Patterson Pumpkin - Full Tilt Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Tilt Brewing visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: YardmanFTB on 08-30-2013

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Photo of woodychandler
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I am slowly reducing the backlog here at Chez Woody, unearthing beers that had been purchased and set aside awaiting an approved pic and forgotten in the interim. I spoke with the Full Tilt people in BAL last fall and they are an enthusiastic group, to be sure. I picked this bottle up at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA.

From the bottle: "Full Tilt Brewing's Patterson Pumpkin is a deceptively smooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This seasonal 'feast' begins with a grain menu comprised of 2-Row Pale, Dark Munich, Red Wheat, and Carapils joined with Pumpkin in the mash. Sterling, Willamette, and Crystal hops are added to the boil to balance the malt sweetness. Finally, for the delectable pumpkin pie taste and aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and brown sugar are added; creating a rich, full-bodied, Fall drinking experience you'll want to revisit again and again."; "Full Taste. Full Pride. Full Tilt."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a fairly heavy-handed pour, resulting in two-plus fingers of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose had an almost perfume-y sweetness, unlike any Pumpkin beer that I can remember. The spices were there, but the cloying sweetness was front and center. Mouthfeel was full, thick, like a dollop on my tongue. The taste was much better than the nose! It had a really rich sweetness to it, belying what they had said about the hops addition, but the melange of spices worked well to somewhat dry it down. The alcohol was also quite noticeable, which may be off-putting to some drinkers of this style. Finish was somewhere in the grey area between semi-sweet and semi-dry. The alcohol and the spices helped to keep the sweetness in check, but the point at which one ends and the other picks up was blurred in this case.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty golden copper/orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into practically nothing, but an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Big aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger and all-spice. Pumpkin and malt aromas round everything out. Not much in the way of hops, however.

Taste: Great! Wow, strong malty backbone, followed by all that spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, all-spice, brown sugar, finished by some beautifully balanced hops. Terrific flavor!

Mouthfeel: Chewy! Almost no carbonation. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is a considerable amount of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I had never heard of this brewery, even though it is a local Baltimore one, and as such, I wasn’t expecting much. That being said, because of this terrific beer, I’m going to be on the search for this brewery’s other beers, and I’m going to be expecting a lot from them.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Hazy muddled copper body with a one finger creamy tan head. Nice lacing.
S: It definitely smells like rubbing alcohol (or solvent as another reviewer noted).
T: This just tastes like a hoppy IPA with a big malt base. I get just the slightest hint of spice to it. Not sure if I would know that this was supposed to be a pumpkin beer if I had it blind, but I like to think that I would pick it up. I can't believe this is only 48 IBUs, especially considering how hoppy and bitter is. I mean 48 IBUs for 9% alcohol is quite low for something that tastes like this. A nice bit of warming to it.
M: Smooth with just a bit of carbonation felt, and some slight burn that comes through in the mouthfeel too.
O: This is just an IPA at the end of the day. I really get no spice that is able to be separated out from that of the malt. That being said, it is quite good. I will say this is my first Full Tilt beer, despite living in Baltimore.

Photo of stakem
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white cap that fades leaving parchy lace. The head holds in a penline around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma has a solvent kick of alcohol along with a little bit of fruit and pumpkin spices. The alcohol is the dominating attribute of the nose and while that isnt a terrible thing, it also isnt that enjoyable.

The taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter. A little spicy but with a huge solvent alcohol impact that distracts from any underlying pumpkin or malt flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Surprisingly boozy and bitter. I was not the biggest fan of this; bigger isnt always better.

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

These are the pumpkin beers I live for if and only if I am in the mood for a pumpkin beer, with more and more Imperial Pumpkin ales coming out year to year it just makes me not want to drink anything lesser. Full Tilt brings it here, seeks out this brew and make it a part of the holidays or a pumpkin tasting.

