Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: dbrauneis on 09-28-2013

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle of Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale served in a snifter.
Pours clear, deep red-copper with a modest and weak tan head. Lacing takes the form of small spots.

Plenty of pie spices: an appealing mix in both the aroma and flavor for sure, but bordering on over spiced with both cinnamon and nutmeg in the mouth. Excepting the aftertaste, this ale has rather bold spicing this pumpkin but is not over-spiced, with the malt base on display, leaving a general impression more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie.

Feel: near medium body with lively carbonation imparting a crisp feel.

O: A tasty and solid pumpkin ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt orange with a thinner off white head atop that is gone pretty quickly.Pumpkin is the first thing I notice in the aromas instead of heavy handed spice wich is a nice change of pace for the style.A thinner but not quite fizzy feel to the beer takes away from the flavors a little,in my opinion pumpkin ales should have a fuller feel to help the spiced richer flavors of the style.Flavors of nutmeg and ginger stand out most with some pumpkin flavor,and sweet alcohol floating around.Not bad but it lacks feel and depth to me,still it's drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newly distributed to Pittsburgh, this beer is impressive at 7.3% abv I see the folks at Thomas Creek like to "sink the status quo". Copper deep amber body with light khaki tan head, forms fine banded lacing. Aromatics offer up, you guessed pumpkin pie like spice profile with a hint of caramel malt to jack up the perceived sweetness. All spice, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg the gangs all here, to bring the spice party to the palate. Big spice, big malts, a hint of actual pumpkin then there's a beautiful creamy booziness that just takes over...usually I'm not a fan but with this beer the alcohol presence is actually a blessing just adding to the overall complexity. Is this much different than any other Pumpkin Ale, not a trailblazer but definitely built on a solid tradition of other fine crafted ales. Hints of buttered popcorn fall flavors abound no bad aftertaste spices are subdued but there's a great well crafted base beer, natural smooth flowing carbonation on the palate this beer is money. Overall I can't wait to try more Thomas Creek offerings thanks for sending these beers to Pittsburgh!!!

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep rustic amber hue. About one finger of orange tinged head. Lots of cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of pumpkin. Medium bodied and rich feeling. Nice mixed of pumpkin spice and hop oddly enough and you can taste a bit of barley too. Definitely a bit more beery than most in a good way but not lacking pumpkin lie autumnation. Hops are pretty prevalent and i like. Earthy, good deal of bitter pumpkin rind flavor and just a touch of spice. It's good, alcohol deceiving. Not really sweet , faintly bitter but mostly balanced. Really good.

Photo of dogchasecats
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I"m reviewing this beer out of season...for some reason my local growler shop had the TC Pumpkin Ale on discount sale in February. Go figure. Not sure why people want pumpkin in the fall more than in the dead of winter, but that's another story. It is a drizzly cold President's Day outside and we are expecting ice later on. Actually, a pumpkin spiced ale really hits the spot. There was a nice head on my Sam Adam's glass (wishI had a bunch of these) and it had a cool orange tint to it. There is a good bit of spice aftertaste which I'm enjoying. Overall, it's a pretty good choice.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange amber to copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon really stands out with slightly lighter aromas of nutmeg, allspice, clove, and ginger. There are light aromas of caramel malt sweetness and hints of pumpkin.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and a moderate flavor of pumpkin (much stronger than that which is present in the smell). There are light to moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon is the strongest with nutmeg, allspice, clove, and ginger in descending order of strength. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness are present towards the finish.

O: I was surprised by the amount of pumpkin flavor in this beer considering how little it is present in the smell. I thought the beer was relatively well balanced for a pumpkin ale, not overly sweet but the spices are still there. I would grab another one of these.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, toast, gingerbread, brown sugar, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with nice prominence of pumpkin notes with balanced malt/spices; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, toast, clove, brown sugar, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, and brown sugar on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of bmet01
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Got this at Total wine in Tampa cause I wanted to try a SC craft beer,very nice color poured a nice head and the spices and pumpkin didn't overpower the flavor.Nice first taste went down smooth with no bite it was very smooth.I would drink this all year long if it was available.Very good Pumpkin Ale.

