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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 339
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 42.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 83 | 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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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 oberon
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a chalice a highly carbonated burnt orange with a very thin head atop.Mild yeasty phenols and some barnyard in there as well,very light roasted pumpkin but it's there.A sharp somewhat fizzy feel in the mouth that I don't particularly care for.Highly spiced on the palate between the yeasty phenols and pie spice,big nutmeg and clove...alot of nutmeg.I should have looked at the reviews before buying,disappointing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly murky mahogany in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate copper + garnet red + amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon) over the top of light to moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin and caramel + toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel + toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness and a moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin which adds an additional hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon). There is a hint of earthy hop bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just a hint heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming and dryness (from the spices) in the finish.

O: An interesting pumpkin beer with a slightly different take on the mixture of pumpkin pie spices (definitely more ginger centric than most of the others). Enjoyable but a touch more spice than pumpkin flavor. Something about the mouthfeel makes this one not that easy to drink.

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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 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 Marraybay
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Amber; reserved head, decent lacing.

Smell: Complex - vinous fruit and spice; perhaps vanilla

Taste: Starts out with some vinous sweetness, following by spice-pumpkin and finishes somewhat tart.

Feel: Round: peppery. Not as carbonated as expected.

Overall: Certainly points for uniqueness if nothing else. Some fair residual kick to it as well. Wouldn't mind another: (Not sure I'd want a six.)

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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 tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear, orange-brown with 1/4 inch head. Taste is cinnamon, clove, earth, and alcohol. This is a big beer that seems to be average for an imperial pumpkin. Not a bad beer, but I prefer others with more depth.

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Photo of Slack
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber to deep amber in color with no head or lacing.

Aroma is floral with some cinnamon.

Taste is cinnamon, ginger, clove with yeast throughout. Finish is a bit spicy.

Thin with higher carbonation. Finish is dry.

Idk. Too much spice imbalance and not enough sweetness. YMMV. Try it with other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had tonight at Walrus + Carpenter on draft, into a tulip glass. Pours a clear copper/rust color with a small head that fades fast, minimal lacing. Quick blast of spice and sweetness on the nose, very mild, notes of clove. Taste is initial malt sweetness which is knocked out by a big wave of spice, too much. I get hints of vanilla and clove. Seems spiced wrong for a pumpkin beer. Medium bodied and gets a little difficult to drink at the end.

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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 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 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 jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 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 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 57md
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 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.

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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 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 Dodo2step
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 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 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 KornWallace
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins from Tröegs Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.