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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced AleMichigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.21%

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 09-27-2003)
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Photo of Tee76


4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a copper color with a red tinge to it.

The smell is exactly that of a Freshly Baked Pumpkin pie

It has a nice spicey pumpkin taste with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon

It's a medium beer with a good amount of carbonation.

I could drink this beer all day, it's not one of those "gimmick" beers where after 1 or 2 you've had enough. Great beer and very drinkable! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:06:18 | More by Tee76
Photo of ef88


4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into my Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: Creamy 2 1/2-finger head with consistent and thick lacing. Nice light copper color, too.

S: Plenty of cinnamon, buttered popcorn, apples, and pumpkin pie.

T: Butter and cream at first, quickly followed by a pumpkin pie sweetness. Smooth apple and cinnamon finishes and lingers.

M: Creamy with little carbonation. Nice cleansing finish.

O: Hands down, the best pumpkin ale I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:14:09 | More by ef88
Photo of schusterbauer


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think I'd drink this beer again after 2006's batch was spiced beyond all measures of sanity. A bottle was given to me though, so I couldn't let it go to waste.

Fantastic brown color with a swelling foamy head. Impressive. Smells like pumpkin pie -- good from-scratch, spicy pumpkin pie. Tastes the same, and has enough hops to balance things out, and powdery cocoa on the finish. Nice thick liquid -- very drinkable. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 14:49:49 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of Cylinsier


4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating review to a more recent tasting. Poured from the bottle.

Pours amber with a medium to thin white head, retains as lacing, some effervescence is visible.

The smell is mainly of cooked pumpkin with some cinnamon and nutmeg spice with a buttery addition.

Taste follows, pumpkin and autumnal spice with subtle grain malt and the tinniest hint of hop. Brown sugar and caramel round out the flavor.

Feels moderate with subdued carbonation.

This is the pumpkin beer to which all others should aspire. So delicious and decadent, embodies the fall season in every way. Do not pass this up.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 23:46:11 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of DannyDan


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark orange with a foamy white head that maintains really good retention and superb lacing. The scent is nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and all-spice giving this beer a great aroma that makes you want to taste it. The taste starts out with pumpkin mixed with sweet malts followed by some spices and finishes with pumpkin and nutmeg, even tough cinnamon is very strong in the middle. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied brew that leaves a bite and clings to the tongue thanks to the spices. Overall this is one of the best pumpkin beers I have tasted so far and one i'll be buying more of.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 04:05:37 | More by DannyDan
Photo of stouty1


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/red with a small creamy head that quickly filtered to a small bubbles clinging to he side of the bottle. Smell's like a pumpkin pie. Tastes like a pumpkin pie. Spices of cinamon and nutmeg throughout with a slight bitter aftertaste. Of th ethree pumpkin brews I've had, this is by far the best.I bought a sixer of this on a whim and that turned out to be a good thing!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 02:18:03 | More by stouty1
Photo of clint1019


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold in color with a thick bubbly toffee colored head.

S - Pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and a sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - Has a few different flavors going on and they all go very well together. Starts out with a nice caramel malt flavor and then has a pumpkin and a pumpkin spice flavor. Also, has a really intense molasses flavor that really adds a new depth to this beer.

M - Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

O - Wow! Now this is a real pumpkin beer! A great combination of pumpkin, spices, and molasses. Almost taste like a cross between a pumpkin pie, a Molasses cookie, and a Ginger snap. Pretty awesome. By far the best pumpkin beer I've tried this year. I'll have to pick up a few more of these yet this year before they're gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:19:22 | More by clint1019
Photo of nortmand


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this in my cellar since fall '03, aged OK, but won't probably save again.
Pours orange-red with two fingers of white foam.
Smells is very pumpkin pie-like, spicy, rich smelling.
Very spicy, nutmeg, pumpkin pie flavor, supported by a firm maltiness.
Mouthfeel is very big and rich, but the beer is still extremely drinkable.
Because of the flavor and richness of this beer, it is very satisfying, like a piece of pumpkin pie.
Although, if you are looking for a beer that tastes like pumpkin, sans pumpkin pie spice, try New Holland's Ichabod.

Opened a bottle last night that had been sitting around for 2.5 years. Absolutely fantastic. After ~ 1 year it was quite metallic, but after the additional aging time, the beer was smooth and creamy, slightly sweet and with a nice subtle punpkin spice. Buy a case and put it away for awhile!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 13:37:05 | More by nortmand
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's.

Pours a clear orange, thin slightly off white head forms, drops to a thin ring rather quickly and leaves a few lace spots, real nice colour. Smell is awesome, very spicy, pumpkin, tons of caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, biscuit, honey, very rich and intense, amazing spice combo. Taste is similar, super spicy up front, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, biscuits, toffee, honey, graham cracker, pumpkins, crazy spice finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very satisfying, reminds me of Pumpking, how pumpkin ales should be!

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 17:07:42 | More by Viggo
Photo of Lillenk


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is a nice browish color with a nice white head.

Smell is very powerful. Lots of cinnamon, allspice aromas going on.

Taste is great. It was described to me as "pumpkin pie in a glass" and it definately lived up to that. One of my favorites of the season.

