Gage Roads Pumpkin Ale | Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Gage Roads Brewing Company

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by dansmcd on 09-25-2012

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of cammo84
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of dansmcd
3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear yet effervescent amber, under a soapy finger of white head and streaks of decent lacing.

S - Ginger ale with some added spice, celery and pumpkin soup.

T - It displays the nutmeg and cinnamon which I imagine are the hallmarks of a good Pumpkin Ale (this is my first one), but they are very restrained. Pumpkin and ginger are present also.

M - Very watery and macro lager like in body, watery thin with high carbonation.

O - Pretty nice combination of flavours, and the mildness of it and light body make it a very drinkable summer pumpkin beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.24/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pump-kin... ale??? Well this is a first dammit! A somewhat classic style of beer in the US, making it damn near impossible to get in Australia unless you have a mate stateside... till Gage Roads decided to brew their own that is. Gage Roads whom so far have displayed decent enough character in their Sleeping Giant IPA have tried their hand at what must be the most American of brewing styles (correct me if I'm awesome). Here's hoping they didn't balls it up, although without a basis of comparison it will be an interesting tasting.

Poured from a 640ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Bares a distinctly clear orange body that glows under lights, with a nothing but lacing off-white head (which is a non-event really).

S: Spice on the nose, primarily nutmeg with a touch of cinnamon. Followed by a toffee sugar base, and maybe a tiny twinge of pumpkin aroma, unless doth nose deceives thee.

T: An interesting concoction! Toffee and spice up front, followed by what must be the flavour of brewed pumpkin (a slight off vegetal pumpkin that is), and finishes like a Lager with malt and dry... there is a bitterness that is close to non-existence as well. Not bad for a change of pace after all the Lagers and Pale Ale's drunken, however it too would soon become commonplace.

M: Lagery mouthfeel - all aggressive bubbles and watery body, with a small amount of stickiness that says "Oi! I'm a pumpkin beer right lad!".

D: Alright, good for a change if you're down at the pub thinking "Not Lager/APA/Stout again!", but not in it's own right a great beer, and Gage probably know that and it's certainly not going to hurt their sales of IPA, Atomic pale ale and whatnot. Bottom line: Try it once for a festive American holiday hit and then go back to what you love (be it Lager, APA, IPA, EPA, Weissbier or Stout).

Food match: Pumpkin pie is too easy... This one is borderline dessert beer with the toffee-like sweetness and the nutmeg goodness, makes one think of lebkuchen and marzipan, plus it would go well with other festive foods like suckling pig and roast turkey... don't forget the roast vegetables.

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Photo of magpieken
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle. Poured a pale to deep gold colour, almost orange with a slight haze. Off white head which quickly disappeared. Aroma of gingerbread, nutmeg and spice. Light sweet taste. A bit of fizz on the tongue and a lingering sticky texture. Liquefied gingerbread bickies.

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Photo of dgilks
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colour. Small white head. Very poor head retention.

Spicy cinnamon and clove aroma. A bit of fruit and lightly sweet malt. Inoffensive.

Sweet, slightly fruity and spicy. Plenty of clove and nutmeg. Okay.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

This isn't a bad beer but it is an average beer. Nothing special. Just a slightly malty, spicy ale.

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Photo of heygeebee
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with no head, with a soft-drink-like fizz and die. Body is 100% clear light gold.

Lemonade and ginger on nose. Like a non alcoholic ginger beer. Some pumpkin as well.

Taste is better - pumpkin and ginger and a good malt backbone . Add in cinnamon and spice. Full flavours. Still a serious resemblance to fizzy soft drink tho.

Way over carbonated.

Funny enough the first bottle I had seemed better than this. Ah we'll, review as drinking, not thru memory...

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Photo of ADZA
2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Im not the biggest fan of this style and Gage Roads producing is even more weirder but it was for free so why not try it and it pours a golden yellow hue with a creamy two finger head and some lacing,the smell is roasted pumpkin,cinamon,nutmeg and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated abit too much carbonation and has tastes of roasted pumpkin,allspice,cinamon and finished with a herbal hop dryness and overall im glad i tried and good to see gage roads venturing out to weird styles we dont see often but i wouldnt buy it again cheers

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg. The spices are quite overt, only a little bit of supporting malt.
Similar spices as flavours. Again, there is little in the way of malt character to carry things through. Falls flat quickly.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of Parrotshake
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin ales are something I'd like to try more of. In theory it's a neat idea. I tried a few in the States a couple of years ago ranging from pretty crummy (Buffalo Bill's) to very drinkable (Dogfish Head) but the only one I've ever seen locally until recently has been St. Ambroise's.

Gage Roads' version pours a very slighly hazy amber with pretty much no head. Cheap beery smell with just a hint of powdered ginger and clove or allspice. Gingerbread and spice in the mouth, not much malt character to speak of, nor pumpkin for that matter.

High prickly carbonation, somewhat watery mouthfeel. Refreshing and undemanding, but there are a lot of other beers that do that too. Nothing special but probably worth a try if you're curious, especially since the price seems to have halved recently.

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Photo of PolarBear3
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a clear amber colour with frothy white head that laced well

S - Purely spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sort of a flat lemonade

T - Get the spice loads of cinnamon, ginger but to me its more like a shandy although not as sweet.

M - Very weak and watery with high carbonation

O - More like a shandy or soft drink that is consumed on a sunny afternoon. Refreshing but not for mine.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: decent brown lonk-neck, not a bad label either. Nothing special, but not rubbish.

Appearance: a somewhat unimpressive yellow-gold colour with lumpy carbonation and a decent if somewhat flat off-white head.

Aroma: there are a bunch of spices - ginger, nutmeg and something a little sweet that I can't put my finger on. If anything it seems a bit... awkward.

Taste: not a big fan at all. There is definitely that pumpkin backing, but there is an awful sweetness to it that ruins the entire package.

Aftertaste: starts coming good, with just a quick bitter pumpkin morsel offering what this beer could have brough to the table.

Mouth feel: all wrong. The body is far too watery, and the carbonation far too hgh and bubbly.

Overall: this is the first pumpkin ale I have had, so perhaps it is simply that I don't like the style. However, I would prefer that this is simply not a good example. Would like to try a bitter / heavy version to taste the difference.

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Photo of pin
1.5/5  rDev -48.8%

Gage Roads Pumpkin Ale from Gage Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 14 ratings