Pumpkin Ale
Alewerks Brewing Company

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #6
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,043
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.74%
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
552
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Alewerks Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  84
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
Notes: Pumpkin is made solely with fresh ingredients, spiced and baked in the oven before added to the brew. Enjoy powerful notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and more from the beer commonly described as "Pumpkin Pie in a glass."
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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeous dark orange amber ale. Minimal lacing which dissipates within a few mins. Medium carbonation. Pumpkin bread on the nose. Taste of sweet pumpkin with strong nutmeg and spice notes....essentially tastes like a heavily spiced pumpkin pie. Great feel and goes down very smoothly. Tricky one with the ABV being on the higher side which is not apparent. It’s not a beer I’d buy a six pack of...but solid as a one-off seasonal as Fall sets in. Personally, I would’ve preferred the spice levels to be dialed down a bit.

Sep 17, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Capitol City Brewing. Bright copper in color with an off-white head. Without looking through my history, I'd have to say this is one of, if not the best pumpkin ales I've had. Smooth, medium feel of pure pumpkin pie goodness. Warm without being boozy. Quite excellent

Oct 04, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange from a bottle, with a few fingers of head from a fast pour, fading to a finger or so quickly. Smells a bit like pumpkin pie, but not too sweet. Tastes of pumpkin pie with a bit of sweetness. Not many spice flavors while cold, but the "pumpkin pie spice" flavor comes through more as it warms. Excellent pumpkin ale that straddles the line between pumpkin ale and "pumpkin pie in a bottle."

Sep 22, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A slight 1/4 inch of a off-khaki foamthat dissolves down to a thin layer. Coloration is an opaque copper-orange. Bottle says it is like pumpkin pie in a bottle and the scent seems to match that: sweet, creamy, pumpkin, and spiced. Flavor very much matches, with a bit of creaminess, cinammon, and creamy pumpkin pie flavors. Feel is full, a bit chewy, and a bit boozy. Very, very enjoyable and would highly recommend.

Sep 14, 2019
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with some sediment floating around in there. Aroma is pumpkin spices, malty, nutmeg. The flavor is pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nice and spicy. Delicious.

Oct 28, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pleasant but pedestrian seasonal effort. Pumpkin, nutmeg and spices are handled with subtlety, but perhaps a little too subtle, leaving the beer shallow with a here and quickly gone aftertaste.

Oct 08, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant pumpkin hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous pumpkin flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very nice well balanced pumpkin

Aug 19, 2018
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loon from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just shared a growler of Pumpkin released Aug 1. So Ready for fall weather and this beer gets you in the mood. A lighter Pumpkin Pie flavor. easy to drink. Not over the top with spices.

Aug 10, 2018
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danmouer from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I am not much of a fan of pumpkin-spice ales. This year's Alewerks version might just change that. The beer pours a dense, translucent orangey-amber, putting up a modest bu persistent froth. The aroma is a grabber: sweet spice, spicy spice, peppery spice, baked pumpkin, malt and alcohol wake the nose right up.

The flavor follows through. The full-bodied, rich beer is distinctly sweet and spicy but nowhere near over the top in either dimension. In fact the spices have an intriguing, earthy and peppery quality which, along with a slightly bitter backbone, balances the weighty heft of this brew. Chewy, warming, compex...good beer to stash away for the first hints of winter.

Sep 23, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from VA.

This is a highly spiced pumpkin ale. Typically, that would hurt my rating but the spice mix here is so appealing, especially in the nose, that i enjoy it. This tasty ale will be too sweet and/or too spiced for some.

Sep 18, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dense burnt orange coloring, with a good dose of effervesce. Walnut-pumpkin stem toned head offers a skim covering, with a short lasting appeal. Sparse, speckled lacing, nice coloring overall.

S: Aroma of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg spicing is evident upon uncapping. Toasted malt and cloves and cola follow up. Some brown sugar sweetness and toasted pumpkin rounds things out. I like the aroma here, sweet and spicy, but not overly done, toasted pumpkin mixes in to keep things balanced with a good strength, but with an real pumpkin pie type flair.

T: Flavor was sweet toasted malt, toasted pumpkin and brown sugar. Spicing of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, again as with the nose well balanced, not over done and smells like a real pumpkin pie and well balanced. Toasty oak and caramel rounds things out.

M: Well carbonated, malty and deep feels full.

O: A very drinkable pumpkin with very good balance of toasted pumpkin and spicing attributes. Toasted sweetness, but not enough to hinder multiples. Very good pumpkin beer, easy A by style.

