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Pumpkin Ale | Kern River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
kernriverbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 09-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,801
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
148
pDev:
14.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
10
Trade:
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Photo of BARFLYB
1.84/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, an extra in a recent trade out west.

Kern's pumpkin ale has a nice bold bright orange look. It is joined by a 1/2 inch off colored head that fades to nothing quickly, just some faint skims here and there. The aroma is not to shabby, some pumpkin, spice and a bit of a vegetative smell which is off putting. The taste goes downhill with a off flavor, kind of like rotting fruit or rotting pumpkin for that matter. After time a old tomato taste came up reminding me of that rotting fruit taste. Whatever it is it's not fresh although I think this beer is as it's the season and I believe this brewery is new. With that off putting (and im saying that nicely) taste there is some spice with nutmeg and sweet malt. The feel is light and carb makes for a crisp feel, the taste makes me want to wash my mouth out though, a odd and awful aftertaste. The drinkability on this went down the drain im afraid. Perhaps next year, Kern River, on this style, I loved your Isabella Blond.

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1.88/5  rDev -48.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of HopHead84
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

What could be better than a crisp refreshing beer on a day like this? Consumed on 9/13/2009 and poured into my Alesmith anniversary snifter. The beer is medium golden with a creamy one inch head.

As I expected, the nose is of pumpkin pie. I get a lot of allspice but not much cinnamon or nutmeg. It's slightly sweet, and no alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is of allspice and pumpkin. Again, I don't get any other interesting holiday spices. There's a somewhat strange vegetal flavor that I find a bit off-putting. Alcohol is noticeable. The beer has a moderate level of sweetness. Not my favorite of the style, but not bad. Actually, I'm not enjoying this anymore. The vegetal flavor has become overbearing. I'm halfway through my first glass and I don't think I'll be finishing this. Abort! Abort!

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired in Beverly Hills, California and served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the reputation of this brewery. ABV isn't noted on the bottle.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream, pretty decent thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a hazy murky dull copper. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. Lacing is fair. I can't say I'm impressed with the appearance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice - though I wouldn't have guessed it's allspice (per the label). Some pale malts; maybe some biscuit malt. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma, but quite a pleasant one.

T: Pumpkin and spice over a murky malt foundation. The malts are uneven and poorly layered. A hint of brown sugar - or at least specialty dark sugar. Malty sweetness overpowers the second act and climax, intruding on the turf of the pumpkin. I'd like more pumpkin as well, and more spice to boot. Still, it's enjoyable if imbalanced. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Any hopping is minimal, with only floral character. No hop bitterness is apparent. It's weak and lacks sufficient body.

Mf: Unnaturally coarse and sugary. Seriously; what's with the coarseness? Strangely thick, even approaching syrupy - in the first and second acts. Weak and thin in the second act up to the climax. Carbonation is good. Pleasantly wet. I'd stop far short of refreshing. Suits the flavours okay. Severely flawed by any measure.

Dr: Drinkable but mediocre, especially for the style. There are far better pumpkin beers at this price point. I wouldn't get this again. A disappointment from Kern River. Hides its modest ABV well. This just suffers from too many problems to be fixed.

Serve a bit warm, actually. It gets better as it warms.

C

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.04/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, extra from soughtbygod. No bottling info. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours pale orange hued yellowwith about one finger pale head. Plenty of broad white sheets of lace.

Smells of pumpkin, wheat, hay and slight spice.

Subtle pumpkin flavor leads. Followed by wheat, spice and a little bitterness.

Light body with lively carbonation. Pumpkins and that slight bitterness in the finish.

Not bad at all but a tad thin and subtle for my tastes.

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3.2/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

As much as I love Kern River I'm not really sure about this beer. Very faint pumpkin spice on the nose that quickly turns into sweet malts. Taste is nutmeg and slight cloves for a brief second. Really just tastes like a pale ale that's masquerading as a pumpkin ale. Is this a Sierra Nevada? I really look to Kern for bigger, brighter flavors and this doesn't bring it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a hazy, light orange color with a finger of white head.

S: There is a bit of pumpkin to this, but that's just about it. A fair amount of all spice notes, and a definite grassy note. It's lacking in any real sweetness or malt, however.

T: A definite squash/vegetable character to it. So, the pumpkin character is good. It's sort of lacking in terms of the spices and also the bread/malt notes. Strangely, it's also a bit too bitter for a pumpkin beer.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Really disappointing. I've heard this beer praised highly, but it didn't live up to its billing.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very lightly orange tinted, golden yellow color. The two-finger head of off-white foam is loose and frothy. Retention is okay. Lacing is minimal.

The allspice is the strong standout, in the smell department. Notes of pumpkin pie filling are close behind, together with cinammon. A mild earthy (wheaty?) quality.

The pumpkin flavor is sharp. Happily, there is enough presence of allspice and cinnamon to give it a hint of balance. All of these flavors are light, mild and unremarkable.

A light-bodied beer. Very crisp and clean. Too bad I like some thickness to my beers.

This is designed for mass consumption. Very crisp and light and easy to drink alot of, without feeling like you've drank anything at all.

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