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

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King Don's Original Pumpkin AleKing Don's Original Pumpkin Ale

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86
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2003

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 31
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The orange colored liquid wears a nice crown of foam that drapes a few strands of lace

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices galore

Taste: Pumpkin pie spices dominate the flavor profile, too; this is one of those pumpkin beers that is all about the spicing so it is hard to taste any pumpkin in the mix

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like a bit more balance in my pumpkin beers but this is a very nice example of the spice-forward aspects of the style

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, reddish-brown body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: A fragrant aroma filled with inviting toasted spices, but pretty meak when it comes to the actual pumpkins.

Taste: Mild pumpkin flavor that's lightly sweet. The addition of fresh spices adds a measure of earthy spiciness. Slight hint of lemon near the sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's one of those pumpkin ales that lays emphasis on spices and not pumpkin flavor. Still, though, it is a pleasant Autumntime brew.

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a fairly thin head that fades all too quickly. Pumpkin pie spices and sweet malt dominate the nose. No real pumpkin detectable in the aromas. Still, the spice blend is quite pleasant with cinammon, nutmeg, and allspice. The taste is somewhat sugary and grainy with more of the pumpkin pie spice. The pumpkin makes an appearance as a slickness, but not much flavorwise. Creamy mouthfeel, and overall pretty enjoyable.

Photo of atrocity
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%

Specialty malt fruitiness, ginger, pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon form the aroma. It's very spice forward, but the pumpkin character comes through. Flavor is ginger dominant, which sucks for me. Pumpkin comes in mid palate, along with cinnamon, and the finish is nutty, toasted malt. Aside from the ginger dominance, an alright pumpkin beer. Could use a lighter hand with the spices, in general, and especially ginger and nutmeg. There's a tangy character that I associate with aged squash that emerges late.

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Deuane
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was hazy dark orange with a good head. The aromas were of roasted caramelized pumpkin and spices. The flavor is caramel and allspice. Aftertaste is dry allspice. The body is a little light.

Notes from SMA Holiday Beer and Bluegrass Festival:
"Brewed with select spices to produce a smooth festive beer."

It is my understanding that this is Don Richardson's recipe he used to brew at Cottonwood. In fact Don was standing at the tap serving the beer when I walked up.

Photo of jaswilson2
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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