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Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice AlePainted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale

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85
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%


Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Available: September.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-24-2009)
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 02:03:16 | More by alleykatking
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klikger

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Medium-darkish amber with white head a ring finger thick and average lacing

S - Ginger, cinnamon, yeast, a little clove

T - Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and sweet malts --> caramel, black pepper, ginger --> pumpkin, yeast (Belgian?), lingering spices --> finish is spicy and slightly sweet

M - Medium-bodied, decent carbonation, slightly sticky as it warms

D - One is perfect, more would be a stretch for me. For the style, though, it's not bad.

An enjoyable beer, Painted Ladies is an annual treat, and it's best that way. Better than most pumpkin beers for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:05:29 | More by klikger
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Duff27

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Red/light brown. Half inch head that fades quickly leaving very little, if any, lacing.

S- Smells of "Big Red" chewing gum. Cinnamon spice.

T- Cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg. Caramel malts.

M- Very pleasant medium mouthfeel. Has a little carbonation bite to it.

D/O- Drinkability is not bad, but isn't great either. I'd stop at two of these. The cinnamon flavor is all but overwhelming...anymore than two and you're talking major palate fatigue. Good pumpkin ale overall though. Hats off to Tyranena.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:05:05 | More by Duff27
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3FaveryRogue

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 2nd pumpkin ale of the season. I'm not really fond of the style.

But as dictated, by style:

[L] This one pours out a honey-colored, golden/amber hue with a fizzy head that is off-white. Pretty calm looking, with a few bubbles making their way up.

[S] I could pickup on the smell from quite a few inches away. I imagine that by style, out of a vast variety, this is pretty spot-on. Nutmeg, pie crust, cinnamon, pumpkin puree; with a mental pickup on some whipped cream. Possibly some grain in the back.

[T] Spices are upfront. Nutmeg probably most prominent. Apparently, the base is an amber-ale, showing hoppy/caramel notes that meld with the pumpkin pretty well. Good for what it is.

[F] Very thin feel, with a chalky dry finish, due to spice. Slight bite. Smooth on the palate for the most.

[D] Though I find this to be on the higher end of the spectrum for this style, I could only do 3 or so before the spice and burps turn my stomach.

Everytime I grab a pumpkin beer, I try to like it; I really do. But again, pales, lagers, milds, and ambers don't seem to really hold up as bases for the amount of character the spices usually impart. Porters, stouts, and darker bases are what I would seek out in this department. Don't think I've really heard of any highly hopped "Pumpkin IPAs", though. Floral/citrus hops would be an interesting pair with a dry spice.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 10:33:00 | More by 3FaveryRogue
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carssportsbeer

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 21:11:02 | More by carssportsbeer
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into stein.

A- Pours a nice amber with orange around the outside where the light penetrates. A minimal head, about a half finger's worth that recedes in the blink of an eye and leaves no lacing.

S- I pick up the pumpkin and spice initially but it is then followed by a fruity bubble gumminess that is reminiscent of pepto bismal. Also a little bit of read licorice rounds it out.

T- Pumpkin combines with that bubblegum again. Doesn't really fit and I cannot tell you where it is coming from. A little spice lingers on the back of the tongue and that is about it.

M- Medium to lighter bodied that feels slightly watered down. Feels a little on the flat side but isn't necessarily a bad thing.

D- The high point of the beer is that you can't tell it's 7.5% but that is about it. The bubble gum taste throws the whole beer off and can't get back on track.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 17:24:52 | More by Wisconsinality
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PTMcB

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange with small head that is gone as quick as you can appreciate it.

S - A lot of orange with exceptional pumkin (a very good mixtured smell) with your average hints of cinnamon, caramel, and brown sugar.

T - You taste some pumkin but mainly the cinnamon/brown sugar. It seems to focus mainly for the taste of beer which I enjoy. Could use more malt, but what do I know, I just taste.

M - Almost syrup like, but not quite. Not crisp, but with exceptional carbonation.

