Pumpkin Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
524 Ratings
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by on 09-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
524
Reviews:
141
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
79
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 524 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Amanda_gree23
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I LOVE THIS BEER. I was in phonexville at the end of fall last year and happened to walk into a bar that had it on tap. I have had ALOT of pumpkins beers, this is by far my favorite. I live in philly and am excited for the fall, mainly because of this beer, I hope that it finds me again, as I continue to search for it.

 320 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +9%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of thampel09
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of pk18
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Dreamer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Someone gave me this as an extra and I forgot who it was... My apologies, but thank you to whomever you may have been. Drinking a pumpkin ale in April doesn't seem so out of place when it's still only 37 degrees outside... Thanks, Michigan. This one pours a muddled copper, barely letting any light through. The off-white head grows to about an inch before settling quickly to a mere skin atop the brew.

Aromatics for pumpkin ales tend to get a little repetitive at times since they almost all essentially contain the same spices and ingredients. This brew has a bit of the normal things you'd expect - nutmeg, cinnamon, and some bready and caramel malts to tie it all together, giving that "pumpkin pie" feel to it. This one, however, contains a slight apple spice aroma to it, along with a a decent amount of leafy hops, slightly segregating it from the rest of the somewhat tiresome pumpkin ales out there. Nothing is really too overpowering, either - nice mix of all components.

The first sip leans heaviest towards nutmeg with a secondary nod to cinnamon, yet neither of them overshadow the other. Hops are present, just like they were in the aroma, giving a slight bitterness up front that fades over time. There's a delicate sweetness that hits almost immediately, reminding me more and more of apples. A dash of ginger makes its way in and molds with the bread and cookie-like malts to radiate a solid "gingerbread spice holiday" vibe. The finish contains a little bit of caramel with a solid nutmeg and cinnamon spice combination still resonating enough to be relevant. I love how the maltiness gives a graham cracker and cookie feel. Very festive. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, lightly creamy mouth feel.

Overall, very nice pumpkin ale, even though they typically aren't my "thing". Good addition of spices to remain strong but not too fatiguing. Malts play a huge role in providing a biscuit, cookie, and shortbread type of flavor profile. Certainly one of the best pumpkin ales I've had.

 2,007 characters

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ZoomnWahoo
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UnderPressure
2.32/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear copper colored beer. Little to no head. No lacing.

Heavy spice in the aroma. Cloves and allspice. It's hard to pick up anything else. Maybe a little sweet malt in the background.

Heavy cinnamon in the flavor. Hard to get past all the spice flavor.

Decent medium bodied mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Clean finish.

Slightly below average pumpkin ale.

 366 characters

Photo of gtermi
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AlexFields
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely light pumpkin color.

Smells very sweet, more pumpkin than spice in the nose which is encouraging.

Lots of real pumpkin flavor, very sweet, there's subtle spice but it doesn't dominate or distract. This is exactly how I want pumpkin beers to taste.

Great beer, one of the best pumpkin ales I've had, one of the few I would buy to drink repeatedly if I had access to it.

8.4/10

 394 characters

Photo of Mattyb79
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of derricksmalls
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jdhasse
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mrterdferguson
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TribeBeerDrinker
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of scm2787
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Pumpkin Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 524 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe