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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 338
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 43.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 83 | 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 mfunk9786
1.54/5  rDev -55.5%
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.

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Photo of starrdogg
1.93/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells like potpourri, it's like I'm in my parents' house at Christmas. Flavor is way too heavy on the spice, and the combination of spices don't work properly together, and there's way too much cinnamon. Way too carbed. Why does this beer exist? Fuck you Moll for bringing this.

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Photo of yourefragile
1.96/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle purchased at brewery after sampling on draft.

Draft was semi-enjoyable, earthy pumpkin flesh and yam, a little aggressive on the spice, but not overly sweet or artificial. Seemed adequate enough for a stupid style of beer. Scored the draft as 3.75/3.5/3.25/4/3.5.

Bottled version on other hand, look out! Actually, hold on a second, I want to try a side by side of with a strained glass of garbage water with a Costco sized container of cinnamon mixed in for depth. Ok, I'm back. My garbage water tastes better than this trash. But, but, this has saison yeast you say. Surely, you appreciate that? you ask. Shut up.

Pours a clear rust and gold color with a cap of light tan bubbles. Nose is ripe with wet leaves, banana peels, Nov 15. Jack O Lanterns, cinnamon, nutmeg, dirt caked running shoes and pepper. Flavor starts for a fraction of a second as a pleasant, malty and forgettable molasses and pie crust rich pumpkin beer. Then... the spice. There are heavily spiced beers, then there is this. Less a beer and more of thin smoothie of cardboard and cinnamon with a rank, stale, dry powedery finish. Relatively thin body with high carbonation adds a nice seltzer water like sensation to the experience. Barely drinkable.

I should be fair and acknowledge I typically don't drink pumpkin beers and this is my first of this year (well, I had Selin's Grove on nitro a few hours earlier) so maybe this is what passes for good for the style? That's probably it.

edit: Some have pointed out I was a little overly harsh in my review, so I've adjusted my score accordingly from a 1.85 to 1.9

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Photo of pecokid
2.04/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Growler fill from the brewery then into a tulip glass. Crystal clear amber brown in color. Plenty of head that died away quickly. Spicy aroma but not overpowering. Taste... now that is overpowering! The spice in that is like doing the cinnamon challenge (well not that bad (not that I would know anyway)). But for the love of all that is barley, ouch! I have Indian food with less cardamom. Boys, I know you like the hops so I assume you were thinking the same dosing limits with spice for this but c’mon now. My only hope is that the corked and caged bottle I also got will mellow with age. Now to the mouth feel I guess. It is great, if you don’t mind a slight tingle on your tongue from all the spice.

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Photo of stakem
2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750ml corked and caged bottle picked up hours ago at Troegs, placed in my fridge for 5 hours and just poured into a snifter. The brew pours a hazed amber color with a tan finger that fades back leaving spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is pleasant with a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and some fruity alcohol notes. There is some bready biscuit to caramel/toffee grain character and something that seems like pumpkin starch/flesh but that might be stretching it a bit.

The flavor of this brew is dominated by a rediculous amount of cinnamon. So much over-spiced rediculous character that this is completely off-putting. The spicing tastes like liquified redhot candy that literally burns and tingles the inside of the mouth to the point of agitating my nose with each swallow. If you wait a few minutes after each sip and swirl your tongue around, you kinda get a flavor of pumpkin flesh/starch and herbal hops with fruity alcohol but that is all hardly an afterthought compared to how over the top the spices are in this.

This is a medium bodied brew with effervescent carbonation. I have never had a pumpkin beer spiced this badly. Zero restraint here and it is absolutely brutal. I spent over an hour trying to drink this and could not even finish half my glass. Avoid this...

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Photo of raveskdr
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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 dodge408
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Slatetank
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Brewery Gift Shop, enjoyed chilled in a can shaped glass side by side with a growler filled in the tasting room.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with rust highlights and thick pillowy creamy beige head which setltles to a ring of tiny beads leaving lace on the glass. The smell is intensely spiced with lots of clove -almost like cherry pipe tobacco with a light cinnamon woodiness and phenolic yeast ester with mild alcohol aroma. The feel is the part I can't wrap my head around it is so spiced it is almost medicinal and astringent with lasting tannic warming almost bitter flvor like ingesting potpourri.

