Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 10-23-2013

Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery at Strites’ Orchard, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining roasted pumpkins and traditional pie spices with a French saison yeast. This natural fermentation releases a palate of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and honey. In addition to 750mL bottles, Master of Pumpkins is also currently available on draft and for take-out growler fills in the Tasting Room. Taste it you will see. More is all you need!
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Reviews by taylor714914:
Photo of taylor714914
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Super excited to pull the cork on this and see what Troegs has conjured up. Note, Troegs must still be working out the kinks in their corking machine, cause this thing was damn near impossible to remove. I was actually considering pulling out the wine opener.

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color, with a small thin head. Smells of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of clove. There is something in there as well that is crust or bread reminiscent.

Taste is pretty dang solid. A blast of spices fades to a bready caramel like sweetness, then the spices come back on the finish. Cinnamon and nutmeg hold the stage for the spices, but I’m almost certain there is some clove and or allspice going on as well. The back and forth between the spice and sweet is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is spot on. I had heard rumors of excessive carbonation and thinness, but I experienced none of that. It doesn’t have the oily slickness that pumking has, but it certainly has a mouthfeel that is on par for the beer.

Another Troegs offering that I think is worth picking up. I wouldn’t buy a case of it, but I would certainly drink a few over the fall season.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hopdaemon39
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I hate to say it but troegs blew it with this one- I normally like them and thought I'd give this a try but In the end down the drain it goes.

Color is rather pretty however; clear Amber mahogany with minimal head lace retention.

Smell and taste are extremely spice heavy- particularly a lot of clove but pretty much everything you'd expect like nutmeg and cinnamon. A little pumpkin but the spices are pretty brutal. There is some saison yeast but it's hidden.

Mouthfeel is fine- medium body, well carbonated. Don't get this beer- I rarely say that. If you love clove cigarettes this may be your jam however.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Your basic pumpkin beer worth a drink though

Photo of mfunk9786
1.54/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow. This one tastes like Big Red gum. A huge miscalculation on the part of Troegs here, far too spiced (especially with cinnamon) without the sweet malt backbone that'd be required to provide balance to that level of spice. I get that you might make a small batch of this as an experiment, but how can you possibly brew it twice, and release it in bombers? Oof.

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

From the corked, caged 375 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Sampled on November 30, 2014.

The pour appeals to me with its medium to darker amber color and lingering off-white head. The head fades eventually but it is pleasing to look at.

Cinnamon! That's the main thing I pick up from the aroma. Some muted pumpkin spice and sweet malts but cinnamon really takes things over.

Medium body.

A touch of roasted malts in the taste but again the cinnamon is forward and almost quite burning, giving this a biting finish. Not a bitter finish but a cinnamon finish. Enjoyed it.

Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Voluminous three plus fingers worth of crisp slightly airy light khaki colored froth comprised of medium and large sized bubbles... Audibly fizzy... Excellent retention... The color is darker than expected in teeters on the fine line between dark amber and light caramel brown... A limited bit of slightly sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... A very nice looking Pumpkin Ale... A moderate bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass....

S - The gourd presence is at the forefront, but it takes on a fairly timid presence... It's more reminiscent of butternut squash rather than pumpkin puree... A strong malt base comprised of rich dark breads... The spice component is fairly subtle... Cinnamon... Nutmeg... A hint of ginger... Very pleasant and slightly unique for the style...

T - The spice is dialed up a notch or two or three but stops just short of becoming overpowering... All spice... Clove... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Ginger.. Some light graham cracker crust notes... The pumpkin / gourd is mostly missing on the palate...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Spry carbonation... A touch of dryness throughout...

D Not nearly as bad a beer as some reviews would lead you to believe, but a rather unremarkable pumpkin ale none the less... Very nice appearance and aroma give way to average at flavor and mouthfeel... The overall result is a slightly spicy, somewhat unique pumpkin ale... Enjoyable enough, but not something I would recommend nor seek out again...

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +12.4%

2014 release, poured into a Troegs MadElf tulip

Poured into the center of the tulip as instructed, nice white head that quickly fades away. really strong amber colored beer

Getting some nice cinnamon on the nose. Really pleasant smelling. Also picking up vanilla and honey, along with pumpkin..

Medium bodied beer

Getting a lot of carbonation, nice vanilla and honey is coming through. love the use of French saison yeast. It doesn't leave the same mouthfeel or taste/aftertaste you usually get with a pumpkin ale.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Troegs Brewery

A- caramel brown color that is quite opaque. half finger head that leaves minimal lacing on my chalice.

S- wow dominate clove and nutmeg with a complement of cinnamon.

