Pumpkin Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | 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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Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tfratzke
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of zimm421
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | 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.

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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of CruisaC
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  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.

Photo of wingman14
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Photo of screamking
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange, amber color. Head disappears immediately. Really lacking in the visual department here.

Very pale malt, almost a grainy adjunct smell. Some very faint spices. Maybe some cinnamon. Not much here either.

A hint of caramel. The label says molasses, but there doesn't seem to be any. A slight vegetable flavor. Some drying, earthy spices.

Light body, very thin. Carbonation seems to be lacking. This is very disappointing.

Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer at 101 bottles in Kent. It's always good to try out local brews.

Appearance - Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. A half-finger of head that disappeared very quickly. Nothing is left at the surface. This beer has just an absolutely phenomenal color. A beautiful crimson red with subtle hints of orange and a brown base. This beer definitely reminds me of halloween.

Smell - Woah. I smelled this as soon as the cap popped off of the bottle. Amazing smell. This is the MOST pumpkin smelling beer I have ever experienced. This smells like a pumpkin-spice latte from Starbucks. Heavy notes of spice and subtle hints of cinnamon. A syrup-like scent as well. Again, this is outstanding in pumpkin notes.

Taste - This is a great pumpkin ale. Going along with the smell, the taste has phenomenal notes of pumpkin. Bravo. Spicy in all the right ways. Elegant cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of a red ale taste as well. The molasses can be tasted at certain points and adds to this beer complexity.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A bit fizzy on the tongue despite low carbonation. Medium-bodied and just absolutely delicious. This is really a great beer and most definitely worth picking up. This competes with Southern Tier Pumking in my opinion. This is a VERY solid effort and you'd be sad to miss out on this.

Photo of BB1313
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | 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.

Photo of Glanzman
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Just ok. Too much spice for me. Too many other pumpkin ales that are better for my money.

Photo of Groomsy
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/16/11

Clear, browned amber color. One finger head doesn't last long, becoming a bubbly skim after but a few minutes. A few blobs of lace for with each sip, but they don't hold.

The aroma is almost entirely cinnamon; dry and dusty... cinnamon sticks. There doesn't appear to be much that gets past the cinnamon. There is a faint grain notion and swirling brings out sporadic subtleties of buttered pumpkin. Hints of fruit ester as it warms.

Cinnamon isn't "quite" as outrageous to taste, but there no doubt that this is a spice rack creation. Perhaps some nutmeg. Pumpkin notes are comparably tame, but the flavor profile is more fleshed out than the aroma. The latter half is toasty. I'm not picking out the molasses mentioned on the bottle; ah well, surely it's buried in there somewhere.

Medium body. The feel is very dry; prickly carbonation further agitates the spices. Dry, dusty, cinnamon and spice finish.

Dang, I tore through this bottle in no time. As far as spiced beers go, it's tasty. As with their Winter Warmer, I like the way Rivertown manages an incredibly dry spice note. There's little wrong with this beer, in my opinion. As far as "pumpkin ales" go, I'd go for this again.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Photo of agleas1
4.87/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer! So often a pumpkin beer misses the mark. This beer pours great (when poured correctly). Nice head that faded a bit... I liked the beer so much, it didn't have to hang on that long ;).
The spices are very well balanced. I get cinnamon & allspice. These guys never cease to wow me! I found my Thanksgiving beverage!

Photo of brown2cu
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Came out copper with a half finger head of white foam. The head dies down relatively quick and leaves only a patchy hint that it was ever there at all. No lacing was observed.

S: Predomininatly pumpkin the spice, unlike a lot of other beers of this style, is relatively low key.

T:A rather mild but good pumpkin ale. The pumpkin is at the forefront and the spices are just right; not overbearing just present enough to add complexity.

M: A bit too thin and watery.

O: A good effort from a local brewery I definitely would try this again or more appropriately try this again annualy to see if the brewery makes changes to the recipe.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a definite deep orange hue to the caramel color. A thin whitish head fades back to a scant cover and holds pretty well.

Aroma - good balance of pumpkin and the typical pie spices. Not overly sugary but there is no mistaking them either.

Taste - the malts are sweetened by the pumpkin and spice flavors. There is a sourish tang in there, I think it might be the molasses. It's an interesting twist that fits in nicely. Light on the hops, allowing the fall flavors to come through fully, though it does have a drying finish that keeps me coming back.

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated, the body is average to a touch watery.

Drinkability - an excellent version of the style. If you're doing pumpkin ale tastings, this is a keeper as it provides a counter to some of the sweeter, more syrupy stuff out there.

Photo of nlmartin
2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a clear orange coloration. The head thin white and doesnt last very long.

S- The aroma of cinnamon and possibly nutmeg dominate a very subdued pumpkin aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is just kind of muted for me. A shake or so from the spice rack of cinnamon and other spices. Caramel and something vaguely vegetable.

M- Lightly carbonated light bodied beer hits a sweet spot and goes dry.

O- This beer wasnt a drain pour and wasnt a chore to finish. It simply wasnt satisfying. I am passing this one up and moving onto something else.

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Pumpkin Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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