Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest AleSmall Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

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Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tommyknocker shaker pint.

The beer is as murky and dark as a mud puddle in Autumb. A country vanilla ice cream colored head calms to a wisp. Light splotches of lacing stay on the glass.

The aroma is part cranberry tart, with some earthy rich molasses and brown sugar.

The taste is also a cranberry tart beginning then slides into spices, gooey molasses, and a subtle pumpkin afterthought.

The mouthfeel is solid, medium in weight, and almost chewy but not quite.

Overall, considering the modest ABV, this is a real gem, and one of my favorite pumpkin ales.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off let me say that I love the label that is on this beer.

The beer has an awesome aroma of malts and pumpkin and spices. I am having this beer with thanksgiving dinner and it mixes perfectly with the aromas in the house.

The beer has a well rounded malt flavor that is highlighted by pumpkin and not weighed down by the spices like a lot of the pumpkin beers that I have tried.

The mouth feel is solid and leaves the pallet a little sticky but in a pleasant way.

Overall I really like this beer in particular for the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has been the year that I decided to make a conscious effort to review all pumpkin-related beers, but I am flagging in terms of my enthusiasm. Just like all other styles, NOT all pumpkin beers are created equal!

From the bottle: "Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer"; "A festive seasonal ale pumpkin and a touch of molasses and spice"; "Ale brewed with pumpkin, molasses and spices"; "Tommyknocker Legend [-] Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800's with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often heard singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm's way and to the gold they sought."

I may be redeemed! I am not in harm's way, but I hope that they will guide me to some good pumpkin beer. An aggro pour has created two fingers of fluffy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet highlights (SRM = > 27, < 34) and NE-quality clarity. The nose had an earthy, medicinal quality that put me in mind of freshly-tilled soil and/or Geritol. I am sure that it was largely due to the molasses and while I did not mind it, YMMV. Mouthfeel was medium and the molasses interacted well with the spices so that neither one was as overwhelming as it could have been. This beer had a distinctive earthy flavor that others in the style have eschewed in favor of spices and malty sweetness. Frankly, I was really digging this beer after a spice onslaught from other brewers, so my numbers may skew high. Finish was only semi-dry, proving that you need NOT dump the whole spice rack into the brew kettle to still get nice flavors! Now, one might be enough, where drinkability used to be part of the rating system, but I still want to put it out there that I was not going to make an afternoon of it.

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Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle picked up at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ...was happy to find this new Pumpkin!

A - looks good, decent but small head, minimal lacing on my glass; very dark and impressive

S - smells of your usual pumpkin spices, and some molasses sweetness comes through, some bready caramel smells too

T - I like it, tastes good, goes down easily...some malt, little hops, and nice balance of spices...low ABV means it goes down easily!

MF - good feel in the mouth, not too over-powering, with either the pumpkin spices of molasses sweetness, nicely done

O - overall, I like this new one from TommyKnocker; nothing crazy or overpowering, just a good solid rep of the basic pumpkin ale style....I will enjoy the rest of the six pack!

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Photo of ordybill
4.16/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is full of pumpkin and molasses. The flavor does not match the aroma. There is a faint pumpkin flavor, nice but I was expecting more. Overall, a very nice pumpkin ale.

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Photo of weller1js
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear, red-orange brown, lightly carbonated with slight bubbling at the top, dissipating into a thin ring of lacing; slight filminess is noticeable when swilled.

smell: toasted spices are most notable, with similar pumpkin and malt notes also present; hops are light in comparison to the power of the spice notes.

taste: begins bold and mellow, with essences of pumpkin, spice and roasted malts complementing the medium-towards-heavy body; hops are more discernable in the taste than the scent, with a crisp sweetness which lingers with the pumpkin spices into the finish.

overall: well-brewed with well bodied character, very drinkable and mellow, one of the consistently better seasonal pumpkin ales.

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Photo of alexipa
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with a huge frothy tan head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Beautiful.

S: Pumpkin smell first and foremost- exactly what I want. Some malty sweetness along with pie spice, nutmeg.

T: Again the pumpkin is center stage here. If you don't like this, why'd you buy a pumpkin ale?! Nutmeg comes through in the middle, ending with nice malty sweetness.

M: A little thin. It's creamy and very drinkable.

O: This is an excellent pumpkin ale. I could see the pumpkin flavors being a little too pronounced for some, but that's exactly what I wanted out of it.

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Photo of TCMike
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger tan head. No real lacing. Beer color is dark, slightly translucent mahogany.
The smell is lager like, with biscuit, and a hint of pumpkin/spice.
Taste was similar, but would have liked more pumpkin,and spice. Medium bodied, and medium carbonation.
It's a nice easy drinking beer. Nothing spectacular, but good.

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Photo of scones
4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A light pumpkin aroma, not too much on the spices but enough to signify it's there.

