Country Pumpkin - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | 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 alexgash
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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)....

Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear, rich looking medium amber with a razor thin blanketing of off-white head. The nose is sweet, but not cloying, and blends together aromas of nutmeg, banana, and clove. It's not over the top, but still has the spice characteristics I like in a pumpkin ale. The taste disappoints...frankly, it tastes like a watered down amber with almost none of the spice coming through...and this beer is essentially at its peak 'bottle freshness.' A thin, watery mouthfeel is not what I prefer for this style of beer, although it's refreshing to have a pumpkin beer with a semi-dry, spicy clove finish. Cold versus room temp there is no improvement.
Honestly, I will probably avoid this beer in the future, although it's hard to poo-poo a well-intentioned effort by Ithaca.

Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pumpkin-y color. Head collapsed to a thick ring. The foam doesn't want to stick.

Cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, almost a rye-like spice element coming from the malt. Pretty simple, but delightful nose.

A bit attenuated, but some punctual pumpkin pie spice notes and a touch of floral hops round this one out. Malty with some pumpkin meat and an earthy bitterness. Finishes with some menthol and gruff grain.

Mellow, crisp, with a natural body. The carbonation is energetic. Works for an autumn ale.

A little spice-heavy, but turns out to be an enjoyable fall seasonal. Easy to enjoy, easy to finish.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head. It settles to a single layer of small bubbles. There's some spotty lace on the glass. Hazy amber color.

The smell is pumpkin and pumpkin spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Classic pumpkin ale taste. There's a malt start with plenty of pumpkin pie flavor that show up in through the swallow. There is a mild hop bitterness in the background. Relatively low body with a typical level of carbonation.

Photo of DeFaz
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin ales are so common these days, and I tasted this one after drinking Dogfish's Punkin, so needless to say my expectations were high. This isn't quite as flavorful as Dogfish's brew, and certainly did not have the pumpkin flavor that I look for, but it did have a nice mouthfeel, with a medium thickness and carbonation just low enough to allow for the flavors to shine. This is more on the spicy end of the spectrum, with the smell reminding me of pumpkin pie but the taste being more complex and more centered on the spice than pumpkin. Overall, I consider this to be a good but not great pumpkin ale. It's definitely above average and is a good example of the style, one that is likely to be enjoyed for someone looking for a more spicy taste.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep orange color with a tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon, brown sugar, and notes of maple. In the taste, quite spicy upfront, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, and a sweet pumpkin fruit in the end. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry small spice and sweet pumpkin in the aftertaste. A nice use of spice and balanced with the sweeter pumpkin.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lightly cloudy dim-glowing orange. Head flares up then dies off to only a light drifting patch of foam. Looks very nice.

S-Nutmeg and cinnamon with light gourdy pumpkin. Mild and easy. Spice is set to the perfect level of intensity. Pumpkin pie and the pie crust too. Not incredibly complex but it'll do.

T-Oh, the flavor is pretty delicious. Vegetal notes, almost like pumpkin vine. Real gourdy pumpkin, not artificial tasting. The cinnamon and nutmeg mix with some caramel as backing. The pumpkin really shines here. Lightly hopped grassy finish.

M-A bit sticky and slick. Mild, massaging carbonation. Body is fuller than some Pumps. Not incredibly sessionable.

O/D-One of the better Pumpkin brews I have had. The flavor is robust for the style and the interpretation of the pumpkin is quite delectable. Pretty happy with a sixer of these.

Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with an orange hue. The head is tight but short and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of the pumpkin pie spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and light clove, allspice. There is also a subtle pumpkin vegatel note. Nice blend of spice and pumpkin.

The taste is of a light amber base. The malt provides some sweetness and a dry finish. The pumpkin spice comes through nicely, though not overly dominate. Mainly cinnamon and nutmeg with some ginger and allspice. The pumpkin provides some earthy bitterness and a light veggie flavor. Some grassy hop bitterness.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Well balanced as it starts off sweet but ends with a grassy bitterness.

A good pumpkin with a nice flavor profile. I wish it was a little more robust in the spice but it is a good mix.

Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger's worth of slightly fluffy tightly packed khaki colored frothiness... The color is a medium caramel orange... Loaded with micro bubbled carbonation some of which moves in deliberate streaks and some of which move in randomly in quick fashion... Limited retention with little or no lacing... A nice big pumpkin nose can be detected without even bringing one's nose around the glass... All the standards are there... Pumpkin pie filling... Light spices in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove... Rich pie crust... Also some light caramel notes... Textbook for the style... The taste profile is slightly hard to place... Much of the anticipated autumnal goodness is muted by a fairly pronounced euro pale aleness... It's not bad, just unexpected... Medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Slightly chalky finish... This one had some serious potential in terms of appearance and especially aroma, but quickly falls back to the pack in terms of flavor profile and mouthfeel... The end result is a somewhat enjoyable rather average run of the mill Pumpkin Ale...

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fills a tulip glass with a hazed, rustic orange and a slight, short lived, off white crown that leaves modest lacing.

One can faintly detect pumpkin and pie spices alongside caramel malt.

Sweet pumpkin pie is light but distinct. Nutmeg is the more prominent spice, while the finish is a touch astringent and lingering. After warming the pumpkin steps up and improves the flavor substantially.

Aggressive carbonation scours the medium bodied, woolly textured beer from the palate. Alcohol is greater than expected.

This is another pumpkin beer, with nothing special to distinguish it. Allow this one to warm and it does improve.

None of the beers produced under this style, by any brewer, particular impress me. I may have reached my limit for the year. Yet hope still holds out that someone will make an impressive pumpkin beer next year.

Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet pumpkins and all the spices that normally go with it. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, and all spice. Some breadiness too.

Taste: sweet and bready malts, pumpkins, and spices. Pretty crazy for 6.3, but it feels it could be more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, lingering delicious spiciness, and a pleasant beer on the palate too.

Overall: This beer reminds me a little of Southern Tiers pumpking minus the booziness and starchiness. Still a very enjoyable beer and very happy for what it is.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

falls a little into the overly spiced, under pumpkined category, but I like this a lot still. pours rich and creaming oktoberfest orange right from the tap, with a tall and frothy white head with good staying power. the nose is clove and cinnamon and vanilla, not so much pumpkin itself, more pie spice. good amber and caramel malt backing balanced it well. the taste is also real spice forward to the detriment of any real pumpkin flavor, but the spices used are used well, and I don't really miss the vegetable. this being my first fall seasonal of the year (it is still august people), it might come across better than it would late November when ive been on them for awhile, but for now I quite enjoy this. great feel with really bright carbonation for a fall time beer, and a really creamy feel to it. this would be great on cask, and I look forward to trying a bottled version soon too. not the best of these, but far far from the worst.

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at The Pour House in westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy, dark orange/copper color with burnt orange edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.  

Slightly vegetal pumpkin pie aroma with sweet malt, autumnal spices and floral hops.  Some caramel malt and toffee along with  pumpkin, allspice, clove and ginger.

Full bodied with a zesty spice presence that lingers over the sweet malt notes  and pumpkin purée into a slightly dry finish.  Touch of floral hops with some clove, cinnamon and allspice followed by a sweet, slightly earthy pumpkin presence.  More dessert like, however, with pumpkin pie sweetness, vanilla and nutmeg.  Well balanced with a subtle hop presence that adds another dimension.  Flavorful and very easy to drink.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Tons of microscopic sediment floaties in my glass makes for a hazy beer. Color is a bright orange amber with a 1/4 inch of head that dials back to a nice sticky lace ring.

S - Smell has a bit of vegital funk but mostly sweet of the spice that I like (perfect balance of nutmeg and cinnamon) Maybe some caramel malt and gram cracker too.

T - Well it does have a nice balance of vegital and hop bitterness which I appreciate along with enough cinnamon and nutmeg to get by. Above average attempt I guess.

M - For 6.3% it drinks light to medium. Quite sessionable I guess.

Overall for the dollar I paid it was not a bad pumpkin ale. As always it could use more spice but 2x better than Punkin or Brooklyn's pumpkin.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a burnt orange color with a tiny white head that fades almost instantly leaving no lacing.

