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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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86
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: nafnikufesin on 10-02-2007)
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Photo of ablaze
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Vibrant red copper with good clarity. Nice colour, but the head is short lived and lacing is nonexistant.

Malty, faint floral hops and some spice, like nutmeg.

Clean malt, with some lingering hops, more nutmeg and reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the feel is watery and light, rather than full and meaty like you'd expect a pumpkin pie. Finish is slightly metallic.

This is Alley Kat's Full Moon pale ale with an October twist. I'd rather have the Full Moon, but this is entertaining for what it is.

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orange red with a white head. Nose is pumpkin and spice. The beer is very smooth in taste and mouthfeel. This was my first pumpkin beer. Not my favorite but not bad.

Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber-brown with a light-tan head, no retention or lacing.

S: Graham cracker crust aroma with a light pumpkin pie spicing, and a slight hint of astringent grainyness.

T: Bread & caramel from the malts, light spice, modest bitterness. Perhaps starting to show a slight hint of oxidation, with a flat-cardboard-like flavour.

M: Light to moderate body; carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Average drinkability.

Photo of TaylorLarson
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bobsy
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from BigBry - thanks for another great trade!

Crystal clear orange body with an off-white head which fades to a halo around the edge of the glass. No lacing. I was expecting a lot of spice in the aroma, but didn't really find much. of course, there's a pumpkin sweetness there, as well as some biscuit, but I was surprised to find it joined by butterscotch. Spicing is very muted in the flavour - there's lots of pumpkin present, and a malt sweetness, also some nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of ginger. A bit more pumpkin spice in the finish, but definitely not as full on as some examples. The mouthfeel could do with being a little heavier to add more substance. As it is it errs to the light side of medium, and the carbonation is also similarly restrained.

Disappointing - I've come to expect a lot more from Alley Kat, but I found this to be a sub-par pumpkin. The spice is not nearly as apparent as it should be, and without its presence you're left with a fairly generic sweet beer. The bottle seems fresh, but I can't help but think that there must be something amiss for me to be so at odds with established opinion.

Photo of leaddog
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a a slightly hazy reddish brown with a half finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Cinnamon, nutmeg, light pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices.

Taste - All the spices of pumpkin pie, though light on the pumpkin flavour. Bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A pumpkin ale that focuses more on the spices than the pumpkin. I'd like to taste more pumpkin flavour in the next batch. Otherwise, a tasty spiced ale.

Photo of goalie35
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of andy1701
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of shanny_koenig
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Dawkfan
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange, no real head to speak of and no lace.

S- No doubt that this one smells like pumpkin pie, loads of nutmeg and cinammon. I smelt it as soon as I was pouring.

T- Just like it smells, maybe not as strong, but everything is there and the malt balances nicely with the pumpkin spices. This one definitely gets better as it warms.

M- Medium body, low - medium carbonation.

D- I never thought I'd enjoy a pumpkin beer. This is the last of the 6 pack I bought and I wish I'd picked up more. 1 or 2 is enough for me in a sitting though. A nice seasonal from alley kat.

Photo of QuestionableScum
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours deep coppery amber with a thin tan head.

Smell- Sweet pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, light toasty bready notes...

Taste- The main thing I get in the taste is sweet pumpkin and sweet malts, that is quickly followed by a nutmeg/cinnamon/clove spiciness. Hops come in very lightly in the aftertaste, but blend in with the spiciness of the beer. Pretty much taste like pumpkin pie in a glass. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied; a tad thin for me.

Drinkability is high although this beer could be a bit much for some because it is quite spciy.

Photo of BigBry
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, have had a number of times (Pumpkin Pi).

Pours a nice, dark copper color with an inch of white bubbly head, sticky lace.
Strong smell of pumpkin, hints of pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste starts on the sweet side, same spiciness as in the aroma. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg flavors are stronger than the pumpkin. Malt base, minimal hops.
Medium body, slighty watery, could use a bit more carbonation.
Overall, it's a very nice pumpkin ale from Alley Kat.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Shadman
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Pumpkin Ales on the shelf yester, only 1 six today...I guess the 'Hat likes the pumpkin pie beer.

Crystal clear, very few carbo bubbles,. Dark brown with orange highlites. Nice head, great lacing.

Pumpkin pie/allspice dominates, but some faint maltiness is there. But hey...it's all about the pie right.?

Can there be a beer flavour called Pumpkin Pie Malt? Because that's the dominate flavour here. Pie spice and sweet malt. Hops are only discernable @ the finsih to provide a slight bitterness and dryness that offssts the sweet pie flavours nicely.

Smooth as pie.

Give me a bottle or 4 over this vs that "pre-digested' looking excuse for a pie anytime.

Photo of Rutager
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks wordemupg!

Appearance. Pours a cler, deep amber-orange with a finger of cream coloured head.

Smell. Nutmeg cinnamon and ginger, sweet creamy caramel, and a touch of orange squash. ;-)

Taste. Again, those classic pumpkin pie spices hit first along with a touch of coffee, the creamy sweet caramel is there but not nearly as much as was in the nose, and again, a little bit of real pumpkin when I look for it.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A drinkable pumpkin beer which for me is saying quite a bit. Spices aren't very overbearing which is also a nice change for the style. I'd drink it again.

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass sept17 2009

A Clear amber with no real head and no lace.

S Lots of pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar mix well with the mild pumpkin .

T Much like pumpkin pie, who would have guessed?

M Thick enough with good carbonation.

D This beer was very interesting, I had finished it before I knew what was happening and had just the single bottle.

worth trying for sure, another unique seasonal for the 10 days of fall here in Calgary

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Ruddy bronze hue with two fingers of creamy light tan head. Aroma is mellow pumpkin, brown sugar, distinct hay-like grassy floral hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, a wisp of ginger. Palate is characterized by an overarching mellow sweet vibe, with no one flavor (pumpkin, spices, malts, hops) becoming overbearing or too dominant. The pumpkin comes through delicately fruity and is particularly noticeable in the finish. The spices are subtle and deliver a root beer or ginger snap effect without any unpleasant bitterness. The brown sugar or caramel note is more pronounced on the nose than in the mouth, although a condensed milk toffee-like sweetness does build over time. Tea-like hops in the finish. Moderate to thick body I'd say, with carbonation right in the mid-range. I am enjoying this pumpkin ale, appreciating the subtlety and balance across the different ingredients. Not the most robust in terms of pumpkin and spice flavors but this is where I tend to lean where this style is concerned.

Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Contract brewed by Alley Kat for Sherbrooke Liquor, the second brew that the store has commissioned this year. I say keep em coming.

Clear copper in colour with a creamy off white head. Thin sheet of lacing. Head ends up as a thin cap about half way down the glass.

Smells of pumpkin pie and cola. The cola is an odd impression, but it is there for me. Ginger and cinammon spices on top of the pumpkin aroma. Not bad.

I would say the taste is fairly true to pumpkin pie. Certainly has the signature spiced pumpkin flavour. Hopping is faint, finish is more notable for spice. Tastes nice, especially if you like the pie.

This has some body, but is on the lighter side for an ale. Subtle and quite natural feel to the carbonation.

Good brew. My first pumpkin ale so I don't have anything to compare it to, but it is a pleasant drink.

Photo of TRiGS
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
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