F- nutmeg and cinnamon come out more in the mouth with hints of clove and honey. some nutty malts as well.

M- chewy and medium bodied. the spices linger in the mouth and the palate.

O-a spicy pumpkin. the cinnamon is pretty dominant as I continue but another good brew from troegs.

Photo of TimG_0913
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good pumpkin ale. I think its my favorite.

Photo of ChipMurray
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into an SA glass.

The appearance is a nice brown fall beer colour. Lots of carbonation bubbles but minimal head with slight lacing.
Smell is a bit weak for a pumpkin beer, but I think it's intended that way here. Not unpleasant.
I like the choice of saison yeast very much, it's different in a good way. If only the cinnamon was dialed back a bit, this would be a contender.
Too light for the style, but okay.
A worthy brewery that was too free with the cinnamon this time, I think.
This is not a bad beer, worth a try if you want a different take on pumpkin beer.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a light and white bubbly head that dissipates after a while. The beer itself is a deep hazy and dark orange. The beer has very strong notes that dominate the other smells. The pumpkin is noticeable and mixes with the clover such that it's hard to distinguish the two. Other notes include light hints of cinnamon on the edge of the clove and pumpkin. The beer taste is a bit different from the smell. The clove is still strong but weaker when compared to the other notes. The pumpkin is much stronger in the taste but still struggles to distinguish itself from the clove notes. The cinnamon is more pronounced and provides a nice last in the aftertaste. The ale is medium bodied with very little carbonation and the lighter side of the medium bodied spectrum. Overall, a decent pumpkin ale and worth getting at least once.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Not sure where the 750ml bottles went but I found this 375 ml bottle for a final cost of 5 dollars which is fair for such a limited release. Into a pint glass.

A - Glad to report the Saison Yeast didn't make for huge carbonation just a 1/2 inch that seems to fade out rather fast. Color is a hazy deep brown yet clear.
S - Not too vegital which is nice mild notes of pumpkin spices mostly cinnamon and nutmeg greet and meet. Slight ginger spice and some sour notes seem to be their as well.
T - Interesting the Yeast seems in fact does bring some vanilla to the table. Vegital bitterness is their to keep it interesting with some hop twang and the cinnamon/ all spice to is their to compliment. Good!
M - As expected for 7% its right in line medium bodied yet thick enough to be an end of session offering.

Overall WOW I was actually impressed they could pull this off! With the addition to Saison yeast is always tricky to be carbonated right and even more so to give the beer an extreme sour note this beer is exceptionally well crafted! I actually liked this better than the Triple offering I really hope they keep brewing this! Made my top 3 for best pumpkin ales of this year!

Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked & caged bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours burnt golden with a subtle haze; nice fluffy white head that fades and leaves decent retention and little lacing. The aromas are subtle with hints of caramel malts, cinnamon and anise. French vanilla is there. The Belgian yeast is definitely present as well. The flavors are very nice. Tons of clove. Cinnamon and ginger is there. Lots of apple. It definitely has that spicy black pepper vibe going on, which you would find in a saison. More vanilla in the mix. The yeast is always there, but it's balanced and not overwhelming at all. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's highly carbonated and extremely smooth; medium-bodied. Dangerously drinkable. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a nice unique take on the style. They deliver what they advertised. I think they perfectly balanced the mix between a Pumpkin Ale and a Saison. It can become redundant at times, but it's a really fun beer to drink. The craftsmanship that Troegs has perfected gives it extra credit. Not sure why people seem so down on this beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Realized I still had some pumpkin beers to get through, so hopefully this isn't too bad. Lots of empty space in the beck of the bottle, for a cork and cage that's a little dicey...
Pours a light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, light spots of lacing, hazy sediment laden amber orange red color.

Nose is about what I expected, lots of pumpkin and gourd like earthy aromas, some biscuit malts with caramel and toasty reddish malts, some spices in the background thankfully lighter side, like cinnamon, ginger and others, a sweet syrupy like note in the aroma as well.

Taste brings a big holiday spice flavor, tons of ginger, like I just bit a gingerbread cookie so much ginger, some cinnamon and plenty of clove as well, others perhaps, a lot more spices on the flavor than on the aroma. Mild pumpkin in the background, hints of a gourd like pumpkin, mixing with the sweet malts, not really syrupy thankfully, a little caramel and biscuit, mild doughy toasty biscuit pumpkin pie crust. The gourd flavor gets vegetal and almost rancid unfortunately. Finish is semi sweet, a touch of warming booze and a little pumpkin gourd flavor as well as plenty of ginger and spices lingering for a while.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bod, a touch of warming booze, decent carb.

