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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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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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 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 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 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 tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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 rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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.


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Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with half a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: A surprising amount of squashy aromas up front followed by fairly subtle pumpkin spices. There are some vanilla notes as well. Definitely one of the better smelling pumpkin ales out there.

T: Pumpkin spices up front followed by some pumpkin/squash-like flavors. Slight nutty flavors bring up a lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit lighter and drier than most pumpkin ales, but it works well enough.

O: A surprisingly solid pumpkin ale. Not the best in the world, but it smells great. I wish the flavor had a bit more depth and less spice.

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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 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 Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear bronze color with lots of bubbles. It has a nice light, tan foamy head that leaves some lace.

S. It has a strong pumpkin and malt scent to it.

T. That is a lovely Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin flavor really comes through. It has a nice malty smoothness to it. There's a mild grape sweetness underneath.

M. A bit carbonated. Refreshing. Not heavy, but not light either.

O. This is a really well-balanced representation of a Pumpkin Ale. You get the flavor but it's not overbearing, and it's not convoluted with a ton of other flavors.

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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 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 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 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 BlackBelt5112203
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that dissipates rapidly into a ring around the beer-glass interface. A tiny bit of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Bready, pie-crust-esque malt with lots of pumpkin and the slightest bit of pumpkin pie spices, especially nutmeg. A really nice pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie aroma.

T – Sweet all the way through with bready, graham cracker, caramel malt and lots of pumpkin. The pumpkin pie spices come through near the finish with some nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. There’s much more spice than the nose suggests.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and slightly chewy mouthfeel, and a spicy and dry finish. Pumpkin pie spice lingers nicely and lends a nice throat-warming sensation. A little bit of alcohol maybe contributes to this as well, but at 7% ABV, I’m betting that contribution is minimal.

O – This is a pretty tasty pumpkin beer. The major issue that I have with it is the discrepancy between the aroma and the taste. The aroma made me think that this was going to be a very pumpkin forward beer as opposed to pumpkin pie spice forward. However, there were certainly more spices in the taste than I anticipated. That’s not to say this is a bad beer at all. It just kind of took me by surprise. It’s still very tasty, very drinkable, and it hides the 7% really well. Good fall brew from RJ Rockers.

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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 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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77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.