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King Don's Original Pumpkin Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.

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King Don's Original Pumpkin Ale
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2003)
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Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

I have had this one on draft, years ago. It was great then. Pretty much turned me onto pumpkin beers. Then I had a lot more and they were not all that great. This year they are canning it. Maybe they began last year. But this is a fairly new thing for me. I love the fact they are canning it!

Color: Dark, caramel, like an Oktoberfest, brown ale color. The color of autumn.

Smell: Lots of fall spices going on. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. This is pumpkin pie in a can. I guess you get some pumpkin flavor in there. But what you get mostly are the spices. Which is what I like about it. But seriously do pumpkins have all that much flavor anyway. Its the spices that make the pie.

Overall: I still think this one is one of the best pumpkin beers out there. I plan on trying a lot more this fall. I have a few really good ones (supposedly) stashed away.

humuloner22, Yesterday at 10:48 PM
Photo of jaswilson2
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%

jaswilson2, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%

12 oz can poured slightly hazy; deep red-amber body; good size bubbly head quickly dissolves.
Aroma: nice malty and spicy mix with a hint of pumpkin.
Flavor: Over-spiced with little sign of the pumpkin, although the malt base is still evident.

chinchill, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of MichaelRyan
1.2/5  rDev -69.5%

MichaelRyan, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Leebo424
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Leebo424, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours a crystal clear golden reddish orange in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + ruby + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of moderately sweet pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and clove. That is combined with moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of moderately sweet caramel and toasted malts with some lighter notes of brown sugar and maple. That is followed by moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin, The beer finishes with slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and clove. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness from the spices in the finish.

O: A more pumpkin pie than squashy pumpkin example of the style but definitely an enjoyable example of the style. Pretty easy to drink and really makes me think of autumn.

dbrauneis, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

thatoneguymike, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%

atrocity, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A - A nice deep copper/orange color with a 1" head.

S - Very nice spice with some cloves and nutmeg. Faint pumpkin in there too.

T - All sorts of spice and everything nice but no pumpkin. not bad though.

M - A little thin on the finish. Good carb.

O - Solid autumn brew. Worth a shot for sure.

brstls4drmrs, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of emottram
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

emottram, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep copper with a tiny fizzy head that quickly disappears. No lacing at all. Appearance is less than stellar.

Aroma is really really good. Loaded with nutmeg and cinnamon with some nice light caramel undertones. Almost a little creaminess in there.

The flavor also hits the spices really hard and closely matches the aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg. A little caramel and toast along with whipped cream. Very light hoppiness in the background and a slightly chalky mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very nice pumpkin beer that hits the spices really hard. While not the best out there it is certainly enjoyable.

rangerred, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

elkinbrown, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Jenebauer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Jenebauer, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

ZEB89, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of aleckpa
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

aleckpa, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

HopsForBrains, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Falcone, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of tfsimpkins
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

tfsimpkins, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AngusOg, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill, into a snifter.

pours a very dark orange with a typical inch thick head. smell is of a lot of cloves and nutmeg...extreme amount of spice on the aroma. the taste is also filled with spicinees, but its lacking the typical super sweetness that you usually find in pumpkin beers. this definitely helps and is a big plus...you still know you're drinking a beer! light body though, but this is lower in ABV so expected.

overall one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. recommended.

Axnjxn, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

KevinGordon, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of FIN
4/5  rDev +1.8%

FIN, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of eargle
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

eargle, Nov 20, 2012
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King Don's Original Pumpkin Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.