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Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Morey on 08-03-2013)
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Reviews by donmonkey1:
Photo of donmonkey1
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nicely carbonated copper color. The white head is really small and dissipates almost like a soda and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Weak smell of pumpkin with a little clove, and some spicy/peppery.

Taste: Exactly like the smell, with maybe a touch of copper.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but lacking carbonation badly.

This is better than an average macro, and easy to drink, but the flavor lacks yumminess. I'm not saying it's bad, because it is decent, but there are too many pumpkin beers that are way better than this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TTripp725
3.52/5  rDev +2%

Photo of wattoclone
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft during the Oktoberfest Tasting at the Washington House in Sellersville, PA.

Clear orange with a small white head. Mild pumpkin pie aroma with the usual spices and roasted pumpkin. A mild and very drinkable pumpkin with a nice balance of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, hints of brown sugar and buttery crust in the finish. No hops were apparent. A very sessionable pumpkin that goes well with dinner or dessert.

Photo of TKEbeerman
1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

The appearance of this beer, well it pours into my chalice forming a slightly hazed copper amber body with a light beige head, which dwindles rather quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing.

Aroma, has caramelized malts with pumpkin cream character, and spice lingering with each sniff.

Flavor is a bit too buttery, the creamy pumpkin notes and mild spices are nice, but a heavy thick butterscotch component sends it over the edge for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied cloying sweetness lingers with mild spices that make you want to scrape your tongue to get rid of it.

Overall, I can’t appreciate something like this with that much lingering sweetness and abrasive spice notes, even compared to the other pumpkin ales out there it’s again in the middle of the road for me.

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dexterk1
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of CAD22
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mobrockman
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ALLISON01
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DrDietz
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkins are present in the nose along with hints of pumpkin pie spices.
T: The overall taste has a bit of sweetness and seems to have flavors mostly resembling that of pumpkin pie.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a sweet version of pumpkin pie and seems like it could have used a little more spices to help lend some complexity.

Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tjsmith910
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of tviz33
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter.

A- A really aggressive pour gives off a 3/4" head that settles completely in one minute's time. The body is totally transparent and amber/orange.

S- Very light spice and subtle pumpkin on the nose. Malty and not overdone.

T- The pumpkin comes through more here, but I'd like to see me spice for once. Almost like melted butter in a way. Not the greatest.

M- Quite a thin body with medium-low carbonation.

O- I've had a few really awesome pumpkin ales, and this one does not compare. It's not off-putting but this beer isn't worth searching for.

Photo of jmann40
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of bshiban
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being disappointed by Penn Brewery's Pumpkin roll ale I was intrigued to try this latest offering from Erie which also happens to be a pumpkin ale.

A - Thick pour with a 1/2 inch of foamy head that dissipates quickly. Color is a dark amber orange with no bubbles throughout.
S - Smell is great nice buttery squash and brown sugar combo with a touch of all spice mostly cinnamon. No hop smell... LOVE IT!
T - Well it's quite good the vegital taste is minimal and the sweetness and maltiness of the buttery flavors mixed with brown sugar is also great. Like most pumpkin ales it could always use more spice but its a fair enough amount to notice cinnamon and brown sugar every sip.
M - For almost 7% it hides the ABV well very smooth and malty with a medium body.

Overall this seems to be my first favorite pumpkin spice beer of the season. Malty, sweet. and rightly spiced its the best Erie beer I ever had!

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Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.