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Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale
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82
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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 09-28-2013)
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rangerred:
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:31:49 | More by rangerred
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

07-14-2014 18:04:45 | More by DrMindbender
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-19-2014 23:24:41 | More by Sammy
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-19-2014 19:22:33 | More by DaPan
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-05-2014 00:53:27 | More by BeerForMuscle
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-05-2013 04:30:59 | More by NonicPanic
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gmcsierra91

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2013 01:53:31 | More by gmcsierra91
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2013 04:57:12 | More by jp312
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-16-2013 21:31:35 | More by EFR94
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GabeQ

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-13-2013 22:05:13 | More by GabeQ
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:52:20 | More by superspak
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-31-2013 03:44:39 | More by UltimateLivewire
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

10-28-2013 21:10:42 | More by jaswilson2
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 20:48:12 | More by oberon
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-27-2013 02:38:54 | More by FUwolfpacker
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 23:21:35 | More by chinchill
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 14:31:30 | More by jtierney89
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-03-2013 12:01:35 | More by Chevelle66
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marley2112

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-02-2013 03:12:01 | More by marley2112
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 18:10:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:46:32 | More by dbrauneis
Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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