Pumpkin Chai
Saugatuck Brewing Company

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From:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #201
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #29,099
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 15.43%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
63
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 10, 2021
Added:
Sep 11, 2014
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  11
SCORE
78
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Pumpkin ChaiPumpkin Chai
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Rated: 3.24 by Z-man from Michigan

Oct 10, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
smooth pumpkin ale slightly strong from the chai tea
Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Palesketcher from Illinois

1.3/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1
Look is cool, but the smell is rather foul. The only thing worse is the taste. While the mouth feel is somewhat watery and underwhelming, the taste and smell is reminiscent to battery acid. I would have a hard time recommending this to my worst enemy.
Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.54 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Nov 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by Giggy from Michigan

Nov 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Oct 20, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Hallowe'en 2017 is fast approaching & I suddenly feel like I need to drink more Pumpkin Ales! Don't ask why, but when I see a new one available for purchase, I feel compelled to partake.

From the bottle: "Illustrated by @Crocodilesoutlate"; "& drink happily ever after".

I Pop!ped the cap & since it was a fresh bottle, there was no need to hold back on the pour. My heavy hand created two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd spiciness that I could not put my finger on. It was not exactly cinnamon, but close. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, slightly watery. The taste was oddly spicy, in the realm of cinnamon, but not cinnamon. I do not remember the last time that I had chai tea, but perhaps I need to reorient myself in order to recognize the taste. Finish was dry, spicy, but somehow just not fulfilling. It was worth a try, but one was plenty.
Oct 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by jagada from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2017
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Reviewed by DrainBamage from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice amberish copper color with quarter inch head. Not really anything special with the aroma. Smells like an amber ale. Tastes like an amber ale as well. Goes down smooth, but has a bitterness aftertaste. This fits all the characteristics of an amber ale and would be great if it was, but as a pumpkin ale it's just average.
Jan 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.62 by spycow from Illinois

Dec 26, 2016
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Reviewed by TurboBrew from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Not much on the initial smell besides malt ans carmel and some clove/spice. Do pick up the chai and spice in the taste and an amber ale inspired mouthfeel dominates. The finish of the sip is akwardly but appreciately bitter and dry/cloyingly edgy like a pale ale. Solid. Oh and theres pumpkin there too. I feel it on my tastebuds. Pumpkin. Yep.
Oct 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This brew is a solid pumpkin brew....a bit of malt,some vegetable, and a little spice. The taste is a bit sweet, with an underlying malt and dried fruit taste. Some musty flavors and a full, hefty boy. This is a solidly good brew.
Oct 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear, brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, pumpkin, hint of hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, spice, hint of pale malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of pumpkin. Overall, good appearance, malty, smooth, and good body.
Oct 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by oldvines from Illinois

Oct 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Sep 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Sep 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Sep 20, 2016
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, small head. It smelled of pumpkin and chai spices. It has a sweet pumpkin taste with a unique chai spiced finish.
Sep 15, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
"Welp, if it's going to have pumpkin in it, then we gotta add pumpkin pie spice, right?" And Saugatuck's brewers exclaim a big 'ole "Hell no!" in response. It turns out the the question is a lazy on and it takes a lot of courage, honesty and harmony to rethink the pumpkin and to arrive at a place where the spices of chai tea works best with both the ale and the fruit.

Pumpkin Chai's deep chestnut mahogany pour casts a creamy but fading froth- one that expels a shocking array of spices. Cinnamon, clove, star anise, cardamom and coriander play into the nose with a sweet tea-like soothing scent. Its taste is deeply caramelized, almost toffee-like with the taste of the grilled edges of fruit cobbler and all of that graham cracker and praline character that draws us to pumpkin pie to begin with.

As the tongue is awash with malty spicecake flavors and sweetness, the beer lifts its sugars slowly and leaves behind the toasted taste of french toast as those spices begin to billow. All those spices of the nose resonate in the taste as well along with the spiciness of ginger, peppercorn and fennel for a spicy, earthy finish with only hints of actual pumpkin flesh lurking in the recesses of taste.

Medium-full in body, the beer's charm isn't in how well it resembles actual pumpkin pie, but in how the flavors of pumpkin pie and oriental teas can come together in a unique collection of taste but also in a masterful culinary combination. Trending spicy and drying, the beer extends sharply with cinnamon and simmering rum-like warmth.
Jun 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by kraticus41 from Minnesota

Apr 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Feb 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.15 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Feb 08, 2016
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Rated by hardysf from Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Absolute miss. Will not buy again. Spiciness and pumpkin, little malt. Sweet. Did not finish
Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.22 by imperialking from Illinois

Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by sweemzander from Illinois

Nov 11, 2015
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Rated by simplejj81 from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I want to love this beer, but it has a slight metalic aftertaste.
Nov 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.94 by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker from Michigan

Nov 05, 2015
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours an extremely murky tawny color with a moderate head of fine, khaki froth that soon settles into a thin but even cap. Aroma smells of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and something I’ve never encountered before (presumably chai tea). Whatever pumpkin exists in the nose is very faint.

The taste is also somewhat difficult to describe--earthy, herbal, slightly peppery, with a nutty malt sweetness. It takes some appreciable warming to tease out the pumpkin flavor, but it is there. Milk chocolate and toasted bread also emerge as the beer warms. Medium body and fine, soft carbonation make for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that is quite nice.

Overall, this is an unorthodox beer, but not bad if you appreciate chai tea. I like the mouthfeel, and the maltier components aren’t half bad, but the other flavors aren’t quite my bag.
Nov 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.62 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Nov 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.74 by adamranders from Wisconsin

Nov 01, 2015
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottled on 9/9/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues and solid clarity; fluffy tan head that slowly fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The tea notes are present in the aromas. Pumpkin spices are there. Hints of sweet caramel and vanilla as well. Also some cola notes in the mix. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of earthy spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger is there. The herbal tea notes are alive, but aren't overwhelming. The tea blends in well with everything else going on. There's also hints of chocolate all throughout. More caramel and vanilla. Malts do their thing. Possibly some black pepper in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

This is a solid pumpkin ale. Not my personal favorite, but they deliver exactly what they advertise. I appreciate the herbal tea notes in a pumpkin ale because it's different.
Nov 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.22 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Oct 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.44 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Oct 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by dabear85 from Illinois

Oct 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.34 by Zaphog from Michigan

Oct 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Oct 14, 2015
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle, label says packaged on 08/13/15. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like pumpkin and chai tea spices (more chai than pumpkin), along with a bit of bready/grainy malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's mostly chai tea spice tasting, along with some pumpkin spiciness and bready grainy malt. This brew is all about the chai, and that's fine with me! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, and if you like Chai then it's definitely worth picking up! I wouldn't mind trying this again in the future.
Oct 11, 2015
 
Rated: 2.86 by AuntBea from Illinois

Oct 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.56 by Jason_cs from Florida

Oct 05, 2015
Pumpkin Chai from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 84 ratings