Pumpkin Roll Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Roll AlePumpkin Roll Ale

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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 wraynathan
4.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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This beer has nice caramel color with a brownish-white head. It is the color I would/want to see for a pumpkin beer.


Smell of pumpkin, spices, and a sweet scent of the vanilla filling of a pumpkin roll. If I close, my eyes, I can imagine a pumpkin roll sitting in front of me.


When drinking this beer, I get the taste of pumpkin, the sweet filling of a pumpkin roll, a hint of nutmeg, cinnamon, and follows up with the taste of bread used in the roll.

The overall taste is outstanding. There is a slight bitterness to the beer, which only detracts from the taste slightly.


This beer is medium bodied and you can feel the carbonation on the pallet. The beer goes down nice and smooth.


This is a great first run by PBC. I have had the chance to try it at two different brewfests and in the bottle. This beer is tasty and refreshing. As usual, there is a difference in the taste between the bottle and on-tap, but both are very good.

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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bacher468
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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 Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Poured a really nice amber/darker orange color, creamy 1 finger off white head medium lacing.
S - Smells fantastic, lot of good cinnamon, a little nutmeg, and fresh pumpkin puree.
T - Creamy pumpkin flavor very balanced with just the right amount of spices, nice cinnamon coats that creamy pumpkin flavor the whole way through.
M - A little fizzy, sticky, but creamy.
O - Excellent brew, I might get a case of this.

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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 scm2787
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of lisahope27
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Caramel color to the beer. Nice off-white head with a sparkly top. Wants to hold really well, too. A great looking pumpkin ale, and my first of the season.

Smells like a cream soda float plus pumpkin spice. Mostly a candied vanilla aroma to remind you of the cream filling of a pumpkin roll. I guess it does smell like a pumpkin roll. Very little in the line of pumpkin meat, but the spices conjure it all up. Allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin; these are the notes that follow vanilla. Smells like a freshly baked dessert, so I'm in. Here we go.

Bitter pumpkin roll spicing with bright, almost astringent, cinnamon, cream cheese, vanilla flavoring, allspice, a hint of nutmeg, and a not-so-cheap baked pastry bread. Holds most of the bitterness in the spices, but there's a decent hop display, all things considered. Mostly an herbal hop. Has that cream soda kind of flavor, but again, royally spiced. Has a pale tanginess. I really wish there was more than just the idea of artificial pumpkin to represent. It tastes like the cakey part of a pumpkin roll with that heavy dollop of sweetened cream cheese filling. I mean, it's good. Is that what you, ultimately, wanted me to say?

Medium-thin. Carbonation is sizzling. Carries with it a light stickiness on the lips. However, getting it down is easy.

A fascinating little idea, and from the brewers you least expect it from. My girlfriend have a plan in place to acquire more of this. We enjoy it for guily reasons. Maybe you will, too.

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Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of hinemk76
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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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Pumpkin Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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