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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Reviews: 90
Hads: 214
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-24-2009

Brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Available: September.
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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 214
Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (656 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,419 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better pumpkin Spice beers I've had. From a properly chilled bottle and and aggressive pour, I got a small, off white head that quickly settled to a ring and no lace. Color is a lovely, clear orange copper amber with a few tiny bubble trails. Aroma is pumpkin, spice, malt, caramel, toffee. Flavor is much like nose with perfect carbonic tang and hop bitterness to offset the muscle of the pumpkin, spice, and malt. Body and carbonation are good. Finsih is like flavor and only the hint of a suggestion of alcohol at the end. Nice. I could actually have another of this one and normally, I can't abide the style. (631 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear darkly rustic amber with a small capping of off-white foam that sits foamy & softly and disappears thusly as so. A few thicker strings and some spots of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is quite nice with a nice pie crust element of graham cracker and cream sit in nicely with a nosey touch of baked pumpkin bread with pinches of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste is mildly tangy of some chewy breadish malt laced with some lighter factions of the pumpkin that sits and sips quite close to a Doppelbock. Some notions of cream sink into the middle with its malt and pumpkin flavors as pie crust dusts off the finish with a light featheryness that lends a simple float into hinted cookie and bread spices of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.

The body has a nice crisp grab to it while maintaining a fairly solid maltyness that secures a bold mediumness as it balances the flavors out for a well developed drinking experience.

Once it warms up some it gets quite nice and certain complexities arise towards the backend. A very nice Autumn treat by Tyranena. (1,052 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into new Belgian Globe.

Appearance: brilliant and clear amber orange bodied beer. Beer is topped with 1 finger of white head. Drops quickly to a ring.

Smell: Sweet and spicy smelling of big cinnamon and nutmeg spice. A touch of pumpkin.

Taste: starts off with spicey cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and a hint of clove. Pumpkin shows itself in the middle, but fades quickly. The beer finishes with big cinnamon notes and a lingering vetigal pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The spiciness in this beer makes it feel heavier than the beer really is.

Overall: A solid pumpkin beer tyranena! Its good, but Shafly is the best that i have tried so far! (699 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very thick and quite dark, for the style. The color of minced meat with a decent-sized white head.

This is a pumpkin spice ale, with the emphasis on the spice. Its smells VERY thick and clovey. The thickness is a akin to opening up a jar of pumpkin pie spice, holding it right up to your nose, and then taking a big snort. It's a nice smell, really, but the intensity is a bit much to bear and blots all the rest of the beeriness.

Tastes pretty much like it smells: a whole lot of pumpkin pie spice, not that much actual pumpkin. Big cloves, white pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg against a malt background of toffee and biscuit. Intense and not unpleasant, but not as balanced or quaffable as a top-tier pumpkin beer. (722 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber-brown color. The head is pretty much nonexistent. The aroma is a nice mix of all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. However, it lacks any sort of beery backbone. The taste similar to the aroma, but with a hint of caramel malt. The hint of malt is quickly overpowered by the spices, and completely disappears in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I can't see myself drinking it again. (498 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber-orange in color, and essentially clear, topped with a drooping pale tan froth.
Crusty, lightly sweet malty aroma, with a good showing from the usual pumpkin pie spices. The aroma is loud (as are the spices), but thoroughly balanced by the weighty malt load.
A toasty, lightly nutty and caramelly maltiness provide a canvas for the (in order of magnitude:)nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove, and cinnamon. Over time, the malt gathers sweeter, with honey and a bigger pronounciation from caramel. Spicing stays loud, but never obnoxious. It concludes with a blurt of astringency and low-level alcoholic flare.
Medium-full in the mouth with a sluggish but steady carbonation. It's a bit of a bruiser in the Pumpkin Ale class. It's not likely to usurp the (Pum)King, but it's a contender. (793 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nonic pint, medium copper in color, average eggshell head with some light retention

s: sweet caramel with a buttered brown sugar, smooth squash, and restrained spice profile, nutmeg, ginger, anise cookie, very nice

m: prickly carbonation, body ranging around the low end of medium with a sugary slickness, smooth

t: heavy on the caramel malt and brown sugar with a slick, buttery feel, squashy, balanced spice with nutmeg most notable, ginger, sugar cookie, a bit of alcohol in the end with a mild hop flavor and slight bitterness

d: a little on the sweet side but easy enough, wasn't a huge fan at first, but it grew on me, appreciate that they didn't go crazy with the spices here (689 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (468 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Very spice heavy, lots of cinnamon, tad bit of pumpkin but not much,

T-Like the nose, spice heavy. Some pumpkin in the finish. Not much else, no bitterness.

M-Light, not much carbonation, tad watery as well.

O-Another run of the mill pumpkin beer, that being said run of the mill means really good to me because of the style. (385 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish copper color without much of a head

S - loads of spices billow out of the glass - nutmeg, cinnamon, and sugary crust.

T - sweet spices from the nose are upfront and give way to some nice caramel malts through the middle. The caramel malts are superseded by some more spices from the nose - cinnamon and nutmeg are most prominent.

M - creamy and full body

D - pretty solid pumpkin ale by Tyranena. This has more spices than anything else...almost like a mini Schlafly pumpkin ale. Been wanting to try this one for a while and glad I got the chance. (565 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,693 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz fall of 2010 bottle consumed 4.24.11

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky auburn with a 1 finger off white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Smells of all spice, clove, nutmeg, and some caramel malt.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp if consumed while cold.

Overall: This is a solid pumpkin spice ale. I'm curious to know if the pumpkin made an appearance in fresher bottles. Also curious to know if the spices were overbearing on fresher bottles because I think they are just right at the moment. (535 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (813 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a decent deep orange-amber with very little head and just a slight bit of nice lacing. Scent is a bit of sweet malt with a bit of pumpkin spice, but very little deep aroma overall. Nice flavor with some decent malt and hints of spice, but nothing big. Went down fairly smooth, especially for being over 7%. An alright pumpkin ale, but nothing great. (355 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, but I am assuming this is the 2012 fall release of this beer. Bought the last bottle of this as a single at my local beer store. Excited to try it, my third beer from Tyranena Brewing Co., and I have been impressed by them in the past.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly aggressive pour yields about a half finger of fizzing bubbly khaki head, which fades away quickly. Body is a ruby chestnut brown type color.

S - Smell is comprised of warm creamy pumpkin pie. Can smell the cinnamon. Faint nutmeg & cloves. Whiff of the allspice, but faint. Even a bit of vanilla. The spices seem to be somewhat muted, maybe they have faded some, but they are still in there. Gets me in the mood for Halloween; I love pumpkin beers.

T - Wow, what a smooth beer. Very roasty malts seem to dominate here, with some subdued pumpkin & spices gathered in the background. Cinnamon comes through the most out of all the spices. Was hoping for a lot more pumpkin presence here, but this is an interesting take on the style. Malty, bready, and even sweet in the finish.

M - Feel is sticky, somewhat bitter. Creamy & smooth. Nicely bodied & with nice carbonation.

Overall, something of a pleasant surprise. I always love trying out new pumpkin beers, and they are definitely one of my favorite styles. While this is definitely not the best of the bunch that I've had, it is an interesting take on the style. Looking forward to more by Tyranena.

Tyranena Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale ---3.5/5 (1,532 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (787 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,322 characters)

Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.