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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Color is a bright peach-orange color that is mostly transparent with a bit of light haze. Single-finger white head falls down into a bit of light lacing and a few large carbonation bubbles. Nose is some bright and strong pumpkin spice notes along with a strong nose of cinnamon and some sweet apple.

Taste is Apple Jacks with some cinnamon and green apple components plus a bit of nutmeg and some sweet pumpkin pie. Light sweetness. Light to medium body with low amounts of carbonation. Pretty sweet and slightly cloying. Not terrible, but a bit too sweet and slightly gimmicky.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Autumn leaves orange with bright pumpkin skin edges. The creamy cap is pale orange-gold in color and is sticky enough to maintain contact with the glass in spots as it melts. A few ghost-like blobs of lace maintain the spooky, Halloween theme.

I could tell on the pour that the nose would be incredible. It might be a case of spice overload on the palate, but it sure as hell works here. An abundance of cinnamon and nutmeg blast out the glass, covering up any pumpkininess that might be present. This is, without a doubt, the spiciest pumpkin ale that I've ever smelled.

It isn't the spiciest pumpkin ale that I've ever tasted, but it's really, really close. With a great name like Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale, the brewers had no choice but to crank the flavor knob up to '11'. That is exactly what they've done, although the beer would make even more of an impact if it was a little bigger (read: maltier).

Forget being able to appreciate the actual gourd, assuming it was even used. There's such a whirlwind of zesty cinnamon and sweet nutmeg and... who knows what else... that no other flavors have a chance to impact the taste buds. That includes malt, by the way. This is good stuff, but one bottle goes a long way.

As I've already alluded to, the body/mouthfeel is on the skinny side. I like my pumpkin ales to be plumper than this. Actually, I like almost all styles to be plumper than this. A little more energy in the carbonation department would be nice as well.

If you like your pumpkin ales to be spiced to the hilt, MBC Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale has the goods. For that very reason, it isn't very sessionable, but I sure did have a good time with the single bottle. And the award for 'the best brewery in Michigan that no one has ever heard of' goes to... Michigan Brewing Company.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves is quite strong with light pumpkin notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some strong notes of cinnamon and cloves with light pumpkin and some semi-sweet caramelized malt. Body is average with good carbonation. Well brewed with just about right amount of spices.

Phyl21ca, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color, not much head though. The lacing was no where in sight. The smell of this beer was a little sweet with brown sugar and had some spice on the nose as well. The taste of the beer was like the smell, sweet spicy and had a dry finish. The mouthfeel was generously carbonated and had a medium body to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, definitely not my favorite pumpkin ale, but might be worth trying.

Knapp85, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber. Modest visible carbonation. Fluffy foam rises and falls to a skim that rings the glass.

Spicy aroma of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Pretty inviting actually, not too overdone.

Lightly malty and bready, accented by the above spices. Bittersweet clove finishes the taste. It's pretty well balanced and easy-drinking. I'd agree with other reviewers that two in a sitting is about right. Thanks to my MI friends for bringing some to IL!

emerge077, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby caramel amber hue forms a large off white head, good retention lacing is thin and uneven with each sip. Aroma yes folks pumpkin pie, oh my god my beer smells like pumpkin pie. Is this trend good for beer probably not but does it sell probably so. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice oh joy a touch of caramel maltiness and bam a bit of gourdiness. Flavor, really this one is even has the whipped cream effect going on they made liquid extract pumpkin pie this is a beverage of the future fuck the bubblegum in willy wonka that tastes like a four course meal and give the beer that tastes like our favorite autmuninal dessert. It works that's crazy I can act like I don't want pumpkin pie in my beer but it actually works it tastes good. Spicy, creamy, whipped up sugary pumpkin flavor this is solid and not cloying during a whole glass that surprises the hell out of me. Usually I'm not feeling something like this but Michigan brewing has done it one of the better pumpkin ales I've come across still I like the stronger alcohol ones like Weyerbacher and DFH but this one tastes so good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a little stick with residual sugars and a tad heavy on carbonation other than that no complaints although the spices do lie heavy on the palate. Drinkability for dessert like I said but damn it's hard to not had on the whole pumpkin ale transition but this one is tasty, fuck beer trends go the best of me.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pretty much a strong blast of spices like nutmeg & cinnamon, with some caramelized malt in the back ground. It provides a very pleasant smell in the same way that candles do because it has that sweet pumpkin pie essence, but from a beer standpoint, I’m not detecting too much which is the norm for this style.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg & cinnamon. The malt character is quite hearty and neither that nor the spicy sweetness fade very easily. There’s a very mild hops presence that tries very hard to exert itself but it’s not strong enough to overcome the sweetness. I remember a post a while back that asked what the sweetest beer you’ve ever had was. At the time, nothing I had had jumped out at me, but this beer certainly takes that title for me.

