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Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice AlePainted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale

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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 232
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19.26%
Wants: 22
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-24-2009

Brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Available: September.
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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 232
Photo of FishAndBeer
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangeish brown with a finger of a white head.

smell- Smells like fall in a bottle, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of citrus. Very sweet smelling.

taste- Tastes like pumpkin pie with cinnamon. Spices were not overwhelming either which I thought they would be smelling the beer.

mouthfeel- thin bodied... carbonation was good

overall- It was a very good pumpkin ale, by far the best ive had so far and it should go perfect for thanksgiving.

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Photo of carssportsbeer
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. One of the best I've had recently. And the best of 4 or so specialty pumpkin ales (including Dogfish Head) that I've tried in the past few weeks.

It's just really flavorful, complex and smooth. Well balanced--not overwhelming malt, pumpkin, spice or hops. Just a nice balance of everything.

Biggest problem is that it's hard to find. I'll definitely buy again.

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Photo of ZAP
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep orange (orange leaning on brown)

S-A lot of spicing in this as the name suggests...on the nose I get nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice. This is really top notch. Not artificial, just heavily spiced.

T-Even more spiced up on the taste...all spice, and cinnamon are very noticable and nutmeg to a lesser extent. Not a lot of true pumpkin flavor but I like the base beer they used for this...caramel like...sweet....this is a sweet, heavily spiced ale.

M-They did the body right on this. And to be honest that is what makes this a good beer. If this was thin, and weak the spicing would be terribly out of place and unenjoyable. But instead this is medium to full bodied with a nice weightiness.

D-Very nice Pumpkin spice ale. So many of these pumpkin beers are artificial and thin....this is spiced abundantly but has the necessary malt, and body to make this special. This is a sipper type, one or two at a time type beer to me but very good.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to NB globe.

A: Appears a brilliant reddish orange, nice and clear with bone white head, heavy lacing and decent retention. Very clean looking.

S: this beer features huge aromatic spices up front, big notes of all spice and cinnamon, some more subtle notes of pumpkin and clove, beneath all of the spices there are some bready malt notes and a faint dash of hop bitterness

T: the front features some sweetness and toasted malt notes and quickly gives way to well integrated pumpkin pie flavors. The cinnamon and allspice take over the show and the finish is long lasting and spicy.

MF: medium to high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a great well balanced pumpkin ale with a nice assertive pumpkin character as well as a great base beer to even things out. This is one of my faves of the season!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled on 14SEP09

A: Pours an absolutely clear, brownish orange (pumpkin!) with one finger of beige colored head that recedes quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Smells like the kitchen when your aunt is making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and she decides that, this year, she's going to make it from scratch with all natural ingredients and spices. Not from a can.

T: Tastes like above. Nutmeg, ginger, and allspice are at the forefront with a little fresh cinnamon stick, freshly toasted pumpkin seeds, white pepper, and clove. Heather noticed a spicy tobacco flavor in the finish.

M: Full on the tongue with a really neat spicy/peppery bite that keeps any potential over sweetness in check. Dry peppery finish lasts forever.

D: I was amazed at how quickly my glass emptied itself. This is a fantastic Pumpkin beer. Very earthy and natural tasting.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep golden with a garnet hue. Nice thin layer of creamy head after a vigorous pour.

S: Not too much here--a little spice and caramel malt, but overall--pretty subdued.

T: Christmas cookie, pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Really nice mixture of flavours. Brown sugar emerges as it warms as well--fantastically done.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slipping down easily.

D:This is a fantastic example of what many pumpkin beers wish they could be. Well done Tyranena.

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Photo of farrago
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a finger plus worth of off-white, eggshell foam, adequate retention with a few streaks of lacing to boot. Cloudy copperish orange color, has a visual warmth to it, lightens towards the rims to more pure orange. Bright and lively nose of clove, cinnamon, allspice, orange reduction and, duh, pumpkin, then comes honey glazed baked goods, milk chocolate and lighter straw/hay notes. Full-bodied with uncommon density, the carbonation level is fine, simply a muscularly built beer. Cookie dough, baker's sugar, chocolate powder catch up to the clove, cinnamon, ginger spice. Here the orange to lemon citrus shows a slightly sour side. In turn, this draws out more grass or straw accents. As a result, more nuanced and balanced than many pumpkin beers. The heft helps it maintain presence through the end.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange with a tinge of crimson and brown. Hazeiness gives of an unflitered look to it.

Smell - Smells like Pumpkin Pie, but with hints of cinnamon and ginger snaps, or a Snickerdoodle Cookie. It has a very sweet aroma to it and that makes it all the more appealing. Smell is more prevalent the more it warms up.

Taste - The flavor is a combination of Cinnamon, Spice and Pumpkin with a very sweet kick. There is also hints of hops in the back. Spiciness is a bit excessive, but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is that of a sweet pumpkin flavor

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is moderate as well as the body. It's one of the more spicy beers that I've had but I felt it added more to the flavor. I get a very warm sensation from drinking this beer.

