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Country Pumpkin - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 352
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sliverX on 09-13-2012

Country Pumpkin is our medium-bodied harvest ale brewed with a medley of flavorful malt, pumpkin puree, Magnum hops and a touch of seasonal spices.The masterful blend of 2-Row, Vienna, Munich, Caramunich and Honey malt with Magnum hops balances the sweet pumpkin with an aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice to create a rich, malty ale for the autumn season.Delight in the deep golden-orange glow while savoring the complex, malt-forward flavors and surprisingly dry finish of our new curcubitaceous ale.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Despite my disgust at seeing so many pumpkin beers being released in late-August, I loaded up and set them aside for October. Here we are!

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Spices".

I am not shy about employing a heavy-handed pour and this was one such instance. I quickly ended up with a finger-and-a-half of fizzy, tawny head with immoderate retention. The nose was redolent with cinnamon and clove and this one really smelled like a pumpkin pie!

Oh, man. I remember my first semester of Foods 1 at McCaskey High School, when we baked just about every day and sometimes we made food in an oven. Ha ha. I made a loaf of banana bread for Thanksgiving that was as dense as a short plank, but the pumpkin pie that came out of my group's kitchen was to die for! We were a group of jocks and myself, but those guys were true Americans in the sense that a recipe was only a guideline. Once we had the base recipe set up, they would add things as they saw fit, throwing caution and me to the wind. I was sure we were DIW and girded myself for a failing grade, but when it came out of the oven, it smelled heavenly!

That is of what this beer reminded me. Just the right amount of spices before achieving saturation. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Mouthfeel was thin and watery, but the taste was like liquified pumpkin pie. Man, I was getting clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, all dancing a happy little jig on my tongue. Happy, happy, happy.

Speaking of Cinnamon, have I ever mentioned her? She was Momma China's taut, blonde counterpart at Papa Joe's in Ceiba, P. R. in early 1993. They were doing a duo onstage when I walked in, decked out in Pirates gear, and being from near Smithton, PA, they pulled me up onstage with them. Grinding and undulating against me, they slowly peeled off all of my clothes with the exception of my skivvies. Back then, I was Henry Rollins buff, so it was not sad or funny, but the bouncer jumped up when Cinnamon started to pull off my (thankfully) clean undies. After that, I was golden at the club and when Momma China got ready to return to the States, I gave her a wad of Pirates tix and told her to enjoy herself. I know that I had.

Speaking of enjoyment, this was a party in my mouth. I have reviewed other pumpkin ales recently, but this one was hitting the mark. The spices really seemed to get along together, more like a symphony than a discordant jazz jam. This should be made into an air freshener and be misted in my (admittedly) stinky classroom. The finish was dry, thanks to all of the spices. It was not alum dry, but it was plenty dry, believe me! I may stick a candle in the neck of the spent bottle and use it for Hallowe'en. (2,721 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.3% ABV, Best before Dec notched on label.

Thanks to Chaney for sending this as part of the monster box!

A - Pouring a hazed, dirty apricot color, this orange beer is topped by a cream off-white head that disappears pretty quickly leaving wispy fingers of lace on the pint glass.

S - Country Pumpkin fits the fall beer bill with a big nose of pumpkin and the typical spice rack for a special aromatic treat. The beer keeps it's beer qualities though, featuring biscuit and caramel malt with light traces of earthy hops through the middle.

T - Crisp and refreshing, this ripe pumpkin beer piles on the caramel and biscuit malt with pumpkin and spice following closely. Country Pumpkin is a little hoppier than the usual pumpkin beer though, earthy notes and bitterness pulling through the finish.

M - Medium bodied and crisp-feeling, the spice flourishes over the tongue with moderate carbonation. Dry on the back end, this beer trails off with a nice balance of bitterness to counteract the sweet malt.

O - One of the better, more balanced pumpkin beers out there this season, Ithaca's Country Pumpkin is a refreshing, drinkable pumpkin beer that offers a hefty dose of pumpkin and spice but keeps it real with plenty of malt flavor balanced by subdued hops. A wonderful fall treat! (1,345 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best pumpkins. Without being over the top, this is a well done pumpkin. The aroma is first rate - pumpkin and spice, very nice. The taste is almost a disappointment after such great aroma, a tough act to follow, but it works weak.

The beer looks great in a glass but the head is a little weak. The taste quickly dies down, leaving a void. It also leaves a bit of a bitter boozy aftertaste.