D - Very good. Especially for a seasonal brew. For me pumkin beers are good to have one a night, maybe two, but this beer seems to wanting more. Not the most unique, but one you'll want to drink on again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:07:57 | More by PTMcB
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

This fall seasonal from Tyranena is quite unique. There is a very rich smell of pumpkin and spices while you pour this medium brown beer. The overall taste is hard to describe because I've never had a pumkin ale taste like this before but the spices are very evident in its taste. Definetly a beer to get you into the fall mood.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 18:46:43 | More by Lemke10
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 22:44:59 | More by jera1350
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle c/o Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: Ahh, tis autumn. This ale is a sunset amber hue. The one inch of head recedes very quickly, leaving virtually no lacing whatsoever.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin bread, sweet malt

T: An ok tasting brew, with autumn spices very evident throughout. There is not a sturdy enough malt backbone to support this heavily spiced beer. I do appreciate that the cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. flavors taste authentic, as I really don't care for beers that take the "natural flavors" route.

M: Relatively thin bodied with a lower than average carbonation level.

D: An ok beer, but not something I would buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 17:33:29 | More by Huhzubendah
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber-ish orange color, with moderate carbonation, and head that is little to non-existent.

S: Standard spices on the nose: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. with a hint of the actual gourd. Pleasant.

T: Medium bodied, with very over-the-top sweetness. The cinnamon burns in a pleasant way, and the other spices all come together nicely. Unlike many pumpkin ales out there, this one is not a brown ale and doesn't have the brown sugary sweetness. This is more of a crisp, hoppy, honey-like sweetness that I appreciate. I can definitely tell that this is an amber.

M: I wish this one had a head on it. The froth would have added to the enjoyment of this concoction. Still, the spices are pleasant and the balance is good.

D: It's kind of a rough drinker because of the in your face spices. I could drink one or two, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 21:45:30 | More by Chaney
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:50:06 | More by paco1029384756
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:46:33 | More by homebrew311
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sure it's 96-degrees out (and may reach 100 later today), but I'm feeling like 'fall' today...specifically a pumpkin ale! 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass.
Sent as an extra (x2!) by excellent trader joshuaseresse.

Label features (what else?) 'painted ladies'...well, actually they're pumpkins, all dolled up in garish hats and make-up. A blurb on the side panel describes the Annual Fling in Tyranena's home of Lake Mills and it's celebartion of it's Victorian-era downtown.

Neck shows: Bottled on 14SEP09...so take this review for what it's worth.

A: Good rusty amber, deep and sultry. Plenty of rising carbonation, but cutting through a slightly unsettling dusty fog - signs of age but not too distracting. Topped with only a 1/2 finger of khaki cream, pretty good retention. Lace drapes like ribbons.

S: Requisite noseful of pie spices; earthy and nutty and not as preposterously sweet as some I've sniffed. Gingerbread and tea. A little fruit, such as raisins and a little cloved orange. The slightest paper-y/oxidized hint.

T: Very nice spicing, earthy nutmeg and cinnamon and zesty undertones (a hint of ginger?). Not too sweet, nor too blatantly 'pumpkin pie'. Some vanilla hints finish off a caramel- and spice-rich treat.

M: A little less thick than a 7.5% ale might warrant, maybe a softer carbonation prickle too. A veil of graininess sticks a little.

D: I'm an unabashed supporter of pumpkin ales, and this is among the finer ones I've tasted. Sure, she's old enough to show some warts and whiskers, but this Painted Lady has still 'got it'. An alluring spice and lasting flavor would bring me back; I'll look for it fresher next time, but as-is she's still a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 23:03:47 | More by msubulldog25
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the 09 was awesome, the 10 was just good, the 11 was not seen

painted ladies pumpkin 09

a 5 deep hazy amber with a beauty of a light beige head. lace in sheets.

