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Pumpkin Crop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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86
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | 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:
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

ryan1788a5, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of jwps214
4.75/5  rDev +24%

jwps214, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of sweisel80
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

sweisel80, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev +4.4%

smutty33, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

seplo, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Horbar, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

acurtis, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

jlindros, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +11%

kaelingirl, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

rudzud, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tigg924, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2012 vintage, 500ml into a SA perfect pint.

A - Pours a very clear dark brown/red color. One finger off white head settles into a very thin cap and edging. Quick but noticeable lacing.

S - Typical pie spices of cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and ginger. A vegetal quality on the end that really does hint towards actual pumpkin and squash.

T - Pie spices initially. Finish is pumpkin flesh and brown sugar. Very fresh and authentic tasting. Dry finish allows the beer to never seem too sweet or spicy. Mouth feel is crisp and well carbonated.

O - A surprising twist on the pumpkin beer in the fact that its a lager. Very clean and easy drinking with a pleasant and authentic pumpkin/spice flavor. Probably the most approachable and balanced pumpkin beer I've tried.

davey101, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of mmmaaattt
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mmmaaattt, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

taez555, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

cbutova, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Crop pours a clear, dark amber with a very small white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a couple of spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with nutmeg, clove and a touch of ginger.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is spicy with nutmeg and ginger quickly followed by roasted pumpkin/squash notes. In the back there's an ample flavor of sweet malt. It finishes moderately bitter. Once gone the spice lingers on the palate.

Lots of flavor in this beer. The smooth lager body makes this very easy to drink. Very tasty.

WanderingFool, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

PatGreer, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this one unexpectedly, glad to see this great brewery jump on the pumpkin bandwagon, while sticking with the lager format as well!

Poured to a pint glass a festive fall-leaf orange with a bit of sediment sticking around the bottom. A tall white head sticks around at a half-finger or so, some lacing left.

Smell hints towards thing, fresh pumpkin and fall veggies, some bready malts and graininess.

Taste follows suit, big squash/veggie vibe to it, authentic pumpkin taste, light amount of spices as to not overpower. Some bready malts and light hoppage, the lager feel is more apparent in the nose.

Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side with medium carbonation.

Reminds me of Cambridge's Great Pumpkin Ale which is a very good thing.

Chico1985, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

UncleJimbo, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DonFrap, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

rab53, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

VelvetExtract, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of tkelley
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

tkelley, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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.

Gatch, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Archemedies, Oct 16, 2012
Pumpkin Crop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.