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Pumpkin Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by aerozeppl on 09-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,168
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
290
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of ironbike1
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of ejane
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of Odalis
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daveh88
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had. It's a great Fall beer that doesn't overpower your senses in terms of the pumpkin and the Ale is far more important to this brewer than the pumpkin taste to it. Great head to it and an overall solid taste.

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Photo of cde1218
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of MikeyC37
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Timmyg128
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of gpcollen1
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to entering this review - consumed late October. Great to see this come out of the Captain - love the pumpkin brews.

Poured this one into my Imperial pint - a nice medium amber in color with a huge head on the pour - quick enough to settle down to drinkability.

The aroma hit just right - a touch of sweetness, a bit of hops and some pumpkin/spiciness to round it all out. Taste hit the same as the nose - big on balance, spot on on flavor. Lots of pumpkin mixing with the sweet malt and hops - hinting of spiciness but nothing over the top as some brews get. Far off hints of cinnamon and clove but nothing whacking you in the face. A slightly dry and mildly bitter finish being rounded out by the carbonation that fits in nicely.

This is just a great season drinker - period.

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Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass at the Iron Abbey in Willow Grove, PA. This beer's appearance is a clear amber with a small white head. The aroma is full of spice and pumpkin with malt tossed in. The flavor matches the aroma and I find it to be a really good pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Lalaa15
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 32 oz. growler of this in my first ever BIF. Not just one of the finest pumpkin beers I've ever had (it's the best), but one of the best beers I've ever had, period. I only wish this was a 384 oz. growler. Pours a beautiful bronze shade with a thin wispy head. The nose is a faint mix of vanilla, nutmeg, and yes, PUMPKIN. A pumpkin beer that SMELLS LIKE PUMPKIN? Oh yeah. Right here! The taste is so slick. I'm so tired of getting spiced the fuck out by pumpkin beers. This is light in body and overall flavor. You could session the hell out of this. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. One of the few beers in my opinion, that could quench thirst. Top to bottom, this is a good goddam beer. I would drink this year 'round. Outfuckingstanding.

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Photo of KennyT
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of DCH
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of DoogeeZ
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Mike099
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of corsendonkfan
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark bronze color. Had very little head but left some lacing on glass. I think it probably would have had much more head if poured correctly not by a waiter that doesn't know much about beer.

S: Had a typical smell for a pumpkin ale. Strong smell of sugar and pumpkins.

T: I'd have to say this is one of the better pumpkin ales I've had. It had a definite taste of pumpkins and sweetness of sugar and cinnamon spice, however unlike many pumpkin beers I've tried this did not overpower the taste of the beer. It did not have the overpowering spice taste that so many pumpkin beers have. Very drinkable beer.

M: Was very drinkable. I feel like i could have kept drinking it for a while without feeling full, made it perfect to have with dinner.

O: The only reason I don't rate this beer higher is I can't compare it to the complexity of some to the great beers that are brewed that give you a range of tastes. For a pumpkin ale though, I don't know if I have had a better one. The Captain Lawrence website says on its page for this beer, "Perfect match with Thanksgiving Dinner". I just wish I knew where I could get a growler of it so I could test their theory.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A: Nice deep copper color with 2 finger of white head. Good lacing.

S: More of a pumpkin nose than just the spices. Not quite the mental enigma of Pumking which is basically like having a pumpkin pie under your nose. This was much more subtle. The spices were there but in the background.

T: The taste follows in line with the nose. More actual pumpkn flavor with the spices taking a backseat. I picked up some cinnamon and nutmeg and the usual spices but again they were not the focus.

M: Very nice crisp mouthfeel. Pumpkin ales always have that sort of heavy mouthfeel and this was no exception.

D: Really great. Curious on the ABV on this one. Grabbed a growler of it which I will enjoy tomorow.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding pumpkin smell. Not high on spices. Just a good clean smell.
The taste is also pumpkin. Nice nutty bite on the finish. Spice is kept in check. That allows this delicious pumpkin beer to pair well with savory dishes. I wish it was in bottles.

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Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of pumkin, or any spice or fruit beer, but the bartender assured me that this was a mellow one and I also love the brewery so, of course, I had to try it. Very good! A hint of pumkin in the aroma but not really too much in the flavor and in general a great drinking beer. Not sure of the ABV either but drinks like a 6% or so. Great color, very good aroma, I will drink this all fall.

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Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliantly clear copper with gentle carbonation moving through the glass. The moderate light khaki head leaves a nice amount of lace all the way down. While the the head fades kinda' fast it leaves a light covering that stirs up with each sip. The aroma is full of spices and pumpkin. Notes of vanilla, fruity yeast, and sweet light malt. A touch of butterscotch. There is a bit of hop earth as well. Taste follows the nose. There is a pale ale core that gives a bit of bread to the body. Hops are well balanced with a mix of herbs and earth. Finish is short and dry with a bit of grains. Feel is crisp and light with mild but tingly carbonation. This goes down quite nicely and is a great session ale. The overall balance of flavors makes this a pumpkin that like the Smutty you can enjoy every day. A super brew.

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the SFTO Apple Brandy release and consumed yesterday.

Appearance: Classic dark pumpkin body with a 1 finger off white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Really nice balanced mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, pie spice, etc. Not overwhelming, not imperial, but very nice for a standard pumpkin beer.

Taste: Absolutely the same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and just enough carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable.

I was pleased with this pumpkin beer.

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Photo of hkyplyr73
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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