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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pumpkin and spices with some faint sweet molasses as well.

T- The taste is malt up front like a brown ale with some spices coming through. 

M- The mouhfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this pumpkin. It is not bad, but not something I would purchase 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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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 tigg924
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, dark brown with tints of orange, and 1/4 inch head. Taste is pumpkin pulp, cinnamon, clove, and light nutmeg. Above average for the style, but very traditional. I will get this again because I like the brewery, but otherwise would not seek this out.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by Feb 3, 2014. * was consumed before this date

(A)- Pours a very dark mahogany amber color. Some off-white froth and lacing.

(S)- Some nice rich combos of rustic spices and creamy pumpkin.

(T)- Quite dry and grainy with some subtle spices, though not much pumpkin to speak of. Some subtle dark fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice subtle richness to the background with the proper seasonal spices, just lacing the pumpkin flavor one should expect from the style.

(O)- Not bad, but there is plenty of room for improvement. Lacking alot of actual pumpkin in all categories.

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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 THECPJ
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark amber brown with minimal head

smell: spices, caramel, malts

taste: very little spices, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: lackluster pumpkin beer. glad I finally got to try something from this brewery but this was just average at best.


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Photo of ZAP
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Mahogany colored...pours with little carbonation which is the Tommy trademark in my opinion.

S-Light pumpkin....a little java and cocoa as well....a bit vegetal...somewhat of an odd aroma for the style...

T-More of a cocoa bean impression than pumpkin impression....very light pumpkin but seems more natural than some....lacks the artificial abundance of spicing many have and thankfully this doesn't

M-The low carbonation impacts the experience....light side of medium bodied and takes on a watery texture due to the carbonation issues.

O-The one plus is this seems more like a natural pumpkin beer...but it is not memorable or noteworthy for anything other than that. Would not buy again.

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Photo of jera1350
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily the darkest pumpkin beer I've ever seen. Probably due to the molasses. A deep and dark amber color with a thin creamy tan head that leaves some nice curtains of lace.

Sweet and kind of vegetal smelling. Getting some brown sugar and cinnamon if I dig deep enough.

The taste is quite different for the style. Getting some pumpkin up front, but it is quickly engulfed by roasty malt, subtle molasses and spice. More closely resembles a porter. Actually tastes a bit like Summit's Pumpkin Imperial Porter, but less flavorful.

I think it's a little under-carbonated, but not too badly. Very dry and quite smooth.

I like the attempt at something different in a pumpkin beer here. It's not the greatest example, but it is different and I enjoyed it for what it is.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Tommyknocker's Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale a few days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. While at the store I saw a beer from Tommyknocker that I haven't tried yet, I like this brewery so I decided to take a chance on this beer, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the best buy date, but it's 2012 vintage that I think is fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label isn't that great, it's that typical creepy Tommyknocker Gnome with an orange background, it poured a pretty dark muddy brown color that took on dark ruby red color when held to the light and it had a half a fingers worth of bubbly thin head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing. The appearance wasn't that great, the color was more dark and muddled then I thought it would be and the head was pretty disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a large amount of malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some grainy, bread crust, and caramel aromas along with some slightly bunt malts. After that I get a sweet molasses like aroma followed by a light pumpkin aroma with lots of spices really coming though and sticking out the most impart those typical pumpkin pie spiced aromas with cinnamon and nutmeg sticking out. Towards the end I get a little more slightly burnt malt followed by a noticeable nutty aroma. The aroma was a little too sweet and the malt back bone doesn't seem to work that well with the pumpkin and spice, but it does have nice balance, I think the aroma is pretty average.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma, but it's much lighter, it starts off with the malts which seems to stick out the most and impart some bread, bread crust, grains, and caramel like flavors along with a slight astringent burnt malt taste with a little bit of molasses and a light nutty flavor. In the middle I get a real light pumpkin flavor that is hardly noticeable and is followed by a light amount of pumpkin pie spices with the cinnamon and nutmeg sticking out the most. Towards the end I get some more astringent burnt caramel malts with hardly any bitterness with a really malty, grainy, roasted and slightly spicy aftertaste. The taste was below average, the pumpkin and spice didn't show up that much and they clashed with the malt backbone, I wasn't impressed.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly sticky, watery, light bodied, with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty disappointing, it was way to thin and watery and need just a little more carbonation, not impressive.

Overall I was pretty let down with this beer and I thought it was a below average example of a Pumpkin Ale, there was just way too many things wrong with this beer for it to be competitive in the ever increasing Pumpkin Ale style. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but the flavors just couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't that bad and it had some nice complexity to it. What I liked least about this beer was the the flavor and mouthfeel they were both pretty disappointing with the thinness of this beer hurting it the most giving it a very a watery mouthfeel. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it just can't hang with all the other Pumpkin Ale's on the market and I wouldn't recommend this one. All in all I have to say I was a disappointed with this beer and this was a letdown from Tommyknocker, I was expecting a nice Pumpkin Ale and all I get was a below average Pumpkin Ale that had way too many things wrong with it, better luck next time Tommyknocker.

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Photo of atone315
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the taphouse. Had a graham cracker? crusted rim which led me to believe they were trying to hide something....the carbonation was off, really was not appealing. I'm a huge fan of pumpkin beers and usually pretty forgiving but I did not like this one.

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Photo of Gmann
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light brown color with some dark amber highlights. The head is small and sudsy and settles into a light ring. Quite dark for a pumpkin ale.

The aroma is of light pumpkin spice. Nutmeg and allspice provide the aroma, perhaps a bit of pepper and molasses. The malt base provides a bready caramel aroma with some tea like scents.

The taste is of a toasted malt, scorched caramel, rust, and a lemony tea. There is some light nutmeg and allspice but it barely comes through. Some pumpkin vegital flavors.

The feel is light, almost watery, with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet but finishes with astrigent bitterness that lingers on the palate. Meh.

A disappointing pumpkin ale; more of an amber ale really.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish ruby red with a tint of orange. Lots of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that quickly fades into a thin layer.

Smell: Some roasted caramel malts and toffee with some pumpkin. Some cinnamon, nutmeg, and molasses. Smells moderately sweet and creamy. Spice is subdued for a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Like the smell, lightly roasted caramel malts with solid presence of pumpkin. Spicing is moderate with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Also a little molasses and a whipped cream like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent Pumpkin ale with some nice flavors. Could of been spiced more and more fully bodied.

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