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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 340
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 42.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of MJLSr
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Pouring straight down the middle of a pint glass @ 44F =] (glass is room temp, MoP @ 44F)

(A)ppearance – Amber base with dark orange hues. a little foggy with a minimal head that although is thin, never seems to break up - it stays with the beer throughout the experience. The head sticks to the glass, receding evenly.

(S)mell – Sweet roasted pumpkin with cinnamon and other seasonal scents (the usual suspects - nutmeg, clover, and honey and evident among others)

(T)aste – Real pumpkin taste with cinnamon, nutmeg, and yeast (yeast… similar to other Troges brews I've had?). Very even on and pleasing to taste with no notable aftertaste and no overage of any flavor or spice in particular, as I have found common in pumpkin beers. The yeast has enough presence you can close your eyes and almost taste pumpkin pie and/or bread - you get to choose!

(M)outhfeel – Medium thickness with slightly lower carbonation than other comparable brews. I've had thinner and thicker - it flows evenly but not too quickly. I like this a lot! This is an absolute pleasure on the palate! The flavors blend and balance evenly.

(O)verall - Coming from someone who does NOT like pumpkin beers in general… This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. I do recommend chilling this one a little more than you may others (42-44F?) as it accents the fog/haze nicely and the chill compliments the balance of flavor. As Master of Pumpkins warms to room temperature the experience changes, providing a full spectrum beverage experience. The only downside is the price, but in this case I believe you get what you pay for and I am glad I got it!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
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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Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium amber with a garnet cast (copper with red). Normal head volume and retention, poor lacing.

Almost world class nose of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg with a subtle pumpkin over a rich base of toasted biscuit with a strong caramel influence.

Heavy light body that is smooth. Perfect carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Had the alcohol been completely covered, it would be world class. Intensity is spot on, but balance and complexity is where this beer shines like a jack-o-lantern on a cold dark witchy night. It begins with a blended spice flavor over a rich toasty malt base that comes just to the sweetness threshold. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg lead. By the middle, clove arrives and becomes dominate over the malt base that now has a caramel influence. The middle also provides the strongest pumpkin influence which had been creeping to the forefront. Bitterness is more of a tickle that provides balance. The finish allows alcohol to be noted as the slow fade of mostly clove lingers. As the finish lingers, dryness is quite evident and ginger provides it's strongest influence.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Meaty pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, caramel, and toasted malts

Taste: Got to love the nice blend of above aromas. Some chewy notes in the rear too. Finishes s little dry slso.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and medium bodied.

Overall: Have to admit that I really enjoyed this pumpkin beer over others. Will look forward tk this every year from now on.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i think this one is way underrated. one of the most flavorful pumpkin beers of the season, brilliant dark orangy rusty amber in color, rich off white head with great retention and ring lacing. a nose of squash first, honey for sure, and a funky yeast that doesnt exactly seem like saison, but definitely champagne like with complimentary fruity esters. nutmeg and allspice are there, roast, and caramel sweetness, its lovely aromatically. the flavor is just as good, with the spice profile balancing the sweet pumpkin very well. almost tastes more like acorn or butternut squash than pumpkin, but that works too. sweet in the finish, honey and malt together, very nice, but the yeast lets it not linger, and adds jovial carbonation that doesnt quit even at room temperature. i like the complexity here, and believe this one deserves a bit more attention. the yeast is so cool, nice to have a yeasty pumpkin brew, i think its a perfect fall beer, just fantastic from troegs.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fiery copper orange with a just tan head of creamy foam that lasts and wants to outlast the drink but can't. A plume, a stream of effervescence form the center. Clear and brick color reds mingle with rust color oranges for a lovely fiery hue.

