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Country Pumpkin - Ithaca Beer Company

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77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 391
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 50 | 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 FickleBeast
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of ack210
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of mattbk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.


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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Country Pumpkin from Ithaca Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.