Gruntled Pumpkin - RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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2.2/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
09-19-2013 22:39:35 | More by BB1313
2.21/5 rDev -34.8%
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.
09-25-2013 22:10:26 | More by braugon
2.35/5 rDev -30.7%
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.
11-28-2013 21:15:37 | More by woodychandler
2.6/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
09-27-2013 01:46:34 | More by Treyliff
2.65/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
10-14-2013 22:19:28 | More by chinchill
2.65/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
11-01-2013 01:17:33 | More by Mikecap
2.81/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
09-30-2013 21:20:29 | More by oberon
2.95/5 rDev -13%
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.
10-30-2012 00:08:22 | More by brewcore
Gruntled Pumpkin from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.