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Country Pumpkin - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 353
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 ack210
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a conical pint glass.

Appearance- Nice appearance, a burnt orange. Small head , about 1/2 finger, light retention, light lacing.

Smell- Spices are apparent, especially allspice and nutmeg. Pumpkin is weaved in between these spices but not as bold. I smell almost no malts, but did catch snips of alcohol.

Taste- Not at all what I was expecting. The alcohol is overpowering and completely oppresses the spices and pumpkin apparent in the aroma. A light hoppy flavor is detectable on the finish.

Mouthfeel- A little on the lighter side of carbonation. A medium body, smooth, almost creamy.

Overall- I'm not saying this is a bad beer or even that I didn't enjoy it. I just felt that for being a Pumpkin Ale, the pumpkin and spices were too overpowered. (780 characters)

Photo of BB1313
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notched best before Dec. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice hazy burnt orange that glows, small white head which fades quickly and leave nice retention and not too much lacing. The aromas are pretty typical and standard. Lots of spices up front like cinnamon and nutmeg. The ginger is there as well. The caramel malts are there. There's a touch of vanilla. The flavors match the nose, but are dialed down. The flavors almost seem watered down and fall flat. There's a decent spiciness and bitterness, but it doesn't linger. Mouthfeel is prickly, lots of carbonation, but smooth enough. I'll admit it gets better as it warms up because the graham cracker crust starts to make an appearance. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very light. I'm guessing the ABV is somewhere in the 5% range.

This is basically just a run of the mill attempt. I'm a big fan of Ithaca, so I was really hoping they took the style to a new place, but they didn't. It's just your typical average pumpkin ale. It's not bad, but far from memorable. (1,026 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color with a one-finger white head.

Smell: Nutmeg and clove with faint pumpkin. Wheat and some biscuity notes as well. This one is definitely more spice than actual pumpkin, although honestly it's a little underwhelming as a whole.

Taste: Unfortunately the trend of underwhelming continues here. Comes off like a lightly spiced pale lager. There just isn't a lot going on, and I get little to no actual pumpkin flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but there just isn't enough going on to keep it interesting. Where's the pumpkin? (682 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a light golden orange color. Thin quarter finger of wispy white head with just a smattering of lacing.

S. Cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, a little bit of bready malt character. Not much depth, but hits most of the core notes.

T. Follows the nose with cinnamon, lots of brown sugar, some all spice. Malts are light and somewhat fruity. Spices are the most apparent flavors, with a malt and hop base that doesn't really add too much. Drinks light a very thin, light slice of cheap pumpkin bread.

M. It's pretty damn watery. Everything here is just "mild" except for the spices which are more moderate. I just like a bit more depth to my pumpkin ales and this one lacks the sweet, thick character I've come to enjoy.

O. Decidedly average. Offensively inoffensive. They need to ramp up the malt on this one and give me something to sink my teeth into. Not bad, but certainly not memorable. (897 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle wth a BB Nov. 2014(?) date notch; so just purchased but perhaps a little past BB window.

Pours lightly hazy, orange-amber in color, with a decent semi-durable head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: a mix of spices and light+medium malts.

Flavor: more spices here; a bit more than ideal in that the malts are mostly masked and the aftertaste emphasizes the spices.

Feel: medium-light body and medium carbonation. (436 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours orange-brown with moderate head.Tastes like vegetal pumpkin along with earthy hops. Not hoppy, but not really sweet either. Above average, but I have had better in the style. (182 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Not very appealing in my opinion.
Very bland to look at: no head or carbs. It's just sitting there.
Smell is light cinnamon and taste is more or less
Taste is washed out and boring.
Needs a bit of work. (203 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Totowa, not expecting much from a style that rarely impresses me. Sure enough, that turned out to be the case with this. While this was not a bad beer, no flavor in particular stood out too much and there wasn't anything memorable about this. This wasn't too spicy or full of the namesake flavor but at the same time, there was just enough here to make this enjoyable and easy to quaff down.

This had a slightly dark pumpkin hue to it with a bit of head and hardly any lacing. The carbonation wasn't there either but that was more than made up for by the alcohol, which was a bit too strong for my taste. I thought this would have some spice but aside from a bit of cinnamon, there was just pumpkin here. No clove, nutmeg, or vanilla and had the body been a bit more full, that would have been alright. There was just something missing from this and this came too close to being a "no-frills" beer.

That allowed the alcohol to stand out more than it should have. This felt like it was around 8-9% but this was not made to be an Imperial-style beer. Those who like Pumpkin Ales will not be disappointed here but so many others available on the shelf, this should probably be passed over unless there aren't any other options to choose from. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Country Pumpkin
Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 6.30 %

LOOK: Pours an orange color with a chill haze, little to no sediment. Off white head forms and leaves little to no lace. Appears like a standard pumpkin ale.

SMELL: Pumpkin spices of cinnamon, clove, and allspice are apparent right away. There is a bit of malty sweetness peeking through as well.

TASTE: Once again spices of clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are upfront with some pumpkin and brown sugar notes. There is a noticeable amount of vegetable/mineral notes from the pumpkin and perhaps the hops? Not very bitter and very spicy with plenty of pumpkin.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated. Drinks fairly easily.

