Murray's Pumpkin Ale | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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4.05 w/ 4 ratings

Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by tobeerornottobe on 10-31-2010

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
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Photo of tobeerornottobe
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst on 30/10/2010.

A: Clear, even see-through medium orange colour. Not much carbonation. Head has slightly off-white colour.

N: Definite smell of pumpkin but cloves are far more dominant.

T: Sweet and mild, cloves coming through ahead of the pumpkin flavour.

M: Light and easygoing.

I was pleasantly surprised by how drinkable this beer is. I found the cloves surprisingly dominant but pumpkin ale is not a style I'm familiar with so I'd assume that's normal.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a golden-tinged orange colour with off-white head; decent when poured but sinks fairly quickly, retaining a thin crown. Slow and light bead visible through the beer's clear, kind of metallic body. Don't know what a pumpkin ale is meant to look like, but the colour is right and all else pretty good as far as beer goes.

Smell is quite spicey and a touch sour. Quite vegetative, with noticeable pumpkin aroma and distinct clove and ginger. Some star anise as well and maybe a slight peppery twang overall. I like the very light malty sweetness underlying and good healthy spice hit. This is good; it reminds me of a warm hearty pumpkin pie.

Taste has spice all over it. Lots of aniseed and clove on the front, descends ibto similar spice complexity with notes of butternut pumpkin and other vegetative character. Distinct spice on the back actually has a very slight heat to it with peppery character; maybe some cumin as well. Overall a nice palate construction with good malty tones underneath a spicy and slightly earthy bitterness. Yeah, I am quite impressed. Better than Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale.

Fairly slick on the feel, but with a decent body. Maybe could use more stickiness to protect against that spice heat, because it's unnecessary.

A very decent spice bonanza. In fact, I've always thought I would like pumpkin ales but the others I've had have really disappointed. This, to me, is pretty much what it should be like, and trust Mr. Sherlock and his mad skillz to show America up in one of their pet styles.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Made it back to the Taphouse in time to sample it before it disappears for another year.

Pours a deep burnished golden amber colour, not quite the lurid orange of pumpkin, but close. Head is a full, fine crown of dense white bubbles. Lacing solid, and toffesugar sticky. Looks great.

Nose is sweet with light malts and hot with prickly spices of nutmeg and allspice. Slight aniseed note to it. Pumpkin character minimal, but the pie spices are right. It's a bit light overall apart from the spices, but tasty.

Taste is good, with a caramrlised roasted pumpkin sweetness on the back. Front is dominated by the spices, which indeed lend an anise character to meld with the malty characters. Heat from the spice on the back, I'm tending to think this more a spiced beer than a true pumpkin beer, but it's tasty, and the crispy pumpkin bits do appear on the back. Mouthfeel is light but sparkling. I'd love something thicker to more represent pumpkin pie.

Very nice brew nonetheless, and to be fair, the best pumpkin ale I've yet had the pleasure of sampling. Still, I think there are ways it could be improved to match up with my conception of the style, but it's tasty enough in its current incarnation.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Murray's Pumpkin Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 0 out of 100 with 4 ratings
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