Baked Pumpkin Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Baked Pumpkin AleBaked Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Description: Have your pie and drink it too! Bold flavor with a deep amber color, our big Baked Pumpkin Ale is sure to remind you of Grandma's home made pumpkin pie.

Added by Cylinsier on 09-28-2013

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 177
Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/27....pours deep amber copper, very fast white foam that settles out fully. Light gritty pumpkin malt nose. Sweet pumpkin flavor. Pushed aside by a spiced bitter - clove, nutmeg, pepper. Cinnamon too. Pie like, as advertised. Just ok though.

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Photo of ajilllau
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasted more like an Oktoberfest than a pumpkin beer. Had a slight sour taste to it as well which was unpleasant. I expected loads of tastes from a pumpkin pie like spices but was underwhelmed. It was a bit too carbonated with a flavor that dissipated quickly.

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Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh baked pumpkin pie. Taste is the same, a good bit of nutmeg, a light sweetness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a fine example of this style.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another nice one: Almost smelled liked a yankee scented candle, which I was chastised for saying! The same light copper color of many in this style, with a reasonably attractive-full white head. Taste was pure "pumpkin-spice" upfront, which then transitioned to more of a middle-of-road ale, in both the mid-finish. Overall a decent / enjoyable pour, which really fits the profile of a "seasonal," with respect to something fun-different, but still drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A modest, less than one fingers worth, head that is crisp and light khaki in color... Minimal retention gives way to a slightly lopsided crisp lacing... Audibly fizzy... The color walks a fine line between dark rich amber and light crimson... Loaded with a moderate bit of small bubbled quickly paced carbonation...

S - All the usual suspects... A slightly sweet pumpkin / squash puree... Graham cracker crust... A modest spice contingent - nutmeg, cinnamon and very subtle hints of clove and all spice... Wonderful balance makes this aroma rather enjoyable...

T - The palate is dominated by the pie crust and spices... The all spice and clove are dialed up a bit... There is a subtle caramel sweetness... This all sits a top of the subtle pumpkin base... Limited sweetness... There is an ever so faint metallic presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Fairly dense... Brisk carbonation...

D - Not outstanding in any one area, but this is an all around solid Pumpkin Ale with exceptional balance... Not too light nor too sweet... Not too sweet nor too spicy... This could be an autumnal staple in my fridge... Opens up nicely as it warms revealing significantly more nuance and complexity...

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally not a fan of any beer that has the word pumpkin on the label. Got this beer in a mixed case of Fall beers from our beer club. Reluctant to even try this one but was very pleasantly surprised. More of an Oktoberfest style beer with nice but not overwhelming baked pumpkin pie flavor in the background. Would highly recommend. Give it a try.

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Photo of Budlum
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't know that any other pumpkin beer has the taste to match the description quite like this. The flavors perfectly mimic a slice of pumpkin pie mixed with a sugary cream sweetness just like a dollop of whipped cream.

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, orange-brown with 1/3 inch head and medium-high carbonation. Taste is pumpkin pie spice--cinnamon, clove, toasted malt, booze, and pumpkin pulp. Above average for the style, but there are others that I prefer. Worth a try though.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into glass. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a Copper orange, with a two finger head that dissipates fast. Great clarity.

Smell- Very spicy, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Pumpkin.

Taste- Pumpkin along with some sweet caramel malt come through first and are quickly led up on a strong blast of pumpkin pie spices. The spice dominates and finishes dry. Some alcohol burn.

MOuthfeel- Medium in body, light carbonation.

Overall- A decent pumpkin ale. This one is on the spicey side. Almost hot in a sense there is that much notes of spice. Still has good smoothness to it.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Pours a clear dark amber with white head. Aroma is similar to freshly baked pumpkin pie. Taste is sweet pumpkin pie with crust. Superb. Extremely smooth and delicious. Will be looking for this in quantity.

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Photo of JWU
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

growler fill straight from the brewery in Lancaster, PA

A- a crystal clear amber, with an off white head, nice lacing.

S- A nice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, with a hint of vanilla, yeasty esters, and pie crust.

