Pumpkin Ale | Kern River Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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:
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Added by HopHead84 on 09-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as yet another generous extra from Solomon420. Reviewed from old notes.

Orange/golden color with two fingers of persistent head. Pumpkin spices seem mostly relegated to the background stuck behind a nice orange zest aroma. Taste is somewhat watery, the pumpkin is there but if this was a blind tasting I would have a hard time picking it out. Still, pleasant overall. Mouthfeel is medium with a boatload of carbonation, probably too much so but luckily it is fairly soft. Nothing offensive in this beer at all, but it may be a bit mundane.

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Photo of smutty33
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rtaps
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light but murky orange. with a small white head. little retention and lacing

definitely smell the pumpkin spice, some cinnamon. almost a little dish soapy. thats about it

All i'm getting is pumpkin spices, like a sub par pumpkin pie. and fallowing the smell it taste a little like dish soap too. (the glass was cleaned and driedcorrectly not leaving any soap behind)

medium bodied. wet mouth feel and fairly smooth

overall it was decent not much to aroma or taste.

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Photo of Floydster
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Hi-Times in Costa Mesa for four dollars and some change, drank during the USC loss, poured into a flute glass, color was very light, golden yellow with some orange tones, two inch foamy white head, decent retention, minimal lacing, aroma conists of pumpkin, pie crust, sweetness, various spices, cinnamon, and cream, flavor starts with sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg in the middle, finish has more sweet pumpkin along with a lactic flavor, gets sweeter and harder to drink as it warms, not much complexity in the spice category and pumpkin is very pronounced, sweet, spicy, and creamy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, too much carbonation, taste lingers, too light and sweet, expect this style to be crisp but this was creamy, no alcohol in the flavor, smoother when colder, not one of the best pumpkin ales I have tasted, the Midnight Sun porter still takes that honor quite easily, would drink this seasonal again, pretty good for its price, worth trying

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours light orange-ish gold color with a modicum of white foam with large bubbles. Retention is not great, though there is some lacing.

S: Spot on pumpkin pie filling and allspice. Almost overwhelming.

T: Decently well integrated pumpkin and spice, which are a little lighter (fortunately) than the aroma would have you expect. Some pale malt.

M: Medium carbonation which fits nicely on a medium-light body.

O: Pretty refreshing and light pumpkin ale, although the aroma is a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange amber with a pleasant white head that's creamy and long lasttingly firm.

Nose is huge pumpkin and pumpkin spice, rich and bold and like the best of pumpkin cookie and bread.

Mouth is medium bodied with elegant carbonation and a very nice balance.

Flavors are well integrated pumpkin, winter spice, cinammon and pure pumpkin pie. I'm not a big pumpkin beer fan but this is a clean, rich and flavorful example with nice integrated flavors and balance and a nice clean and uplifting bitter herb finish.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped this bottle open last night. Thanks for the bottle jodan!
22oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a big cream-colored head composed of fine bubbles. Good retention and streak of lacing.

S - Strong cinnamin and ginger bread. That is all I got.

T - Cream, vanilla, gingerbread follows with some cinnamin - very pumpkin pie.

D - Smooth and creamy finish. Average body and carbonation.

O - Smooth, but very mild. A lot lighter than most pumpkin beers.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold/orange with a 2 finger white creamy sticky head. A little lighter than most pumpkin beers.

Well balanced aroma consisting of gingerbread, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the appearance and smell. No off flavors, but everything is pretty subdued and a bit bland. The cinnamon comes on a little stronger than some of the other spices and it finishes a little spicy, bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, but not bad, and carb levels are good.

A decent pumpkin ale. I've had much much worse, but also better. It was enjoyable, but I doubt I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt golden with an inch white head. Kinds looks like an IPA with no lacing.
Pumpkin and pumpkin spices on the nose.
Pumpkin and the normal spices. Caramel malt with a light hop finish.
I'm into the liquid pumpkin pie beers and this isn't one of them. I fell though it's a nice in-between. This one still tastes like a beer with pumpkin and fall spice notes. Also, a decent pumpkin offering from a west coast brewery.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a pale clear golden-yellow color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- smells of toasted grain, allspice and some earthy vegetal notes, pretty clean overall

T- vegetal notes follow the aroma up front with a hint of allspice kicking in. Undertones of clean toasted malt with a little bit of a grassy finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- one of the more subtle pumpkin ales when it comes to spicing. Simple and straightforward, but enjoyable

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Photo of Schlais
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jgluck
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jakecattleco
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Amaeda27
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Hopped_up_Chuck
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CTJman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of IPAyForHops
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Pumpkin Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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