Photo of BethanyB
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clarity, with majestic ombré coloring that from pale bet to light cooper. The beige head is less impressive as a half-finger of light beige cream that quickly melts into a bubbly film.

Smell: A strong bouquet, with cloves as the dominant scent. Cinnamon and sugar add to the sweetness, but toasted malt and a sprig of rosemary bring a warm and spicy balance into the mix.

Taste: The flavor is less strong than the smell, but the basic elements are still unmistakable--slightly burnt bread crusts and surprisingly bold hop flavor and bitterness bring excellent balance to the otherwise overt allspice and cinnamon sweetness. Just complex enough to add a little something special to this session able seasonal beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is no more than moderate, but there still exists a definite dryness. This creates a somewhat unbalanced mouthfeel; it's as if the beer can't decide whether it was meant to be crisp, or smooth. The medium body, however, does well to support the taste.

Overall: The hop and clove combo is unique for the style when it comes to its strength, but the beer remains very well balanced and at least somewhat sessionable. The undecided mouthfeel results in less roundness, but the end result impressed this nonbeliever in pumpkin ales.

Photo of rangerred
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a very thick one finger white head. Amazing head retention with some decent lacing.

Aroma is loaded with typical pumpkin pie spice in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. There is a really nice toasted malt undertone that sticks out over the spice. Also some Earthy hops shining through.

The spices in the flavor are somewhat muted and balanced nicely with the toasted malt. There is even a bit of chocolate in there. Hops are noticeable with a mild bitterness and earthy flavor but they remain restrained. Very thick and sticky mouthfeel making this feel stronger than the 7.3% that it is.

Overall, the more this beer warms the more I like it. I like that the spices aren't overdone and there is some noticeable malt and hops. A pumpkin ale that is better than most out there.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Its texture is rather soft, and retention is okay. In addition, a tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: You smell one pumpkin ale, you smell them all. This has that unmistakable combination of mild gourd character and hefty fall spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger). At first, it leans closer to a sweet pumpkin pie thanks to its notes of caramel and vanilla, but letting it warm up will cause the spices pop out more. Some graham cracker adds, but a weird potpourri note detracts. Still, it's a good nose by pumpkin ale standards...or any standard, in fairness. (3.5)

Taste: I don't get that overspicing that plagues most pumpkin ales - having said that, it gets close to that point near the back end. There are initial flavors of gourd, vanilla, and caramel on the palate. Thomas Creek played it safe with the 'pumpkin' part, thankfully, but this is still a rather bland beer. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Dry for a pumpkin ale, but also (too) astringent. I'll give it some credit, the cottonmouth sensation makes it drinkable...and it shortens the finish rather drastically. It's a very have-and-have-not feel: sure it goes down easy for 7.3%, but it doesn't feel as rich as it should. (2.75)

Overall: Meh. I've said it so many times, it bears repeating - I'm not a fan of the style, and this doesn't convince me otherwise. At least this shows some restraint with the spices. (2.75)

2.95/5: Just another unexciting pumpkin ale

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Displays an Autumnesque appearance with its toasted orange-amber hues, maybe not so much the slim, short-lived, light beige head, but, overall, a good-looking pumpkin ale.

Smell: Spiced sugars atop oven-charred crusty toasts, an additional sweetish hint of brown sugar and the scent of pumpkin.

Taste: A malty blend of bready and toasty tones sweetened with a moist hunk of brown sugar. Lightly fruity. Medium level of spices, with the usual suspects present and nothing blown out of proportion. Closes out dry with a subtly spiced taste of toasted pumpkinloaf.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, though it does have a bit of tingle to it.

Overall: Its balance is appreciated. I find there's a very fine line between a pleasant amount of spices that enhances or simply agreeably accents the beer and a disharmonious, offensive level of spices. Thankfully, the spiciness was just enough.

Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.