Pumpkin Chai | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Pumpkin ChaiPumpkin Chai

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by mfnmbvp on 09-11-2014

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, and the first new pumpkin brew for me in the 2015 season - but did it have to be chai-flavoured?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly ecru head, which leaves some incoming storm front lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of musty pumpkin rind, bready caramel malt, some hovering ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon savoury spice, one that may or may not be attached to any Asian subcontinent-style tea, a bit of isolated black pepper, and mild earthy and weedy hops. The taste is bready, slightly doughy caramel malt, mashed pumpkin flesh, muddled chai tea and its attendant sweet/savoury spiciness, soft table-top pepper mill dust, a weird vegetal astringency, and more plain earthy, herbal, and leafy hop bitters.

The carbonation is nice and lively in both its supportive and palate-tickling frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, the heretofore heady spices not really interfering, as such. It finishes off-dry, a lingering bready malt sweetness starting to bat around the spice and feeble pumpkin like deflating beach balls.

A pleasant enough, very 'autumn'-tasting brew, even if neither the pumpkin nor the chai really bring it in the end. The various astringencies, including the generally obfuscated 13-proof alcohol start to grow as this one warms, which makes me start to wish for a more rounded pumpkin ale experience, if at all.

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3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

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3.52/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 08/18/2014 printed on the label. I was surprised to see that this beer had yet to be entered into the BeerAdvocate database. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store. I haven't had much from Saugatuck Brewing Company in the past, so I'm not sure what to expect really. "Ale brewed with herbal chai tea and pumpkin".

Poured into a Southern Tier Warlock glass.

A - It pours a murky reddish caramel colored body with about a finger of tan head. Brownish-mahogany hues when held to the light, and some small sedimentation noticeable. Looks pretty good, average for the style, and not unique or special in appearance. 4

S - The aroma is very milky & chai spice forward. Some nutty brown malts, cola, and some subtle buttery diacetyl is present. Maybe some vanilla and floral notes. 3

T - Taste follows the nose - cola, herbal / floral spice rack notes, some nutty brown malt, and hints of vanilla & buttery diacetyl. Needs more pumpkin and less spice, in my opinion. 3.5

M - Feel is crisp, herbal, and slightly over-carbonated. Medium-full bodied. Cola-esque / spicy aftertaste. Light creaminess. Not great. 3

Overall, fairly inoffensive, but not great. Needs more pumpkin to balance with the chai spice. An average pumpkin beer offering from Saugatuck.

Saugatuck Brewing Pumpkin Chai -----3.5/5

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.44/5  rDev +2.1%

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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck Brewing Company's Pumpkin Chai last week for $1.79 at Holiday Market. This one peaked my interest ever since I heard about it a few months ago and I had to get a bottle a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes great with the name and i think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a slightly muddy maroon color that took on more of a red and ruby hue when held to the light with just under two fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the color wasn't slightly muddy.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a toasted, caramel malt and bread crust like aroma with some doughy yeast and noticeable nutty aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the Chai which imparts that signature tea aroma and it leads right into a very light amount of pumpkin aromas that was just barely noticeable and it imparts a light meaty pumpkin aroma. This beer had a decent aroma, the malt and chai aspect were nice, but the pumpkin aspect was lacking a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a low amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in aroma, but this time there a noticeable biscuit malt flavor with no single malty aspect sticking out the most and there's some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the chai which seem to stick out just as much as the malts and imparts a typical Chai tea flavor. On the finish there's no noticeable pumpkin with a lighter amount of bitterness and it had a malty and chai tea like aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, I wish the pumpkin showed up, the malts and the tea were too dominating.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little chewy, sticky, on very thick side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it wasn't sticky.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it wasn't a good example of Pumpkin Ale, it tasted more like a brown or amber ale brewed with tea and the pumpkin was only just a little noticeable in the aroma and it never showed up in the taste. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little chewy, sticky, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a pretty nice looking beer and that was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they just weren't that great and the taste didn't really live up to the name and it left me wanting more out of this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it since it just doesn't live up to the pumpkin part of it's name. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it just didn't live up to it's name, it had more than enough tea and malts but it needed a lot more pumpkin to balanced it out and help it live up to it's name. This isn't a favorite beer from Saugatuck and it's one of my least favorite Pumpkin Ales since it doesn't really have any pumpkin showing up. I appreciate the effort and the out of the box thinking, but in the end this beer just wasn't for me. better luck next time guys.

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3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

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3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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Pumpkin Chai from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 81 ratings