Tastes like pumpkin first and foremost, with the standard spices backing it up. Not too much, not too little.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin. Some carbonation, but not biting.

Overall, this is what I personally like in a pumpkin beer. Its not overpowering with spices and doesn't taste fake. It might not stand out like pumking, but I like that about it. Just a good, solid, tasty refreshing pumpkin that you could drink all fall.

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Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Tulip Glass..Amber, very little head, thin white ring around glass.. darkest traditional pumpkin beer to date.

smells of rich pumpkin, almost like pumpkin pie and whip cream.

immediately tasting hints of molasses which for me is good.. i like a bit of molasses along with the taste of real pumpkin.. lighter on the pumpkin spice than most.

Not heavily carbonated.. smooth easy drinkability.

overall. A nice break from the normal pumpkin seasonals...

Cheers Tommyknocker.. keep up the good work..loving the new label designs.. no artsy gimmicks.. more quality..

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple-ish brown, murky, with some ruby highlights. No real head, just a thin, loose collar. Leaves some lacing sticking to the sides.

The molasses comes through, but it's combined with a kind of syrupy dark fruit character, like stewed prunes. A different sort of pumpkin smell, like actual baking squash with some butter & brown sugar.

That "baked" character gets clearer in the taste, & reveals more of a baked corn flavor, that slightly husky, roast flavor. Or grilled corn-on-the-cob. Normally corn is not a positive descriptor, but I do enjoy it here. A little hop bite in the finish, followed by a smooth, mellow roast. Not bad, & definitely interesting.

Mouthfeel's on the thin side, a little prickly.

Normally not a fan of the lower ABV pumpkin ales, but this one brought something different to the table & didn't have any really off-putting flaws. I'd go for another.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A semi hazed deep ruby chestnut amber with a light tan khaki head forming thick, leaves behind fine speckled lacing. Aroma is pretty killer expressive light spice with whipped cream and something fresh and green about it that's hard to nail down. A bit of gourd coated with molasses and festive holiday spice. Flavor has a very nice rolling sweetness caramel malts, molasses gives it charred vanilla and dark caramelized sugars with deep layers of pumpkin pie spices. Yet not overdone with overkill spices. I can actually stand a bottle of this which is an unlikely experience from any of the Tommyknocker beers, and this label is actually attractive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation unoffensive pretty easy going with mild dry spiced finish. Decent drinkability going on, fully enjoyable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown with a small but steady head and great lacing

S: Lots of autumnal spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses and of course loads of pumpkin; some roasty chocolate and nuts but pretty pumpkin as well

T: Not nearly as spice forward which is nice; the pumpkin plays well of the roasted malts; this is an easy drinking, roasty, creamy, slightly spicy, and pleasantly pumpkiny beer

F: Medium body and fairly creamy

O: This is a pleasant and not overpowering pumpkin beer; a nice beer

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Photo of KevinMulh
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer last year and wasn't impressed, but this year it really impressed me. Sweet but not overly so, full but not heavy. I would happily drink this all night. It was out of a bottle, so I can't comment on glassware or anything like that, but it was great as-is.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the prettiest beer too look at, pours a turgid nut-brown with very little head, but I like this beer quite a bit more than I thought I would. It both smells and tastes a lot more like pumpkin and a lot less like spice than many other pumpkin beers. While the pumpkin really comes through, there are also noticeable molasses notes and a bit less spice than most. There is some ginger, mace, and cinnamon. Smooth, with a hint of sweet tang from the molasses, this particular pumpkin beer is a nice change from the norm.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, slightly turbid pour with small tan head. The dark color alone makes it worth a try. Not much aroma or pumpkin taste, but it is there, just very subdued. As smooth easy drinking sessionable beer I will be picking up more for year-round consumption, just not as a fall pumpkin experience.

Update: None of the local bottle shops or distributors have the new batch yet in PA. Found a few more bottles of the last years production with a Best By date of Jan 19 2015, leftover stock from last year.

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Photo of match1112
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nice shade of brown with some amber highlights in it. half a finger of head settles to an off white ring rather quickly. not any lacing to talk about. smell is spicy. pick up allspice, nutmeg,cinnamon, molasses, touch of chocolate and lots of malty sweetness. taste is well blended and balanced. not overly sweet and the spices are softer on the tongue than the nose. has a good smooth creamy mouthfeel. a good addition to anyones list of fall beers. as it warms the spices bring out the bitterness in it, which has a very low presence while drinking chilled.

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Photo of ncsutton
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass

A - Dark amber color

S - Pleasant hint of pumpkin

T - A nice molasses taste with a nice finish of pumpkin, reminds me a lot of pumpkin pie

M - Slight carbonation, goes down smooth

O - Overall a solid pumpkin ale, nothing special, but shouldn't be overlooked if you enjoy the style

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I wanted my 800th to be special but this was just a random grab. Ow well you can't plan all your special events!

