Barking Pumpkin
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #110
Ranked #27,599
3.8 | pDev: 8.95%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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cosmicevan from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

once again the dirty30 hooking it up Jackie o's style, the happens to be a 2015 bottle. this one is nice but this is no schlafly or alewerks, but just shy f that ballpark. Jackie o's continues to impress.

Sep 16, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery Amber color. Aroma is nutmeg, Clove and allspice with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is holiday spice with a slight vanilla sweet malty flavor. Has a nice body and overall is very nice for the style.

Mar 07, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottling, fresh.

A: Dark dark brown pour. Small light brown head that fizzes right out. No lacing or retention.

S: Not a huge spice bomb like I was expecting. Pumpkin and cinnamon mainly. Light indistinct other spices.

T: Wow, actual pumpkin flavor. Malty sweet. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice. Finish is surprisingly dry as the sweetness runs out and just the spices remain to linger on.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: Very nice pumpkin ale. Real pumpkin flavor is a welcome change of pace. Not being a nutmeg bomb is another. Nice and smooth. Nothing earth-shattering but an excellent example of a good pumpkin ale.

Jan 07, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. On initial tasting the spices felt a bit subdued; but once it warmed up there was a really great balance between the malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 03, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Pumpkin, pie spice & pie crust
T: A bit simple/generic with light spice and pumpkin notes
M: Medium-bodied, a touch of spice, no noticeable alcohol
O: Fairly average for pumpkin beers, and IMO overpriced at $6 compared to the rest of the market. I'm not really getting the Indian spice mentioned, just the usual pie spice

Dec 14, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's not too late to enjoy some pumpkin ale, and this is one of the best.

It's really pretty. Slightly orange, nice bubbles. The aroma is more pumpkin than spice, a nice upgrade from the usual spice with not much real pumpkin. This really smells like pumpkins. And booze.

The taste is bitter and pumpkin and somewhat malty, all mixed and balanced, but also over the top and huge. The sweetness is sublime. The aftertaste is that same bittersweet pumpkin. It's a little harsh. I wonder what the barrel aged is like.

As usual with Jackie O's, this is a very high quality product. You can tell that a great deal of care went into making this a really awesome ale. It is too expensive, like many of theirs, but it is something you should experience. I think I will seek out a barrel aged one.

Dec 06, 2015
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7 oz glass into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear medium amber/light copper color with some nice stream of bubbles that fairly slowly but continuously rise to the beer's surface. Has a slightly tan/off-white head that is about 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice surface coating of foam and some pretty good lacing. Aromas of caramel malt and pumpkin along with some spice notes. Tastewise, this baby has a somewhat subdued caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a heavy pumpkin presence along with the aforementioned spies. Notes of ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg are all present in just the right amounts. Very well balanced with all these spices, which is something I feel a lot of breweries have trouble dialing in in just the right amounts when it comes to pumpkin ales, winter warmers, and other spiced beers. It seems like it is almost always too much or barely any at all with these. The balance with the spices here is damn near perfect! No real discernible hop presence, perhaps a slight hint though. I find that overall, the pumpkin flavor dominates here. And that's quite fine by me, as this is also the best pumpkin flavor, not pumpkin spice but actual pumpkin, I think I've ever had in a beer with pumpkin in it! Has a somewhat crisp, yet smooth, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and pretty dry finish. One of the best if not the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.


Nov 24, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into Jackie O's snifter

A- pours a deep ruby amber color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- the aroma is more malty than spicy, picking up some caramel notes, almost like caramelized pumpkin. Faint aromas of nutmeg and clove

T- sweet and malty base with caramel sweetness, also picking up a slight vegetal flavor. The spicing is hard to pick up, maybe a hint of cinnamon & nutmeg. Lots of booze on the finish that lingers for a while

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy before a warming boozy finish

O- this one has potential but it's pretty hot out of the gate. The spices are very subtle, leaving it to drink like a high ABV amber ale

Nov 23, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 ounce bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/copper/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), along with some caramel and a bit of vanilla. For the most part I think the flavor is similar to the aroma, but there's also some booze and a slight earthy hoppy bitterness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this, but maybe I should have aged it a little longer before I tried it. If you like pumpkin beers that aren't overly spiced, then this is one for you!

