Pumpkin Roll Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Roll AlePumpkin Roll Ale

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Knapp85 on 07-26-2013

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

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap during brunch at Millworks while celebrating my wife's birthday -served chilled in a pint.

The color is dark copper with light colored head almost white with fine bead. The smell has a mild nutty fragrance with slight vanilla odor and gentle cinnamon scent with floral quality and sweet caramel smell. The feel has toasted and spiced texture with lightly sweet entry with nice fruity accent and caramelized sugar in the middle with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor is mostly spice with nutty light roastiness and some mild clove-like flavor with slight creaminess of vanilla with the combination layered over a caramel and mild nutty malt with some cinnamon in the background. The caramel increases to a cream-soda like fruity/floral sweetness in the last sips. Overall this is a sweeter/spicier seasonal than expected but good it leaves up to the name with lots of vanilla creaminess to go with the pumpkin and spice.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours an orange ish color, mostly clear, with a white head and some lace. Retention is good here, and there is plenty of visible carbonation rising up the sides of the showy pint glass.

SMELL: Initially a bit pungent with skunky noble hops, typically Penn uses the Sterling variety. Surprised at the hop burst, perhaps a bit fresh and more overstated than intended. This gives way to a smell that mimics the store bought pumpkin rolls that you find at a local grocer. Has some sweetness to it as well, and something about the smell is plasticky and artificial. The aroma gets sweeter and pumpkin roll like as it warms.

TASTE: Interesting. Pumpkin pie and vanilla upfront with a good punch of hops in the finish. Some vegetal pumpkin notes, toast, caramel, veggie, small heat, light cinnamon like spice and vanilla. There is a bitterness that is earthy, leafy, and more than sturdy. Has a good pumpkin flavor, maybe some lactose in there for more unfermentable sugar action. This beer is an anomaly of sorts, a hoppy, semi sweet pumpkin ale with vanilla, cinnamon and a bit of alcohol strength behind it. As it warms the Pumpkin Roll ale develops a better, richer sweet doughy taste that is kind of nice. This is an adventurous brew, that is for certain.

FEEL: Medium bodied feel, a bit slick on the palate, carbonation is at a good medium, and it has a soft smoothness. Lots of sugars coat the palate, but through the semi aggressive hopping there is a good balance.

OVERALL: Penn really took a leap of faith with this pumpkin ale, and I would say it paid off. A different take on a pumpkin ale, this one had a little bit of everything. The body was perhaps too light, and maybe underspiced as the hops came out clearly. I think this is a decent take on the style, and I'll have no problem drinking the 4 bottles I have.

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Photo of madelf66
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Really excited to try this one.

A - Pour is a bit darker amber than a bright orange hue one would expect with the style. Head is a nice creamy 1/2 inch.
S - Smells of pure vanilla I have only smelled only a few equal to the amount of pure sweet vanilla. Real let down as I get very little pumpkin spice just a smidgen of nutmeg and cinnamon. Little vegital smell is always nice.
T - Well to be honest its the weirdest pumpkin ale I ever drank most of the time I get sweet vanilla like malt, butternut squash and very little spicing (BOO!) but I kept swearing I was tasting a watermelon jolly rancher. I am reminded of the taste of "hell of high watermelon" beer but much more pronounced and not as vegital. Too weird.
M - Light to medium, somewhat creamy. Lager like.

Overall it has its perks not being too hop forward which is great for the style but the watermelon candy taste really put me off into wanting a second. Also not enough spice to really make it a true "pumpkin roll" Everyone else I got to try it liked it so I guess it is drinkable...

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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 Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear copper-orange color with a big billowy tan colored head. The head has a great level of lacing with big bubbles trapped within. The large bubbles pop over time leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The beer is huge of pumpkin and spice with the spice being a nice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Along with these aromas there is also a little bit of a vanilla smell as well as a big brown sugar. Overall very pumpkin heavy pumpkin pie like.

Taste – The beer begins with a sweet pumpkin and brown sugar taste. The brown sugar is joined by a bit of caramel and molasses sweetening the brew even more. Some flavors of vanilla and an almost lactose sweetness also come to the tongue, giving a very creamy taste to the brew. While the spice is heavy in the nose, it is not as potent in the taste. While not too strong, the spice of cinnamon and nutmeg do a nice job of complimenting the sweet and pumpkin flavors. In the end a toasted nut and light herbal flavor develop in the taste. The combination of flavors all comes together very nicely leaving a sweet but nicely balanced pumpkin pie taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is creamy and thick for a brew of only 6 % abv with a carbonation level that is a little on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation are quite nice for the pumpkin pie like tastes of the brew, creating an almost chewable feel.

Overall – The beer has a great flavor profile and even though it’s on the sweeter side, it is balanced by the spice, nut, and herbal tastes which in combination with the nice creamy feel and great aroma, produce a very tasty pumpkin beer.

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

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nunya
1.25/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Possibly the worst beer that I've ever tasted. I'd rather have a bud light. Actually if those are my two choices I'll just have water.

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Photo of justintcoons
1.69/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed bright, but darker orange color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is a few steps below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pumpkin, nuttiness, and caramel. Hints of vanilla. Mix of spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and plenty of ginger. Pleasant, but perhaps a bit too subtle.

3.5 T: Like the nose, it's pretty decent, but needs more power. Spices per above with vanilla. Plenty of tasty pumpkin.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess but plenty good.

3.5 D: Not the best, but a better than average pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of creamed cheese and some pumpkin spice
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, chill haze
Flavor begins with cream cheese and pumpkin spice, just like the cream center of a pumpkin roll. Ends with a sour milk taste. No hops, no malt, no alcohol. No diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.25

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Photo of 57md
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark copper. Nose has a punch of sweetness. Spices and sweetness in the flavor but no discernible pumpkin. More spice on finish as this offering warmed.

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Photo of bacher468
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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