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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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very good

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 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 cokes
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of birchstick
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 koopa
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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 Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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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 Treyliff
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet, bottles 8/12/15

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a thick ring around the edge that retains long after the pour

S- balance of typical pumpkin spicing with some toasted malt undertones, also picking up a hint of vanilla cream

T- slightly sweet toasted malt base gives way to a balance of cinnamon and nutmeg with hints of brown sugar. Toasted finish

M- medium body and moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy smooth finish

O- high drinkability and good balance among the spices

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Photo of JamesS
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
1.66/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Painted ladies pours a dark cooper with a nice head. There is a sugary water aroma; no pumpkin. The taste is very weak, has a sugar water flavor, a strange rotten taste. Couldn't finish drinking one, weak taste, and a rotten flavor made it very hard to drink, Overall this is clearly just a stay away beer, cant say much good about this one.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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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 secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive rusty amber, with fair carbonation and no lace. Underwhelming.

The aroma, however, makes up for it. I get straight-up pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon...Mmm.

Tasting reveals a nicely-balanced spice (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon) and pumpkin character. Seems heavy, in a good way. Painted Ladies is a savory and delicious beer for pumpkin pie lovers.

I really liked this one, and makes me forget Dogfish's Punkin Ale (which I can't get this year). If you enjoy pumpkin ales, try this!

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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 Phelps
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 RickS95
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish, pale copper brown. The head is a finger thick and mostly offwhite. It's got good retention, a variety of different sized bubbles, and leaves a sticky lace. Higher points for less clarity.

Mostly malt and seasonal spices like cinnamon, all spice and cloves. Not really a pumpkin scent, more pumpkin spice than anything, but regardless, I'll take it.

Taste follows the lead of the smell. A good malt backbone for the different Autumn spices to work from.

Very creamy feel, surprising given all the spices. Unexpectedly smooth. Lots of spice, some malty sweetness. No real hop presence, but faint bitterness from the spice. No carbonation, no crispness, instead a nice sticky finish. A bit of alcohol heat deep in the swallow.

Overall this is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Easy to drink, alcohol is moderate to taste and feel, but will sneak up on you. I like it.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this is the year of pumpkin ales for me; let’s have another, courtesy of Tyranena.

Brewed six weeks before the date of this tasting (“Bottled on: 14SEP12”).

A: A great translucent, burnt orange color to the body reminds me of fall right away. There’s not much head at all, though, and only a small amount of wet tan bubbles for retention. Still, the body looks pretty fizzy, and even has some slick, sticky lacing wrapped around the glass.

S: Lots of spice here – cinnamon, allspice, ginger – but not without a bed of pumpkin. I’ve come to expect something like this when it’s pumpkin ale time, but this one has a definite pumpkin pie scent to it that I really enjoy. You get wafts of pumpkin, caramel, vanilla, and graham cracker from center of the nose, and the neat spice surrounds that holiday warmth. A pleasing nose.

T: Spice-forward, but malt-backed: we have a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg up first, giving it a mildly fiery kick, with a dose of piney hops as a chaser. One of the first beers where I can actually taste the pumpkin (though mild), it mixes the flavor with toffee malt and sugar cookie sweetness in a roasted manner. The spices mix in with the sweets to give it a snickerdoodle character, which embraces the slight pumpkin note with a pie crust-like compliment. Aftertaste is sort of sharp and citrusy, like the spice went a little farther than the malts.

M: You can feel the bubbles on the tongue, but without a big commotion. I’d characterize it as smoothly carbonated with a light body; drinkable, but maybe with a little too much carbonation to be sessionable.

O: I’m glad to be getting closer to the holiday with better and better beer. Of all the pumpkin ales I’ve had this year, this is one of the memorable ones. Cheers!

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Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.