Pumpkin Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by aerozeppl on 09-28-2008

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Photo of Steeda89
1.74/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not much to say about this beer. The color is spot on of most pumking beers. My nose could not pick up anything that stands out. Carbed up kind of a hint of a malty taste. Over all i dont see why they would call this a pumking beer. Would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear light pumpkin color with a respectable white head that leaves some spiderwebs.

S: Light malty brown ale, with a hint of fresh pumpkin, very minimal spicing.

T: Taste is similar to the taste, minimal in a lot of respects, there is the fresh pumpkin taste, but it is just barely there. Just hints of cinnamon, and barely mentionable nutmeg or allspice in the back.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Possibly my taste has evolved, but I remember this being more robust in past years. Maybe it is the new brewing apparatus. In any case, its not great and I would have many other pumpkin ales in line ahead of this. light fizzy pumpkin ale. Not impressed (insert meme)

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Photo of vfgccp
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber in color, nice head, pretty good lace that lasted until the very last drop.

S - There are little undertones of spices like nutmeg, but they're much lighter than you'd expect in a pumpkin ale. Also a slight moss scent that's not all that pleasant.

T - Bold in flavors, but not the pumpkin ale flavors like spices. There is a slight hint of cinnamon on the back end, but its like a watered down cinnamon. There's a nutty flavor present as well.

M - Smooth going down, light on the back end.

O - Honestly tastes more like an Oktoberfest than a pumpkin ale due to the lack of spice in the flavor.

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Photo of far333
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed caramel orange colore with particulate matter suspended. Low head dissipates quickly. Very faint aroma of malt and spice. So faint that I can't identify the spice.

Flavor is initially malty, but moves to odd spices and faint vanilla. Pumpkin seems to be missing, as does the typical cinnamon and nutmeg. Again, I can't identify the spice. Odd flavor in the finish that I also can't identify except to say unpleasant.

Mouthfeel has a sharpness from overcarbonation, and finishes metallic. I'm just not enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Samp01
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy orange amber hue with a very small beige head. Aroma and taste has some caramel malt, grains and grassy notes. A medium body with good carbonation. This brew has very little in the way of pumpkin or spices. Seems to drink more lager like. Overall not that great for a pumpkin ale but still drinkable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one open at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours an orange-amber hue with one finger of sudsy white head. So far so good...

Smell -- Toasted malt, grassy hops, gentle spice, and a mild dose of pumpkin.

Taste -- Pretty much follows the nose: Toasted malt, subdued brown sugar sweetness, grassy hops, cinnamon and allspice. Pumpkin is really subdued.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Really quite nice.

Drinkability -- Pretty generic, honestly. Essentially this is a run of the mill amber ale with some spices thrown in. Pumpkin is nearly nonexistent in this brew. One needs to ask: why make this?

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Photo of mitch3114
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Sampled on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party

Poured from bottle into tasting glass

A-Pretty standard, nothing extraordinary. Lighter bodied golden hue with slight orange tint

S- Smell was slightly off-putting with a stale hop smell in addition to the typical pie spices

T- taste was not bad although a bit lackluster. Pie spices, no distinctive properties to set this brew apart

M- Standard carbonation,body

O- Overall, I was expecting a little more out of this beer since Captain Lawrence tends to brew some decent beers. Its almost as if they just threw this together just so they had an entry in the pumpkin category. Very plain jane and un memorable. I would not purchase or recommend with all the other options out there. However, I would not turn it down if someone offered me one. Not a bad beer, just nothing special about it.

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A pretty"below"standard pumpkin ale here.Pours into a standard pint glass a cleat light brass color with a minimal head.Light pumpkin spice in the nose along with a sour note wich I didn't care for much.A lighter fizzy feel in the mouth, flavors have a sourness too that leaves the spice notes behind,for a non- funked out pumpkin ale this has some sourness that Iam not a fan of.Captain Lawrence from what I have had is pretty top notch...except for this.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Run of the mill pumpkin ale.
Smells of pumpkin pie spices.
Some pumpkin in the taste but mostly spice.
Very carbonated but the mouthfeel is a little watery.
An ok beer.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light-copper with a thin white head. Aroma is of apples, cloves, cinnamon. Taste has a surprisingly tart element to it that comes in up front. Spices follow: a bit of cinnamon and ginger(?) but muddled. Finishes dry and crisp with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Carbonation isn't excessive, but the beer is so light that there's a definite carbonation bite. Overall an OK light pumpkin beer, but I wish the spices were cleaner and it had a bit more body to it.

