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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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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2003)
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Reviews by homersimpson:
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Clear and copper with a very light head.
Heavy nose of nutmeg and spice.
Long smooth medium body.
Heavy nutmeg and malt hit you immediately, a bit of pumpkin, then it moves to a lingering cinnamon sweetness.
This is the original recipe from Don Richardson who started the Cottonwood Brewery, and now supports the boys up at Catawba Valley.

09-14-2004 23:15:22 | More by homersimpson
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Photo of HopsForBrains

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2014 02:21:12 | More by HopsForBrains
Photo of aleckpa

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-02-2014 21:40:49 | More by aleckpa
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-06-2013 05:19:21 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

What can I really say about this pout, it was a damn pumpkin! Rich orange color was an absolute treat to look at. Some light haze and cloudiness to it, enough to make it look a bit thicker then I thought it would. A nice one inch head of white and fizzy foam came up over the top and settled down nicely into the glass leaving a good amount of side glass lace to mix around with the carbonation that could be seen streaking up.

The aroma was about as rich in pumpkin spice as you could possibly get. Huge notes of spices that just come whiffing up to the surface. This was an enormously good smelling beer. I swear if you could bottle the fall season, it would come close to this I am sure. The flavor was more of the same, rich in every sense of the word. Huge notes here of all spice, pumpkin, and hints of earthy grains. Tingling the tongue as it went down it was like a piece of pumpkin pie, which is about all that can be said. Delicately light Mouthfeel was well carbonated and not too thin or anything that would be anything less then wonderful. Easy to sip as the flavor was far too rich to be putting this one down in too great of numbers.

Overall though this has to be one of the best pumpkin ales I have ever had, hands down. Rich and decadent, smooth and deliciously. Probably the best beer that Catawba makes, well next to Coconut. Go find this one this fall season for sure.

09-23-2008 23:44:19 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Color is a brownish orange with some amber. Small tan head that left before the party was over. Spotty lacing.
Smell was full of brown sugar and some spices. And finally a pumpkin beer that actually smells like pumpkin.
The flavor was like a pumpkin pie. Spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg being the most prominate. Again there was some pumpkin flavors that I've found to be rare in pumpkin ales.
Mouthfeel was a bit flat and boring but not so much as to harm the beer.
Overall it's a good beer that could easily be sessioned.

11-04-2006 04:54:06 | More by wcudwight
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

a: gorgeous color...deep orange-red-brown, lacks much head and doesn't retain well what it has...the only fault here

s: Decent malt presence, and I have to say it smells really good, but the spice seems quite out of proportion to the squash. Moderate-high sweetness and very gently hopped. I really want to like this a lot, because the spice is excellent, but it certainly needs more pumpkin.

m: medium carbonation, full medium body

t: Pretty much the same as the aroma, but I get even less depth here. Cleans up pretty well, with spices lingering.

d: enjoyable

10-15-2007 04:37:07 | More by blackie
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-14-2014 01:13:18 | More by elkinbrown
Photo of cwguy5

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Picked up this growler from Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC. Poured into a Unibroue Becker style glass.

A - medium-dark reddish brown color; slightly hazy; white head consists mostly of a ring around the glass and faded to nothing; no lacing that i noticed
S - clove and nutmeg, light vegetable
T - right off the bat you taste clove, cinnamon and nutmeg; the nutmeg tastes very fresh and is almost a bit peppery; not dry by any means but not as sweet as i expected; honey and toffee in the finish; would have liked a slightly maltier backbone maybe
M - light-ish carbonation; body is medium and slightly coating; linger consists of pumpkin spices - mostly nutmeg
D - very drinkable as it is light and crisp despite a medium body and slightly coating mouthfeel; spices are pronounced but not too heavy; sweetness level is in the right area - not cloying like some pumpkin beers; would seek out again for fall sessions

09-13-2011 03:58:30 | More by cwguy5
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

This pours hazy dark amber with a off wihte head laces well. Aroma heavy on spice, nutmeg, light on cinammon and pumpkin flavored malt. Taste is strong on spices nutmeg cinammon flavors are lifted thru out by good carbonation finishes with cinnamon and light hops in aftertaste. All of this is on decent malt background flavored with pumpkin. Mouthfeel is a solid medium a great pumpkin brew. Drinkability is good almost like Cottonwoods maybe touch more spice here. Worth trying, if you like pumpkin beers you should find some today.

12-05-2004 20:53:32 | More by mntlover
Photo of 65dos

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

This is by far the best Pumpkin ale I have ever tasted personally.

a: really rich in color. Deep orange.
s: can I say pumpkin pie meets carbonation?
t: The rich pumpkin pie flavor of this beer made me consider putting whip cream a top the beer.
m: Very smoothly flows across the palette.
d: all fall.

Give this a try next October if you are in the region.

06-08-2008 20:21:12 | More by 65dos
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Pint on-tap at Barley's in Spindale.

It doesn't get any more pumkin like than this beer. Catawba Valley has nailed this one. The beer is a nice orange and the head is fair. The smell is like a nice pumkin pie. The taste is obviously pumkins and there is a hint of spices. The mouthfeel is smooth. This is a beer that would be very good with Thanksgiving supper. I would certainly drink this again.

11-28-2006 00:20:45 | More by Enola
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-29-2012 22:39:19 | More by BuddytheElf
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-06-2011 16:02:35 | More by Lantern
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4.88/5  rDev +20.2%

I've enjoyed this wonderful Fall beer on tap and in a bottle.

A - rich dark color, reddish-brown in a glass, nice thick head

S - a spicey, but not sweet, pumpkin aroma

T - smooth on the tongue, very palatable, smooth malty sweetness, nice aftertaste with lots of spices

M - enough natural carbonation to lighten this thick beer

D - outstanding!!! What every Pumpkin beer should strive to be.

03-24-2009 22:59:49 | More by Swellcox
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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

10-20-2013 01:25:15 | More by tfsimpkins
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

09-01-2014 16:49:14 | More by thatoneguymike
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-27-2011 02:08:44 | More by VaterRoss
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

10-18-2013 21:55:38 | More by AngusOg
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-12-2012 02:11:46 | More by kell50
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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%

A-Deep brownish copper with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a wispy veil and left spotty lace.

S-Nice aroma of a freshly made, caramel coated gingerbread. Nice, pleasant aroma of real pumpkin spices.

T-Strong pumpkin pie spices come off a bit too harshly. Caramel malt needs more beef to counteract the spice punch....good but more than I prefer.

M-Medium bodied, fairly sharp with good lingering spicy bitterness.

D-Good but...see above. I think with a bit of tweaking this would be outstanding.

01-14-2010 16:24:48 | More by Deuane
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-26-2014 17:26:49 | More by Falcone
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-03-2012 18:36:54 | More by Hopman1985
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Now, granted, I only had a small sample at the World beer festival, but, that was enough to see the nice rich deep amber color. I could not get a good read on the head from my sample, however, MAN what an absolutely fragrant brew!! Totally rich with all the spices of a pumpkin pie. This is one tasty brew as well, the pumpkin pie aroma carries straight through to the taste!! A wonderfully rich spicy taste. This brew is one to savor!!

10-17-2003 22:05:29 | More by gueuzegeek
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-27-2014 20:56:55 | More by emottram
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King Don's Original Pumpkin Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
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