Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale - Erie Brewing Co.
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Reviews by donmonkey1:
3.28/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
03-29-2014 20:33:15 | More by donmonkey1
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3.89/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
10-05-2013 13:07:22 | More by wattoclone
3.41/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
10-16-2013 02:16:08 | More by metter98
2.86/5 rDev -16.6%
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.
09-29-2013 06:17:31 | More by tviz33
4.1/5 rDev +19.5%
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!
08-19-2013 02:52:29 | More by DrDemento456
3.86/5 rDev +12.5%
I picked ol' Johnny up at The Friendly Greek and then we rode the rails for a while before he headed back to Erie. This is what happened during his visit:
I got a quick finger of fizzy, tawny head that quickly dissipated to nothingness. Color was a coppery-amber (SRM = ~ 13) with NE-quality clarity. Johnny smelled strongly of spices and I wondered what deodorant he was using, but it would have been incautious to ask as he is one bada** m'f**ker.
He drinks two-fisted and will not hesitate to put one of those bottles upside somebody else's pumpkin. He wears clogs and I once saw him kick a dude in the 'nads so hard that they popped out of the guy's mouth. There is a reason they only let Johnny out once a year and that is a large part of it. He was in town on his way back from Philly, specifically the zoo, where he put a hit on a zookeeper who thought that it was clever to feed fellow pumpkins to the more beastly animals. Johnny said that he got a laugh feeding the zookeeper to said animals.
Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but Johnny has never been one to carry a lot of weight on his frame. In this one, the spices were not as pronounced, allowing the malt a chance to come through. Cinnamon was, as usual, the heavy hitter, accompanied by cloves and perhaps nutmeg or allspice. I was really digging the scene when Johnny noted that we were almost finished. He wasn't bitter, but he wasn't real sweet about it, either. He said it in that semi-dry tone of his that always makes me take a step back and assess the situ. As we shook hands, his head illuminated from within and he walked off, cackling into the night, yelling, "See you next year!"
10-13-2013 15:33:19 | More by woodychandler
3.44/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a clear copper with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is quite mild. The flavor profile does not appear to include pumpkin, but the pie spices are certainly present. There is a modest sweetness on the finish that is reminiscent of brown sugar.
Not bad - but without any discernible pumpkin flavor, it is hard to rate this terribly high.
10-03-2013 21:41:35 | More by 57md
4.08/5 rDev +19%
Quick Review: Pours burnt orange with good clarity. One finger of head settles relatively fast. Nice aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin with subtle hints of butterscotch. Taste delivers on the spices, but they're not overwhelming at all. The finish is pretty clean, but there is a buttery flavor that lingers which I enjoy. Mouthfeel leans towards the thinner side for the style. Very easy drinking, making it easy to have several in a row. Cheers!
08-03-2013 02:07:07 | More by Morey
3.7/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a copper color with a medium head that leaves pretty good retention. Smell is faint pumpkin and mild spice. Flavors of butter, pumpkin, cinnamon, and faint alcohol. Spice is on the lower end, with some cinnamon and brown sugar barely detectable. Pumpkin flavor is alright but doesn't really jump out at me. The mouthfeel, while on the thinner side, has just enough body to make this softer pumpkin ale go down very, very easy. While I prefer a thicker pumpkin ale, this seems to work, likely in large part because this tastes like a session beer with the alcohol concealed so mischievously. Overall, it's a good beer, one that won't appease those looking for strong pumpkin and spice seekers but one that will work well for a late August barbecue like the one I had today.
08-27-2013 03:09:41 | More by DeFaz
Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.