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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

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 21
Gots: 16 | 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 feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena Brewing Company, Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale, Lake Mills, WI

"The Painted Ladies Annual Fling celebrates the renaissance of downtown Lake Mills. Although named for the restoration of the many Victorian storefronts, some of the more adventurous women-folk added a playful twist and dressed as, well, painted ladies. Inspired by these bold and spicy women, we brewed Painted Ladies, a pumpkin and spice-infused amber ale. This fall, make sure you enjoy a fling with a few Painted Ladies."

Well, I grabbed up 6-pack, so that fling is on. I've had this on tap before, at local ale establishments. This is my first time enjoying bottles. So, how is it?

Deep amber hued, slim head. S'okay.

Aroma: Warm, sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, allspice, clove. Some vegetable flesh beneath it. Beautiful blend.

Taste: Malt flavor is first and fullest, pumpkin taste is light, but there. Hops are minor, too, but give a little bite. Spices are prominent, and mix well with malt. Not too hot, not too big, just nice and balanced, imparting sweet and spicy flavor. I feel we get more from the "pumpkin spices", and less from the actual fruit (or vegetable, or legume, or whatever.) Good and mellow, but not quite full-flavored enough for my taste.

however…there ain't nothing wrong with it. Very malty, toasty amber brew, filled with fresh, tasty flavor. Spices never quit. Mmmm.

feloniousmonk, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of manitouman84
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful translucent and crystal clear, bubbly, orange amber. Carbonation is lively, almost champagne like, little to no head retention. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, pumpkin flesh, and malt come out. A strong champagne like, grape, yeast aroma comes through as well. Strong champagne like flavors dominate as well. More cinnamon and nutmeg but pumpkin is almost absent here. The spices are subdued however, so it doesnt feel out of balance despite this. Light body, spicy in the finish, almost a very very slight tartness to it. THe champagne character that I get, I found interesting, and good. Very drinkable and mellow, definitely not a mouth full of spices, but could have used a bit more pumpkin character.

manitouman84, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

secondtooth, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally getting around to this particular pumpkin ale after hearing so many good things. It pours a clear tawny topped by a half-finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, light toasted rye bread, very light cocoa, and nutmeg. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, light buttery toffee, rye bread, and a touch of mixed greens in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty good pumpkin ale, one that really heaps up the spice and the pumpkin characters. There are times when they seem too much, but this feeling doesn't last very long.

TMoney2591, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of adman08
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, reddish amber color with moderate white head that leaves a nice ring on the surface of the beer.
S-Aroma of pumpkin bread with cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of vanilla.
T-A slightly sour flavor. Flavors of pumpkin pie spice, I taste all the cinnamon and nutmeg. Fairly strong alcohol which might be the cause of the sour flavor when combined with the pumpkin pie spice.
M-Starts fairly sweet and has a balanced finish. Very light carbonation.
Overall, a very good pumpkin spice ale. Not overpowering with the spice. A nice subtle flavor but not too subtle. Not too heavy.

adman08, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This just arrived this past Friday so it's the time to try it at its freshest. It pours a very bright and vibrant burnt orange in color with a light white lacing around the glass. Despite the lack of head it still appears to be well carbonated. The aromas consist of interesting spice with slight natural pumpkin. For a pumpkin ale, it's kind of mellow. It isn't overboard on the cinnamon or nutmeg at all. The flavors are interesting. To me it tastes like squash with cinnamon. Interesting to say the least. I didn't expect to pickup a different gourd. The more I sip it the more squash I get. It's pretty decent though. Overall it's better than alot of pumpkins out there but I wouldn't necessarily buy a six pack. It's worth a try if you like the style.

aasher, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ightly hazed orange tinted amber was quickly encompassing the glass. A nice sized head of white foam then rose up over the top and reached a height of around two inches, excellent retention left behind a good deal of side glass lacing and some nice puffy white foam across the top.

The aroma was a touch lighter then I would have thought, but I would still say it was fairly decent. Nice touches of cinnamon and all spice, hints of nutmeg and a nice light grain and bready base to it. The flavor though was just decent. No really full profile here, lots of pumpkin spice and hints of cinnamon throughout, but other then that it just came across as far too weak for me. No aftertaste at all, and the quick and very clean finish was a little bit less then I would have initially hoped for.

mikesgroove, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

koopa, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of fear025
2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma:Some light spicy notes.

Appearance:Pale orange in color.

Taste:I'm not impressed with the flavor on this one. It's got some malt and spice notes, but there's absolutely no pumpkin flavor.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:It's a sub-par pumpkin beer.

fear025, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter

I can't believe I'm just now getting to review this. I was sipping on these throughout the Fall, but the constant acquiring of new beer put this on the back burner. Time to do this proper.

Appearance: The pour is a bronze and burnt orange color with absolutely no head showing up. No lace on the side of the glass and the beer is just ever so slightly effervescent.

Smell: A bit o' pumpkin, allspice, clove and nutmeg. The malt does come out as well; smells like caramel malt.

Taste: The tasting starts out with the spices coming through right away. More allspice, clove and nutmeg. The caramel malt starts to come through in the middle and the tasting finishes with sweet spice lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Carbonation level was actually maybe a bit on the low side for the more thin body.

Drinkability: Pumpkin beers are not my favorite style, but in the Autumn they sure do hit the spot. Cool breeze, colorful leaves and the sense of excitement from the Summer starts to come to an end. Granted, I'm a handful of months late for that to be the case today, but Tyranena's raising of the glass to pumpkin beer will end up in my crate again.

Ek0nomik, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

BeerLover99, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice orange brown color with a white head.

S- Smell of brown sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg.

T-Taste of pumpkin and spices and brown sugar overlaying the taste.

S- Moist very settle not over carb just right for this beer.

D- Pretty good from Wisy land. But I had so many pumpkin beers this year it's warring me out.

Cheers..

SamuelJackson45, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

blackie, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +11.7%
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 +12.2%
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 -44.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -16.2%
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 +11.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -3.5%
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 -7.4%
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 +25%
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
Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.