Gruntled Pumpkin - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 157
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 7.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: thagr81us on 10-12-2011

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange color speckled with some yellow highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuffed up. I get some faint notes of pumpkin, lemony citrus, honey, and fresh malts, like freshly baked French baguettes. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: A lot of malt up front, followed by some good pumpkin flavors and a little nutmeg-y spice. I get some lemony citrus, a little sweetness, finished by some subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. Nothing special, but not bad either. Good and tasty for what it is, but once finished, it’s pretty forgettable. (1,022 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very mediocre pumpkin ale. Pours a hazy orange color with almost no head and wispy strands of lacing. Faint aroma of pumpkin spices. Flavor is a little pumpkin and pumpkin spices, very mild...nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel is thin and flat. Very unimpressive. Most pumpkin ales out there are much better. (307 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

This is an interesting beer that seems to change as you drink it. The color is a very cloudy tannish-orange. The head is almost non-existent. The first aroma that hits you immediately is a freshly baked pumpkin pie. After a few minutes, the aroma goes quite weak, but lingers ever so slightly. The first taste is of pumkin pie, then as you drink, spices emerge an then lastly a slightly bitter ending. Overall, a decent beer and one that goes through a lot of changes as it is consumed. (486 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange color in a 16oz pub glass with a most impressive head. I had to let it dissipate a couple of times before I could finish pouring the beer into the glass.

Smell is pumpkin, fruity, malty, with a faint smell of pumpkin pie spice.

Taste the pumpkin pie spice right away that gives way to a bitter, dry finish with a faint pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouth feel is velvety smooth.

I like it and would be willing to give it another try especially in the fall of the year. It would be a great beer to drink watching college football on Saturday afternoons. (570 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin pie, pretty tasty. Taste is spices up front, and more spices. Very little pumpkin. Kind of an unusual after taste as well. Not terrible, but not good. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is an ok beer, but nothing special. (337 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Happy Thanksgivukkah to everyone! I am down to just five more pumpkin beers to review before I go out of my gourd until next year.

From the bottle: "The Gruntled Pumpkin planted the seed and started a revolution for all of pumpkin-kind. To guard the promising vines of the future that would eventually blossom to become the bottom of the barrel (and that's a good thing) of this new pumpkin ale."

Out of a misguided sense of curiosity about the back story on the label of this one, I went with a slower pour than usual. This resulted in two fingers of rocky, tawny head that slowly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy orangish-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had an odd cider-like pungency. Mouthfeel was slightly watery and the taste was very perfume-like. Oof. It tasted like spicy aftershave lotion smells and I was not digging it. Finish was spicy and sweet, but not in the right combination, IMHO. Color me disgruntled with Gruntled. (971 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber, slightly hazy, with a two-finger head of off-white head. Lacing is fairly minimal.

S: Not very strong aromas. There's the usual pie spices, typical for pumpkin ales. I detect bready grain and vegetable (probably pumpkin) aromas as well.

T: Initially it's quite good, with fresh bread and sweet malt early on. The pumpkin is definitely there in the middle, along with some tartness. The spices are more subdued than I'd expected. And in the finish is an almost-harsh bitterness that just doesn't meld well with the rest of the flavors.

M: Crisp with good carbonation. A slight boozy burn, and a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: The pumpkin ale market is getting pretty crowded, and it takes a really good product to stand out. This one is fair, but not good enough to buy again, given the large number of better tasting pumpkin brews to choose from. (871 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Riedel tulip glass. Pour is dark amber, with very little head, and very little apparent carbonation.

Smell is, as expected, like pumpkin pie. More creamy than spicy - maybe the smell of canned pumpkin is a more apt comparison?

Taste is, again, creamy pumpkin pie. The spices aren't overwhelming like they are in many pumpkin beers, which is refreshing, but does leave a bit to be desired. It's got more of an earthy pumpkin flavor than nutmeg or cinnamon.

Overall, it probably does taste more like actual pumpkin than most pumpkin beers do, but it's not really that great. However, I did really enjoy the mouthfeel - I feel like many pumpkin beers can come across too thin, but this one was nicely thick, without being too much. (743 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of fluffy white head from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, the head fades to a solid lace.

