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Pumpkin Crop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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86
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

taez555, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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%
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 +3.9%

PatGreer, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +10.4%

UncleJimbo, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DonFrap, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.9%

rab53, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +16.4%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Archemedies, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Auror
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in October, consumed October 12th. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance- Small head fades very quickly to nothing. No head ring retention. Color is a surprising deep amber. Looks like a still cider.

Smell- Quite nice. Fairly typical for pumpkin beers, though. Pumpkin, pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), and some yeast.

Taste- First you get hit with authentic pumpkin flavor and a bit of sweet spice, but it’s not cloyingly sweet or overpowering like some other pumpkin beers. Some slight bittering hops take over in the middle to balance the profile. There’s some bready malts underlying everything. My only complaint is the flavors are a bit “muted” and could have been more prominent.

Mouthfeel- Body is a little thin, but the carbonation level is nice. Together, it makes the beer go down easy. No noticeable alcohol presence.

Overall- Since this is a lager, I’m not surprised my thought halfway this beer was “this is a pumpkin pilsner”. Very drinkable and well made. If you’re looking for a beer to watch a game with on a Sunday, this would be an excellent choice.

Auror, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears dark amber in color. One finger of white head.

Smells great. Raw earthy pumpkin is most prominent. A little added spice is noticeable.

Flavor starts off real nice. Great notes of pumpkin flesh and squash. You can tell it's not just pumpkin carrying this beer. Added spices take a back seat on the flavor profile and let the pumpkin/squash own it...which is fine by me. Flavor drops off fairly quick though and finishes short.

Mouthfeel has decent body.

Overall this has authentic characteristics of real pumpkin and squash and is quite enjoyable. While the flavor is a tad short and thin, it's also quenching and goes down very easy. Worth checking out if you're into pumpkin beers.

jbertsch, Oct 15, 2012
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Pumpkin Crop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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