Pumpkin Roll Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Knapp85 on 07-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,105
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
138
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
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6
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39
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is kind of a twofer for me: 1) It is New Beer Sunday (Week 603) & 2) I am involved in the #2016PumpkinChallenge so it works to my advantage. Sadly, though, it only comes in a bottle.

From the bottle: "This fragrant ale evokes the rich, deep flavors of spiced pumpkin cake rolled around a sweet, creamy filling."

The Pop!ping of the cap was much easier than making an actual pumpkin roll, lemmetellya. I had an entire semester in HomeEc - Foods 3 that centered around pastries. The cake needs to be plenty moist, the filling needs to be spread evenly and you should have at least a third hand, if not a fourth, helping on the roll. Once you master that technique, then you are ready to tackle the Bouche de Noel (Yule log), which involves skilled handiwork with icing. This bottle was MUCH easier & I celebrated that fact with an aggro pour. This raised up a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left nice lacing behind as it slowly fell. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. I agree with their use of the word "fragrant" as it applies to the nose. Lots of spices going on there. I am more interested in how (well) they pull off the "sweet, creamy filling". Mouthfeel was indeed creamy! The taste was predominately cinnamon, like a mouthful of those Red Hots candies. Okay, we have creamy and spicy, but not so much sweet. At least it was spicy without being woody, which can happen when the beer is oversaturated with cinnamon. I had one the other day that felt and tasted like I was sucking on a cinnamon stick. Ugh. Not pleasant. They at least showed some restraint in this one, but the sweetness was not forthcoming. Finish was dry, thanks to all of the spices, but it did not live up to its own billing. Gotta work on that, Penn!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a nice deep orange color with a white foam on top that held a pretty good retention, The lacing was pretty good also. The smell of the beer is loaded with sweet malts and spicy pumpkin notes. The taste was a bit on the sweet side, the spice balances the beer out a little bit but I think the use of a little more hops would do the beer some justice. The mouthfeel of the this was creamy, very smooth nicely carbonated. The use of non fermentable sugars in this gives the beer is a really good body while keep it drinkable as well. Overall this is a pretty solid Pumpkin Ale, Not bad for the first of the season for me, worth trying!

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Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +14%

Pours a medium cloudy brown with a lasting head. Aroma is sweet cream and vanilla.

Taste is sweet cream, vanilla and pumpkin spice with notes of brown sugar and lightly roasted malt. A bitter finish likely from the spices. The description on the label is fairly accurate.

“This fragrant ale evokes the rich, deep flavors of a spiced pumpkin cake rolled around a sweet creamy filling.”

Not my favorite pumpkin, but it is clearly unique from the vast array of pumpkins out there which is a good thing.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BraveMountie
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: September 23, 2016... OCCASION... the first fall night that might warrant a pumpkin ale--time to try a new one... GLASSWARE: Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse pokal... pours a dark amber, thick body with a slow, easy, glass-wide effervescence... a half-finger, creamy thick head holds steady and leaves thick, filmy lacing behind... cinnamon outweighs the pumpkin, while allspice and nutmeg cloy amidst a soft pumpkin suggestion... spruce hedges its way in--odd for a pumpkin, but not unwelcome... a smooth yet lively mouth feel that lagers at the throat with vibrancy... faint play at the teeth... medium-bodied and drinkable at 6%... finishes with a soft but noticeable burn... surprisingly, the aroma matches its flavor profile, with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice dominating... sadly, the pumpkin is tough to locate... this is a beer that suffers from its own label--is this a pumpkin ale? not really... this actually fits better with a holiday milieu, but not bad at this time either...

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmoot
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Damian74
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Inglum515
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwgduke
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%

Slightly more than two fingers worth of crisp slightly off-white colored froth... Excellent retention, especially for the style... The color is a unique mix of copper and dark amber... There is a light ot moderate bit of carbonation which starts very sluggish towards the bottom of the glass and reaches warp speed before reaching the top... Solid aroma... Subtle autumnal spices... Caramel... Graham cracker crust... Fresh pumpkin pulp... The key features from the aroma are present but muddled... There is a slight charred character on the palate which seems to be out of place... Very pleasant... Medium bodied... Fairly dense... Brisk carbonation... A solid Pumpkin Ale, in a facets expect taste where where this one falls a bit short... Overall decent, but nothing spectacular...

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1.12/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of vwbus7
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brock915
4.74/5  rDev +35%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Pumpkin Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 138 ratings