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Photo of Jkolls
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: clearish amber

Smell: very subtle pumpkin and nutmeg

taste: Where is the pumpkin? Tastes like a decent malty beer with maybe the slightest hint of cinnamon but severely lacking in pumpkin flavor

feel: light carbonation and mouthfeel.

Disappointing, not an awful beer, but not a good Pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a slightly hazed orange, one finger of white head, very bubbly, mild lacing.
S - More based on spice, very peppery, biscuit malt, some mildly roasted malt.
T - Taste is very peppery, some nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, some pie crust and biscuity malt, some tartness.
M - Overly carbonated, mild feel.
O - Very spicy and peppery not well balanced and lacking in pumpkin

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep orange with a finger of head, quickly dissipates to a light cap and sticky lacing.

S - Brown sugar, sour pumpkin, and a light cinnamon.

T - Light sweetness followed by mild sour pumpkin, rye, and hop bitterness.

M - Light body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, not a good pumpkin ale. Very mild aroma and flavor profile especially lacking in pumpkin flavor or any holiday spices.

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Photo of Roland45s
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Better than the average pumpkin ales (sam adams/blue moon/starhill) but not the best pumpkin ale that I've had. Picked it up while on a trip to NYC, enjoyed a local brew. Pours dark with a medium flavored body and a few hints of nutmeg and spice in the brew. A little pumpkin flavor on mouthfeel.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -10%

An OK pumpkin ale.

The spice is there. the pumpkin if faint (overwhelmed by the spice) but is there. OK head, though retention is poor. It's a good pumpkin ale, but not a great pumpkin ale. Worth another try? Sure. But not worth a place on my list of pumpkin ales for the ages. With so many better offerings, do I even have room in my stomach, let alone my fridge, for this pumpkin ale when the leaves turn brown?

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Photo of CKav
3.25/5  rDev -10%

A- Nice, frothy head falls with some lacing. A clear orange color
S- Pumpkin Pie spices with cinnamon, nutmeg and some spicy hops. A hint of toasty malts
T- A good combo of spices and sweet malts. Finishes with some vegetable/pumpkin
M- Medium-thin feel, good carbonation
O- A good example of the style. Spices do not overpower the beer which is nice. Nothing in this ale tastes artificial. I would recommend and look forward to having another.

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Photo of djura
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got it from USA, bottle 0,33 l
A - Reddish to orange amber color, thin foam, lasting couple of seconds. Lots of bubbles at first.
S - Red fruits, apple, malt, cherry, nutmeg.
T/M - Warmer, medium bitter finish, medium carbonation. A bit sour at the end, spices, fruits, cherry mostly.

O - Maybe this one is good for this style, but i do not feel more then average taste in it.

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Photo of Durge
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This seasonal brew is a clear copper color, with a thin white head and very little lacing. The aroma is deep "yellow" vegetable with a mild herbal hop. Taste is raw pumpkin with light cinnamon squash. It’s a bit bitter and not at all sweet. It’s medium-light bodied with very mild carbonation. Feel is a midland sort of deal with a touch of dryness in the finish. I would like some sweetness and a touch more hops but this is a quality brew with an authentic pumpkin flavor. Just not my favorite side of the pumpkin ale variety.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear light orange color with ample carbonation bubbles moving towards the top, nice fizzy white head which lingers very shortly before dissipating, leaves minimal lacing
S: really nice pumpkin spice scent, cloves are prominent, small amount of actual pumpkin notes
T: really smooth taste, nice and light on the spiciness but still with plenty of character, nice notes of nice cinnamon, slight clove, and overall pumpkin notes
M: medium carbonation tingle up front, smooth throughout, drinks beautifully light and smooth
O: quite happy with this one, although i feel like there is plenty of room for the pumpkin bombs were so used to seeing, i think it is exponentially more difficult and ballsy to make some thing like this, well balanced, highly drinkable, and non offensive

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Photo of patriot76
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Pours a solid copper color with a slightly red hue along with a half inch head that dissapates. Slightly hazy.

