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Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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333 Reviews
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Reviews: 333
Hads: 416
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bubrewer on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 333 | Hads: 416
Photo of OverToad
4.51/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love craft pumpkin ale by Sam Adams and Dogfish and this one is right up there except with the high ABV of Dogfish. It's too bad other craft lovers know this is a Anheuser-Busch product or this beer would score much higher. Taste is fantastic and very drinkable. I love fall beers. (283 characters)

Photo of LimoBarbie
4.51/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this pumpkin ale. I thought it was the very best of all of the pumpkin ales I drank this season. It smelled great--lots of spice and just enough pumpkin--not a beery pumpkin pie like the O'Fallon Pumpkin ale that was just overpowering with pumpkin and spice. Jack's was more balanced and more like beer and it was just right with the spice. I hope they have it next year! (379 characters)

Photo of CheckMate
4.32/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle obtained at Shaw's Supermarket in Derry, NH served in a Bud Light shaker pint glass. pours a clear copper color with a quarter inch of off white head that quickly dissipated completely. scents of spice and nutmeg hit the nose with a little bit of pumpkin. tastes of pumpkin, nutmeg and spices play on the tongue with a bit of a bready or biscuity quality. reminds me of pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie (yummy). light carbonation. a really easy drinker. For a macro ale, i am very impressed. (506 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
4.3/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was a real surprise. I don't like pumpkin pie, but I like this. I don't care that it's made by Anheuser-Busch and I don't think you should either.
The initial taste is a tad bit bitter, but the pumpkin essence blooms in your mouth for a great aftertaste. (265 characters)

Photo of Portertime
4.3/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good pumpkin ale. The color was a rich copper. The smell was a cinnamony pumpkin infusion, nice and sweet, might make a good candle scent. It had a strong, forward cinnamon flavor with sweet pumpkin undertones and a smooth, spicy finish. I'd enjoy this quaff with a fresh slice of pumpkin pie after a big thanksgiving dinner. This one's perfect for the holidays. (373 characters)

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.16/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a fine beer, and i'm not exactly a pumpkin beer aficionado. I loved the spices in this.

All malt. Hops yield to spices. Appropriate for the style. Spices are festive and blend well. Mouthfeel is nice. Not cloying nor is any flavor overwhelming or off-putting.

This is very nice, solid beer. Thumbs up. (316 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.11/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely one of the better pumpkin spiced ales out there on the market. The best thing about this beer is it's sweet nutmeg and cinnamon taste that explodes in your mouth after a sip. The extra sweet taste makes this beer a great complement to any sweet dish you could pair this with. The taste of pumpkin is certainly there, with a powerful essence of ginger. The aftertaste is sweet rather than bitter, and I could enjoy this beer year 'round. If you are a fan of pumpkin ales, this one is without a doubt worth a try. (530 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am a sucker for pumpkin ale. When I am drinking it I know that fall is here and that is a good feeling.

Decent color but what really attracts me is the smell. All of that pumpkin and those spices. And you can actually taste them. Alot of pumpkin ales load up on the spices and ignore the pumpkin. This was full of pumpkin.

The best/saddest part was reading that is was made by Anheuser-Busch. Meaning that they can make a decent beer but the masses would rather drink water.
Worth a try especially at the price. (522 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.06/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a vibrant amber orange with a pale orange layer of foam in the pilsner galss. Leaves some thin treaded lacing down the sides. Very nice.

Aroma - the first whiff is a slightly vegetal pumpkin, clove and cinnamon ensemble. A deeper sniff loses the pumpkin and is mostly cinnamon with a side of clove. Gets lighter after the initial wave but does have a rather nice residual aroma throughout. Give 'em props.

Taste - AB is making an attempt to bring the Bud-loving masses a step closer to craft appreciation here. This is not the best pumpkin ale I've had, but it's a drinker. The pumpkin and cinnamon influences are light but unmistakeable. There is still a slightly grainy beeriness ot the profile, that will probably do more to appeal to the macro masses, that's a good thing for beer advocacy. The finish has the best show of cloves balancing with the fading cinnamon.

Mouthfeel - a little lighter than average, and moderately carbonated, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - again, not the best *I've* had, but a definite pick for this year's Halloween party, attended primarily by the macro-drinking masses. They have been well-initiated with my Halloween craft beers tastings over the years, I think they'll take to this one readily, I better bring two sixers at least. (1,309 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a definate darker pumpkin color with a very nice two finger white head that melts slowly to very sticky glass covering lacing.
Aroma...uh, I actually smell pumpkin in here. Most pumpkin beers I've tried smell like cinnamon and pumpkin spice but not really fresh pumpkin. This smells like pumpkin spice AND fresh pumpkin.
Taste is sweet malt and ...yep...you got it...pumpkin and lots of spices. Some pumpkin beer spices taste sort of powdery. Again, this tastes clean and fresh.
Mouthfeel is rich and full with the bite of tiny carbonation.
Aftertaste is of the cinnamon spices.
VERY nice....good job, AB. (616 characters)

Photo of JoKo
4.05/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just purchased this one today doing a beer run.

Appearance: Brilliant copper color, clear, inch and a half thick beige head. Carbonation seems moderate.

Smell: Cloves, pumpkin, some cinnamon, very spicy smell. The smell is very appealing.

Taste: Cloves up front, with some cinnamon lingering in the background, and of course pumpkin. All of the ingredients are very balanced, nothing is dominating in this one.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp

Drinkability: This beer is very easy to drink, this would be nice paring with some dessert or thanksgiving dinner or something along those lines. (588 characters)

Photo of Misfit138
4.04/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Copper in color, fizzy tan head that dissolved quickly

S- Nice scent of pumpkin and cinnamon

T- initial sweet malt taste with hints of cinnamon and pumpkin with a clove finish

M- Fairly light in body and medium carbonation.

