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The Devil's Pumpkin - Lavery Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named after the Irish legend of the Jack O Lantern. Brewed real pumpkins and subtle spicing to make sure you can enjoy more than 1 pint per session. A drier version of your standard Pumpkin ale, ours is not cloyingly sweet. A nice toasty/biscuity flavor from the American pale ale malt.

(Beer added by: Morey on 11-01-2010)
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

dtx00, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

shaneous32, Jun 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

themagickallife, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

reitzbrewing, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Fordiesel69
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I mostly use a 12oz frosted pilsner glass. I prefer mine between 36 to 38 with an ice cold glass.

A- Pours much darker and more amber colored then other pumpkin beers. Typically right out of tap head is 1" and dissapates fairly quick. Appears unfiltered.

S- Smells very stong of awsome spices, a hint of grahm crackers, nutmeg, cloves, possibly allspice, and some ginger. I honestly do not smell much pumpkin but afterall, people relate pumpkin smell with that of pie. Which contains all the spices...

T- Tastes more like a spiced beer. Is not overly sweet or fake. Has all the flavors of the commonly used spices with a perfect finish of hops that are not overly bitter. Very easy to drink a lot of.

M- Feels medium bodied, at a temp of 36-38 degrees F the carbonation is about medium and matches the style of beer quite well. I am quite surprized to find the carbonation fade quite quick after it approached 45 degrees & bitterness seems to increase. Alcohol content is well matched for the style.

Overall a top 10 favorite of mine. I have it on tap as we speak and it is great. Lavery's products are always affordable and easy to find locally. Hopefully they don't tweak the receipe too much for 2013 as this year in my opinion is the best so far. If you cannot find Pumking or think it is just too overpriced, you will not be regret trying this.

Fordiesel69, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

TallNerdGuy, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Holmes698, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

hollywood_15063, Aug 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

IPAchris, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

kwjd, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Lavery beers at the Penn Fest this past summer, but this is my first purchased offering I'm always stuck at sticker shock. If they were available on draft for 4 to 5 bucks a pint I would have tried them all, but starting at 8 bucks for even their standard offerings seems weird to me. This was marked down to 6 so I could justify the dive into their bottled offerings. A really nice pumpkin ale, and I'm not a big fan of the style in general. This one comes off balanced with a nice amount of pumpkin gourdiness and spice offerings, with a warming alcohol level that fits for the beer. Appears a clouded orange tinted amber glow with a faint cream head, forms uneven scattered lacing on the sides of my nonic pint. Aroma warming pumpkin spiced tea, hints of cinnamon clove and pumpkin gourds leaving a vegetable imprint on the whole beer. Creamy pumpkin pie notes, with warming spice and festive holiday notes. Earthy vegetable pumpkin with a sweet biscuit malt tone. Not overly done in anyway this quite the excellent spiced pumpkin beer with real pumpkin and it makes it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied some might say the spices are too much but I feel it finishes balanced between sugary malts, dry spices, and vegetable earthy notes of pumpkin. Overall easy as hell to drink this beer when normally I can't finish a 12 ounce bottle of the standard pumpkin ale out there.

WVbeergeek, Jan 22, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a quickly disappearing tan head.
Smells of Strong pumpkin with typical pumpkin pie type spices. But the real Strength of this brew is the Taste. Full bodied with good sweet smooth finish. Like pumpkin pie, a good dessert beer with a creamy body.

beergod1, Feb 04, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Murky mahogany with caramel colored highlights. Half a finger of tan head is produced and rapidly dissipates. Much darker than your typical Pumpkin Ale.

Nose
Toasted pie crust, caramel, graham crackers and brown sugar. Light whiffs of pumpkin meat, nutmeg and allspice.

Taste
A whole lot of pie crust, graham cracker, caramel and pumpkin meat. Brown sugar and light nuances of nutmeg throughout. A touch of allspice, clove and cinnamon as well as an earthy presence.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, slightly crisp and smooth.

