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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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86
very good

91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 216
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | 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: 91 | Hads: 216
Photo of Khazadum
2.11/5  rDev -44.8%
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. (1,651 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a dark amber shade capped with a fluffy white head that settles into a foamy mass similar to a pint of Guinness. Good retention and great overall appearance. Aroma carries bold spices: heavy on nutmeg, with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, as well as some sweet amber malt in the background.

As in aroma, the flavor is very spice dominant and the pumpkin pretty subtle. Definitely on the sweeter side, but not sickeningly so like some pumpkin beers. Malt is not very distinctive, but holds things together nicely. Mouthfeel is full and sticky, drying out toward the finish leaving lingering woody spice. Carbonation is medium to heavy, but not excessive.

The pethora of spices in this one make it more of a sipper than a swigger. I'm pretty neutral on pumpkin beers, but this is one of the few I make an effort to purchase. It seems to hit the right spices pretty hard without tasting terribly artificial. (911 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a tulip glass. Bottled on date Sept. 15, 2013.

The beer pours with little foam action, and only a white ring covers the top of the pumpkin ale. The opaque body is a glowing ruddy-orange with maple syrup highlights.

I could smell the spicing as soon as I cracked this one, and it was enticing! Very sweet nose with graham cracker, white bread, candied ginger, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Some very subtle clove also shows up with some agitation.

The palate of flavors begin with the graham cracker quality meshing with some earthiness and a subtle metallic flavor. The malt is more wheaty on the palate as well, not nearly as sweet. It is here that the allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon really come out in the finish, with a touch of vanilla. At first brush, this is disappointing because of the decadent nature of the nose, but it grows on the drinker.

Watery and slick over the tongue, with a decent and medium heft. A little dry with average flavor retention on the cheeks.

Painted Ladies is a worthy pumpkin ale that is well spiced and graced with a dessert-y pumpkin pie nose. Usually, highly spiced pumpkin's have an issue of being far too thin to support the flavors, but Tyranena's offering has no such problem thankfully. I would certainly have this pumpkin again! (1,286 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Had it on 10/28, from notes.

Pours bronze with an off white head into my tulip. Good retention and spotty lacing.

Smells hearty. Vibrant spices of the usual variety over caramel malts and a good pumpkin presence. Nuttiness is present as well.

Taste has a moderate spice that isn't too overpowering which is good in my book. Hey- the base beer here isn't too bad. Although, the after taste leaves a weird spiciness-metallic flavor on the palate. Off-putting to say the least.

This beer is a bit over-carbonated, but has a pretty good malt backbone to stand up to all the spices. Nice to try but I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers and I struggled to take down the bottle. Just not interesting to me (note my bias). (748 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured it a little too cold at first so it took some time for the smell and flavors to show themselves. At first it just smelled like a standard macro-brew lager but as it warmed, pumpkin and other spices were noticeable. At first I only got some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) in the taste but as the temperature of the beer went up, the pumpkin started to come through but it wasn't overly strong.

Overall this was a nice seasonal beer that I would buy again but it isn't going to rank amongst my favorites. (508 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been very disappointed in the past few years searching for a pumpkin 'fall harvesty' brew.
Pleasantly stumble on this one ontap. Since tap was gone in 1 day, bottles will suffice.

The aroma for me is like putting my schnoz over a pumpkin pie. In saying this, I really don't get alot. But I'm not really expecting much either.

Nothing overbearing here. Noticeable traits of mace. Other spices of cinnamon and allspice do meld well together though, with a saccharinly sweet pumpkin aftertaste (in a good way). I close my eyes and pick out notes of vanilla and brown sugar leading me to imagine and taste the 'bready' flaky crust.

Creamy finish coats the palate and taste does linger.

Enjoyed taking my time with this. I do not want the taste of pumpkin puree in my mouth, but I do want a pumpkin spiced brew that delivers. Tyranena has ended my search and look forward to next year! (890 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to my roommate for offering this beer to me. Here goes:

A: Not that great. Pours a clear brown with a head that dissipates immediately. Also no lacing. At all. On the bright side, the color is nice.

S: Better than the appearance, but not much going on here as well. Light pumpkin notes, i.e., cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. However, nowhere near as good as ST, CC, Alewerks or Schlafly. Kind of surprising given the alcohol content.

T: Good, but not great. Pumpkin spices, i.e., cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Also has a nice malt body consisting of caramel and amber malts. No hops are apparent.

F: Good, but rather light given the alcohol content. Kind of surprised that it wasn't thicker.

O: A good beer with severe drawbacks. There are better offerings within this style. (801 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a minimal off-white head that soon settles into a ring of soapy froth around the periphery. Huge pumpkin spice notes are evident in the nose, featuring cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as a present caramel sweetness.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite live up to the pleasing aroma. The sweetness is cloying and disjointed from the spices, and the body is too thin to provide a suitable substrate for either. There's also a surprising amount of alcohol on the back end, along with a rote, resinous bitterness. The carbonation lends a creamy quality that's pleasant, but that's about the most positive thing I can say about this beer.