Mouthfeel was good and this beer was light enough to drink quite a few but I don't know if I would enjoy the flavor after one or two.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 18:08:37 | More by Lillenk
Photo of Applesauce1


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this at the Holiday Market in Royal Oak. After drinking a few from the six-pack, I realized I'd need more of this before heading back to Ohio. I haven't found many good pumpkin ales in Ohio.


Appearance: copper color with a thin white head that dissipates pretty fast; decent looking
Smell: spices; cinnamon, pumpkin pie
Taste: pumpkin pie is the most dominant flavor; some cinnamon in there too; a little sweetness from the malt (great tasting if you like pumpkin pie)
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: good; could have a few of these in a night

This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've had before. If you're a fan of spicy winter warmers, you will love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 23:19:14 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of bamadog


4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another pumpkin ale in my ongoing taste test this fall. This one took the cake though (or should I say pie?) as it was freaking amazing from the open to the finish. I wish I would have picked up more, but sometimes too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing, as I could drink this one all day. Pour is from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pour is a very nice orange/coppery color; comes with a short 1 finger head that is a light tan color that fades quickly to a thin skim; body is clear and shows light carbonation; loose and oily spotty lacing is left clinging to the sides and sliding around a bit.

Smell: Very potent - comes pouring out of the bottle on the open and out of the glass on the pour! Smells strongly of warm cinammon and nutmeg, very much like a pumpkin pie that just came out of the oven. It's almost making me hungry just smelling this beer.

Taste: Great! Very robust spiciness as mentioned in the smell (warm cinammon and nutmeg); mild pumpkin flesh flavor is combined with a nice, smooth malty backing that adds some substance to the body and some to the flavors as well so it's not "all spice and no beer."

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth carbonation, a nicely formed body that is even a little chewy; mouth is left a little sticky and tingly - tummy is left feeling a little warm and this beer would freaking perfect for a cool, fall evening.

Drinkability: Amazing flavors and wonderful smells; solid mouthfeel -- this might be my favorite pumpkin ale as of now. I'm still waiting on the ST Pumpking as I've heard it is the best representation of the style, but this one is so damn good, I would easily recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:51:27 | More by bamadog
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, picked up at Merchant's Wines in Dearborn. Smelled like pumpkin pie, tasted like pumpkin pie beer. Easy and smooth overall, maybe a little bitter in the after-taste.

In my limited experience (maybe 6 pumpkin beers), this is above average. Recommend this one if you're into the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 23:54:17 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of SpdKilz


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up while visiting Michigan for the CBS release.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a haze orange color. About a finger of slowly dissipating off white head is achieved. Many bubbles can be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell – Lots of nice pumpkin spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, malty backbone, vanilla, and clove.

Taste – Wow, this tastes pretty damn good. I wish I would have picked up more of these. It has wonderful pumpkin flavors that taste REAL and not fake. Pumpkin pie crust, great cinnamon and nutmeg intermixed, a hint of ginger, and finishes with a bit of vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy, spritzy carbonation which in my opinion makes it easier to drink.

Overall – Not only is the packaging sweet looking, but the beer itself was a pleasant surprise. A fantastic pumpkin beer, one of the best I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:05:02 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so we will get our first frost this night might as well bust out something special right? served cold and poured into a pint glass, enjoyed on 10/28/2010.

really a nice orange color here with a clear and nicely carbonated body. nice tight head of white comes up quickly and cleanly leaving a small residual head around the edges.

aroma is right up in the face with full on spice. lots of nutmeg and pumpkin notes really coming through now. warm with apples and hints of all things fall dropping into place now. really just exactly what i want in a pumpkin ale. light body with spot on carbonation never lets it get too heavy or out there, really just very nicely put together with nice notes of spice, maple sugar, cinnamon and a really nice crisp, and very clean finish.

overall one of the better spiced ales i have had. no doubt in my mind i would do this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:17:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of marburg


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, I can't guarantee that this beer isn't the same as MBC's previous pumpkin ale offerings nicely packaged in a new label.

Second, I have to imagine that folks will either love this beer or hate it. It's far from flavorless; so I think it's a matter of whether you dig what they've put together in the flavor profile here. My fiancee and I happen to dig it.

Pours dark orange -- rusty, burnt orange. Smallish cream-colored head adorns the top. Immediately noticeable are strong spiced aromas, like mom's pumpkin pie. As expected, the flavor carries these forth to the palate. Everything under the sun. Nutmeg, a little cinnamon, cloves, some nuttiness, perhaps even a little ginger sweetness. In some ways, this reminds me of a low-key Christmas Ale. Regardless, it's chock full of a potent, spicy fall flavors. It's limited in some ways by its own potency. Depending on my mood, I might not be able to make this a session brew. But then again, perhaps I could.

I can imagine perhaps having this with some sort of pie -- apple perhaps?