M: As smooth as a tremendously sweet beer can be, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: After all the spicy sweetness it’s still tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, mild kick. Despite the fact that I’ve focused on the strong sweetness of this beer, if you look at it for what it is, which is a spiced pumpkin ale, it hits the mark rather well. I expect a pumpkin beer to be sweet with strong spices and breadiness and this beer does all of those to the nth degree. So for the same reason that I like 2IPA’s for being “over the top” I like this beer within its style.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of oline73
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, cloudy amber color with a half finger of creamy off white head. There is alright retention and some lacing as well.

Smell: Very sweet smelling pumpkin spice. Some brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Taste: There is malt sweetness here, but not as overpowering as the smell. A decent amount of pumpkin spice up front, but it fades a bit towards the end of each sip. The finish has a slight bitterness to it and is just a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a ton of carbonation and a mild dryness in the finish.

Overall: This beer started out well but the finish is a bit disappointing. Just alright and I don't need another.

oline73, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very sweet and spicy. My first thought is candied yams with melted marshmallows. But there's a hint of Candy Korn too. Quite light bodied and not much mouthfeel. It's all in the astounding fragrance, which is vanilla and root beer. While is seems to have cinnamon and nutmeg as well, it definitely tastes like creamy rice pudding more than pumpkin pie.

Definitely interesting sweet seasonal, and a nice variation from the tiresome pumpkin pie overload that a lot of beer in this style have. Had a pint at Monarch in Grand Rapids.

mactrail, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date, but I am pretty sure it is this years batch. Pours slightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense white head with very good retention; that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Not much lacing on the glass. Tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of huge amounts of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel, and pumpkin. Huge on the spices, but this smells fantastic. Taste of cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, and other spices. Not much bitterness noticed, but there are lingering notes of cinnamon, clove, bread, caramel, and other spices. Medium carbonation and body, with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel as well. No alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish, and this is very drinkable and smooth. Overall an excellent and drinkable pumpkin ale for the fall season!

superspak, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Some friends of mine searched all over for these. Glad to try one.

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy apple cider like appearance with a slight head.

S. Nose is of pumpkin, all spice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some malt sweetness as well.

T. Taste is full of pumpkin pie. Wonderful real pumpkin mash and a generous helping of spices, and these intensified as the beer
warmed. Nutty at times, not overly sweet and pleasant to imbibe.

M. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth overall and medium to full bodied.

D. Overall this is a damn fine pumpkin beer, not shying away from using a real pumpkin mash, and also not overloading the spices. Great for sessions. Reccommended.

Stinkypuss, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head above the golden amber brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with sticky foam lacing. Aroma is super-spiced pumpkin sweetness, definitely not the more sedate brew I look for. Taste is more of that the nose indicated, gingerbready, sweet pumpkin, with not much room for anything delicate to shine. Mouthfeel is just tough for me, and drinkability is even worse. I'm not that wild about this style firstly, but a delicate, flavorful one will impress me. One like this that's overpowering with sweet spices is not going to be revisited.

ppoitras, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Viggo, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Zaphog, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

TurdFurgison, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: a copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, malts

taste: like pumpkin pie in a bottle

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very respectable pumpkin beer. glad I got to try it.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

THECPJ, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing a bottle of this back from MI for me!