Nose is buttery pie crust that has become toasty and sweetened as it became browned. Woody and very herbal hop. Dried herbs, citric tang. pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and a bright bit of ginger. This malt is full and breaddy and gives a soft supple feeling to the mouthfeel. The pumpkin is raosted. There is a lovely hop pepper int his. the saison yeast makes this beer. it augments the dryness of the malts, the toastiness. You are never sorry that the malt is a bit fuller with this yeast. A bit of stickiness finishes this beer as the hop herbal comes bitter to the finish. Dry toasty and spicy. Outstanding!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/14...pours dark amber with fast fizzy foam that settles out. Clove nutmeg spiced nose with hints of pumpkins. Taste is a rich pumpkin malt taste, pulpy and spicy. Vanilla and notes of honey. Tasty.

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Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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!

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Photo of orangesol
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty strings of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of pumpkin pulp, nutmeg, ginger, touch of cinnamon, dash of light funk from the saison yeast and some mild caramel and toffee from the malt.

T - Starts off with the pulpy pumpkin quickly being enveloped by the various pie spices, light funk and the mild toffee and caramel sweetness. Finish is rather spicy, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, spicy feel throughout. The booze is rather well hidden, only really coming out of the shadows once it comes to room temperature.

O - A rather nice pumpkin beer. I prefer them to have less spice than actual pumpkin flavor, and this one follows that pretty well. If you like Pumpkin beers this is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

Pour is reddish copper with a thin tan ring. Nose is light pumpkin with fair bit of spice. Some grain balance and a touch of banana bread. Taste is heavier pumpkin spice with a hint of apple cider and a touch of banana bread. Fairly strong carb with a medium to full body.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%

Had this on 2014-10-25 at the brewery.

Very aromatic and tasty. Heavy on the pumpkin spice and graham and pretty sweet. A bit of a saison thing happening too. My wife and I really enjoyed it with the delicious pumpkin roll from their kitchen. A desert beer for sure. Like it for what it is.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz cork top bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a clear dark copper color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- heavy on the nutmeg with underlying notes of cinnamon, clove, cola, vanilla cream and some spicy/fruity yeast

T- nice blending of all of the pumpkin spices with notes of vanilla whipping cream and some earthy vegetal notes, the yeast addition adds some nice earthiness, Increases the clove flavor and adds some banana notes to the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a slightly different take on the style, the addition of the yeast works well

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Photo of taylor714914
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer offers allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, as advertised. Waves of gingersnap cookies for days. Lively carbonation as the base saison comes through with bready sweetness and a dry, spicy finish.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep burnt orange color with a little bit of haze and a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a nice roasted pumpkin smell along with some sweeter aromas of caramel and brown sugar. Some standard pumpkin spice aromas of a cinnamon and nutmeg are there as well, overall producing a mid-level in intensity pumpkin pie smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted pumpkin flavor with a good deal of a caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Along with these flavors comes notes of a lighter spice profile of a cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a little bit of allspice. The spice flavors remain at a more subdued level however and just add a nice complement to the brew. Some more bready and doughy flavors as well as some more sweetness of a brown sugar nature come to the tongue, leaving a rather pleasant and slightly sweeter pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker to average side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the pumpkin flavors of the brew and with the lack of super heavy spice create a rather nice drinker.

Overall - A quite nice easy drinking pumpkin ale that is on the sweeter and not overly spiced side. A good brew.

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Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint

A - Clear amber with half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Nutmeg, cinnamon, light clove, floral hints, allspice, pumpkin roast
T - Slightly sweet, cinnamon, big nutmeg, a little cinnamon, slight tartness, ginger, some spice bite, bready malt.
M - Medium feel, a little warmth in the end of it.
O - Decent, good attempt, the slight bubbly tartness of the saison yeast is neat with a pumpkin.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.

A: hazed red/orange color. Tight, fine-bubbled off white head retains at a quarter inch. Spotty lacing.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg. Perhaps brown sugar too. Musty yeast. Tart but indistinct fruitiness. Toasty and a little gourdy.

T: Follows the nose. Musty yeast and pie spices mingle on the front. Toasty malt base. Mild tartness. Perhaps a hint of vanilla. Lingering spices on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Airy and creamy. Very effervescent.

O: A very different take on a spiced pumpkin ale. Not a bad beer, but I'm not quite sold on the combo of saison yeast and pie spicing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins from Tröegs Brewing Company
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