumpkin Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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82
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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rcwhiteky on 10-13-2010)
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Reviews by BB1313:
Photo of BB1313
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BB1313, Oct 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of ValpoExpo
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ValpoExpo, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

xdefeatsy, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of tfratzke
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper orange. Little off white head that disappears almost immediately. Zero lacing. Aroma of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Fairly subdued, and that's not necessarily bad. Taste is pumpkin which is predominant, then i also get nutmeg that lingers into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, this is an easy drinking pumpkin ale, which is the kind i personally enjoy the most.

tfratzke, Oct 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of elBecko
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

elBecko, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +10.5%

jminch, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of tallfellapgh
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

tallfellapgh, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Brenden, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of nhirsch04
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

nhirsch04, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of norinco
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

norinco, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of zimm421
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass. Appears a dark brown to copper color with a thin off-white head. No lacing to speak of.

Nose is all cinnamon. Overall the aroma its pretty muted. Some sweet malts but that's about it. Taste is very similar. Up front it's all sweet and then turns into cinnamon spiciness. Almost no pumpkin flavor to speak of. Definitely disappointed with the lack of pumpkin since it is a pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Goes down really easy. Overall, a disappointment. Lack of nose and flavor in general and the lack of pumpkin is a downer.

zimm421, Oct 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Jrp54, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Lanstrum, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -44.8%

ohiobeer29, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

leinie13, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Treyliff, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

KYGunner, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of CruisaC
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I can't resist a local pumpkin beer

Pours an orange-ish copper amber color with a head that quickly fades

smells typical pumpkin-y, nice nutmeg, pretty sweet

Tastes more like pumpkin pie than most. Nice combination of the spice flavors. Finishes a bit bitter but this is beer, not an actual pie so I'm ok with it.

average carbonation, could stand to be a bit thicker on the feel.

Not bad, I'd have to say it tastes more like pumpkin pie than other, more prominent Pumpkin beers. I'm overall not blown away by the style which limits my score just a bit.

CruisaC, Oct 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

mikeburd1128, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, the new batch just showed up at the store recently. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. It also tastes like pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and some molasses. It's a nice sweet and spicy brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with good carbonation. I think it's a solid pumpkin ale, it's worth trying. $8.99 a 6 pack.

bluejacket74, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Adkins721
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Adkins721, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Gabbyaboutipa
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Gabbyaboutipa, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of wingman14
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

wingman14, Oct 08, 2012
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Pumpkin Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.