The burps are pretty good, not so much pumpkin pie as jackolantern. This is one to buy when you want a real pumpkin treat. (535 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy honey-orange. No head to speak of, even after an aggressive pour. At best I get a thin layer of fizzy bubbles. Nice amount of carbonation

Smells very close to pumpkin pie. Sweet caramel, notes of vanilla, typical spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, ginger, clove. Lots of really nice aromas. Oh yeah, and pumpkin. Smells spicier than sweet. One of the best-smelling pumpkin beers I've had

Taste follows the nose. Dry biscuity malts and sweet caramel malts blend together nicely. Pumpkin throughout. On the mid-palate come the spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg at first then the rest of the aforementioned spices come out. The end result is a nicely-balanced, slightly drying, tasty pumpkin brew. Ends on a sweet note with a hint of vanilla

Feels dry and crisp. A little spicy

Overall I'm impressed by this moreso than any pumpkin beer I've had so far this year. Well-balanced with lots of flavor. Highly recommended (936 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: shiny orange/amber hue, trace head,

S: lovely all-spice, pumpkin, ginger, citrus jam

T: all-spice, pumpkin, malt, ginger, marmalade, mild grassy finish

M: med body, solid carbonation/smooth mouth

O: WOW! Very nice surprise from my wife. Enjoy Ithaca
and love trying pumpkin brews. This is one of my favorites now.
pumpkin beer fans will love it.

VERY GOOD, TRY SOME! (375 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Six Pack.

A: A standard deep orange, light brown, clear/filtered, decent head, nothing too crazy here.

S: Smell is pretty pungent, standard pumpkin pie spices, some bready yeastyness, some true pumpkin/gourd smell too.

T: Yum. A great blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Not overwhelming. Theres also a great pumpkin flavor that so many of these pumpkins lack. Theres enough noble hops in there to remind you that its a beer/ale, and its got a plesant english yeast/bread taste as well. Delicous.

M: Pretty sessionable, not cloying, or overly seasoned. I could have a couple of these. Has a full/rich body though.

O: One of the best 6pack pumpkin ales I've ever had. Definitely the best I've had this season. Similar to Smuttynose's with a little more spices. If you like pumpkin beers you wont be dissapointed. (819 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mini pilsner glass. Best by December.

A: Clear golden color with a 1 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Pretty strong pumpkin and spice aroma. The usual allspice and nutmeg.

T: Loads of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Still a fairly full pumpkin taste. The malt background keep this thing well balanced. Loses some of its flavor as it warms.

M: Lots of carbonation. Light to medium body. Crisp finish. Very drinkable. Slightly watery.

Overall a great new pumpkin beer. Certainly worth a go-round and I will look for this again in the future. (612 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated best before December 2013 into my Duvel Nymph Tulip glass.

A- Attractive and seasonally appropriate dark orange/copper body with foamy, off white, one finger head that dies down to just a bubbly film before I got through the song Colossal by Wolfmother. Almost no visible carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S- The aroma is sweet malty and nutty pumpkin at first. Then the classic pumpkin spices kick in. I'm mostly getting ginger and allspice, but also some cinnamon.

T- I think the nutty pumpkin flavors are not as noticeable as their aromatic counterparts at first, but it comes out more as the beer warms. The ginger, allspice, and cinnamon certainly compliment the luscious malts. A certain balance between sweetness and the spices along with some earthy hops is struck here. And quite striking it is indeed.

M- Mid to full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a spicy, dry finish. Pleasing combination of chewiness while maintaining crispness.

O- This is my first pumpkin ale of the season, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It is almost like eating the bottom of a pumpkin spice muffin with some hops along for the ride. There is nothing artificial about how it smells or tastes. No flavor is dominant. They all get their turn to shine, and that is how I like my pumpkin ales. (1,367 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit.Came to the table a dull hazed burnt orange/amber with not much head to speak of.Aromas were lighter with some roasted pumkin and a smattering of spice.The flavors really were great with pumpkin flavors tasting real and they are predominant,lightly roasted with some cardamom and cinnamon underneath.It's not sweet and it tastes like pumpkin...that's how it should be. (405 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the bottle into a teku chilled.

The color and clarity are very good with a medium amber color and translucent clarity with thin two finger tan cap with small bead and sticky lace collects. The smell is very good with a mild fragrant spice like cinnamon and vegetal odor combined with a moderately sweet and light malt aroma with some mild yeast fruitiness. The feel is decent with a slightly thin feel with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with a moderate spice level and gentle alcohol feel and lightly toasted sweet malt presence.