Nov 11, 2016
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DaveBlack from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of sweet spices, cinnamon and allspice, but also distinctly vegetal. Flavor matches the smell. It is not overly sweet, the primary spice is cinnamon, but I can distinctly taste the squash, which is always a nice surprise. Beer hides the 7.3% ABV surprisingly well. A damn good pumpkin beer.

Oct 05, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tumbler glass. Pours an orange color with a thin white head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little pumpkin. Tastes follow the smells, very heavy on the spices and less so on the pumpkin. Medium body. Overall it's okay, but it is not my favorite pumpkin ale. There is not enough pumpkin and a little too much emphasis on spices in my opinion.

Sep 04, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice orange amber coloring with a thin off white head.

S - Well balanced nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla.

T - Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, pumpkin - all expertly blended, not one flavor overpowering the other.

M - Medium body.

O - First time having this. Definitely is sitting in my top five pumpkin favorites.

Aug 12, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber in color, a bit cloudy, with marginal amount of head.

Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet malt on the nose.

Pumpkin spices, most notably cinnamon, malt, sugar, and minor bitters.

Mouthful is medium and smooth with moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly dry.

One of the better pumpkin beers available. Balanced with a nice blend of sugar and spice. Hidden alcohol. Very drinkable. Use this as a baseline for other pumpkin beers.

Feb 14, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber color with a small white head. The flavor is a great pumpkin flavor with a semi-dry finish. An excellent pumpkin ale.

Nov 08, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a clear, orangey amber brown with a nice head. A bit of pumpkin and spice in the nose. Pumpkin and spice on the tongue. Enjoyable and yet not overwhelmingly pumpkin.

Nov 01, 2015
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper with a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind no lacing.
S - Pure pumpkin pie and fall spices along with sweet bready malt. Truly a great smelling pumpkin beer.
T - Tons of fresh pumpkin along with fall spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel notes.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - One of the more "real" tasting pumpkin beers out there. Everything tastes fresh in the beer, which provides a true pumpkin flavor and a great beer overall.

Oct 26, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is hazy brownish orange.

Aroma pumpkin pie cinnamon allspice and nutmeg.

Taste is the slightly sour spiced flavor of pumpkin pie.

I think this beer more than other pumpkins captures the essence of what a pumpkin beer can be. Balanced and not aggressive but with a strong clear idea of what it should be. Not thin and stands up to the overpowering spice.

Oct 17, 2015
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drink_like_a_wahoo from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite fall beer. Great smell on this brew of pumpkin with subtle seasonal spices. Tastes like rich pumpkin up front with a smooth vanilla finish. Fantastic fall beer by itself or with a warm meal.

Oct 13, 2015
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michaelk4451 from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pumpkin beers of 2015. Pours an orange/red color with light foam head. Tastes of pumpkin mash, caramel, vanilla. It is a bit heavy but not as heavy as an imperial pumpkin, although the ABV is almost as high as one! This is definitely a must try pumpkin beer and one of my favorites this year.

Sep 26, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on cask in a nonic, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange copper coloring with a foamy, off white head. Aromas of rich and roasted pumpkin, subtle cinnamon and nutmeg spice, and a bready backbone. Flavors are creamy rich and smooth forward, heavy on pumpkin spice, with a rich, bready backbone. Full bodied, but light and drinkable. The aftertaste is rich pumpkin pie, with vanilla highlights, and a subtle spice linger. Smooth, creamy, layered finish. Great beer.

Sep 19, 2015
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NoFishsticks from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow... Delicious Pumpkin beer with a 7.4 ABV. Cloudy Carmel and pumpkin color with great Halowwen spices and nice sweet nut meg pumpkin finish. If you want big pumpkin taste win a nice ABV kick - get it. Highly recommended.

Sep 19, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep burnt orange with a thinner fizzy head atop,much more carbonated than I was expecting here.Cardamom,nutmeg,and mace stand out in the nose...not all nutmeg like way to many pumpkin ales seem to smell like theses days.A little sharp in the feel but it has the right depth.Graham cracker crust,cardamom,nutmeg,and finally a bit of lightly roasted pumpkin in the flavor dept.A little less carbonation and more creaminess would make this great because the flavors are quite good.

Sep 18, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch code 8/25/15.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, dirt, squash, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, yeast, and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is super malt and earth forward with no real distinct pumpkin pie spices.

Serving type: bottle.

Sep 11, 2015
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