Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest AleSmall Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale
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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest AleSmall Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Domingo on 08-15-2011

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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of Chetti
5/5  rDev +53.4%

Photo of mmachuca
5/5  rDev +53.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +32.2%
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 schaffer9252
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
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 +29.4%
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 +28.8%
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 +27.6%
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 +25.8%
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 +25.8%
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 +24.2%
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 +23%
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 +22.7%
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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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of jpuetz
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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