D- I really like this pumpkin ale, I think it's better than some "craft" pumpkin ales too. I think for me it has just the right amount of cinnamon taste. (421 characters)

Photo of WwRGSwW
4.02/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, golden orange with decent head.

s- cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, caramel malt, no real hint of pumpkin.

t- not as much pumpkin as i'd hope, but it's not overwhelming with spice either.

m- light to medium body.

d- good drinkability, not really pumpkiny but still drinkable and enjoyable, but it is one of my favorite fall seasonal. (360 characters)

Photo of travisnd
4.02/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this ale last season and am little bummed that it's not being offered this year, at least if it is, it is nowhere to be found in Virginia. This was one of the sweeter tasting pumpkin ale's to me which I really enjoyed. Almost tasted like a dessert beer to me in many ways. (289 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty drinkable, Almost like a cider, had a smell of spice and fruit, taste was also like pumpkin spice. There was also a a malty finish to it that would hit you after a few seconds. The beer came to my table burnt orche color with thin white lacing on top. The mouthfeel was verey bubbly. Drinkability wise it as very good, I had a giant glass of it. (352 characters)

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangy amber. Very foamy head.

Smell: Fruity hops, mild sweet pumpkin aroma..

Taste: Nice toasted sweet malt flavor with a mild fruity pumpkin flavor and a slight hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised. For pumpkin ales this was very drinkable probably because this one doesn't hit you over the head with spices or over powers you with too much pumpkin. Bravo to Anheuser-Busch! (451 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a pint glass, it had a nice white head on top of a pumpkin orange color. The aroma is very inviting of cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer has a nice light pumpkin taste with a hint of spices and hops to it. It has a nice mouth feel and is very drinkable. (272 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good use of spice from the A-B bunch. I last had thisone prior to the label and name change as a Michelob. I think they kicked it up abit.

The body of the beer seems alittle more established, complete. The nose is stronger, the taste seems bolder as a Jack.
It poured the autumn gold/amber with a tan full head that laced a class act web.

The aroma was punpkin and allspice. As was the taste with abit more spice hints of nutmeg, clove and vanilla. A smooth caramel feel aids the drinkabilty, as the 5.5% abv. (nice touch)

Overall, Jack's is a good try for this style. Cheers! (588 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light pumpkin orange color with a decent soapy white head. Cloves, pumpkins and some wheat-like malts on the nose. A good first impression beer. The initial taste is sweet--pumpkin pie creaminess, the body reveals some spicy cinammon and nutmeg overtones followed by a thick malt backbone. The mouthfeel eventually reveals some adjunct-like offerings, a-typical of an AB product. That will be the only knock; for the style, this is one fine pumpkin ale! (453 characters)

Photo of odietrying
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into 4 oz. sample glass.

A: Clear, pale honey color. Solid head, thick strong lacing.

S: Clove aroma, nothing else sticks out for me.

T: Spices float on the roof of the mouth. Everything else is a little understated, the spices overpower the beer, but it's not an unpleasant taste, I just don't taste much pumpkin.

M: Smooth, very crisp (carbonation a little bit higher than I like, but it's ok).

D: I could do a session of this; I normally hate all-things-pumpkin, but the pumpkin is thankfully secondary to the spices in what is an overall refreshing ale. More than I would have expected from AB. (624 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is up there with BJ's pumpkin beer... which is surprising.
I enjoyed the Winter cask from Anheuser-Busch but didn't expect this would be good too.

Color is orange/gold, and the head barely stays a minute or two.
Smells of banana and pumpkin with some all-spice and cloves.

Tastes of banana bread and pumpkin with a nice carbonation.

I like this a lot and will buy it again.

It doesn't matter to me who makes it, as long as it is good. (451 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased for 75 cents at Joka's in Waterville. Amber-red body with a quarter inch of off-white head. Smells like spicey, particularly cinnamon and cloves. Tastes similar, but with hints of pumpkin and roasty malt. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Not as good as some Pumpkin ales I've had, but much better than expected. (338 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at a seedy bar and grill.

Pours a dark pumpkin organge with a teeny tiny head. The bartenders try really hard to make sure that you don't get a head, here, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Smells like all spice, ginger, and cloves. A solid blend, but a little too weak for my liking. There's no hint of the foul AB adjunct, thank god.

Tastes pretty darn good! The aforementioned spice blend hits you up front, all warm and tasty, and then they split off into essences that help balance a caramel malt that lingers until a big burst of geniune pumpkin pie comes in and washes it all away.

Color me surprised. This is a good example of the style. (672 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leave it to A-B to come up with a perfectly balanced and drinkable pumpkin ale! It has the appropriate fall-colored amber orange body and creamy ivory-colored head. The retention is fairly good and it leaves some nice lace behind. The aroma expresses cinnamon and ginger at first nose, and then a hint of nutmeg. The malt is delicately sweet and just lightly biscuity. The bitterness is restrained, but present, and it finishes dry with a light dusting of spice on the palate. There's a lot of spice in the nose, but not as much in the flavor; and it never build on the palate - leaving it remarkably drinkable for the style. Quite enjoyable! (642 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
3.92/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pourse out a deep orange and copper color. Nice head with some good retention. A fine looking brew!

Aroma is quite fall-like with tons of pumpkin and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Also a tiny hint of rubber and malt. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is decent. Some good bubble action and a very smooth swallow.

Taste is much better than I was expecting. Pretty good with a lot of pumpkin action. Malty. Spicy cinnamon lingers a bit with a little grain taste on the backend. Not bad... (487 characters)

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Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.