The taste of this pumpkin ale is very smooth with mild sweet and caramel malt taset yet the flavor has an nice element of spice...a good caramel malt backbone with subtle cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg but neither dominates more of a synergistic effect with slight ginger-like light woody and tropical accent to the malt and yeast fruitiness. Overall this is a very quaffable pumpkin ale, I like the fact that the spice doesn't overwhelm the base ale flavor which is excellent on it's own - the flavor of ginger adds a brightness that is not always found in the style -well done Ithaca! (1,194 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright orange color with a thin wisp of foam that fizzles away quickly. Aroma is strong of pumpkin pie spice... clove, allspice, cinnamon.

First sip is medium bodied with a strong cinnamon flavor and enough sweetness to hold things together. Actually, this is quite sweet, and in turn has a few layers of flavor between the crystal malts, and various spices. Mouthfeel is viscous, but it also is a bit fizzy.

One of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Glad I took a chance and bought a 6 pack. (543 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler with the first taste poured into a traditional pint glass. Sampled earlier at the Ithaca Ale House also.

Appearance: A nice copper and slightly hazy orange color to the body of the brew, with a decent off-white head that does fade a bit quickly, probably due to the transport and the wash-out of the growler before the fill. Hopefully the haze is due to some of the pumpkin and spices -- I'm glad to see that it's not too clear.

Smell: A nice balance of malt and hops initially, with the spices coming through as it warms, especially the cinnamon and nutmeg. And there's some nice pepper and vanilla going on too. A good balance of aromas all around.

Taste: A little hoppier than I'd originally anticipated, with a nice sense of sweetness from the malt, balanced by the nice combination of spices, especially the cinnamon and nutmeg, and you do taste some of that pumpkin puree and it doesn't seem at all fake. Nice lingering slightly hoppy finish with spices that go on for a while.

Mouthfeel: Nicely medium-bodied with carbonation that could be maybe a little more charged, but it works well, and is more than adequate and keeps the flavors in check.

Drinkabiltiy. Not so surprisingly, a very good one from Ithaca. I hope this becomes a fall staple. Not very expensive, and a lot of flavor that could easily turn into a session brew. Seems like this is going fast -- not sure how much they made, but get it while you can. (1,441 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev +7%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice, golden hue, seems to glow. Illuminated. Small off-white head with a yellowy tint

S- Pumpkin spices, pumpkin flesh on the nose

T- Slight clean hop taste, melds well with the crisp clean pumpkin and spice taste. Very well balanced, great tasting pumpkin ale. Sweet, but not over the top.

M- Crisp, clean, enjoyable with a slight carbonation prick. Very drinkable. One of few pumpkin beers that I could sit down and spend an evening drinking

O- Great tasting well balanced bold flavors. A nice, drinkable beer that represents the style well. (587 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a white, creamy head. Nose is spices (clove and all spice) with cookie and pumpkin malts in the mix. Taste starts off with sweet caramel and cookie malts. These give way to cloves and an array of other pumpkin related spices. Pumpkin malt intertwined with more pumpkin spice finishes this beer off. The body matches the style well - full and smooth. Overall, this is a light, yet flavorful, pumpkin beer. Recommended! (444 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of this stuff in a really nice store in Monroeville, PA.

Served in a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Poured a very dark, saturated orange, with little to no light passing through. The head was slight, whispy, and about where it should be.

S: Lots of strong pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and a bit of the gourd itself poking through. Also, there was a very organic, sour dough quality that served well in letting us know that this is indeed a beer, rather than just liquified pumpkin pie.

T: Yep, a good amount of bread yeast rides very nicely on top of the pumpkin dessert. The all spice takes center stage and I truly appreciated that this wasn't a cinnamon bomb.

M: Thick and a bit syrupy, but isn't that what pumpkin desserts are about anyway? The carbonation was about where it should be and I didn't get any booze. The lacing was moderate.

O: I think I liked this better than most on here and think that it could stack up really well with the myriad of pumpkin pie clones on the market. (1,031 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear orange amber color with a fingers worth of white head

S-cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin and sweet pumpkin pie

T-taste has more vegetable pumpkin taste than sweet pumpkin pie, but there is still plenty of cinnamon and other spices

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall this is a nice beer for the style, I like that it's not overly sweet and you can actually taste the pumpkin. (388 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a wispy white cap. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured pumpkin rind and nutmeg.