T- Follows the nose nicely, but also has a bit of alcohol sweetness. It's oh so close to DFH Punkin', which I love.

M- Medium body, amble carbonation

O- If you like DFH Punkin', get this one. It's oh so close, and much more readily available (at least int his area!) Great stuff.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Deep garnett orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short light beige foam that quickly disappeared. Fresh pumpkin pie aroma, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices...very holiday-like. Medium bodied with rich, tangy carbonation through the middle. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg up front followed by tangy herbal hops through the middle. Sweet malty backbone throughout. Finished semi-dryly with lingering pumpkin, sweet malt and coriander notes. In my opinion, the perfect pumpkin ale - superb balance of sweet and spicy. This will be my traditional Thanksgiving brew from this point forward.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.8%

I paid $3.50 for the single always love trying new pumpkin ales regardless of already having a favorite (Night Owl)

A - Pours a very deep amber brown hue, clear with a solid 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that doesn't fizz out in seconds so yeah!
S - Smell is balanced no overbearing cinnamon or nutmeg, smells rather sweet with a vanilla dough like sweetness. I taste.
T - Quite good the cinnamon is a bit heavy but it masks the vegital bite of the pumpkin pretty well. Its sweet but not Pumking sweet giving a bit of malty crust like body and vanilla like dough.
M - Medium bodied sort of chewy really digging that its not overall bitter.

Overall it meets my expectations of balanced malt to spices and its doesn't have a super heavy hop profit (malty like it should be) I would have this again if approached with a six pack.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Looks pretty clear caramel amber deep dark roasted notes as well with a cream khaki tan head forms nice and thick even speckled lacing is left behind.

Aroma rich pumpkin spice, caramel malts, pumpkin flesh a bit of crust notes…really works well together.

Flavor a spicy mix of booze and all spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg that all overshadow the pumpkin additions. That harsh perfume like character is out of balance here and makes it much more difficult to enjoy than some of the better versions that have more balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh heavy spice notes really kill the palate and basically fatigue sets in after a few different versions of this same pumpkin ale style the good wants stand out and the bad and the average kind of run together.

Overall impression is it is drinkable but not stand out amongst the group of pumpkin ales I’ve had this year.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Dated 21414.

A: 4.0 Rich amber-orange with good clarity. 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: 4.25 Sweet pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Smells very much like pumpkin pie filling. Vanilla. Brown sugar.

T: 3.75 Hop bitterness intermingle with pumpkin pie. Interestingly, there is not much of a progression with a beginning/middle/end, but more of an on/off. That being said, the malt notes do somewhat build and taper off. Semi-dry finish. Surprisingly clean. Slight alcohol presence. A bit more bitterness than expected.

M: 4.0 Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Decent creaminess that is well suited to the flavor profile.

O: 3.9 Pretty nice pumpkin ale. The spices are there and there is a nice amount of actual pumpkin flavor as well. Good body. Perhaps slightly over-hopped and the taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but overall it is well above average in the typically under-performing pumpkin ale classification.


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Photo of EvoRich
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Look: Poured into a tulip, it's a deep, orange, copper color. Pours with a white fluffy head.

Smell: Sweet pumpkin spices, cinnamon, wheaty malts,

Taste: Very sweet Pumpkin spice flavor upfront and it follows all the way through to the end. You can taste the malts, but pumpkin is very upfront and dominates the taste of this beer. Excellent stuff!

Feel: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Just right.

Overall: This rivals Southern Tier Pumking. It's not quite as sweet and spicy as Pumpking, but it has more of an authentic pumpkin pie flavor. I didn't expect to like it this much. The steaming pumpkin pie lable is spot on to how this beer tastes. It's excellent!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Orange / amber with hardly any head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, pie crust, pumpkin, and light spices.

Caramel and toasted pie crust with additional candy sugars. Pumpkin guts and puree with light spicing. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Medium bodied, smooth, balanced, and refreshing.

Very pumpkin and malt forward. Lighter spicing than most Pumpkin beers...thank God.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I initially tried this beer on-tap at the brewpub, but I prefer not to geek out and write reviews at the bar if I can help it, so this review is for the bottled version.

