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Gruntled Pumpkin - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
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 braugon
2.26/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
2.44/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
2.72/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of brewcore
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Doesn't yield much of a head and what head there is dissipates quickly. Deep copper in color. Little lacing.

S: Sweet malts mix with a little bit of pumpkin pie spice yields hints of graham cracker. Pumpkin squash in there, but subdued. Not an overly fragrant beer.

T: Sweet up front with the pumpkin pie spice mixed in again. Hop bitterness in the middle. Finish starts off with pumpkin pie, but something is off, almost plastic like. Not a good finish.

M: Thin for the ABV and quite carbonated.

O: Decent but not the best pumpkin beer I've had. Hard to get over the off finish. Wouldn't avoid it, but I won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It is a medium shade of brown with orange hues. The head is fluffy and white but recedes to a small ring around the glass. Slightly hazy but words can be clearly read through it. Barely any lacing.

S: I get very mild pumpkin spice scent from the beer, but not much else.

T: It has a pretty nice pumpkin and spice flavor to it. Not very bitter or overpowering on the spice.

M: The mouthfeel is average, leaving no unpleasantness in the mouth or any outstanding fullness (not in body but in presence). Medium body, no astringency, very light bitterness, average carbonation, wet sensation.

O: Overall it was a "so-so" beer. It's something to drink while I'm sitting down watching a show or having a bite to eat real quick. It's not something I'd pull out for a classy dinner or bring people around to taste.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin beers to tend to be a difficult breed to review due to the polarizing nature of the taste. Some prefer a good deal of pumpkin in there's while others prefer a pumpkin beer to taste more like...well pumpkin. Personally I am more in favor of the other spices taking the stage as the pumpkin flavor sits backstage, which made this beer less enjoyable than it may have been otherwise. To me the pumpkin flavor is what hits the palate first, but the flavoring does not seem right. Something about it seemed processes and fake which was not very desirable on the palate. The second wave of taste however produces a pretty complex spice profile which was enjoyable. A little more vanilla really would have wrapped up the taste and feel. Either way this was a decent pumpkin that I could see others enjoying more than I.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this at Margaux's restaurant in Raleigh, NC. It's a clear, bright yellow copper color with a modest off-white film on top and similar lacing. The aroma captures an unusually sweet perfume, a bit like fermenting vegetables and/or flowers. Perhaps a little cereal wheat and vague allspice. Not ringing quite true. The flavor is pretty similar to the smell with this very odd perfumey floral idea that kind of overwhelms the pumpkin spice theme. I do get a little nutmeg/allspice and pumpkin but it has to fight with the perfume/lavender which I don't particularly care for. It's got a good, medium bodied, crisp feel with tingly carbonation but the flavor just doesn't work for me. Feel like somebody poured some Avon product into my beer. It's passable in the end, maybe others will find this more to their liking. It seems to be a quality brew if the flavor works for you.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Local brew served from the bottle in downtown Spartanburg. Poured into plastic cup and the look is what you would expect. Nice deep amber, light brown. Adequate off white head that hangs for a bit. Smell is a bit subdued with hints of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Taste follows the nose with a nice blend of malts and hops. A spice is a bit on the bitter end which leaves a hint of an aftertaste. Nothing special on the taste. Feel is decent with nice carbonation and a somewhat thick creamy feel. Overall- It's a pretty average seasonal pumpkin. Like the balance, but not the aftertaste. For me, it's a heavier spice profile that perhaps is the distraction. Worth a try, but not my favorite-

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Photo of JayQue
3.21/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment Civera's Deli. Liked the label and honestly never heard of it until now. Pretty stoked to be one of few reviewing this beer since this is the first time this beer has seen the beer world.

Appearance: Pour a light brown with a mix of an orange haze. Somewhat cloudy upon settling. About an inch of head before it dissipated. Nothing reaching out to me. I just notice it comes off quite average for a pumpkin-style ale.

Smell: Minor spices are first noticeable. Some sweetness comes to mind also. Must be the pumpkin. Not too bad

Taste: Upon first sampling, the hints of cinnamon and pumpkin really come out and make this quite a good brew. Also noticed a hint of what could possibly be orange peel, but that could just be the pumpkin mash. The pumpkin flavor does come out quite nice and not overpowering which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Leaves a nice aftertaste that just seems to finish off clean.

Overall: Actually liked this beer. I've been looking to hunt down every single pumpkin beer this season and I knew eventually I would hit a load that are just average, and I'm sorry to say, this was one of them. It was good, but just too average I guess. I would recommend this to a friend, but as for me for having it again...I doubt it. Cheers!

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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