Baked Pumpkin Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-29-2013 01:25:05 | More by woodychandler
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
10-14-2013 00:12:39 | More by Darkmagus82
4.36/5 rDev +14.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Consumed 1/29/14 (Maybe 4 to 6 months old)
Orange / amber with hardly any head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.
Pumpkin meat and pie crust with hints of allspice and cinnamon.
Sweet pumpkin meatiness with a lightly toasted pie crust. Bready with notes of pumpkin rind. Nice layers to the maltiness with additional notes of biscuit, Munich malts and sprinkles of candy sugar. Subtle hints of allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and semi-dry.
Tastes great despite being past its prime. Well balanced with a complex maltiness and a nice pumpkin taste. I'll definitely be buying fresh bottles this year.
02-06-2014 19:28:33 | More by justintcoons
4.21/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
09-28-2013 00:26:43 | More by Cylinsier
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-24-2013 03:24:58 | More by 57md
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
11-07-2013 03:33:22 | More by chefhatt
3.49/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
11-17-2013 21:30:13 | More by MCain04
Baked Pumpkin Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
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