LOOK: Sizable froth, good retention, hazed dull brassy hue

SMELL: Pie spice, ginger and cinnamon are more prevalent, bready, mild caramel, big kiss of alcohol

TASTE: Toasted bread, smooth, warming, ginger, allspice, mild pumpkin meat, brown sugar, balancing hops, slightly boozy, grassy, malty, slowly drying spicy finish

Photo of bum732
2.57/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

S: Very pumpkin puree heavy. Some cinnamon and nutmeg. Raw pumpkin. Slight fruit notes.

L: Cloudy, amber orange. White creamy head that dissipates.

T: Sweet malt up front with a medium pumpkin savoryness following. Almost spicy, medium high bitterness. Fairly boozy in the back of the throat, warming. Quite bitter into the finish.

M: Medium full bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol warming.

Not good, flavors are all over the place and a complete mess. Drain pour.

Photo of Kegatron
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a deep copper, topped with a frothy slightly off-white head. This retains with a rich and creamy look, leaving back thick swathes of lacing. The aroma has a thick warm sweetness to it, which intermingles with a green mix of pumpkin and hops. Zesty spices are scattered throughout. The taste is similar, with a strong sticky sweetness that surrounds a core of pumpkin and hop flavors which are unfortunately coming off as a little vegetal feeling and leaves this raw and bitter on the finish. Spicing is solid and sticks to sweetness. I’m finding them to be strong but not overdone. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a firm crispness to the carbonation and then more of a slick creaminess on the edges. The strong alcohol shows itself in the flavors but for the size, this is actually fairly smooth as far as close to 10% ABV is concerned. This was a little rough around the edges in spots (with that high alcohol shining a spotlight on some of the problems) but with $8-9 for a 4-pack, I’d say that this is still worth checking out. Heck, with most Imperial Pumpkin bombers out there now running $7-8 for a bottle, this isn’t a bad deal for your pumpkin and high alcohol fix.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium amber colored body, eggshell white colored head with lots of lacing. Body is somewhat hazy, but carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Pumpkin pie aroma. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, hints of toasted malts.

T- Pumpkin pie flavors give way to lots of hot, boozy flavors. The spices come through, but the booziness takes away a lot from this one.

M- Full bodied, very hot, medium carbonation.

O- This one has a lot of potential, but needs the alcohol to be dialed back some. Maybe some age would help this one, but I found it to be too hot. This may be the strongest pumpkin beer I have had abv-wise, and it shows.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky orange color. The head is a healthy off-white shade about one fingers high, with a gentle rockiness to the texture. Head retention is pretty good, and nice lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: WOAH that's heavily spiced. Compared to my benchmark for the style (Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, FYI), the spicing profile is a little more shameless, drowning out some of the pumpkin qualities - if only slightly. Brown sugar is also quite prevalent. It also seems like a few hop notes try to poke through, as well.

T: Yes, this is spicy. Not just with the strong spice notes to start, but with some back-end hoppiness, as well, and even a touch of spicy alcohol after warming up some. The hops not only provide bitterness, but also a touch of herbal flavor. Some brown sugar characteristics come in the aftertaste. The only real problem with it is that the spicy flavors overwhelm the pumpkin ones. Decent complexity makes this one rock-solid, though.

M: Rather heavy...rather dry...and also rather bitter. Aside from a slight linger on the back of the palate, this isn't all that sweet. A touch of spicy alcohol is felt when it warms up. All together, the end result is a surprisingly drinkable brew.

O: After their shockingly decent pale ale, I figured this one would be good, too. And it is. Despite some of my niggles, this is a tasty, well-nuanced pumpkin ale. I can't wait to see what Full Tilt does in the future.

Photo of YardmanFTB
4.79/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber with orange hue (due to the presence of pumpkin) with a thick creamy white head. The pumpkin pie spice aroma is off the charts on this beer while remaining pleasant. This is incredibly smooth for 9.0% ABV. The 48 IBUs mask the sweetness from the heavy malt bill and brown sugar. A delightful beer that goes down as the best pumpkin beer that I have ever had.

Patterson Pumpkin from Full Tilt Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.