A - Brilliant clarity shows off the golden yellow color and nice carbonation rising out. A thick bone-colored head rises to three fingers then lowers slowly leaving superb collars of dense lace on the glass.

S - Mild real pumpkin backs up an equally delicate spice aroma. The classics give it a spice hint but it's rather bland in general. Not a lot of malt to it either. Pale malt hints but that's about it.

T - The taste certainly kicks it up a notch! Nutmeg is huge here. Traces of cinnamon, sugar, and molasses also come out with pumpkin being secondary and pale malts providing a decent backbone.

M - Spice-centric on the tongue with a medium-light body and highly carbonated finish. A touch dry and nice lingering spice flavor sticks for a while.

D - Get past the less-than-stellar aroma and you've got yourself a spicy, decent pumpkin ale. Texture and aroma/flavor make it seem a little bit more like a lager with it's crispness though. Body could be brought up just a bit.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange in color with a good amount of head.
S - Smells of liquid pumpkin! Honey, cinnamon, ginger, and other pumpkin smells. Very sweet.
T - Easily made one of my tops on flavor for pumpkin! Overly sweet but dangerous in large quantities. Full (not slight but overpowering) flavors of cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice, and honey hit the tongue in what I assume to be perfection.
M - Tin but hearty for 6 ABV
D - Pretty much my go to pumpkin beer. I now dream of fall but dread the winters after because of this beer. It's a love hate thing.

Edit: This was the 2009 version the 2010 is way less spicy yet people are still bitching! Where is my spice?

DrDemento456, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/orange-ish color with a white head. Aromas of nutmeg/ cinnamon/ allspice/ pumpkin/ brown sugar. In the taste, a small bite with all flavors of the spices above. Also, it kind of had the taste of whipped cream. A smooth mouthfeel, with a spicey pumpkin aftertaste. Again, hints of whipped cream lactose in the after as well. Very nice, kind of like drinking pumpkin pie. I was not expecting that much flavor.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes are 2 nights old.

This beer is a bright, completely clear coppery orange with burnished gold coming all the way through in the light. The head pours dense and fades within a minute, remaining one finger high and solid when it does. Good lacing is left initially, tapering off as it goes to leaves some thin spots of lacing. There's lots of bubbly activity the whole way through.
Spices are up front on the nose, consisting of nutmeg and cinnamon, while pumpkin is not so detectable lingering underneath. For whatever reason, the spices also overpower the malts on the nose.
The flavor is the same: the spices are the feature in this one. Fortunately, it's neither overspiced nor harsh, opting for softer more flavorful spices without overusing them. This is tasty, but I think it needs more of a malt backbone to support it and give it a bit of beer character. This would be sort of a guilty pleasure, and a great holiday drink, but in good conscience I have to deduct a point for the beer aspect itself. Otherwise it hits the balance of proper sweetness and spiciness and it does have a touch of breadiness. It goes a touch sour in the finish.
My first impression is that this seems somewhat thin at first, but it really thickens out to a rich, smooth brew with a bit of body to it. My only concern is that the carbonation is kind of going wild here.
I'm a bit conflicted about this one. I'd certainly have more.

Brenden, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard good things about this one so I had to try it. It poured a watery copper with very little white head. It appears thin and is completely translucent. The smell is amazing. It features a nice blend of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices with a slight sweetness. The flavor is excellent as well. It's barely sweet but has multiple flavors going on at once. The pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon are the most apparent. The mouthfeel is very light and somewhat watery, but doesn't take away from the beer. This is an excellent pumkin session ale. It's probably my second favorite pumpkin ale behind Pumpkinhead, absolutely delicious.

aasher, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

alexgash, Sep 09, 2011
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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.