Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
11-13-2009 06:45:21 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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
12-03-2010 04:49:05 | More by blackie
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
11-02-2012 17:26:14 | More by mynie
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
10-20-2011 19:57:07 | More by KarlHungus
3.93/5 rDev +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.
08-14-2010 23:03:47 | More by msubulldog25
4.47/5 rDev +18.3%
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!
09-25-2010 00:46:33 | More by homebrew311
4.47/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
09-29-2009 00:40:54 | More by GbVDave
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
04-24-2011 20:08:57 | More by koopa
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
10-07-2010 22:44:59 | More by jera1350
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-13-2012 03:18:45 | More by birchstick
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
09-28-2010 21:45:30 | More by Chaney
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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!
09-21-2012 13:04:10 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.63/5 rDev -4%
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.
12-30-2009 03:36:15 | More by nickd717
3.93/5 rDev +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.
10-17-2013 23:19:13 | More by rlee1390
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
12-30-2010 21:38:54 | More by BeerLover99
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
10-11-2011 20:39:50 | More by JamesS
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
Sent as an extra by inlimbo77 and poured into a tulip.
Autumnal orange, murky to the point of total, muddy opacity. Half a finger of airy white head fizzles away within seconds, leaving behind a thin, soapy ring. No lace.
Creamy, sweet nose. Smooth, sugared pumpkin pie mixed with heavy cream. As it warms more spices emerge. Mostly clove, but there’s also some nutmeg.
Sharp, gently roasted pumpkin mixes with spices. Nutmeg is the biggest, then cinnamon sticks. Tangy, almost citrusy notes emerge after a while.
Just an awesome mouthfeel. Soft as a velvet hug, creamy, medium. Carbonation is almost not there, prickly, breaking into just a bit of fizz.
Not a bad example of the style. Balanced and drinkable, with a smooth blend of spice and pumpkin.
11-14-2011 05:49:34 | More by Phelps
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
11-25-2009 02:29:01 | More by orbitalr0x
Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.