Nov 20, 2015
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ClePaul from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie O's Barking Pumpkin

Look 9/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 86/100

Nov 09, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Barking Pumpkin enjoyed on tap from Winking Lizard October 23, 2015.

Look - Dark hazy pumpkin for lack of better description. Off white head goes to nothing. Lacing only where head was.

Smell - Sweet pumpkin. Ginger. Cinnamon.

Taste - Pumpkin and ginger.

Feel - Subdued spice makes it more drinkable than other pumpkin beers. Sits better in stomach.

Overall - The best non dark pumpkin beer I've had. Drinkable and smooth. Still pumpkin.

Oct 30, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 Fl Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours a ruddy shade of orange bordering on rust or copper colored. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma consists more of roasted pumpkin than on a lot of spices. The spices seem to be secondary and compliment the pumpkin smell.

It has a nice pumpkin flavor and just like the aroma the pumpkin shines with the spices being a nice compliment to the flavor. I do get a little alcohol in the finish which isn't surprising given the 9% abv.

Medium a slick mouthfeel

This is a down to earth version of a pumpkin ale. I appreciate the fact that it is not a pumpkin spice bomb, but instead focuses on the gourd itself.

Oct 27, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Dark, rustic brown/orange in color on the pour - it certainly looks like liquefied "pumpkin flesh", as the bottle description says. Beautiful, menacing, and a little sexy once in the glass though - this beer is a beautiful crimson/ruby color topped off with about 1 finger of vanilla-colored foam. The head bubbled down to a creamy, dense lacing after about 2 minutes. Nice pumpkiny nose, as you'd expect. Sweeter than some I've had, but not cloyingly so. I get lots of pumpkin spice and ginger mainly. Baking spices like nutmeg and cinammon are pretty evident as well. Maybe some vanilla in there. The aroma on this beer is nice, albeit a bit weak for such a big beer (the BA description says 7.5% but my bottle says 9%).

Medium weight to this with lots of carbonation. The initial feel is fairly creamy, which is nice. I can't stand a thin, watery pumpkin ale honestly. Anyway, on to the taste. Lots of spice in this one, and not necessarily pumpkin spice. While there is a definite pumpkin flavor, it's balanced with an equal amount of raw baking spices. Loads of raw cinammon, ginger, nutmeg, coriander, and sweet malts. I'd almost guess there's cardamom in there, too, but no mention of it on the bottle so who knows. At 9%, I do get a little bit of alcohol, especially on the finish. It's nice and warming, though - not at all overpowering or offensive. It works well.

Finishes fairly smooth and leaves a spice-filled aftertaste in its wake. Honestly not a lot of pumpkin on the's more coriander, ginger, and booze. Interesting.

Overall, a very interesting take on a beer style that's hit-or-miss in my book. This one was one of the better pumpkin beers I've had, if for no other reason than it's individuality. Never had one anything like this. I feel like if you were to take 2/3 part Shlafly Pumpkin Ale and mix it with 1/3 part 3 Floyds Alpha Kong, this beer would be the result (I loved both of the former, by the way). Good stuff. I'd like to pick up a few more bottles to cellar and try after the alcohol subsides a bit.

Oct 25, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at King's Table, Beavercreek, OH

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet pumpkins are present in the nose along with hints of alcohol.
T: The initial taste starts out with flavors of sweet pumpkins but quickly transitions to notes of alcohol that linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I didn't consider this beer to be very drinkable because the flavors of alcohol are all to present in the taste.

Oct 27, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap during the anniversary celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber/light brown color with a half finger of thick tan head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet from the malt with a nice hint of pumpkin. I'm getting some pie spice, vanilla, and a slight caramel note.

Taste: This is a nicely spiced pumpkin beer. Just a touch of bitterness throughout with some caramel malt to balance it out. The finish is rather bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is really dry.

Overall: I would have liked the bitterness level to be a bit lower. The pumpkin to spice mix was nice. I'd have more in the future.

Jan 01, 2013
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Spider889 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comparing to the regular draft version, review form notes.

Served in a pint glass. Still a ruddy orange color but with a large nitro head, leaves decent lacing.

The nose is rich and spicy - lots of the typical pie spices. Nutmeg is most apparent, as is sweet caramel candy corn.