Overall - I think I may have found my new favorite seasonal fall beer. This is definitely one of the more unique beers I have had and the first pumpkin ale that I've drank. It's not a beer for everyone, but if you're into fall seasonal beers and are looking for something different, this one is worth checking out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange, amber hue with a resiny looking consistancy. Nice, off-white head that recedes to a ring of foam a few minutes after the pour. The aroma is of light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin of course, and just toasted malts. Pretty good. The taste starts sort of fall fruity and warm. The middle lets loose the spices and pumkin flavors full force. While the finish leaves your palate with an oily yet smooth and warm pumpkin palate. Vey nice pumpkin ale from a very worth while brewery.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been dreaming of this beer since I first heard about this summer. I sampled it at the GLBF and loved it. For this review I have a bottle to sample.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark orange with hints of red and brown. A half inch of beige head rest on top. A tiny bit of lace tries to stick to my glass but, quickly dissapears. The aroma is pumpkin with moderate nutmeg and clove. It has a nice sweet grain hint to it as well. Not over the top at all. Just pleasant pumpkin spice. The flavor is spot on for this style. Just the right amount of pumpkin flavor and spice. A touch of pepper is in there as well. Toasted pumkin seeds can be picked up in the finish. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Overall this is one of the better pumpkin beers Ive sampled. It won't unseat "the king" but, it steps into the top five for me in this style. Tyranena managed to meet my high expectations with another fine brew.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic.
7.5% ABV, Bottled on 14SEP12

A - A tall but quiet pour releases a plump off-white head which drops slowly while caking the nonic in sheets of lace. Fully clear, Painted Ladies is a very beautiful deep orange amber in color.

S - A delectable cream and vanilla caramel sweetness wafts out gloriously with an incredibly balanced spice background. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice all but masks the muted fresh pumpkin that lingers near the background. Lightly toasted malts hold the pie-like aroma together like a flaky crust with thick bread nuances.

T - The flavor is just as complex as the aroma if not more so, though it's more nuanced and starts with that same sweetness the aroma starts with - cream and vanilla with the toasted caramel malts adding their two bits. The spices are delicate as opposed to in-your-face and the roasted pumpkin lingers on the back of the tongue with balance.

M - Smooth and borderline creamy, Painted Ladies is a medium bodied ale that's full flavored and well balanced. The spices play quietly on the palate as the dry, earthy and soft-spoken hop finish kicks in and drops away with a light carbonation tingle.

O - Tyranena manages to craft a wonderful pumpkin ale that fits the fall bill almost perfectly, replicating a creamy pumpkin pie without overdoing the spice or pumpkin characteristics. Smooth and drinkable, this is a terrific fall treat.

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Photo of beeronesse
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice; really nice. I've never been a pumpkin pie fan and yet I loved this beer. It's a pretty pour, with a nice head that dissipates fairly rapidly. Taste is spice and pumpkin, with nothing over the top. It's slightly sweet and the weight is neither heavy nor light; it's right in the middle. It's very easy drinking and though I have to be in the mood for a fruit/vegetable beer, I could down quite a few glasses of this. Nicely done!

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Photo of nsmartell
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle with the September 14, 2009 date stamp to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark orange color with one finger of off-white head that doesn't stay for long.

Smell: Nice pumpkin smell. The nutmeg and spices dominate but in a fresh way. The spices are not overpowering and are not an "empty" smell like some of this style can be. Some honey as well.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests. Really nice flavor of nutmeg and spices. Sweet and pumpkin fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and silky smooth on the tongue with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very easy drink. This was definitely a winner. For those that don't like pumpkin ales, I will recommend this beer. I hope this is made again next year.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish amber under a ½ inch cream colored foam cap. It has more pumpkin than spice in the aroma. Very rich and malty and a little sweet with definite pumpkin flavors and faint spice. A dash of hops in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. This is decent because they did not use a heavy hand on the pumpkin spice.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a sixer of this new release from jenny st a week ago

appearance: served in a tyranena imperial pint glass, nice dark copper/amber body with a nice creamy beige crest

smell: adequately spiced - ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. pumpkin pie, light herbal hops, nutty caramel body

taste: very drinkable and quite balanced - nice pumpkin pie flavor profile with very nicely executed spicing - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. bready and malty with a nice hop compliment. as expected, a winner from tyranena and one of the better pumpkin ales out there

mouthfeel: very nice, smooth and crisp, creamy finish

drinkability: good

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Photo of scaliasux
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light amber. Slight haze. Medium off white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Sweet spicy (pumpkin pie spicy) malt. Nutmeg seems pretty prominent. Appetizing if a bit sweet-smelling for a beer.

Taste - Sweet malt backed by ample spice. Pumpkin is very apparent as is the spice mix. I'm getting mostly nutmeg and/or cloves.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - Better than I expected, but I wouldn't drink these all year even if I could. It's a nice special occasion beer that nicely evokes the Halloween-Thanksgiving time of year. I wouldn't expect less from one of Wisconsin's best breweries.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading about Painted Ladies Pumpkin spiced Ale on beer advocate. com. I went looking for it at some stores I knew carried Tyranena Brewing Co. brews. Finally found one of the seasonal six packs this month, January 2010. It was worth the search, I have always enjoyed Tyranenas products and was not disappointed. Hard pour gave it a nice head and some nice lacing and bronze color. The taste of clove, pumpkin and brown sugar hit me first followed by a nice warming feel. Although it would have been nice to have after a day of raking leaves, this spicy brew tastes just as well on a cold winter night.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Very glad to try this one out!