A - Pours a dark ruby red, with a half inch off off white head.

S - Not sure what kind of "pie" everyone else is smelling but I mostly get some musky pumpkin, slight cinnamon, and a weird strong molasses smell. This beer has more molasses than most of the RIS I ever had!

T - Surprisingly the molasses works well in the base to deliver a good sweetness almost like a lighter bodied old ale. You don't get much spicing since the molasses steals the show but again cinnamon is picked up along with nutmeg. Pumpkin in this beer is balanced since it only leaves a slightly earthy taste and no hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, a very interesting brew.

Overall this kind of breaks away from the typical pumpkin lager or ale so some will not "get it" but I thought it was a nice one off beer that worked well to be considered a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a dark brown with just one finger of off white head.

S – Clove, honey, pumpkin, molasses and nutmeg. Nice smell.

T – Starts out with a nice roasty flavor. A mild pumpkin comes next with all the spices you would expect. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Not a powerful taste of pumpkin but pleasant. Still has a nice brown ale flavor. Sweet but not cloying. Finsihes with just a mild bitterness.

M – Medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Fairly creamy feel.

O – Solid offering here for those that don’t want over the top pumpkin. Easy drinker as the alcohol is no where to be found.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Worty! Dark roasty malts.

Appearance: Pours a very thick light brown head. Very difficult to see through. Very little head. What head there was dissipated quickly. Tiny bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Flavor: Worty pumpkin, very sweet, a tad roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit on the dry side. Little carbonation.

Overall: Interesting. Definitely worth a try. This is totally my style though. Delicious fresh worty taste, some pumpkin and great mouthfeel. Mostly sweet, yet not overly so, nice and mild bitterness element.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber-reddish-orange mahogany color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast to leave just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of spice smells with a whole lot of coriander, clove, and nutmeg. Other moderately strong aromas of a roasted pumpkin and some cinnamon are there as well, with these mixing with a hint of a vanilla and caramel sweetness, to bring a very pleasant and spiced pumpkin puree smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a roasted pumpkin and bready flavor that has a little bit of caramel sweetness. The spice flavors of coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg are strong upfront, with these and some clove getting even more potent as the taste advances. All the while, the roasted pumpkin gets a little stronger as some light vanilla flavors join the taste. In the end, molasses and some brown sugar tastes come to the tongue, leaving one with a roasty pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a pumpkin ale while the carbonation level that is rather low. The lower carbonation is very nice for the roasted pumpkin flavors of the brew, but a little more body would have given a little more chewiness overall. In the end the feel was alright overall.

Overall – A fairly nice “lighter” pumpkin ale. At only 5 % abv. it packs a good deal of flavor, making it a nice pumpkin brew to sip from time to time while watching a good football game.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

my first tommyknocker brew. poured a seasonally appropriate autumn leaf red-orange tinted brown, fully transparent. very small head, but lingering. nose is slight spice, caramel malts, cinnamon? taste a bit of the pumpkin, but not dominant, rather the malts round out the flavor with a slightly spiced finish, a lazy fizz on the tongue left over. not bad. body is just too thin for this beer and this season... the main knock (no pun intended) against this beer. worth a try though for sure.

edit: such a better experience up at the brewery. its more lively from the tap for one, and they serve it with a vanilla sugar rim that really unites the sweet malt with the squash and the spices, adding a ton of complexity, especially on the aroma, and the leftover sugar is warm and comforting. this is way better beer than it gets credit for being, and one of the best of the tommyknocker seasonals. i am raising some of my original scores here to reflect the beer at the tap room rather than out of the bottle. infinitely better.

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Photo of wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish brown with a thin white head. Smell is not too strong, definitely has a pumpkin smell, nutmeg, malt, and some sweet notes as well. Taste starts sweet with some molasses, the pumpkin and spices are there but not overwhelming. The pumpkin flavor stays consistent throughout, some smokiness comes through at the ending. The spices stay through the aftertaste. This is a medium light mouthfeel, it would be perfect if it were a bit thicker. It is smooth, and the flavors are balanced very well, nothing that is annoying or overpowering. Overall a very drinkable pumpkin ale, a nice fall beer that I would have again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown color (surprising for a pumpkin); reddish chestnut up to the light. Poured a 2 finger beige head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced the class in intermittent, wavy rings.

S: Toasted malts; sweet, burnt caramel and toast. Cooked pumpkin followed by mild allspice.

T: Same toasty character as the nose. Molasses or with a light burned character. Mild spiciness builds in the finish with a lingering sweetness.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet and spicy with a building spicy finish.

O: More malt character than the normal pumpkin beers. Nice balance of sweet and spice.

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