s 5 tons of pumpkin, ginger, clove, allspice--this might be the best nose i've ever experienced from a pumpkin beer. like the best of weyerbacher (without the rootbeer) and punkin (without the thin ale quality). sure hope the flavor lives up.

t 4 it does taste very good, well balanced (and perhaps the months this spent on the shelf helped in that department--i'll certainly be buying more once it comes out again to see), but i'm most blown away by the luxurious sensations of this brews texture. its a velvet fog of liquid pie. some nutmeg lingers amid the lush afterglow.

m 5 like silky pumpkin puree blended into a medium heavy ale. think i'm gonna need a cigarette (and i don't even smoke)!

d 4.5 wow, thanks tyranena. please do it just like this next time, and make sure at least a case finds its way into my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 22:29:08 | More by brewmudgeon
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farrago

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:25:13 | More by farrago
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Fitzgerald

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:35:38 | More by Fitzgerald
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a thin off-white head. The aroma is spot on for a pumpkin pie. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of spicy malt and pumpkin pie spices that last far into the finish. Great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 18:49:10 | More by blackearth
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nickd717

California

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade (from Tumpster I believe), poured into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent medium amber color with a thick, creamy beige head and great lacing.

Aroma is nice with spices, pumpkin bread, and caramel.

Flavor is pretty solid and fairly well-balanced, not overspiced. Pumpkin bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, caramel malt, and a little alcohol.

Medium body with some spiciness on the palate.

Drinkability is above average. Overall a good example of a pumpkin beer, but not quite one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:36:15 | More by nickd717
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 04:26:57 | More by darklordlager
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 06:15:40 | More by ZAP
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a straight sided mug)
A- This beer has a clear reddish-brown body with a thin tan creamy head that last a bit and a sea of strong carbonation.
S- This beer has a soft dry caramel malt note with a softer dry spice note.
T- The soft sweetness mixes with a soft spice heat that has a slight banana quality. It finishes with a light bitterness from hops that grows just a bit as the beer open ups.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizz.
D- This beer has a soft malt and spice flavor that is a bit odd together but to subtle to really taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 22:45:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Had it on 10/28, from notes.

Pours bronze with an off white head into my tulip. Good retention and spotty lacing.

Smells hearty. Vibrant spices of the usual variety over caramel malts and a good pumpkin presence. Nuttiness is present as well.

Taste has a moderate spice that isn't too overpowering which is good in my book. Hey- the base beer here isn't too bad. Although, the after taste leaves a weird spiciness-metallic flavor on the palate. Off-putting to say the least.

This beer is a bit over-carbonated, but has a pretty good malt backbone to stand up to all the spices. Nice to try but I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers and I struggled to take down the bottle. Just not interesting to me (note my bias).

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 18:42:36 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumnal orange/red with a half inch of khaki creamy bubbles on top. Lots of active carbonation. Looks good in the glass. Aromas of smooth amber malts with a slight nutty / caramel accent. Pumpkin meat, cinnamon and ginger upfront with a nice dose of nutmeg as well. Quite spicy but not overly so.

First sip is smooth caramel and slightly nutty malts. Vegetal pumpkin meat with a nice balance of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg and spicy ginger as it rolls down. There is enough malt to balance it out though for me. Lingering pumpkin spice on the finish. Tasty fall brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied - smooth - creamy - easy drinking. I enjoyed this pumpkin ale and was glad to see it bottled this year. Maybe a bit spicy for some but worked well for me. I will hope to see it again next year!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:29:01 | More by orbitalr0x
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into rare vos glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head, slightly tan. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a ruby orange hued copper.

Aroma: Nutmeg, cinnamon, spices. pumpkin. Very flavorful with a fall season aroma to it.

Taste: A huge mess of spices. Way to much going on here. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and a ton of nutmeg. This isn't very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is very spiced leaving a horrible aftertaste that is over spiced.

Overall, I thought, based on the aroma, this would be an alright beer. But the taste and mouthfeel were horrible. I could barely finish this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:21:26 | More by mothman
Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.