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The Devil's Pumpkin - Lavery Brewing Company

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83
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with ½ fingers of fizzy off-white head. This maintains some foamy edges, leaving back a cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma has a twang to it, with notes of pumpkin, citrus, toffee and light spices. This is very ripe and earthy feeling overall in the nose.

The taste is raw, vegetal pumpkin flavor, earthy bitter hops and then a malty backbone of sweet grains and some tangier caramel character. The finish is lingering ripe earth and some scattered spices. I’m actually getting a bit of pepper on the backend of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with firmness on the tongue that turns into more of a smooth creaminess that spreads out.

This was just OK. The combination of pumpkin and hops put off a bit too much of a raw and earthy vibe that was brought out even more by the malts. I split this bottle and that was still too much for me.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. In the taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dry fruitiness of pumpkin. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon like spice in the aftertaste. A nice big spice but not overwhelming, very enjoyable.

Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper tinted orange, muted head with little retention. Scent is all about the pumpkin with some notes of pumpkin seed, biscuity malt and a muted spice profile (mostly cinnamon). Taste is pumpkin forward, moderate notes of cinnamon and biscuity malt backbone, a hint at the ABVs towards the end. A bit light on carbonation, medium bodied. A decent brew, unique in its makeup, still some things could be adjusted.

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of brez8791
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CTJman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22.

Pours a hazy brownish color with a slight orange tint. Small head is off-white and retains as a lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, coppery malts, pumpkin and cinnamon.

Tastes of spices like cinnamon and pepper followed with some pumpkin pie sweetness and a hint of vegetable bitterness.

Body is medium to thick with very mild carbonation.

Overall not a bad brew, but I've had a few other pumpkin ales I would take before this one. Still, nothing to turn your nose up at. If you have a craving for a pumpkin brew and can't get some of the premier offerings, this will hit the spot. Just a bit too coppery and bitter to be top tier.

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The Devil's Pumpkin from Lavery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.