Ichabod's Pumpkin Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #218
Ranked #35,071
3.68 | pDev: 11.14%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Sampling right now after bowling on 9/23/14. From the New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, Michigan, Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein with a Jack-o'-lantern on it. :)

Pours a hazy burnt-orange in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is very nice and consists of pumpkin, spices and grains. Even more going on with the taste with lots of pumpkin flavor with nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of bread (yeast). Goes down smooth and easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. A really tasty pumpkin ale and one of the better ones!

Sep 24, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

An okay pumpkin ale selection. Poured a bronzed orange color with a small off-white head that laces decently and retains as a thin spotty layer. Aroma is bready, malty, with hints of spice. Didn't get an overwhelmingly big sense of pumpkin in the taste, which is typically not good...when I have a pumpkin ale, I want pumpkin in the taste. More malty, bready, with nutmeg and cinnamon coming through, and pumpkin just hinted at. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, but I'd sooner have a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, or better yet a yummy Harvest Moon Brewery Pumpkin Ale!!! (If and when I ever get back to New Brunswick in the right season.)

Jun 03, 2011
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PearlJam1221 from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a nonic glass in early December 2010.

I was surprised to see this still on tap so late in the Pumpkin Beer season, so I gave it a try. great looking, nice offwhite head, light lacing. Great smell of cinnamon and pumpkin. Flavor of malt, strong pumpking, nutmeg, and very very faint hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin, but good. I'm not a fan of overly hoppy beers at all, but this was even almost too malty for me. A solid pumpkin beer, but I think I'd order a lager or something a little more bitter after this one.

Dec 15, 2010
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at the bar on 10-6. Reviewed from notes.

Chalkboard above bar notes a birthdate of 10-6 (holy freshness) and an ABV of 5.2%. Description states "Pumpkin pie in a glass."

Liquid is a brownish gold in color with bubbly carbonation and a tuft of soapy tan head. The foam quickly evaporates, leaving behind a faint lacing.

Smell is faint, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie crust. A bit too hard to nose out.

Flavor primarily focuses on nutmeg and holiday spicing with a mild dryness, malty backbone and a shade of citrus hops. This is a clean and respectable version of the style, boasting more malt and actual "beer" flavor.

Mouth boasts a crisp bite, reminiscent of a macro lager, opening smooth, but ending with an earthy graininess.

This is a bit more drinkable than most of its type, in my opinion, and it's nice to see a beer focus on malt and body over heavy spicing.

Nov 05, 2010
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange color, with frothy off white head. Smell is of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamin, nutmeg, ginger) and light pumpkin puree. Taste kicks the scent upo a notch with a full flavored pumpkin pie in a glass taste - pumpkin pie filling, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, bready malts. Only thing its missing is the whipped cream! Medium bodied, good carbonation. A very good pumpkin brew!

Dec 07, 2009
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GeoffFromSJ from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rock Bottom really keeps impressing, which itself is impressive. This one is a solid pumpkin beer.

Normal pumpkin pie spices on the nose. Stereotypical pumpkin ale spice tastes.

Only real flaw with the beer is a somewhat weak mouthfeel. Somewhat watery, but not horrible.

Nov 16, 2009
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Ezekiel81923 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on tap at the bar during the Phil's game. Tapped one day earlier, and poured into my pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/amber color. Small 1 finger off-white head that hangs around for a little before ultimately becoming just a thin layer on top. Some lacing, not much.

Smell: A rather subdued aroma of some spices and some floral hops. Perhaps a touch of pumpkin, but overall their is not much of a nose on this one.

Taste: Despite the aroma, it is not hard to find the pumpkin and the spiciness in this one. Typical pumpkin ale spicing of cinnamon, nutmeg, a little brown sugar. Cinnamon seems to be the predominant spice here. Pumpkin is hidden behind the spices but was there at the beginning and comes out in the finish and after taste.

Mouthfeel: Sort of a spicy bitterness to it at the end, and a good level of carbonation makes the finish real nice. This is a medium bodied brew that leaves a pumpkin flavor and carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: High. I had too many of these last night. Great beer though, drinks real well and is balanced enough with the spice that it doesn't get old or fatigue the palate.

I've had a lot of pumpkin ale's, some I've reviewed and most I haven't. The real good ones I'll always review, and this is probably in my top 3 right now. Great Pumpkin Ale here.

Oct 30, 2009
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 11/8/08, served in a Mug Club Mug.

Poured a hazy amber orange color with 1 finger of foamy light tan head. OK retention left some good lacing. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, floral hops, and a touch of caramel. Tastes of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, orange zest, ginger, honey, lightly toasted malt, a touch of pumpkin, and floral and spicy hops. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation. Lots of spices balanced out by a solid maltiness, but the hop presence interfered with some of the flavors. Clean with a bittering finish. Easy to drink and good for a round each season, but not one of the more outstanding pumpkin ales, at least not this year's batch.

Nov 10, 2008
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Biscuit033 from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with one finger white head and very little retention and OK lacing.

S: Roasted pumpkin folowed by the normal pumpkin pie spice flavors but not over the top.

T: Roasted pumpkin with light notes of cinnamon, clove, and all spice. Very nice balance of sweet pumpkin and spice flavors.

M: Medium to full body with a creamy texture and a llong light spice finish.

D: This is a very nice drinkable pumpkin in terms of spiciness, sweetness, and ABV (6%). This is something that I have gone back to time and time again already this season.

Nov 02, 2008
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewpub in an oversized "Mug Club" mug on 10/25/08.

Pours a hazy copper orange with a finger of brite-white head. Retains decently with a thin, wispy covering that leaves a smattering of lace behind. The aroma is a bit subdued, just consisting of some light pumpkin spices and a tingle of floral hops.

The taste is pretty much the same, with light notes of spices and some pumpkin meat that does possess a bit of a roasted feel to it. There is also a fairly assertive hop profile towards the finish that just seems to override the back portion of the flavor profile at times. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sharp and biting carbonation that lends itself to the hop profile in this but not the softer pumpkin flavors.

This was OK but if they could have toned down the hops and sharpness of this a tad, I think that I woud have found this to be a much more drinkable affair. I was good for the mug but that was about it.

Oct 27, 2008
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treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in King of Prussia, Pa, served in a pint glass. I'm writting this review as I sit outside of my apartment waiting for AAA because my car won't turn over so if it sounds mean, take it with a grain of salt.
Appearance: A nice orange colored body with a light beige head. The head wasn't to big, but the retention was pretty good and left a decent amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: Not too much aroma, but mostly it was just pumpkin pie spicing.
Taste: Same as the aroma, a ton of pumpkin pie spice and not much pumpkin. The brewmaster couldn't even remember all the spices he put in.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp and ridgid.
Drinkability: I had two, but I wouldn't recomment much more. It was very good, but a lot of flavor to have so much of.
Don't drink and review.

Oct 18, 2007
Ichabod's Pumpkin Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 23 ratings