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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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85
very good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | 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:
Brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Available: September.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-24-2009)
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Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color, with an orangish tint. The head is white, and thin. The aroma of this beer smells of pumpkin spices and malt. The taste is bready, with the flavor of pumpkin spices. The mouthfeel is sort of a medium light. Its a drinkable beer. Overall not much pumpkin flavor.

arboristfish, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending this out as an extra. Served in tulip.

Pours an orange-copper color with a really nice white head and quite a bit of spotty lacing. Nose is quite a bit of sweet pumpkin pie with a bit of cinnamon in the background, though mostly nutmeg. The taste is, again, some pretty sweet pumpkin with mostly nutmeg and a bit of clove. Medium body with a tad bit of spice. Drinks pretty well and is a nice pumpkin beer all around.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of scaliasux
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

scaliasux, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
2.1/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Uniform bubble distribution on par with apple juice poured aggressively into a glass. Dissipates all too quickly leaving the same sized bubbles floating along the edges with the barest hints of what used to be the head. The barest amounts of lacing stuck about on the walls of the glass. Body is off-ruby at best, turbid like all pumpkin ales. There is no sign of carbonation from the depths of this beer.

S- Interesting. The first note is this sherry like apple aroma. Hints of grapes. Tad bit of alcohol presence. This is a pumpkin beer? The only hint of baking spices and pumpkin is in the middle of it having some earthy tendencies I equate to butternut squash. I'm dissappointed. If this wasn't classified as a Pumpkin ale it probably would have scored better.

T- Again, there is this grape and apple mixture that is hinted with the bare flavors of squash. Not even really pumpkin, but general squash. Right before the finish there is a mild hop character that leads into the mild ending. For leftover flavors we have bitter hops and some ginger.

As it warms the squash becomes the barest hint of a pumpkin flavor. It is lacking still, even with noticing it... you can't call it a pumpkin beer if the flavor feels like an after thought.

M- Overly carbonated to the point of distracting from how uncharacteristic this pumpkin beer is. Moderate body.

D- If I want a pumpkin beer, I would never drink this. It isn't even a pumpkin beer. It better have been an infected batch or bottle, because if this is what pumpkin should be, no one has had it right except them. If you overlook its trangressions, it isn't that bad. Just not to style.

Khazadum, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of a74gent
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice overall drinker.

The appearance is a golden amber color with minimal foam despite a good pour.

The smell has some spicy overtones but nothing too agressive.

The taste is some mild pumpkin with some slight phenolic tastes.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with a bit of remainy grainy taste.

The drinkability is overall fairly high although it drops off as the beer gets warmer.

A good pumpkin beer overall, but not in the top tier.

a74gent, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip

It pours a deep amber, dark copper with a really head that barely even forms before dying. No lacing a tall.

The aroma is pretty light on the pumpkin pie spices, pretty malty with some distinct caramel coming through. A little bit of alcohol is detected when the beer warms.

Flavor-wise, the spicing is one again pretty light and a sweet caramel malts stick out. The finish has kind of a sharp metallic thing to it which isn't pleasant. The overall flavor profile is pretty simplistic and straightforward. The body is medium/full and the carb level is a little too high for my liking.

weatherdog, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
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.

alleykatking, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of klikger
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.

klikger, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Duff27
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.

Duff27, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of 3FaveryRogue
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.

3FaveryRogue, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of carssportsbeer
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.

carssportsbeer, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
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.

Wisconsinality, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of PTMcB
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.

PTMcB, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Lemke10
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.

Lemke10, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of jera1350
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!

jera1350, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Chaney
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.

Chaney, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
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.

paco1029384756, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
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!

homebrew311, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
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.

msubulldog25, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of brewmudgeon
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.

brewmudgeon, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of farrago
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.

farrago, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Fitzgerald
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.

Fitzgerald, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of blackearth
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.

blackearth, Jan 07, 2010
Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.