Smell: Lots of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and definitely some pumpkin. Smells like a pumpkin ale should.

Taste: Hmm, interesting. Spice up front with strong allspice, not much pumpkin here. Get some vegetal hops that don't seem to fit, and even possibly a bit of fruit (apple or pear?). Uninviting finish with a bit of onion, almost like an old IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not exactly easy drinking with all of the off flavors - I didn't finish my glass.

Overall: A huge let down of a pumpkin ale. It is by no means my favorite style, but it is one I enjoy. This was just not balanced and had some flavors that didn't fit. (811 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

R. J. Rocker’s Gruntled Pumpkin Ale has a thick, foamy, crackling, cream-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, gold-orange appearance, some gray chunks roiling about, and practically no lacing left behind. The aroma is initially a rush of Fall spices, pumpkin pulp, and beer, and then that fades to mainly just a standard beer smell. The taste is the same experience, but this one seems to use black pepper, if that is possible. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the finish is wet, refreshing, and simple. Overall, this is one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve tried, and it might appeal to me, because of the overriding beer and black pepper aspect.

RJT (649 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, orange-tinged golden body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Predominately bready, just slightly toasty, with a sweet-smelling quality to it. Squashy notes, maybe a bit of additional fruitiness, and the ground spices.

Taste: Bready malts trailing a sugary sweet, with some squash notes, then spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg for me). Minor hop character, low bitterness. The sugariness and other flavors abruptly drop off, with the beer drying out just a bit as a last-minute zip of crispness kicks in.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A hair over medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but it's not exactly the most appealing pumpkin ale, either. (760 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/27/2013. Pours moderately hazy bright orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with huge spice presence and decent malt balance; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and well balanced pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with solid complexity and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale. Balanced malt, pumpkin, and slice flavors; and easy to drink for the ABV. Pretty enjoyable. (1,120 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, stamped 4254, served in a snifter.
Pours slightl hazy, orange-amber color, with a modest and weak off-white head. A small amount of sediment was left at the bottom of the bottle but some light-colored sediment remained in suspension.

Pumpkin pie spices yes, but a bit difficult to pick out with the odd mix of light smoke, cider vinegar and citrus rind. The flavor is not really any better, although, thankfully, the vinegar doesn't ruin this entirely. More bitter and sour than sweet.

Feel: slightly aggressive carbonation with an overly thin body.

O: It doesn't help that this followed a very fine Stevens Point Pumpkin, but even without that contrast this ale would fail to make a good impression. At least it has a fine label.
Avoid. (756 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy with lots of sediment. Looks like apple juice. Fizzy lace of head.
Smell: Nice spice.
Taste: Slightly sour apricots.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy.

I must say that this has been the most disappointing pumpkin ale this year. It's certainly okay, but I just expected something better from RJ Rockers. The taste is very similar to Magic Hat #9. The smell is the best part of the drink, and that's not anything to write home about. I wouldn't get this again. The six-pack was also almost $12 which really made the disappointment sting. (541 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy light copper color with a half finger of head. The nose has notes of pumpkin and also something sour. The flavor profile includes pumpkin and a limited amount of seasonal spices. The finish is semi-dry.

The spices become a touch more intense as the beer warms. This is a fine offering, but certainly nothing special and nothing worthy of sampling again. (369 characters)

Photo of TWebb
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The best pumpkin beer I've had so far. Others have been too much spiced. Is it still beer if it tastes like cloves and cinnamon? Not a problem with this one. I found it to be well balanced. If the spices are there, they are very much in the background. There is a little sweetness from pumpkin flesh in the mash, but no off flavors due to the gourd. Not hop forward. No disgusting off flavors from the yeast. Just a well-balanced, tasty, orangeish drink, which goes well with a cigar, by the way. (496 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dull lighter copper color with almost no head to speak of,aromas have some light roast and pumpkin pie spice,it's the best part of the beer.A thin watery feel leaves alot to be desired.Flavors are mainly of pumpkin pie spice and gets a little harsh in the finish.A drain pour for me....not a fan. (304 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber colored beer, this one has a lot of haze and a soft white head. The aroma is very pumpkin-pie. It has some roasted pumpkin rind characteristics as well, but with a huge dose of pie spice. The taste is nice...some malt and a modest sweetness..and the combind flavor, in my opinion, produces a fine pumpkin ale. It is a very drinkable and enjoyable version of the style. Full body, but not overwhelming. Nicely drinkable. (434 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours very fizzy with a 2-finger foamy white head that reduces to a skim layer floating on top, clear and golden orange color

