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Country Pumpkin - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 391
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 51 | 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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 391
Photo of Alex_Hanley
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of emyers
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
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?

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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Photo of sleazo
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of Ds650rida
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Danno48
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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