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Gruntled Pumpkin - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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78
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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 10-12-2011)
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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkin in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more complex and has hints of spices, the latter of which especially stand out in the finish.
M: It feels a little shy of medium-bodied but somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an OK pumpkin beer but it seems like it could use a little more flavors and balance.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of woodychandler
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pumpkin brew at all- and probably better than most give it credit for being. Nice balance to this brew- very good spice blend, fall seeming without being sharp, and relatively smooth, although not particularly pumpkiny. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a short head that fades to a thin cap. The aroma is a little strange- ginger, radish, and white pepper, as well as a bit of breadiness. Luckily, the taste tends more toward traditional pumpkin pie spices, so that in addition to the ginger you get cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and mace. Not very sweet, which is a nice change in a pumpkin ale. The pronounced spicing could be balanced by a bit more creamy pumpkin. The body could be a beefed up a bit too, but overall I liked this better than several other pumpkin ales I had this season.

Photo of chinchill
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a soft, fading, bubbly, white head

S - grains pumpkin, cinnamon

T - caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

A decently flavored, tasty though typical, pumpkin ale. it's highly drinkable, but it becomes boring after a while. In a season full of pumpkin ales, this did not stick out. I'll avoid it in the future.

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of sendbeer
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Case at RJ Rockers for sending this unlabeled bottle with sharpie written information up our way as a pre-release tasting for one of our tasting sessions! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, clove, and cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, and subtle cinnamon. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I had this one awhile back when Rockers had it on-tap at one of their Taste and Tour sessions as an experimental batch, but was told by Case not to post a review for it as it was still in the testing stages. This version definitely has a lot more spices going on than its previous run. This was a nice change as the spices are all traditional with what you would expect in a pumpkin ale. The aroma was a little muted on this one, but the flavor made up for this fact. While not the most robust flavors out there, this was a very nice attempt at a pumpkin ale from my buddies at RJ Rockers. Nice work guys and looking forward to seeing MORE new things roll out from you in the future. Tick.

Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly copper tinted orange, moderate bone white head, little lacing. Scent brings a heavy dose of seasonal spices along with sweet malts with moderate notes of vegital pumpkin. Taste leans heavily on the side of brown sugar, moderate spice and little actual pumpkin. Medium bodied, lightly oily, sweetness that lingers. Decent pumpkin, doesnt stand out in the crowd though.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Gruntled Pumpkin from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.