Drinks really smooth. I found this beer on nitro to be delicious, and I prefer it this way to the non-nitrogenated version. Typical thick luscious nitro mouthfeel and body.

I think that the main difference is that this version seemed to have more of a flavor punch, which I found odd because many beers on nitro seem to lack the edge that their normal counterparts have.

Recommended, especially on nitro.

May 31, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on the eve of the August 27th JO's release. Received in a pint glass.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark amber color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with decent retention and a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Lighter on the spice than I'd prefer, but still nice. This is closer to a regular amber than a "pumpkin beer." Moderately bready with a touch of herbal hoppiness.

3.0 T: A bit underwhelming as a pumpkin beer. Rather, this is a fairly standard amber - light caramel and toffee are the main components. Just a touch of pumpkin spice. Good enough, but not memorable.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I'd like a touch more creaminess.

3.5 D: Worth a try, but I like my pumpkin beers to be bigger on the pumpkin and spice.

Sep 01, 2011
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jisom123 from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at JO's beer release 08/27/2011

Nice combo of fall spices.

Smooth for the ABV and has a better smell and mouth-feel than most beers of this style.

Medium body.

Slightly cloudy, similar to a Belgian wheat, but the color of burnt amber.

Good campfire beer.

Aug 30, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try a pumpkin ale from Jackie O's. Served on nitro at the August release.

The sample glasses didn't allow for a whole lot of cascading, frothy head. This one is a very cloudy burnt orange color.

Lots of unique spices. Ginger stands out well. Nutmeg and cinnamon are there but thankfully subdued enough as to not ruin the beer, making it a cinnamon bomb. There is a really nice sweetness from what I think must be brown sugar and pumpkin.

Ginger is clearly there along with more typical spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. This beer has a surprising bitterness on the finish. The middle is sweetened pumpkin and brown sugar.

The nitro tap is the perfect serving for this beer. The body is so smooth and creamy. It really helps it have a pumpkin pie feel to it.

This one drinks very easily. The ABV is very well hidden. I'd like a whole pint of this.

Aug 29, 2011
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smokeypeat from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Jackie O's 8/27 bottle release. Appears a hazy orange in the glass with very minimal eggshell head. Smell on this one is top notch. Big cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice smell, all the traditional pumpkin pie notes are hit with this one. Taste is very solid but a bit more muted than what you get in the nose. The pumpkin is there, but I'd say this is more of a spice forward pumpkin ale. Nice level of carbonation for the style. Really nice solid pumpkin style beer in this one. Jackie Os has a great seasonal winner on there hands here.

Aug 28, 2011
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Preismj from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy tan/brown with cloudy specs of spice. mild tan head is foamy with good lacing. Smells of typical pumpkin spice with a good dose of yeast in the nose. Tastes are mild spices of clove, nutmeg cinnamon and brown sugar. Pumpkin doesn't really come through, just the spices associated with it. Crust like flavor from the yeastiness here makes itself known. Primarily a nutty flavor from a nut brown base. Medium light body that coats well but leaves little aftertaste.

Overall, nice flavors, but nothing spectacular. Looking for a bit more of a pumpkin flavor here, but the spices were a unique blend in terms of proportion. Solid spiced beer, but not strong in the pumpkin category.

Aug 28, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jackie os. This beer is pretty solid. Im not a big pumpkin person but I'm writing a review because it's quite tasty and definitely a crowd pleaser. Smells spicy and malty. A touch of pumpkin but not very strong. Good solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable but not stellar. thanks for calling me out Chris

Aug 27, 2011
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brew3crew from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at jackie os

A-hazy orangeish with little to no head

S-very nice pumkin smell that isn't overpowering

T-more pumkin than the nose but still not overpowering. Very nice and smooth.

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good pumpkin beer. One of the best I have had

Aug 27, 2011
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jale from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Brewed with local pie pumpkins, nutmeg, allspice,ginger,cinnamon,coriander and brown sugar.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy darker amber with two quarters of tan head.

S: Pumpkin,nutmeg and allspice but mainly allspice,

T: Allspice upfront followed by some cinnamon, roasted malt and mild pumpkin. Finish is a little piney hop bitterness.

M:Lighter side of medium body with good carbonation

O: A nice pumpkin beer.

Aug 26, 2011
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 126 ratings