Pumpkin Crop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

(Beer added by: jbertsch on 10-15-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  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.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head, barely covers the beer, no real lacing, over hazy cider orange colored beer with a hint of a reddish hue.

Nose starts with pumpkin and plenty of it. A fresh pumpkin juice and light toasted pumpkin, bti of typical pumpkin spices, a light fluffy malt a bit of a reddish toasty malt, and just a bit of a crisp fruity lager.

Taste starts with toasted pumpkin, toasted malt as well, a light sweet reddish malts. Pumpkin is toasty, with a light pumpkin juice, hint of pie like pumpkin but not much. There are some spices, typical with allspice, hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, etc. It has a light squash gourd like flavor as well. Some light fluffy malt, little toasted malt, with some light crisp fruity lager flavors. Finish is dry and crisp, a little bitterness, more pumpkin and squash flavors lingering, with a hint of spices as well, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, fairly crisp, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice pumpkin flavors without all the sweetness and over spice flavors, light and crisp lager, decent malt background, nice pumpkin profil as well. A good beer but not a great beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modest head that settles down to rim bubbles and fine layer on the center of the glass. No lace, save for one space. Deep copper color, near brown. Light chill haze.

The smell is a blend of cinnamon, brown sugar and cooked pumpkin. There's a bit of alcohol and malt sugar. No notable hop.

This is a rich beer with strong malt overtones. Probably comes closest to a Scotch Ale. Not too sweet, but the malt is the dominant flavor here. Pumpkin is decently present but not overwhelming. I would consider this one of the better pumpkin offerings.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DrJay
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

October 2013.
Clear reddish copper - nice colour - with a quickly dissipating beige cap that hung around the rim of the glass throughout. Pumpkin spice in the aroma, but more subtle than in most pumpkin beers. There was still room for the vegetal character of the gourd to be noticed in among the cinnamon and nutmeg. Light flavour, pumpkin/herbal up front, changing to spices towards the end, and finishing with moderate, lingering bitterness. Malt wasn't a prominent player, but there was a grain/malt backbone that held the beer together. A bit slick or soapy in texture, probably from the spices, medium/light bodied. Overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had recently.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Resdstone.
Pours a crystal clear orange amber color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas mostly of nutmeg and cinnamon with a little bit of brown sugar. The flavor is sweet with a bready brown sugary maltiness. Cinnamon and nutmeg provide the only counter to the sweetness and the malt is winning. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spiced mouthfeel. Decent enough pumpkin beer, I couldn't drink much of this, but its better than most.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy but mostly crystal clear light brownish orange hue with a nice one finger head that faded to a nice light thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Very, very nice aromas here. Good aromas of roasted gourd and pumpkin with light allspice, cinnamon, and various other pumpkin pie filling notes. Super enticing.

T - Nice typical Jack's Abby lager notes backed up this time by good, delicious roasted pumpkin. The spice notes aren't quite as intense as they are on the nose but still lightly present. Quite well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is top notch, as always from these guys. Sharper carbonation, good and refreshing. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer. Really, these guys can do very little wrong. Not quite as pumpkiny as say, Punkin' or Pumpking, but still a delicious beer.

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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark and vivid copper. I can see right through the glass. Head is a pinky thick blanket of bubbly froth. The head retains its posture with confidence. Long lacing.

S-Pumpkin bomb! Also getting a ton of sweet potato and squash. Gourd cornucopia. Smells like the right half of a Thanksgiving dinner plate. Also sturdily spiced. All the Fall spices dance across my olfactory glands. Stellar schnozzola.

T-The flavor is surprisingly even more gourdy. Wow. This is excellent. As spicy as the nose seems,the flavor is all about the pumpkin. The spice only acts as armor for the flesh of the various gourdy flavors. I detect some legitimate hoppiness too. I love that. They tuned this liquid guitar perfectly.

M-This is one of the only Pumpkin brews I would define as 'crisp'. Drinkability is remarkable. Sessionable body and feel. Softer bubbles.

O/D-Second best Pump I have had (Rumpkin, which I was enjoyed during the same night as Pumpkin Crop). So tasty. Most Pumpkin Ales mask their shortcomings with an abundance of spice. This one doesn't. Crafted to near perfection. Delectable. And its only $3 for a bottle.

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulling out all of the pumpkin and Halloween beers tonight. Excited for this one.

A- 500ml bottle poured half in a goblet and half in a pint glass with a hazy orange body. A fizzy white head forms with about a finger in size but doesn't have great retention. Bubbly ring leaves a few tiny spots of lace.

S- Nutmeg and pumpkin are definite leaders in the aroma. Hints of dark fruits, allspice, cinnamon and a general vegetable feel as well.

T- A nice blast of pumpkin and vegetable flesh flavors here. A really good use of the gourds. The spice mix brings nutmeg, ginger, allspice and a tiny bit of cinnamon, somewhat in order of intensity for me. Sweet potato, light fruits, bread, raisin, slight roast and nutty malts are other things it brings to me. Hard to tell what the malts, yeast and spices actually account for, a good feeling.

MF- Lighter and very crisp body overall. High carbonation level seems to help out the melding of flavors and supports them well. Spice and hop bitterness is low to moderate.

I will have to add this to the shorter list of pumpkin beers that I really enjoy. Not overly spicy and really exerts a great squash flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated October 2012, might be a bit old at this point (6 months).

A: Pours a hazy orange with an enormously frothy tan head. Fades at a moderate pace. Zero lacing. Decent head retention.

S: Nice mild pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg mainly. Decent sweetness to it, brown sugar maybe? Maybe caramel?

T: Mild, mellow flavor. Decent pumpkin. Spices aren't overpowering like most pumpkin ales (lager in this case). Again with the nutmeg, just a little bit of cinnamon. Some caramel and brown sugar.

M: Fairly light bodied but not nearly watery. Smooth.

O: Hmph, a nice pumpkin beer. I was expecting it to be very thin due to only 5.5% ABV but it's nice and smooth and borderline creamy even. Very mellow and easy drinking. Reminds me a lot of CBC's The Great Pumpkin, not huge lot a lot of them out there (Pumking), just an easy drinking and well balanced brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Pumpkin Crop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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