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Pumpkin Crop Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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3.92
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jbertsch on 10-15-2012

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 167
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a deep auburn color with great clarity. Two inches of creamy white head have good staying power. A thin coating of lacing blankets the glass and eventually settles in thick little collars.

S: The nose is a deft balancing act featuring scents of pumpkin spice (cinnamon and nutmeg being most prominent), layered gourdy aromas, and an interesting toasty, rough around the edges grainy smell. Very clean.

T: Strong spice presence of cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps ginger on the attack. Brown sugar. Sweet squashy tastes and an evenly smooth grainy and slightly wheaty malt base begin to grow in intensity until they rival the spice flavors. Finishes with intermingling flavors of pumkin spice and butternut squash with brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied. Malt texture is firm yet slightly fluffy at the same time. Very smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation accents perfectly.

O: As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is a bit different. All the requisite spicing is there, and it's kept in check just enough to let the rest of the beer have a voice. Sweet butternut squash, rather than pumpkin, seems to be the dominant gourd flavor. The grain bill is also very interesting. This is my first experience with triticale, which I've been informed is a hybrid of wheat and rye. The wheaty aspects definitely come through, though a little more subtly. I'd guess they also have some more traditional German malts in the mix too, judging by the slight firmness of body. Very innovative, yet still not a total departure from the German brewing tradition. It definitely evokes the spirit of the season. Good stuff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -10.7%

Photo of tredole
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of b2hogan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -23%
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 +0.3%
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 +2.6%
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 -10.7%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of garrisonp
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Niedzws
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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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