Smell – The smell is a mix of roasted malt, pumpkin and some sweet brown sugar and caramel. There are some very light nutmeg and clove aromas as well. Overall sweet and roasty.

Taste – The taste starts out of sweet caramel and a bready taste. Quickly a sweet brown sugar laden pumpkin flavor mixed with a lighter spice of nutmeg and allspice come to the tongue. These flavors linger throughout the taste till the end where the roasted pumpkin and malt flavors increase. In the end a sweet-lightly roasted pumpkin flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little above average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather low. While a bit more carbonation would have been good for the sweeter nature of the beer, the creamy body (accentuated by the lower carbonation) was very good for the pumpkin flavors.

Overall – Not a bad pumpkin brew. It is on the sweeter side without too much spice. Worth a try if you have a chance.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Pumpkin ales...pumpkin ales... They're everywhere this year, and everyone's making them. Is the demand really that high? Sheesh. That said, this is probably one of the better ones out there, though still rendered unnecessary in Weyerbacher territory. Poured a coppery burnt orange with a small white head that retained as a ringlet; minimal lacing. Decent spice on the nose, caramel malt, and a bit of vegetal pumpkin. Taste is similar, vegetal pumpkin flesh and seeds, generic squash, nutmeg and pie spice, caramel, toasted grains, leafy hops, and a nice mini-burst of sweetness in the finish. Medium body, taste is not overblown, not subtle, it's just about right.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with a smooth ½ finger that leaves back a sudsy cascade of spotty lacing which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma leaves a ripe earthy twang in the nose of pumpkin, citric hops and malt. Notes of raw earth, pumpkin and spices stick out the most.

The taste is vegetal pumpkin, which has a fleshly brightness to it that carries things well. An earthy bitterness, green citrus and sweet malts add a bit of a crisp backing twang to the pumpkin flavor. Spicing is light and complimentary. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness to the carbonation that spreads out nicely and is undercut a bit by some underlying slickness.

Not bad at all. The pumpkin here came off as a bit vegetal feeling in spots but the backing flavors helped compliment things nicely and the overall feel had a smooth crispness that kept this drinking well. This is one of the better Pumpkin Ales I’ve had this season.

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium light amber with light white foam. Some lacing. Nose is more nutmeg than anything. Some cinamon. Maybe a hint of pumpkin. Taste - mostly malt with a light spiced pumpkin throughout. Mild bitter close. Overall an upper middle pumpkin beer. Good.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of pumpkins in the nose along with some notes of pumpkin spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has excellent drinkability and foes down very easily; I would have no problem downing a few of these beers in one sitting. It also has a good balance between flavors of pumpkins and spices as well as sweetness.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Country Pumpkin has an awesome eye-catching label with great colors and graphics. Label gives a bit of brewery info, best before date of 11/17/2013, states “the spirit of the Finger Lakes”. Cap has Ithaca logo, a bit of brewery info, web info, states “the spirit of the Finger Lakes”.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint led to a 2 finger golden off-white head of a medium density atop a hazy orange/copper sediment laced beer. Head retention was 3min before fading to a thin coating and ring with OK lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very sweet with hints of nutty malts and pumpkin along with hints of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of ginger, nutmeg, and all spice with hints of pumpkin on the front-end. Mid-point is dominated by a cinnamon bite and an ever more prevalent pumpkin flavor with a bit of sweet malt coming through for balance. Back-end is heavy on a sweet nutty maltiness and pumpkin flavors with a slight bit of bitterness. Aftertaste is of a nutty pumpkin.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Country Pumpkin is on the full side of medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation giving it a smooth finish. This is extremely drinkable and thirst quenching.

Overall/Comments: Country Pumpkin is one of the better Pumpkin Ales that I have had the pleasure of trying mostly because it is not overly sweet and not overly spiced making it very sessionable and easy drinking. I highly recommend trying it out! Classified as a Pumpkin Ale at 6.3% ABV. Consumed 12/12/2013.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed orange/copper color with a off-white head that left some thin lacing.

S - light earthy pumpkin with subtle spices.

T - plenty of pumpkin pie flavor with mild bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied easy to drink.

O - good example of the style.

Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Country Pumpkin from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.