I have a fair amount of respect for Tyranena, but this is not one of their better offerings. On the whole, it comes off as something of a naive and unwieldy attempt at the style--sugar and spice, but not so much nice, unfortunately. (914 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Ahh Painted Ladies season! Had this two years ago and loved it, then last year it did not show up in my market.... I guess when you are only 2 hours from a brewery you can not expect to get there basic seasonals....

Pours a light amberish orange color nice lacing. Half finger of off white head. Frankly it is one of the most "glowing" beers I have ever seen, really good looking stuff.

Smell is pumpkin pie, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, light cracker like malt.

Taste is more of the same, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, light malt presence... My one gripe is that they went way overboard on the cinnamon. It is almost like it could get caught in your throat and make you cough. finishes spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium full, you can tell the pumpkin really amped up the body in this one, really coating and nice. Lowish carbonation, works nice with the style.

This remains a top Pumpkin beer for me. It is no Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale but I will be damned if it isn't delicious! (977 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into my trusty Pumking goblet...

A - Pours a clear amber orange color, little to no head, small ring around the the edge.
S - Great aroma of pumpkin and spices.
T - Would be a good amber ale even without the pumpkin and spaces. The pumpkin takes a back seat to the balanced spices - I taste cinnamon and cloves.
M - Medium mouth feel, medium carbonation.
O - Very good fall spiced beer. Highly drinkable, would love to try this on tap. (444 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep golden with a garnet hue. Nice thin layer of creamy head after a vigorous pour.

S: Not too much here--a little spice and caramel malt, but overall--pretty subdued.

T: Christmas cookie, pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Really nice mixture of flavours. Brown sugar emerges as it warms as well--fantastically done.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slipping down easily.

D:This is a fantastic example of what many pumpkin beers wish they could be. Well done Tyranena. (477 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber-red with little head and less lacing. A few lazy bubbles are visible.

S: Somewhat faint, but what is there is a clean pumpkin-and-spice aroma.

T: Smooth pumpkin, a bit of warm spices and alcohol. Finish carries some malt sweetness.

M: Smooth and crisp, perfectly complimenting the flavors.

O: The halfway point between pumpkin fan and pumpkin skeptic: strongly presents spice and gourd flavors, but balanced by the classic beer malts. An satisfying autumn beer that would be good even in the middle of winter. (536 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle with the September 14, 2009 date stamp to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark orange color with one finger of off-white head that doesn't stay for long.

Smell: Nice pumpkin smell. The nutmeg and spices dominate but in a fresh way. The spices are not overpowering and are not an "empty" smell like some of this style can be. Some honey as well.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests. Really nice flavor of nutmeg and spices. Sweet and pumpkin fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and silky smooth on the tongue with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very easy drink. This was definitely a winner. For those that don't like pumpkin ales, I will recommend this beer. I hope this is made again next year. (795 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange with a tinge of crimson and brown. Hazeiness gives of an unflitered look to it.

Smell - Smells like Pumpkin Pie, but with hints of cinnamon and ginger snaps, or a Snickerdoodle Cookie. It has a very sweet aroma to it and that makes it all the more appealing. Smell is more prevalent the more it warms up.

Taste - The flavor is a combination of Cinnamon, Spice and Pumpkin with a very sweet kick. There is also hints of hops in the back. Spiciness is a bit excessive, but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is that of a sweet pumpkin flavor

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is moderate as well as the body. It's one of the more spicy beers that I've had but I felt it added more to the flavor. I get a very warm sensation from drinking this beer.

Overall - I think I may have found my new favorite seasonal fall beer. This is definitely one of the more unique beers I have had and the first pumpkin ale that I've drank. It's not a beer for everyone, but if you're into fall seasonal beers and are looking for something different, this one is worth checking out. (1,110 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange/brown liquid. Thick light brown head that lasts for a long while. Looks kind of like apple cider.

S: Smells like a creamy pumpkin pie....very very nice. Lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of ginger.

T: The pumpkin is a bit more toned-down in the taste. The pumpkin is very apparent up front, but it gives way to cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a strong malt taste near the end of the drink, too. The amber ale really shines through. The pumpkin spices accompany the beer taste instead of completely overpowering it.

M: Really, REALLY smooth. Medium body....goes down way too easy for a 7.5% beer.

O: My second favorite pumpkin beer (behind the all-mighty Whole Hog.) This one is kind of a like a pumpkin/amber ale shandy. The beer comes through a lot more than other pumpkin beers, which I consider a good thing. This beer is a perfect beer for crisp, cool, clear autumn nights. (955 characters)

Photo of klikger
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz of this new release brew from Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours a dark orangy amber color with a half finger of just off white head that settles down to almost zero bubbles but laces as it goes down.

S: Smells to me like mainly pumpkin and oranges, as well as a pleasant balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar

T: Tastes similar to the smell, except with no oranges. Mainly pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. There's a little lager beer type flavor in there with some metallic notes also, but not horribly so. It would be better had those flavors not been there though.

M: Mouthfeel on this is pretty good, with a higher amount of carbonation, but no too much. The carbonation actually helps this be smooth and close to creamy.

D: Pretty drinkable as there's no alcohol flavor, the taste is above average, but nothing here really blows me away and makes me yearn after more and more. (930 characters)

Photo of fear025
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of blackearth
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.. (339 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,196 characters)

Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.