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 12:25:07 | More by marburg
Photo of jeremyd365


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty light-looking clear copper with little to no head and doesn't seem very carbonated. Has a solid pumpkin smell with a flavor of even greater magnitude. Wow, it lingers! The body is heavier than it appears. It's got a low-medium body but the flavor is huge. It definitely seems like a pretty drinkable brew. This is one of the most flavorful pumpkin ales I've had. Quite a delight!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 01:41:16 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of alexgash


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Partly cloudy pumpkin orange with brassy highlights. Thick finger of whipped, very light beige head. Great lacing. Pumpkin pie nose. Lots of spices: nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, and maybe allspice. Plenty of graham cracker and caramel malt as well. Very nice.

Some lightly toasted grains up front, followed by lightly-sweetened pumpkin pulp. Graham cracker and caramel malt come through, providing a nice backbone for a blanket of clove, allspice, nutmeg, and maybe a hint of cinnamon. Moderate body, with a slightly creamy feel. Finish is flush with spices and traces of sweetened pumpkin-y malt. One of the best "non-imperial" pumpkin ales I've had. Nice job MBC!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 21:33:42 | More by alexgash
Photo of claminat420


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a transparent copper color with an off white head. left alil bit of lacing.

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, with alil vanilla.

T- just like smell but toned down a tad. if it warms up you can notice alil of the alcohol.

M- medium/light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- knock down a 6 no problem.

Overall- this pumpkin beer you can't go wrong with. it's no pumpking but with the price you can't beat it. my guess would be around 6% abv. wouldn't mind to pick this up next halloween.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 05:36:50 | More by claminat420
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good pumpkin ale. This really hit the spot. Orange amber appearance, with a nice cream colored head. Some lace noted. Medium low carbonation level. Aromas of cinnamon, spice, and pumpkin malts mixed very well. The flavor was robust and slightly sweet, reminding me of sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and spiced cider. Very nice. Mouthfeel was good, not too thick, and not too heavy. Not at all syrupy. High drinkability. This could easily be my pumpkin ale of choice when it comes to local selections. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2005 00:13:45 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A organgish/brown color with a small and thin off-white foam head.

S: The pumpkin is the main flavor noticed first. Mixed in with some cinnamon, clove, all-spice and nutmeg.

T: The flavors blended well and were a little bit more balanced then the smell would allude to. A good malt base. Tastes just like the smell.

M: A nice peppery and smooth taste left on the palate. Nothing over the top.

D: A really well put together spicy pumpkin beer. If you enjoy pumpkin ale's, this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 16:20:59 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of GbVDave


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best before 02/04/09

A: Pours a clear pumpkin orange color (duh). With a creamy, off-white, one-finger head. The carbonation is pretty lazy and the lace left behind was splotchy.

S: Inviting aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, toasted malt, cardamom, roasted pecans, pumpkin pie spice, and freshly baked pumpkin pie (including the crust!).

T: See above. The earthy spice, roasted nut, and toasted malt flavors do a great job reigning in the potentially over-sweetened pumpkin pie flavors. Also, the more I drank of this the more I noticed a spicy hop flavor and a slightly lemon-y hop flavor.

M: Full and creamy at first with things becoming noticably more dry, toasty, and spicy as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass. Only a trace of sweetness and not cloyingly so.

D: Overall, this is a great Pumpkin Beer. I found it to show off excellent balance and it was a joy not a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 23:30:03 | More by GbVDave
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard good things about this, can't wait to try it.
Pours a reddish brown color with about half inch of head. Looks nice. Smell is pumpkin, vanilla, some spice and some underlying malt.
Taste is exactly what I'm looking for. Liquid pumpkin pie. Not overly spiced and vegetal like others. Very sweet and dessert like. This is right there with Schlafly's Pumpkin beer.
Near perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 01:11:16 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker: Pale golden-orange body, pretty clear with light nucleation undera thin but foamy flour-colored head. Leaves no lacing.

Smell starts off pretty weak, but soon grows into a medium-strength aroma that's a little like pumpkin but more like ginger snaps or molasses crinkles. Adds up to a very inviting pumpkin cookie, not real strong but very tasty. Good, good, good, then all of a sudden -- where'd it go? Replaced by, like, straight orange. Huh?

Taste is somewhat reminiscent of smell, with baking spices, brown sugar, good stuff. At first harshly surrounded by a bitter, musty character, then mellows out & again, not real prominent, but tasty. Nice cookie aftertaste of caramelized dough. Yum. The highs of the taste are not as high as those of the smell, but they don't suffer that disappearing act, either.

Mouthfeel is a little too active & bubbly at first, then smooths out with a nice medium body. Just a little kick.

My expectations were definitely defied, this was really good. A few ups & downs, but overall good show. Low-ish ABV (I'm just guessing here) & tasty is a winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 21:34:24 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of sweemzander


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a decent foamy white head with decent retention. Tiny specks of lacing too.

(S)- A good combo of pumpkin and spice. Not overly sweet or spicy either. Rustic in character. Great balance of pumpkin and spice.

(T)- Same as the smell. A good rustic-like earthy pumpkin and spice profile. Let it warm up if chilled; it only gets better.

(M)- A good if not a tad bigger than expected carbonation level. A great balance though for the style; it is spot on.

(D)- A solid to great example for the style. Everything is right where it should be. Great stuff for the season.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 13:13:38 | More by sweemzander
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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.