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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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86
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, part of a six-pack for all your current end-of-summer (ok, autumnal celebratory) needs here in Edmonchuk.

This beer pours a medium copper amber hue, with a few fingers of dense, bubbly, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some attractive layered cloudy lace around the glass as it swiftly sinks away.

It smells like a drier, more spicy version of my mom's Thanksgiving pie - cloves, metallic cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet smashed pumpkin, yellow squash, and a tame bready caramel malt. The taste likewise kicks off with a heady spice complement that more or less mimics those prevalent in the nose, followed by slightly sweet pumpkin, creamed squash (I'll stop short of implying there's any sweet potato essence flitting about), and a sturdy grainy, bready caramel malt backbone. Any hops employed are duly obfuscated by the seasonal spices.

The carbonation is on the low side, but still maintains a supportive frothiness, the body not too heavy, but still substantial, like the titular dish itself, and mostly smooth, with a soft dessert-worthy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the same sweet gourd and spice combo pleasantly persisting.

If it looks like pumpkin pie, smells like pumpkin pie, and tastes like pumpkin pie...one may very accurately assume that it is such, and that applies here to a tee. Alley Kat has rendered a stellar beery companion to all the hullabaloo and nonsense, food-borne and otherwise, that pervades this annual lamentation of the summer that was.

biboergosum, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +4.7%

liamt07, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Derek, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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

wordemupg, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this several times, but this is my first formal review for it.

A - Pours a pale golden copper colour, finger of head (after an aggressive pour) little retention, body barbonation is almost non-existent and no real lacing.

S - Scent is rather mild, but the nutmeg seems to dominate followed by some green pumpkin, some cinnamon and leafy hops on the finish.

T - The spices really shine on this one, with nutmeg and cinnamon coming through. The pumpkin comes through on the finish and and is a bit nutty with some bready caramel malts that linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale, goes down smooth with a touch of a dry finish. I thought it would be a bit more watery given the lack of visible body carbonation.

D - Overall this pumpkin offering is quite tasty, easily drinkable, and is the perfect complement to a fall meal. I would definitely recommend this to any pumpkin ale fan.

andrenaline, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

bobsy, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Rutager
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Rutager, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2008 edition, 4th batch, Sherbrooke Liquor store packaging, although Alley Kat released it as a seasonal too (nice to see it down in Calgary as well!).

Pours out a deep clear rustic copper, finger's width of off-white creamy head that recedes quickly to a thin cap.

Aroma? Wow! Light caramel malt base, but the star of the show is the meaty pumpkin and the pumpkin spice, tuned in at just the right volume, this is Baby Bear's porridge folks.

Best pumpkin ale, with or without real pumpkin, I've ever tasted, hard to believe it's local. Malty goodness (I'm picking up a base of their Amber ale) combined with everything you ever loved about pumpkin pie or cookies. I can't believe Alley Kat managed to get these results even with brewing with real pumpkin, not just the spices. The pumpkin adds a mild veggie twang, and the pumpkin spice drives everything home, a nice blend.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation kick.

By far the best local seasonal I've ever tried, covering all of Alberta. It's no surprise this is the favourite and biggest seller of all of Sherbrooke's special editions, it is fucking fabulous, pardon my Dutch. If nothing else, this would be the "spiced" or "flavoured" ale that would help convert people into the craft beer scene, and it seems to be working. Personally I've gone through several cases of this before I broke down and enforced enough self-control to do a review. This stuff is poetry folks. Grab it before it's gone, or vie to trade for it, come hell or high water.

IronDjinn, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Howlader, Tuesday at 03:10 AM
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

schnarr84, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

BigBry, May 31, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear orange brown, short tan head dissipated to random covering, okay lacing
S - cinnamon and nutmeg, creamy sweet pumpkin, light roasty malt
T - pumpkin and spices are more subdued than the nose but in a positive way, caramel and dark roasty malt
M - medium carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy, light spice tingle
D - a very good example of the style, the flavours are well balanced and not overwhelming like some tend to be, a very nice fall time brew

joemcgrath27, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Kmat10, May 27, 2013
Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

elricorico, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.82/5  rDev 0%

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.

CalgaryFMC, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of leaddog
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

leaddog, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Shadman
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Shadman, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

IanSpindler, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

YamagamiTravis, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +4.7%

FadetoBock, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of andy1701
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%

andy1701, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This pours a brown/orange color with hints of red when looking against a white surface. It appears to have moderate carbonation but didn't produce a head of any significance, quickly becoming a ring around the top of the liquid. There is some mild lacing but upon inspection, this looks thin. Nice label on the bottle.

S- Good solid pumpkin aroma, not as sweet smelling as say Grizzly Paws' version but the spices....nutmeg, cinnamon and maybe even some mild clove aromas are noticeable as well. This has a great natural aroma and does make one think about the holidays!

T- This isn't a real sweet tasting pumpkin ale...again, natural tasting would best describe this one. Great pie filing taste...the spices aren't as noticeable on the palate, and there is a mild hop presence here, but not real overwhelming, which I like, as I wouldn't like bitter pie so I probably wouldn't like a bitter ale here either.

M- While the flavors will keep you thinking about pie, I didn't find the body matched up as well....I do find this a little more watery than I would like, but it's not a light beer by any means. The carbonation is definitely noticeable and I would have liked just slightly less to make it just slightly smoother feeling, but this is a minor complaint.

D- I think that this is a decent offering by Alley Kat and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fall seasonal. The 5.4% alc/vol is welcome and isn't noticeable at all. I think that this is a great beer to enjoy on a cold evening on its' own or would be suitable as an after dinner treat!

ChrisCage, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Corson, Oct 05, 2014
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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
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