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Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale
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BA SCORE
82
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-04-2010)
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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phoenixville location

Appearance: minimal head, orange in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and clove

Taste: toasted malt starts with the spices creeping in during the middle and an alcohol finish. Spices are cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and clove

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a noticeable alcoholic backbone, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied,

Drinkability: This is arguably the most back ended non-hoppy beer I have ever had. The spices are very present but they take until the finish to kick into overdrive. A different beer that I think two is the max in a sitting for me.

tigg924, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +11.1%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +11.1%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lancaster, in a tumbler. Shared with ksak.

A: The ale is an auburn color, amber with a warm glow. The thin head, white as snow, comes along for a precarious ride. Too afraid to lace.

S: The nose is spicy, allspice and cinnamon bringing sweet powdery notes. A fuller malt base nicely supports the aromas without becoming to sweet.

T: You know, beers like this make me want to change my ardent opinion on pumpkin ales. Spicy and sweet, it delivers plenty of warming, wintery spices in each sip. Cinnamon and allspice come to mind, the latter providing plenty of nutmeg flavors. The caramel base, bready, does yeoman's work supporting the spices. Rich and starchy, I think that I really like this one.

M: Spices are rich, the nutmegy allspice delivering most of the punch. Big and chewy, I was very impressed.

akorsak, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

mdillon86, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +11.1%

salthemonster, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of BeerMick
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

BeerMick, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of DocBrewroo
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had a recent pint at the Iron Hill Lancaster location. It has a rich brown color with lasting tan head and good lacing. Not much pumpkin, which is to be expected, with a moderate amount of spice on the nose. Mouthfeel is a medium bodied with the light spiciness and minimal sweetness… the way I prefer a pumpkin brew. It’s a decent go, but have had better this year.

DocBrewroo, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +11.1%

weeare138, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Bill69
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Bill69, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

rfgetz, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mday for sending this out.

Pours a moderate orange color with a little bit of a brownish tint in there. White head and a bit of lacing. The nose is fairly faint with a bit of pumpkin and residual sweetness. The taste is light pumpkin pie with some brown sugar and only a bit of spicing. Good medium body with ample carbonation. Drinks well and is a nice offering.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

cdtoffers, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Rifugium, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of GreatPumpkin
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of ksimon
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ksimon, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Oakenator, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ROGUE16, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of sammyt728
4/5  rDev +11.1%

sammyt728, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of tapbit
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

tapbit, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Maple Shade location)

It looks like a pumpkin ale - the right amber (orange-y) color.

Perhaps smells hoppy. Not so much pumpkin pie spices coming through - a little bit of allspice or cinnamon maybe. But there's something peculiar and, dare I say, unique about what I'm getting here. (At least it's not a straight-up nutmeg bomb)

I take a sip - oh, yes, what is that? It's vaguely nutty, mildly plant-like. Leafy? Vine-y? Wait... "Here, taste this," I say to a friend. "What is that?!" A couple more sips, and it occurs to me what it is...

Have you ever smelled the stem of a pumpkin? It has a dried-out, earthy, dead-leafy, and arguably mushroomy thing going on. Pretty unique for what it is, but fairly indicative of a gourd. I ask this because it occurred to me that this beer totally tastes like a pumpkin stem. Dead on.

Interesting? Sure. Could I drink a bunch of these? Hell, no. Not nearly enough balance or presence of malt, nor is it pleasingly "spicy", as in pie-esque. Believe me, I have a soft spot for examples of this style coming across more "pumpkin" than "pumpkin pie", but this one wasn't quite doing it for me.

Bouleboubier, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +11.1%

InspectorBob, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of KAP1356
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

KAP1356, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 10/22/10. Unfortunately I lost many reviews during the "merging" of all the Iron Hill locations. I reviewed this brew at least three times for on tap, growler and cask. Unfortunately I can only restore this cask review since I still have the paper notes.

On cask at the Lancaster location, served in a nonic. This brew appears a clear amber color that is deep with ruby hues. A finger of creamy, patchy head recedes slowly coating the glass in an entire wall of lace.

The aroma is malty sweet, slightly nutty with a touch of citrus and herbal hops. A very light indication of a sweetness almos like vanilla before a final touch of pumpkin spices like cinnamon approach the nose and somewhat overtake the pumpkin flesh aroma.

The tast is smooth and sweet with a forward pumpkin flavor very much unlike many other offerings I have had. It tastes significantly more like pumpkin flesh instead of just the associated spices. A nice mellow flavoring that works perfectly with the malted sweetness. The finish includes an afterthought of light pumpkin spices: cinnamon primarily, nutmeg and more fleshy, earthy pumpkin. A touch of hops are present.

This is a medium bodied offering with a light amount of carbonation. Very creamy in the feel and excessively drinkable. At the time of this review, it was the best pumpkin ale I ever had and luckily having it side by side with the on tap version allowed a growler to go home with me to be shared amongst friends.

stakem, Aug 01, 2011
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Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.