Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest AleSmall Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
325
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
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9
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26
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Ratings: 325 |  Reviews: 97
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 Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a brownish orange color with a fizzy tan head on top. The head basically vanishes within a few seconds. The smell of the beer is spiced with a decent amount of clove and cinnamon. The taste of the beer is decent, it's got the soft spiciness of a typical pumpkin ale. The flavors aren't as nice as some other Pumpkin Ales out there but I was picking up some molasses in this one too which was kind of nice. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied, it's got a sharp carbonation to it. Overall the beer is drinkable and has a decent flavor to it. Just not one of my favorites of this style.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin dense tan colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger and there is a little bit of sweetness. Among the spices, nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the pumpkin flavors and pumpkin pie spices and also isn't too sweet, but both the smell and taste seem to be too weak. Nonetheless, the beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark for a pumpkin ale - looks more like a brown; the head wasn't particularly impressive, either, though it did leave a streaky pattern

Smell: More caramel with a molasses tinge than pumpkin; rather sweet smelling

Taste: Taste follows the aroma, with a molasses and caramel flavor that overwhelms the pumpkin flavor; not much spicing comes through, either

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather different take on the pumpkin style and not one that reaches out to my tastebuds

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/3/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, light ginger, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and pumpkin notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, light clove, light ginger, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, nutmeg, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for good bit. Nice balance, complexity, and robustness of pumpkin, malt, and light-moderate spice flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale. All around good robustness and balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best By: Dec 19 11.

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown-amber body with a moderately-sized, faint beige head. It certainly doesn't look like your usual pumpkin ale.

Smell: Light roastiness, then some toasted pumpkin meat followed by a sniff of sweetish caramel and a little pinch of earthen spices.

Taste: Lightly roasty flavor, with an inclusion of sweetish molasses and cocoa. A small bit of sweetish dark caramel as it warms. Paltry portion of vegetal pumpkin tones within, mostly masked by the other flavors. Medium level of spiciness, which essentially closes out the taste with a gentle finish and final hint of molasses flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Stands out among the usual pumpkin brews but is not a standout pumpkin ale.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Nice color; dark antique bronze. Low retention and lace on a thin white head.

S – Pumpkin, red apple, candied ginger, a touch of pecan, and a big molasses note.

T – Very sweet-centric profile. Canned pumpkin, sweet yams, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Earthy spice on the backend with more molasses than malt.

M – Relatively light body and low carbonation. Could use a bit more of one or both to carry the sweetness.

O – Ok pumpkin flavor, but it’s missing some of the richness that I’m looking for in a pumpkin beer. Could use a bit more body and balance as well.

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn, two new pumpkin beers in a week? Diggin' it. This stuff pours a clear garnet-auburn topped by a half-finger of short-lived sandstone foam. The nose comprises blackened gingerbread (imagine leaving your cookies in the oven for a bit too long), light brown sugar, light cinnamon, and a hint of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything toned down, mellowed so as not to o'erwhelm the tongue. Some extra caramel-y sweetness is injected for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a fairly solid pumpkin beer, one that doesn't overdo things and actually drinks pretty easily.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Number one....I'm not a pumpkin beer fan...number two...I don't like this....so please disregard if you are a pumpkin fan. The beer pours a dark brown with thin head that is not lacing. The scent has a faint spice. The taste is a watery pumpkin with hints of spice. The mouthfeel is light in body with little carbonation. Overall....no.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.32 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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