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Pumpkin Crop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Pumpkin Crop LagerPumpkin Crop Lager

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very good

30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jbertsch on 10-15-2012

The 2012 harvest on our Mom & Pop’s farm was fruitful and this brew uses 100 fresh pumpkins and 40 organic squash. We prepared, cooked, and pureed all the gourds with the help of our friends at Carrie Anne’s Modern Diner. A blend of autumn spices adds to the intense pumpkin flavors. Uses locally grown Triticale from MA.

10 IBU
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Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 2012

A: Golden-amber in color with a bubbly, foamy, off-white, slightly yellow head that fades into little lace and retention.

S: Great blend of fresh pumpkin, squash, earth, autumn, spices, roasted malt, and caramelized sugar/caramel.

T: Deliciously fresh pumpkin, gourd/squash, fall spices, roasted malt, with a hint of hops in the finish. Love the smooth, crisp and fresh taste of the lager, which is unique to this style of beer. Balanced with no overpowering or cloying flavors. Very tasty stuff.

M: Clean, fresh, smooth, properly carbonated. Great lager backbone to make this unique to the deluge of pumpkin beers on the market.

O: Maybe I'm biased because I love nearly everything Jack's Abby makes, but this is a fantastic beer. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Not only because it's a lager, but because it tastes and feels like beer made with pumpkins and spices rather than pumpkins and spices with a little beer mixed in. This is one of only a few pumpkin beers I could drink more than one of and would gladly have on hand all season.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, bright brownish-orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice

Taste: allspice, nutmeg, bread, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied, dry

Overall: A solid, spicy, good pumpkin beer. Nothing mind-blowing, but very clean and drinkable. I will look for this again next year.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tredole
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of b2hogan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a sturdy ½ finger, leaving back sudsy swathes of lace. The aroma smells of raw, vegetal pumpkin, spice and earthy citrus. Sweetness mixes in along the back, giving this a ripe and spicy twang in the nostrils.

The taste is green pumpkin flavor and earthy hop bitterness. A tight doughy sweetness sits on the edges, while a light festive spiciness mostly sticks to the malt. This is dry with some slight lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an easy smooth crispness that flows well in the mouth.

This wasn’t bad at all. It was a tad vegetal in the nose but really smoothed out nicely as this warmed up as more spice and sweetness emerged and I really liked how this kept the pumpkin character at the forefront while retaining the drinkable smoothness of a Lager. This is another nice beer from Jack’s Abby and I’m definitely going to be checking out more from them.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Big ruby/amber coloration. Small head. Little lacing.

S - Hugely robust pumpkin aroma, bread, nutmeg, cinnamon.

T - Big pumpkin flavor, red apple, dull dead malt.

M - Fairly thick. Has the thickness of apple cider almost. Almost no carbonation. Not much hoppage here.

D - Very, very boring beer. Wouldn't get this again and wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of tkelley
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottled poured into a pint glass.

A -- Clear amber with a thin white head. Good lacing.

S -- Ginger, allspice, nutmeg... usual suspects on the nose, plus more squash than most pumpkin beers. Not overly powerful, but pleasant.

T -- Similar to many pumpkin beers out there. More pumpkiny than spicy.

M -- Really good mouthfeel. Not cloying like pumpkin ales that Im used to. The fact that it's a lager I think makes it crisper. Also has good carbonation.

O -- Solid. I like the appearance and mouthfeel. Taste is on par with other good pumpkin beers. Cheers.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So uh, why hasn't anyone rated this beer in over a year? I ordered a case of it for the store and our salesman made it sound like it was a very low-production brew, but surely more people have tried it. Anyway, for "educational purposes," I had to give it a taste. There was a date of sorts on the bottle, but it smudged off as I reached for it in the fridge. Whatever, it's an October release, it's currently October, it's probably fresh.

Look: It starts with a 2+ finger fluffy off-white head that sits atop a dark amber body with just a hint of opacity. The head fades eventually to a thin ring around the glass and the slightest film.

Smell: Lots of marzen-esque malt and a hint of pumpkins/gourds, perhaps the tiniest bit of autumn spices?

Taste: Hey, this is pretty good! It sort-of tastes like a well-made Oktoberfest with the addition of pumpkins and pumpkin spice. On the subject of spice, there's a respectable amount here, which really opens up as the beer warms. Nothing overwhelming, but I'm getting some cinnamon and nutmeg; very fresh and natural tasting. Pumpkin is a pretty subtle flavor to add to a beer (hence the usual heavy-handed spices), but it's definitely a component here along with the malt and spices. If you're like me and find Pumking and Smashed Pumpkin too over-the-top, you'll love this.

Feel: Medium bodied with just the right amount of prickliness.

Overall: I never really considered myself a pumpkin beer guy, but maybe I was just drinking the wrong pumpkin beers? This is fantastic and I'll definitely be picking up more of this. I love that Jack's Abby sources their ingredients locally, especially in this case since the pumpkins are sourced in CT (where I am). Hopefully this catches on at the store, otherwise I'll just have to buy up the remaining stock come November. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bjlps
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. 2015 batch. Sampled on November 6, 2015.

The color of the pour is amber-orange with a cream colored head.

Nice aroma of nutmeg, Allspice, and other pumpkin spices along with a sweet undercurrent of malts.

Medium and smooth body.

The flavor brings out the same spice and sweetness with a mild bitter finale. Lingers some. Just a nice pumpkin lager.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.44/5  rDev -12%

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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled dated 10/2/15; drank in a tulip glass on 10/30/15; this was a very limited bottle release (if any) in 2014 so I have not tried this beer for a couple years; I distinctly remember the color of the beer in the past being very light, almost golden, as opposed to the brown-red hue that this version takes on (am I wrong on that?)

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Pumpkin Crop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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