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Pumpkin Crop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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86
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.45%
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:
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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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

DelicateDelirium, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

b2hogan, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Ryanthebear
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great big 23 oz pour on tap at my favorite local beer spot. Pours hazy amber with a nice frothy white head that refuses to die. The aroma is pie spices and... Whoa! Actual pumpkin! Love that part of this beer. There is actual pumpkin aroma and flavor in this beer, not just spice. The spice is fantastic as well. The beer is pretty light and effervescent in terms of mouthfeel. It is a very balanced approach to a pumpkin beer. I could drink this one all night... Hey I just ordered another! I love the creative stuff Jacks Abby is doing with lagers. It is a pretty crisp, refreshing yet bold and flavorful approach to craft beer that seems to impress every time. Very solid overall.

Ryanthebear, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of slyons16
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

slyons16, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Kelp, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of LeRose
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basically, I really liked this beer. Pour was a nice, deep golden color, decent head with enough retention. Aroma wasn’t overwhelming - kind of subtle like the kitchen after the pie baking is done. Taste followed suit - not one dominant flavor, nice sweetness in the brown sugary way, seemed balanced pretty well to me. Flavors of roasted pumpkin at the end, and the sweetness lingered a tad. Lighter mouth feel than some of the other pumpkins wife and I have tried. A very enjoyable brew and worth the search IMO. Snagged the last three bottles at the local shop

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LeRose, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +5%

kevgod, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a slightly translucent brownish orange amber color with about a half finger of head that recedes fairly fast and leaves some spotty lacing. Nice slowly rising but consistent carbonation bubbles.

S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of ginger, subtle pumpkin, very pleasant aroma that has a nice strength to it. Almost smells just as good as Good Gourd.

T- Pumpkin, some subtle squash, cinnamon, finishes with more cinnamon and other "fall" spices. Well balanced for a pumpkin beer, with a nice touch of cinnamon that doesn't dominate too much.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the thin side, nice carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This is definitely a nice pumpkin beer and another great beer from Jack's Abby. These guys are definitely proving they can do a variety of lager styles. If you like pumpkin beers I definitely recommend checking this out.

jaasen64, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Bilco, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of jmerloni
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

jmerloni, Nov 17, 2012
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.

Kegatron, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

ryan1788a5, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of jwps214
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

jwps214, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of sweisel80
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

sweisel80, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

smutty33, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

seplo, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Horbar, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

acurtis, Nov 10, 2012
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.

jlindros, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

kaelingirl, Nov 07, 2012
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.

rudzud, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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
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4/5  rDev +5%

mmmaaattt, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

taez555, Nov 03, 2012
Pumpkin Crop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.