The taste was vegetably with loads of pumpkin meat and a light medley of pumpkin spice. Moderate caramel malts.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style and chewy.

Overall a fully bodied vegetable driven pumpkin ale. Not overly spiced. (395 characters)

Photo of Ds650rida
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from bottle with best before date of november. Poured into pint glass. Tasted before and after pairing with a coconut custard dessert.

L: amber color, very clear. Head is about 1 finger thick and doesnt stick around long.

A: pumpkin with notes of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and nutmeg.

T: earthy pumpkin flavor, not too sweet. Notes of clove. Caramel malty flavor as well

M: spices stick around, low carbonation and low bitterness. Very smooth

O: this is a great go-to beer for full bodied pumpkin flavor. Very drinkable. I think that some people saying that it wasnt unique took away from the beer. Its still a very good beer and very drinkable. A must try. (673 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very light hazy dark copper to amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium-thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin with traditional pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg). Lighter maltiness towards the finish of the smell.

T: There is a light to moderate caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by the flavors of the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There is a very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: On the whole, I feel like the pumpkin beers I have tried/reviewed this year have improved over previous years with better balance between the flavors of the pumpkin, spices, and the sweetness. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - I would gladly have a couple more of these. (1,033 characters)

Photo of sliverX
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich clear copper, thick white foam a good 3/4" that took a while to fade down to whisps.
Smelled of typical pumpkin beer spices with a touch of pumpkin meat.
Taste followed the noise, very balanced spice profile which was very drinkable and no where near over the top.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, it had some weight to it but was very drinkable.
Overall a very solid entry from Ithaca, not a game changer but a perfect fall option. (447 characters)

Photo of Danno48
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Another pumpkin ale and another issue when rating them. Is it different and is it tasty? Well this one is tasty but not different. Good use of spice and just the right amount of sweetness. Great hop usage that really accentuates the spices. The real winning feature is the smell. Sweet and delicious pumpkin pie. Not very different but it stands out because it's well done. (373 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pumpkin-hued body under an inch of off-white foam. Ok retention, decent lace. Pretty solid.

S: Spicy. Lots of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Not much else. Pleasant enough.

T: More complex here, with the up-front pie spices giving way to some mildly sweet toasty malt and a nice hint of gourd. Clean, lightly bittersweet finish with some pumpkin lingering on the spicy aftertaste. Pretty tasty.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Great.

O: Enjoyable. I'm not generally a huge fan of the style, and indeed I find this too be overly spiced, but compared to most of the other ones I've had I'm impressed. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of Pumpkin Ales.

Cheers! (716 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, one finger head that doesn't last long and not much carbonation.

S-Spices, cinnamon, pumpkin. What you'd imagine a pumpkin beer would smell like.

T-Very much like the nose, Spice heavy, very sweet. Tad earthy as well.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, watery.

O-A good pumpkin ale, not the best in the world, but solid. (338 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy but bright pastel orange with golden yellow hues to grace the edges. Fat khaki head of loose foam that falls fast and doe not leave lace. Nose is a bit of the pumpkin vegetable, the spices like allspice and nutmeg, cinnamon clove and a fragrant bit of ginger. The malt on this nose is a bit of graham cracker. The taste is fairly light and while it has all those spices it does not resemble heavy liquid pumpkin pie. It's drinking like a spiced ale. The mouthfeel is thinner and a bit slick but it has a nice dry pie crust for malt. It's a cross between cracker and a graham cracker. I really like it. The flavors are not more than beer. Light metallic that fades off after a few sips. Bright orange pumpkin with the spices to make it lovely and the surprise hit for my palate was the ginger. It literally uplifts the nose and the palate on this beer because it is graceful and in proportion. It brightens all the flavors without detracting from the beer in general. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and the dry malt to linger with all those lovely flavors.

Very nice Ithaca! (1,092 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
It has a nice bright burnt orange color body with a small white head that quicly goes down to a very thin lace. The smell has a nice malt and allspice aroma with a hint of cinnamon in there also. The taste has a sweet taste up front then the spices and the pumpkin come in to play on the middle and the finish, leaving a nice like spice film on the tonuge. The mouth feel is really good and overall a good balanced pumpkin beer. (462 characters)

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Country Pumpkin from Ithaca Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.