Overall mixed, it has some nice characters, nose wasn't bad, but the ginger and spice level of the flavor was way too much, and the vegetal gourd flavor was a little icky, thankfully not too sweet or syrupy though. So still a bit enjoyable.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Im drinking a 750 ml corked and caged bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is clear chestnut color with a beige fluffy layer of head that fades quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is sweet malt with caramel and some brown sugar. Mixes with lots of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon primarily. I also get a little bit of cloves. Sweet and spicy nose on this one.
First sip reveals average body, fine carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar and some toffee, a little bready yeast and this rolls to lots of spice.
Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate with a little bit of clove and general sweetness. The beer is pretty typical for a pumpkin beer. Nothing mind blowing but a solid example for the style. I think it is just the style that doesnt wow me as this beer certainly has no flaws.

Photo of dodge408
3/5  rDev -15.7%

I wanted more of a sweeter taste. I noticed a clove taste that was just too pungent. The spice notes left too much of an undesired aftertaste. But if that's what the brewer was aiming for then they accomplished that. I would try again though.

Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev 0%

Brownish copper color. Nose has a little spice and a tart essence as well. The spices are more upfront in the flavor profile than the pumpkin.

Photo of phil215
1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

SUCKS

Photo of sprat1960
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Deep copper to auburn in color. Small creamy head when poured that disappears quickly with almost no trace of ever being there. Appears kind of flat.

Smell: Smells delicious - pumpkin. nutmeg, and spices. Made me want to drink the beer.

Taste: Pumpkin pie-like. Tastes likes it smells. Clove flavored, slightly dry finish. I really liked it for what it is.

Feel: Kind of thin. Mild carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer for what it is - a specialty Fall beer. I thought the smell was awesome and the flavor of pumpkin pie very good. I would gladly drink this again when I was in the mood for a pumpkin flavored beer.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some ginger. Lots of carb. Picking up some Belgian - like yeast flavor. It's ok.

Photo of KornWallace
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Date: 10/29/14
Location: Beer Culture
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark Amber/Orange closing in on a light brown. Off white colored head that produces little cling of any kind. Retention is below average.
Aroma: Pumpkin spices are the primary aroma with clove hitting extremely hard then some flavors of sugar, both brown and white. Slight pumpkin aroma in the back.
Taste: The clove hits harder in the flavoring but I get more pumpkin as well. The beer is again slightly sweet with sugars. I pick up ginger now. I also get some malts providing an earthy/hay even dirt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. I get no alcohol warmth despite the 7.2 abv. A little dry to finish.

Photo of nmann08
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a dark copper with ruby hues, some bubbles but almost zero head, and it what does build disappears to nothing quickly.

The nose is pumpkins, some rustic funk, definitely get the saison yeast backbone in the smell. It is very bready, pie crust, a little vanilla.

The flavor is balanced, not really all that sweet. Fresh pumpkin seeds, fall spice, a bit nutty, with just faint honey sweetness. The honey flavor is the only sweet part. The pumpkin is not too dominant and mixes well.

Mouthfeel is good, dry finish. I like this. It's a good pumpkin beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

Pours a deep copper color. Smell of pumpkin soup, malt sweetness, slight spices. The taste has pumpkin, crust, clove and a slight earthiness. The pumpkin has a distinct taste, all I could describe it with would be "gourd". Smooth, good level of carbonation. A unique pumpkin ale with earthy and spicy flavors.

Photo of raveskdr
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Shared at our tasting at a predators house. He will go unnamed. Thanks a bunch to yourefragile for sharing this. Coming into this with an open mind regardless of his lambasting.

A - Dark amber with light caramel head. Carb recedes to the edge of the glass.

S - if you dumped a Christmas wreath into a hollowed out pumpkin and then sprayed with a cinnamon gun.

T - the taste follows the smell, except with a shotgun blast to the face of clove. Did I eat a clove cigarette?

M - Unbelievably far too thin for the incredible amount of spice in this beer.

O - this beer just...misses the mark. I had an ounce and a half and had to dump it.
Now, I don't dig on most pumpkin beers. This beer is just way below average even for the style.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz corked bottle

Pours a hazy amber orange, yellowish white head is fine and dissipates to a thick lacing.

Smells of rich brown sugar malts with pronounced spices: cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Tastes of sweet pumpkin pie, graham cracker, cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Any hop presence is subtle and blends with the bitterness of the clove.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

One of the most heavily spiced pumpkin ales I've had, I can see how this beer might be divisive even among fans of pumpkin ales, but for my money it is quite good and maybe even fantastic. Certainly a dessert beer, and only for those who like the presence of cinnamon and cloves. If that sounds like it is up your alley, this could easily be a top 5 pumpkin ale.

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