S- strangely enough I'm picking up witbier aromas of wheat and lemon, mid-palate kicks in with some ginger, cinnamon candy and ketchup, all over the place

T- sweet and malty with some ginger and straight alcohol, not picking up any pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavors at all, the finish adds a light astringent flavor with a toasty malt finish and more noticeable booze at the end

M- medium body with foamy carbonation and mouthfeel, big quaff of alcohol at the end

O- if I drank this in a blind taste test, I wouldn't have known it was a pumpkin beer. Flavors are just all of the palace and the booze is too overpowering. (753 characters)

Photo of braugon
2.26/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light, golden amber color.

Small head fizzles out leaving a super thin cap of bubbly white

Taste, you get spice, you get hops, like in a pils almost, then some cripsy carbonation, then more hop bitterness.

Too thin for my preference in this style. I've had lower abv pumpkins that had a fuller body.

Would not get again, the high abv seemed to be the selling point when I inquired. Not sure that warrants a flat-tasting, thin, pumpkin beer. (445 characters)

Photo of BB1313
2.44/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange; small white head that fizzes out and leaves solid retention and not too much lacing. The aromas are pretty faint with hints of sweet caramel and subtle hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. There's some sweet potatoes and yams in the mix as well. The flavors seem to fall flat and none of the ingredients used seem to shine. It's very earthy and slightly bitter and spicy. The malts seem to take a backseat. It has a very weird vibe to it, and I can't put my finger on it what the problem is. It's just not hitting. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied and it's very fizzy.

I'm personally not enjoying this one at all. I hate to say it, but this is one of my least favorite pumpkin ales I've encountered. It just doesn't come together. It's disappointing because I like RJ Rockers based off of their Bell Ringer, which is good stuff. This is a complete miss, in my opinion. Sorry. (964 characters)

Photo of jmanero
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the drinkability of this pumpkin beer. There is just enough spice for you to want more. I enjoy it because it isn't as thick as others. It's an easy drinker when you might be thirsty. I also found this compelling, 7.3% while being an easy drinker. Beware of the pumpkin man. (291 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a very small head, leaving some lacing.

Smell: This is the part that I enjoy the most in pumpkin ales, but there's not much going on. Smell is subdued with very light pumpkin and spice notes.

Taste: More emphasis is placed on the spices than the pumpkin, and the spices aren't taken too far and work together to hide the alcohol taste. The pumpkin flavor doesn't taste fresh or interesting.

Mouthfeel: Thin/medium bodied with high carbonation. I think it's a bit too tingly on the tongue.

Overall: There are a lot of pumpkin ales out there. This isn't necessarily bad, but there's nothing going on that makes this worth trying. The alcohol is high, but everything else about the beer is small. This doesn't compare well next to craft beer but is better than some of the widely available pumpkin ales such as Shipyard. (860 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange beer. Thin head disappears quickly.

Spices and vegetal pumpkin aroma. Also sweet and malty.

A nice balance of spices. Some actual pumpkin flavor and a sweet malty backbone.

A velvety smooth mouthfeel. Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. (269 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Pumpkin Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a copper color, produced a off white head that features poor retention and leaves little lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale features some pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg- About what you would expect for the style. Light in body, this ale has a malted grain base, some pumpkin pie flavor that features a balanced array of spices, namely cinnamon, and nutmeg. Semi Dry Finish. Overall, average beer- decent example for the style, well balanced but nothing stands out. (540 characters)

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Gruntled Pumpkin from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.