A- Poured a amberish coppery orange color if that makes sense. One finger off white head that shows light retention. No real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This is pretty much spot on for a pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg with a hint of cinnamon. Crusty grain aroma blends well with a balance of pumpkin. Overall not too spice forward and vice versa. A great smelling pumpkin ale.

T- Spice forward from the first sip. Nutmeg and some light notes of cinnamon with allspice as well. There is a sweet caramel malt base to this that works well with the flavor overall. Pumpkin highlights blend almost perfect with the malt base. I can taste hints of pie crust but I just may want to think that with the flavor of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Spices left on the palate with light caramel malts. Aftertaste is pumpkin forward with light spicing and a touch of alcohol. Flavors were well blended overall for the beer. Alcohol had medium drying on the palate. Clean and crisp tasting throughout.

D- A sixer please?? This beer was fantastic and to be honest I would love to drink this one year around. A highlight in the pumpkin quest I have given myself this year. Looking forward to this beer next year and the years to come.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bobby for sharing.

A: The pour is a clear, dark, amber color with very minimal head formation, just a thin ring of tan head.

S: A lot of great spice smells that are certainly reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Good nutmeg and cinnamon as well as some actual pumpkin.

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice start this one off providing an almost liquid pumpkin pie flavor. Good sweet and starchy pumpkin character, too.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation and a fairly smooth mouthfeel overall.

D: One of the best pumpkin beers I had this year (or ever, I suppose). Tyranena makes another good beer.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Light foam that dissipates to a ring almost instantly. Very good looking clear burnt orange color. The scent is heavy pumpkin spice and biscuit. The taste is heavy spice, sweet, malty with light pumpkin. medium mouth feel with nice carbonation. This is one of my favorite pumpkin ales. I could drink a few which is rare for pumpkin ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- orange, amber, hue of tan. nice fluffy 1 finger head, great lacing.

S- clove, pumpkin, cinnamon, all spice, malt.

T- fresh pumpkin, cloves, sweet pie taste, hint of bitter finish.

S- medium body, good carbonation, very smooth for just sweetness.

D- Excellent pumpkin beer! This has become one of our favorite Autumn beers. If you like Tyranena or Pumpkin beers, check it out.

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Photo of Soneast
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber color, with about a 2 finger, off-white colored head that slowly recedes to a bubbly ring.

The aroma is that of a nice brown ale, what with the nuttiness and mild, yeasty bread aromas, mixed with your typical pumpkin spices. The key, however, being that no one spice outshines the others, and most importantly the spices don't ruin the overall beery impression. Delve a little deeper and you can even find some nice caramels and maybe even a touch of vanilla..

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, with the bulk of flavors consisting of a well rounded, malty beer, caramels and a touch of breadiness, but the pumpkin spices are there, but they are delicately placed and absolutely do nothing but compliment the overall character of the beer, rather than overpower, as is so often the case with pumpkin beers.

This has got to be one of my favorite pumpkin beers. They are so easy to screw up, where the beer becomes little more than a vehicle to deliver "pumpkin spices," ultimately becoming overpowering and unbalanced. Tyranena hit the perfect note of balance with this beer, as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coppery body with a light tan head that produces some decent lace.

Great scents of sweet pumpkin, pie crust, brown sugar and lots of pumpkin pie spice.

The taste matches the nose well. Very tasty. Like pumpkin pie with a slightly larger spice presence. Getting some pie crust notes as well.

Medium bodied and very smooth.

I would put this in my top two or three pumpkin beers. This one is done very well and is really little known to the masses. Seek this one out!

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a dark amber shade capped with a fluffy white head that settles into a foamy mass similar to a pint of Guinness. Good retention and great overall appearance. Aroma carries bold spices: heavy on nutmeg, with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, as well as some sweet amber malt in the background.

As in aroma, the flavor is very spice dominant and the pumpkin pretty subtle. Definitely on the sweeter side, but not sickeningly so like some pumpkin beers. Malt is not very distinctive, but holds things together nicely. Mouthfeel is full and sticky, drying out toward the finish leaving lingering woody spice. Carbonation is medium to heavy, but not excessive.

The pethora of spices in this one make it more of a sipper than a swigger. I'm pretty neutral on pumpkin beers, but this is one of the few I make an effort to purchase. It seems to hit the right spices pretty hard without tasting terribly artificial.

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4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear orange color with a small eggshell white head with short retention time.

Scent of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, light spices and some candy. Very nice balance here, nothing is out of proportion or overly strong.

Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, spices and sweet candy. A little more potent than the scent, but the balance is still there. One of the better pumpkin beers available.

Mouthfeel medium bodied and clean with a good amount of carbonation.

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Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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