S- The smell is appetizing with caramel malt and fall spices. There are really no hop or definitive pumpkin notes coming from this offering.

T- The caramel malt dominates the taste along with the previously mentioned fall spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon etc. A little low on the taste meter.

M- The brew hits the palate very slowly with an almost soda like quality that is quite thin at points. This has low carbonation with an easy finish. Not much lingering taste as the end of each sip.

O- Not bad, but not the best. In the middle as far as pumpkin ales go for me. I've had Southern Tier Imperial Pumpking so I think I'm ruined forever as far as other pumpkin ales go. Easy drinking but not mind blowing.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber orange with a thin head of loose tan foam. There was a burst of bubbles after the pour then a steady stream of effervescence. Nose is lightly sweet malt and a light spice. Nutmeg, allspice and a little ginger. Some sweet biscuit. I am not getting a lot of pumpkin but it's faint int he background. Taste is dry biscuit with a nice toasted malt sweetness. Light spice. The carbonation is very strong and the body of the beer is thin so it drinks a little watery and a lot like soda. There's a touch of pumpkin flavor that becomes stronger as it warms and a mild bitter finish that is dry and tasty.

The nose on this one is very pleasing but the drink is too thin. It was just ok.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a deep orange/brown with a small white ring of head. Aroma of light fruits and pumpkin. Flavor of pumpkin and lots of sweet malt. A little too sweet for me. A pretty ordinary pumpkin ale.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

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Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am winnowing through the bottles of everything except IPAs & DIPAs since I seem to give them short shrift. It is my greatest desire and hope to get things caught up so that I CAN return to The CANQuest (tm).

From the bottle: "

After I Pop!ped the cap, I commenced a light pour with an eye towards possible age and lees. It worked since I got two fingers of foamy, rocky, eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was strong with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Mouthfeel was thin to medium. The taste was spicy and evocative of pumpkin pie. I would put it at the low end of sweetness. On the other hand, all of the spices rendered it very dry on the finish. I will cop to having been very excited when Pumpkin Ales first hit the market, but I am becoming satiated with the style, having consumed my share. I would put this one somewhere towards the midpoint of the pumpkin spectrum. It was decent, but not mindblowing. I will leave it at that.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Belgian Room in a Tulip glass- $6

A- orange, light copper color, with a very small head

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, light hints of clove and all spice, not a lot of pumpkin coming through with this one

T- Light on the pumpkin side, in the beginning and medium on the spice side to finish, not very balanced, a little on the sweet side

M&D- the alcohol wasn't listed on this but it seems on the high side and the alcohol comes through a little to harsh on this one. Overall nothing special here for a pumpkin beer, i usually like most of Capt. Lawrence's offerings but ill pass on this one next time

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of solid glowing orange. It holds a two finger head of creamy beige bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving thick sheets of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and there is a chill haze to the beer, without sediment. The aroma is classic for a pumpkin ale. There is a deep spice of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, gingerbread, and raw clove. Honey adds sweetness, alongside pale and caramel malts. With warmth comes a cooling vanilla, some toasted wheat, fermented vegetables, and raw nutmeg. Our first impression is that this is a more “serious” pumpkin beer. The flavoring opens with biting metallic pale malts, and the same spice profile from the nose, with nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cooling vanilla, and cinnamon bitterness. The middle peaks with more wettish wheat grain, raw and bittering nuttiness, and flashes of sweeter cinnamon sugar. The finish lightens up a bit, with light lactic sours sitting amongst the grain which, here, takes on a borderline adjuncty vibe. Metallic comes in, but are bolstered by a stronger, more real pumpkin flavoring than anywhere before in the sip. The aftertaste breathes of metallic tin, salty pumpkin seeds, baker’s yeast, bittering wheaty grain, and genuine pumpkin flesh. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is light slurp and smack to each sip, with minimal cream and froth. The mouth is wetted and cooled, with a final spicy dryness down the hard palate. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its genuine pumpkin flavoring, and general mildness throughout. Many beers of this style tend to overwhelm you with spice and depth, but forget about the importance of the actual pumpkin flavoring to the taste. Here we find a mature ale, with nice flavoring, and a decently hearty malt profile to back it all up.

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