Pumpkin Ale
AleWerks Brewing Company

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #6
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
92
Ranked #1,873
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.74%
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
541
From:
AleWerks Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Fall
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 541
Photo of brenn79
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of loon
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.

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Photo of danmouer
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.

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
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.

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Photo of Riff
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of Slack
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.

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Photo of ordybill
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
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.

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Photo of michaelk4451
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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Photo of NoFishsticks
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.

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of Beejay
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark murky brown with a small amount of tan head on top.

S: Roasted pumpkin and sweet potato, followed by maple syrup and a touch of booze. A touch of clove maybe in the finish.

T: Clove and nutmeg followed by pumpkin, and vanilla with a touch of caramel in the finish.

M: Medium to heavy thickness, with medium high carbonation, and just a hint of booze in the finish.

O: Overall I was a bit surprised by this one.. the aroma really has a lot of the pumpkin aroma, instead of just pumpkin pie spices. Pretty good, and of the batch of pumpkin beers I've tried this year this one takes the cake so far.. There are a bunch of mediocre pumpkin beers on the market, and a few fantastic ones.. This one is somewhere in the middle, reaching for amazing, and coming close.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin ales always smell the same - it's how well everything balances and integrates that's really what matters. The nose has some subtle gourd character, and is even paired with a nice vanilla sweetness. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes start off subtle, but grow more intense as it opens up. In fact, it seems overspiced after a while. Its roasted pumpkin touch is pleasant, though. Its flavor works better: for one, it doesn't taste like a pure cinnamon/nutmeg bomb. I really pick up the roasted pumpkin here - I taste some gourd at first, and I get a burnished quality near the back end. There seem to be strong vanilla cream and brown sugar flavors floating around - great companions to the pumpkin ale base. While the sweetness level on the palate screams "dessert beer", the finish is dry enough to will it down very easily. Carbonation is also properly done: it's airy-feeling without being intense. It doesn't quite dethrone Schlafly's pumpkin ale for me, but if you're a pumpkin ale lover, this is a keeper.

3.6/5: Ultimately not *quite* my thing, but I don't like this style either way; this is a really damn good interpretation of the style from an objective standpoint

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy orangish copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some hints of amber + ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with just a hint of spicy rye malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of brown sugar sweetness and roasted pumpkin. Finally there are moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove) that lingers through the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, though this pumpkin beer is moderately sweet. Nice roasted pumpkin flavor and pumpkin pie spices. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of CandaceLai
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Copper/amber color! Taste like brown sugar and cinnamon -- no extreme hoppy taste, but smells a lot like pumpkin! Not my favorite beer, I dont really like pumpkin

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, copper/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, but otherwise had left no head whatsoever.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin and spices up front. Notes of brown sugar, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some good malty, bready notes too, like freshly baked pumpernickel. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Wow, lots of brown sugar and cinnamon and clove up front, followed by pumpkin and malt. I get freshly baked pumpernickel or gingerbread, however, I do not get any hops bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with hardly any carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 7.3%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent pumpkin beer! Massive spice notes blended beautifully with the malt. Absolutely delicious! This absolutely goes on my pumpkin beers rotation!

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