OVERALL: A good pumpkin ale with some solid traits. The mineral notes are a bit out of place, and with some vanilla, could easily be covered up. A pumpkin ale with some strength behind it and no presence of alcohol. Would go well with a holiday meal. (976 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best Before DEC 2012.

pours out a burnt orange color with a bit of haziness to it. slightly less than one fingers worth of off white head that quickly faded to a thin foam ring and then eventually nothing.

pretty typical pumpkin ale aroma, nothing really impressive hear. some cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg as well as some actual pumpkin. some light alcohol esters as it warms. not much else.

pretty much the same as the aroma, typical spices with a bit of actual pumpkin.

carbonation is a little too aggresive. light to medium in body. the only thing this really has going for it is drinkability, my glass was empty before i knew it.

a little too average to be worth buying again, glad i got this as a single. tastes like every other pumpkin ale out there. i expected more from ithaca. (842 characters)

Photo of Alex_Hanley
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle

A - poured a light orange/Amber with small head and some lacing.

S - smelled like pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and some hops

T - tasted just like it smelled at first but at the end the hops took over. Would've been better if there was more of a pumpkin taste.

M - light and under carbonated

Overall - not the worst pumpkin beer I've had but not the best, that being said I'd buy it again though. (428 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance pours slightly hazed and unfiltered with a deep copper hue and a cream colored head flowing nice and thick, which leaves behind speckled lacing.

Aroma has straight pumpkin spice cabinet bursting out of the glass, includes nutmeg, cinnamon, very perfume like quality about it let’s see how it’s tasting.

I would suggest there’s some pumpkin flesh in this one with harsh lingering bitterness from the astringent spice additions, very unbalanced version just way too spice heavy. Leaving this one somewhere in the middle of the road compared to the rest of the pumpkin ales out there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied astringent lingering finish spices simply coat the palate.

Overall impression of this brew is that it’s way too spiced and needs to balance out the pumpkin flesh and tone done the spice additions in favor of a combination that would be more drinkable, I will say that 6.5% abv is barely noticeable though. (947 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before October 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger) and pumpkin. Taste is the same as the aroma, it tastes like pumpkin spices and pumpkin. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid pumpkin beer, but not one of my favorites. Still, I won't have any problems finishing this sixer. $9.99 a six-pack. (564 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a copper/light amber color with a white head with average retention
S-good amount of pumpkin with spice
T-More pumpkin and spice followed by a good hop bitterness, not a huge fan of the hop selection itself though, leaves a bit of an off aftertaste
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad pumpkin ale, if it wasn't for the aftertaste I would say its a pretty solid beer. Don't regret trying it but won't make it one of my regular fall beers (436 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

I just don't reach for a pumpkin beer very often. Limited options at dinner tonight and this sounded pretty good.

This was a clear coppery color and it poured with a small fizzy head.

I found toffee and caramel sweetness plus pumpkin pie spice. I never have been able to discern actual pumpin in a pumpkin beer. This wasn't bad overall, not too heavy on the spice and not overly sweet. (388 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Naturally carbonated, I spilled a bit of yeast into the bottle during the pour. This makes it a bit cloudy. I suppose it's possible the pumpkin is contributing to the cloudiness. The beer is only lightly carbonated. It is orange-brownish.
S: A familiar pumpkin aroma, nutmeg, clove, cinammon maybe, a bit of brown sugar. Fairly typical for a pumpkin ale. Good, not especially interesting.
T: The taste is far more beery and less spicy. Mild maltiness, some yeasty esters coming through, the spices are very faint, a bit of cinammon maybe. Not much of a pumpkin taste. A bit minty from a hoppy finish, which comes out as the beer warms (English hops? Northern Brewers maybe?). This is my favorite part of the beer, a nice finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation, just enough for this beer. No head apparent on the beer by this point.
O: A slightly above average pumpkin beer. Not bad, I've had better. (915 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright burnt orange. Head it tiny, bright-white, and drops to a tiny collar almost instantly. Moderate carbonation. So pretty. A little less burnt than I like to see, but still comes close to perfect.

Smell: Big hits of pumpkin pie spice. The usual suspects are there, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a touch of clove and vanilla. Cinnamon is more pronounced. Canned pumpkin sweetness coupled with some intense malt sweetness. Smells like a pie. Some toasted edges as well. There's some crust. Sharply spicy. Some minor hints of real pumpkin when it warms, but the spices jump as well.

Taste: Fresh pumpkin flesh up front drops quickly and gives way to the spice compliment. Big hits of cinnamon. Nutmeg and clove pick up some of the slack. Hints of vanilla on the back. Allspice all but disappears. Raw, squashy pumpkin flavor re-energizes over the middle. Almost no aftertaste, incredibly clean. Flavor drops a bit too fast off the tongue. As it warms the spices become a touch too aggressive as the pumpkin backs off a touch.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and underwhelming. Nice carbonation. No aftertaste.

Overall: You could do a lot worse for a pumpkin beer.