Overall
Boasts large amounts of bread and toasted pie crust. Excellent notes of pumpkin meat with artfully blended spices. A worthy adversary to Southern Tier’s Pumpking. Incredibly easy drinking. I am quite impressed!

justintcoons, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

ItsBeer4Me, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Note...this is an edited review. I reviewed this last Halloween (2010), and gave it a C+. I'm going to leave the 2010 review at the bottom. Now onto the 2011 review!

Pours an extremely hazy orange-brown color. One finger of cream colored head following a medium pour. Moderate head retention, and the head has now settled to a thin and spotty layer after about 6 minutes.

Aroma is tamed a great deal from last year's alcohol bomb. It's not in your face, but the spices are definitely present. I'm also getting some actual pumpkin as well. Very nice.

Taste- A smooth blend of malts and spices up front. Just a touch of bitterness towards the middle. More spice and a smooth combination of pumpkin and malty goodness in the finish.

Medium bodied with a carbonation that falls somewhere between mild and moderate.

This is much improved from last year. The brewer used only fresh pumpkin last year. This year they froze some from last year so that they could brew this earlier and allow sometime for this to sit in the bottle.

Morey's Bottom Line: I know that I've already said it, but the difference between 2010 and 2011 is huge. Lavery has created a balanced and drinkable pumpkin ale here. Not overly spiced, not overly hopped, just a super enjoyable fall brew.

2010 Review below...

Poured out of a 22oz bomber, this brew poured a very hazy brownish-amber color with a one finger cream colored head that has since settled to a thin layer covering the top of the beer. Minimal head retention.

The aroma is honestly dominated by alcohol. I get some spices, but they are hidden behind a wall of alcohol.

Taste is light on spices, but they are definitely there. Alcohol and malts are the most dominating, but it smooths out towards the end making for a surprisingly smooth finish.

Medium body with a good carbonation level.

One bomber is enough for me.

Morey's Bottom Line: My least favorite Pumpkin Ale of the night, and I'm several bottles in. It's a local beer and I want to support it, but it could honestly use a little tweeking.

Morey, Nov 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lavery Stingy Jack Pumpkin

Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and some malt body underneath. In the taste, nice and pumpkin like, vanilla is strong and roasted malt makes for a nice combination. Pumpkin, vanilla, and nutty, roasted malt. Even balance, and quite tasty. Medium bodied, smooth. Overall, a well made pumpkin ale that stands up to the other better examples of the style. Dig the roasted malt body.

Stinkypuss, Sep 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

mgbickel, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

IPAFrankieH, Sep 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

athomasPSU, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of jrsully77
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I have had from this brewery and I was impressed.

It poured a cloudy orange and smelt of spices and light pumpkin.

The taste was well balanced and there was not a taste of alcohol like some imperial pumpkins.

This is a good pumpkin beer if your like Saranac or Post Road...not to spiced or sweet...you still know you are drinking a beer.

jrsully77, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky tea color with a very modest head; very little retention and almost no lacing

Smell: Real pumpkin aromatics, with a bready character, as well; subtle hint of nuts and pie spices

Taste: Real pumpkin flavor dominates, up front, with the breadiness and subtle pie spicing adding a nice dimension in the middle; very nicely balanced, with a minimum of brown sugar and molasses sweetness; the spices come on a bit stronger, after the swallow, with clove being dominant

Mouthfeel: Rather flabby, with a medium to full body and low carbonation

Overall: There is a lot to like in this year's Stingy Jack; a lot of natural pumpkin and nut flavor and a deft hand with the spices; I have had mouthfeel problems with some of the other Lavery beers (more as a result of overcarbonation, ironically) so if this one were just a bit crisper, it would really be in the top echelon for the style

Thanks, kbuzz, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 15, 2012
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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

kvnheet, Sep 27, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first Lavery offering.Pours a slight hazed burnt orange with a thinner head atop.Pumpkin pie spice in the nose,a fair amount of clove and cinnamon.A lither feel wich takes away from the flavors a little.I like the flavors they are spiced but not cloying,cinnamon,clove,nutmeg,the mainstays of pumpkin pie stand out but again not overly big.A pretty darn good pumpkin ale,a better feel and this would be top notch.

oberon, Oct 25, 2014
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The Devil's Pumpkin from Lavery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.