Pumpkin Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

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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86
Ratings:
288
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the secret Halloween BIF I had the great pleasure of being able to try this treat. Served cold, I popped this growler open the other night to enjoy during the course of the evening. Served in a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/11/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, light amber color that had a multitude of light orange hints ranging in throughout it. A nice tight head of white foam then rose up to a height of a round an inch before finally settling back down to a thin layer that covered the top. Loads of side glass lacing and carbonation were readily apparent throughout the session.

The aroma was nice and light, with an apple crisp like property to it that I found quite interesting and different. Tight cluster of spices, caramel, and a light bit of hops all combined to form a light and pleasant aroma. The flavor was more of the same, nice and crisp, clean and refreshing. Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon spices that were layered on top of a solid base of grain malt and a touch of light and fresh hops. Smooth, and quick clean finish was punctuated well by an abundance of carbonation. A smooth and easy drinker there was no issue here at all with being able to put down a few of these.

Overall I have to say this was a very solid seasonal ale here. Not much bad about this one can really be said. It was smooth, well balanced, and clean with not much in the way of flaws. I would not mind having this again any day.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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 plaid75
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a rindy sweet pumpkin with aromas of cinammon and allspice.

The taste consisted of a sweet vegetably pumpkin with a light pumpkin spice.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style.

Overall a tasty pumpkin ale.

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Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler (Skibbo) into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber color with an heaf of off-white foam that subsided into a thin film.

S - Pumpkin pie. The smell of the holidays. Spicy with hints of vanilla cream.

T - More of the same. A good balance of sweetness with a slightly bitter hop finish.

MF&D - Probably the best of the bunch as far as the pumpkin beers go.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

Bear in mind this is my first pumpkin ale, so I may be a little off on the parameters of the style. Here goes nothing:

A--Pretty straight copper with a finger of fizzy off-white head that died quickly and left no lacing. Lots of active carbonation in the glass during the tasting.

S--Up front it's all squash, all the time. The only other thing I could trace out was some floral and some nutmeg, and that was upon repeated sniffs.

T--The pumpkin comes through in the very beginning on the sides of the mouth and then resurges on the aftertaste. In between you get subtle spice pulls--mostly nutmeg, again, but something a bit sweeter, like a cinnamon stick essence. Only pumpkin pie spice missing was clove. The finish is pretty dynamic, with a decent hop dryness tugging away amid a full deep squash ring that lasts well after you're done tasting. The finale on this one is the best part of it.

M&D--Feel is viscous, almost oily, with a sting of carbonation. Don't know the ABV but it doesn't seem high and is certainly not prominent. Not eminently drinkable in the Platonic sense--just as I don't want to sit down to a bowlful of butternut, I'm not going to throw back five or six of these--but this CL offering may be better than others. I'm ignorant in that dept. But if CL's track record is any judge, most of the pumpkins I taste after this will fall off. Would pair well with game.

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

Had this directly from the teet at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. The taproom samples were flowing freely and this one (with the Imperial IPA of course) came home in growlers to share with my friends Moxley and Hyland. It had a clear copper color with a half inch of creamy white head. Smelled of cinnamon spice and sweet pumpkin goodness. Tasted the pumkin big time here, without the extra sweetness found in alot of these, with nice spice balance of nutmeg and cinnamon. Had a clear crisp feel and nice carbonation. I look forward to next weekend when I go back for more.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin creme head lining the top. Nose is slightly floral. Flavor is smooth pumpkin with very little spice interfering with the mix. Feel is smooth on liquid and carries a biting carbonation. Hey. I think most pumpkin beers are garbage. But this is a nice pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always a treat to walk into the Captain Lawrence Brewery and get to try a new offering from Scott and the crew. Had 2 samples at the brewery, purchased a growler, came home and sampled further, right away. Nothing like fresh, local , and best of all world class quality beer. This one pours out of the growler very clear, darker orangy amber, under an off white head that leaves spots of sticky lace. Nose of typical fall spice, toasty malts and a final resiny hop whiff. I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, but this one is understated pumpkin/spice wise, leading to a tasty, enjoyable fall offering. Moderate pumpkin on the palate, moderate apple pie spicing thing going on. Crisp and tasty, with balanced malt/hop underlying the whole deal. A nice accompaniment to thanksgiving dinner comes to mind. I'm unlikely to often go for this one ahead of other CL choices, but its simply another quality beer choice from the good Captain.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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 doho95fu
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearence is typical - bronze copper with a tall head. Medium carbonation is present.

The smell is lightly of pumpkin, some nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste follows, but the smell delivers more than the flavor. I was expecting more up front flavor from this brew.

The beer is drinkable but the lack of distinct pumpkin flavor is surprising.

I brought home growlers of smoked porter and the imperial IPA instead.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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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