Nice overall, with some solid pumpkin influence. Falls apart as it warms, but it's still drinkable and worth checking out. (1,293 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/24/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, pumpkin, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of spices (nutmeg & cinnamon) and pumpkin flavors. Then it goes bready with a hearty malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer for the style but overall it’s just mediocre. (777 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a half finger of fizzy head that very quickly dissipates. The nose has strong pumpkin notes. The taste is a bit of a downer considering the potent smell. There is certainly pumpkin in the flavor profile, but the overall taste is light and the body is thin. There is a light, dry bitterness on the finish which is a pleasant way to end.

This offering has some great potential and would be an excellent example of the style if it were more full-bodied. (478 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. The pumpkin flavor is mild at best and yields to the pumpkin spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry pumpkin flavor that melds well with the crystal and pale malt base. It contains some cinnamon and nutmeg, but nothing too overpowering. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but a weak seasonal from a brewery that usually produces top notch offerings. (647 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours just a faint bubbly head that disappears in an instant, over slight hazy copper honey orange color.

Nose bright pumpkin, a bit of an egg nog like aroma, some cinnamon, nutmneg and hints of other spices the give the xmas egg nog or pumpkin pie like aroma. Touch of a sweet reddish malt, and little bready.

Taste is similar, some pumpkin both canned and fresh, spices bringing nutmeg and cinnamon again, slight nutmeg xmas-y like taste that brings those flavors of xmas, little fluffy nougat like flavor. Little toasty reddish malt, caramel, creamy even. A light hoppy flavor, some bitterness and a light floral earthy bitter hop. Finish is dry, very dry, slight earthy spicy hops, plenty of spices lingering, and a bit of pumpkin and creamy egg nog like.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but not great. Decent flavors,spices that remind me of xmas and egg nog, creamy, decent pumpkin, at least dry and not overly sweet, but nothing great. (965 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A_Pours a deep copper with a one finger tan head.

S_Mild graham cracker aroma with vague hints of spice. Doesn't bludgeon you over the head with the spice but smells nice.

T_Dry biscuity malt mixed with caramel up front. This is follwed by a nice mellow spice hint of cinammon and clove, maybe some allspice. Mostly dry.

M_Lighter bodied for the style with an aggressive tight carbonation.

O_An easy drinking pumpkin beer. Not too heavy handed with the spices but with enough to let you know it is there. (511 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by December 2012.

Faint yeasty particles suspended in a coppery-bronze body. Small, ringy, gauzy, eggshell white head. Warm malty aromas of pumpkin pie filling, graham cracker, and caramel. Cooked carrots and spices (vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon) round out the nose.

Toasted malt and light grainy astringency up front. Pumpkin pie filling fills in along with cooked carrots and caramel. Moderate dose of spices near the finish. Nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Lingering spices in the finish. Moderate body with a smooth feel. Not bad pumpkin here! (574 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with best before dating on the side of the label.

Pours cloudy, dull and murky darker amber, minimal head, no film collar and next to no lace. Meh look to this one.

Semi sweet pumpkin on the nose with some soft malt notes.

Soft and smooth on the tongue, this ale, has a mellowness and approach ability that has me wanting a few more sips after the bottle is done.

More pumpkin on the palate, but it s is nicely muted and well integrated into the mellow and malty rest of this beer.

Tasty, smooth and easy drinking. Decent pumpkin forward beer. A bit out of season and no doubt a bit passed its prime at the time of its consumption (now).... (663 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of glowing pumpkin orange. It holds a two finger head of creamy tannish bubbles that stick to the glass, leaving sticky, cakey lacing. Retention is nice. There is no haze or sediment noted, and carbonation appears light. The aroma is bright with smooth vanilla cream and warming pumpkin spice. The malts are pale and lightly toasted, holding up against a hearty baker’s yeast, and very faint but fresh citric hop. The pumpkin is sweet and serious, and really steals the show. With warmth it smells more and more like a fresh baked pumpkin pie. Our first impression is that the flavoring is lighter than hoped for, but still carries the pumpkin spice nicely. As we sip, the taste opens with souring, pale malts, a light toasty yeast, and fresh spice of pumpkin, nutmeg, and bittering clovey phenol. The middle moves the pumpkin spice forward, enhancing the depth of the malts, with sweeter notes of salty caramel, and dried grassiness. That nice fresh creamy sweetness comes next, pulling to the finish, with freshly grated ginger, black pepper, drying nutmeg, allspice, and fresh pumpkin flesh. The aftertaste breathes of souring grain, mineral, light booze, metals, dried pale malts, chalk, and more of that pumpkin spice. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium, but robustly prickly. The mouth is cooled and coated initially, with a final dryness to the palate and down the tongue. There is decent slurp, smack, and pop, but little cream to the lips. It is quenching and refreshing, without being overbearing. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. There was such nice favoring throughout, with a full aromatic profile. The pumpkin was authentic, yet sweet, smooth, and creamy, while the spice was warming and invigorating. The entire thing, however, through the flavoring as well as the nose, was a bit subdued. We found ourselves wishing that things were more robust on both fronts, which was really our only complaint. (2,025 characters)

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Country Pumpkin from Ithaca Beer Company
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