This is a very dark pumpkin beer! The two-plus fingers of dense, foamy head were tawny, but with an orangish tint. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to peer into the future where I saw my 30-year high school class reunion on Saturday. Nose had an odd eggnog-like smell, putting it squarely in the nutmeg realm, which is different. I have had some that were overboard on cinnamon before, but not nutmeg-forward. The sticky lacing that began to appear was going to require a jackhammer to remove. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was very nutmeg-forward and this reminded me more of an eggnog-type of beer than of pumpkin pie. That said, this was better than many that I have drank during this year's pumpkin ale season. Finish was dry, thanks to all of the spices, but not gaspingly dry.

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Photo of MCain04
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottled 9/25, poured into a Crooked Stave goblet.

Pours an amber clear body with minimal white head which quickly diffuses to nothing, no lacing.

Smell is pumpkin forward with cinnamon and brown sugar akin to a pumpkin pie, as the name might suggest. Some nutmeg and ginger, with other assorted fall spices.

Taste really falls short of the nice aroma. Little pumpkin taste is present, much more stale, bready, with unpleasant bitterness. Not much spice flavoring either. Lingering bready taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium but leaves a heavy and dry finish on the palate. Moderate carbonation. Not very smooth.

Overall, A great smelling beer, but that's about where it ends. There are better tasting pumpkin beers easily accessible.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has copper color body with a small fizzy head. The aroma is strong of spice, and brown sugar. The taste has a sweet taste to it, with some sugar and pumpkin coming through but not spice not like the aroma. The mouthfeel i think is perfect, smooth and not overly heavy. Overall it is a good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish-copper with a finger of fluffy beige head that dissipated quickly. There is a subtle note of pumpkin in the nose along with some spice. The pumpkin is also present in the flavor profile along with nutmeg and other pie spices. There is a sweet smooth vanilla note on the finish. This is a very nice seasonal offering from my home state of PA.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange copper color with a one finger off white head composed of big carbonation bubbles. The head fades rather quickly leaving a faint level of foam on the surface of the beer and a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma big of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Along with the huge spice smell is a rather strong roasted pumpkin smell. Mixed with these are some lighter and sweeter aromas and a biscuit smell. The sweeter aromas are a mix of brown sugar and caramel, with the overall aroma taking on a heavily spiced pumpkin pie aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth roasted pumpkin flavor with some brown sugar and biscuit mixed within. Right from the start the spice is quite strong with all the spice aromas that were detected in the nose in the flavor as well. As the taste advances the spice gets even stronger, with the addition of a bit of clove to the taste. Along with the spice getting stronger so too does some of the sweeter and roasted flavors, with some molasses coming to the tongue. In the end some hop flavors of a grassy, earthy and citrus nature come to the tongue, and with a decently strong boozy taste coming to the tongue one is left with a heavily spiced and roasted rummy pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that was rather average to just below average. Both were rather nice for the roasted, spiced and boozy tastes of the brew and helped make it a rather slower sipper.

Overall – This beer is rather heavily spiced, big of roasty pumpkin pie and decently heavy of some rum. Not super balanced, but a rather interesting slow sipping pumpkin beer.

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Photo of DocBrewroo
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery... again. Deep amber color, full tan head, right level of spice, with vegetative hop notes and caramel on the nose, which works great for a pumpkin brew. Medium bodied, and less spice on the palate than I expected. On the finish- great spice and vanilla flavor. As I said, just a really excellent, well-made autumn brew and great representation of the pumpkin style from Lancaster Brewing.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a clear orange brown. Off-white lacing for a head.

Smells of baked pumpkin pie with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. A little brown sugar sweetness as well.

Flavor is of brown sugar, sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and buttered toast.

Medium body with a soft carbonation on the tongue.

A pretty tasty pumpkin ale, definitely one of the better ones I've had, though not quite stellar, but more than worth trying and very easy to drink. Hides the strength well. Tends towards the dessert end of pumpkin ales. Definitely worth trying and hopefully something I'll get to try again soon.

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