The taste starts caramel and gets medicinal with the potpourri qualities of clove and cinnamon coming forward rapidly. The malt provides little cushion since it is mostly dry from the saison yeastiness which adds a little more phenolic accent to the bevy of cinnamon and fireball type almost perfumy cinnamon woodiness with only a smidge of saison fruitiness in the yeast present. Overall I am glad I shared this bottle because the growler was not really much an improvement although it was not nearly as intensely spiced. It is like drinking a yankee cinnamon clove candle a sample would have been plenty.

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Photo of oberon
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Huhzubendah
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thank you Michael.

The beer is copper to amber hued with a small, broken, off-white head. The aroma highly potent dose of pumpkin flavor. Perhaps a note of brown sugar. Incredibly sweet and forthcoming. Nothing subtle about this one. Overly abundant spice with an excess of cinnamon. Only a few ounces is needed. Sweet and cloying after only a couple of drinks. Good idea, but this is certainly best in small samples.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Slack
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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 PA-hunter
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a corked 12.7oz bottle into glass. abv not shown on bottle but listed at 7.4% on here.

Appearance- Pours a dark orange with a two finger off white head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Belgian yeast over-rules along with hints of fresh pumpkin and very mild spice notes.

Taste- Candy sugar yeasty sweetness typical of your Belgian styles. The pumpkin is there but only slightly. Minimal spices to the taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body, active carbonation.

Overall- I was a bit dissappointed since the pumkin taste was lacking but this beer is full of Belgian flavor. I'd be more satisfied if this was called a pumpkin flavored saison, since that is what it is. "Master of Pumpkins" is a strong solid name and is a tad misleading since I thought I was going to get a pumpkin blast. The yeast flavor still is superb in terms of a saison.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle dated best by ??? 2015:
Beer poured a slightly reddish auburn with very little head in a medium-light pour. Head does remain around edges in about the same level as shortly after the pour. Agitation brings back a thin amount of head. The nose is the darker spices of pumpkin pie - nutmeg, maybe some clove. The beer also smells a bit like an amber ale.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, which isn't a strong point. The taste starts a bit on the English bitter end, with a tartness (presumably from any pumpkin used). The spice comes through a bit better as the beer warm, but has a bite to it, also - almost like they used spicy cinnamon (the bite is similar to a fresh ginger bite). I am missing a bit of maltiness in the front that I would enjoy in the style. The feel is pretty light, perhaps because of this. The lack of carbonation is noticeable, but the beer does not taste flat.

The spice is a tad too strong on top of a beer a tad too weak. Two minor infractions that when paired with seeming like a style I am not a huge fan of leads to a lower rating for me.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper with a richer amber tone. Burnt orange like falling leaves. Fast rising 1 finger beige head. Fades to film.

S: Buttery crust, pie spices prominent. Earthiness of squash lifted by typical perfumey aroma of saison yeast, which also compliments the malt base nicely. Honey florals.

M: Slick and oily. Moderately-high carbonation. A tad dry on the finish.

T/O: Roast pumpkin mid, finished with ginger, heavy dosage of cinnamon, and quite a lot of clove. Overall herbal sweetness reminiscent to Pumking to an extent. Honey nectar and vanilla lavender. Nice interplay b/t spice and sweet. I guess this would be a 'harvest saison.' While having the same bones as Pumking, the experience isn't nearly as decadent, and a deal spicier.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Dark amber with heavy bubbles. Off-white head, thin which settles after a sip. He'd initially rose to about a finger's length.

Smell: strong nutmeg. Heavy pumpkin, dissipates a bit but it's to lust for.

Taste: Pumpkin of course. But could be more complex. Heavy yeast, seriously. Little different than most pumpkins.

Mouth: Medium stickiness, a bit dry.

Overall: Good brew worth trying. I would pick it up for sh*ts and giggles but there is better factoring in the price. Salud!

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Photo of ChipMurray
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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 sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins from Tröegs Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.