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Pumpkin Mash Ale | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stakem on 10-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Photo of BeerCon5
3.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a misty amber color, with a small amount of white head that doesn’t last long.

The scent is first of alcohol, some notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste is again of alcohol first, some sweet fruit, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Light body, pretty smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

Overall this was a decent pumpkin ale, the alcohol presence was a little too strong though.

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Photo of pmsawyer
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Heavy scent of nutmeg, cinnamon with slight pear.

Appearance: Fresh apple cider appearance, cloudy, darker reddish brown. Slight head when served.

Flavor: Initial fruit flavor followed quickly by heavy spice tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Strong drying bitterness that lingered long after finishing the mug.

Texture: Light medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Heavily spiced bitter brew with spice dominating Unpleasant astringency lingers long. Don't recall past pumpkin ales from ABC. Hope they continue to work with the recipe.

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Photo of stakem
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Release details:
"Pumpkin Mash Ale
OG 18.5, FG 3.5, ABV 8, ABW 6.25

Brewed in Camp Hill our spiced pumpkin ale is the official beer of the pumpkin harvest. We caramelized seventy pounds of fresh pumpkin and added it atop the mash. This process gives this beer an unparalleled flavor. The pumpkin is balanced with a blend of spices to create a smooth and complex fall beer."

On tap at the Harrisburg location served in an oversized mug. The brew appears a cloudy amber brown color that is similar to fresh apple cider. A creamy finger of off-white froth holds strong across the top with a creamy almost nitro-looking character. Thick patchy lace sticks all over the glass.

The first sniff of this brew is very welcoming with a fresh pumpkin flesh aspect. The more smells I take, the more it starts to fall apart and not be as enjoyable as it initially was. The smell gets increasingly spicy with a hint of allspice and a lot of earthy nutmeg. A bit more pumpkin flesh comes into play with a conflicting fruity sweet scent. A bit green and yeasty around the edges at times with some cinnamon coming out as it warms.

The taste is earthy and green with veggie-like pumpkin flavor. There is an exaggerated amount of bitterness here that seems a bit overdone and uncharacteristic. Some flavoring of nutmeg and allspice hits the tongue with cinnamon being an afterthought. This brew is quite warming with lots of fruity components that have a slight touch of banana and clove indication in the aftertaste. As the brew warms up, it gets roasty almost like toasted rye with more fruity character. It displays a quite drying finish which I'm assuming is due to the spice usage.

This is a medium bodied brew with a creamy feel. It is well rounded and for the most part enjoyable for the first 15 seconds of the experience and then goes downhill fast. It gets too bitter with each sip which clashes with the pumpkin flavor. The fruity character is also quite ackward that really clashes with the pumpkin greenness, yeasty quality and overly bitterness. To their credit, the 8% abv is fairly well integrated (if that is even accurate since they are notorious for falsely advertising product details and availability.)

ABC continues to impress me with their careless and collective asinine attitude. While I was sitting at the bar, I asked and was served this beer. The 2 gentlemen aside me inquired about what I was drinking and they were refused a pour of the pumpkin. Yet a younger couple sat on my other side and were immediately served the brew upon request. I just don't understand this "secret-secret" attitude of having to be in the know. To act like an offering you have is so special that it cannot be served to everyone is a joke coming from this place. My overall opinion is that this beer is average at best. The fact that they held this so precious and coveted and refused to serve it to some patrons only solidifies my opinion of not needing to return to this establishment.

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Pumpkin Mash Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
2.99 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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