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.

Added by Domingo on 08-15-2011

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin, watery cola brown producing a short finger of beige, foamy, shortlived head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is bread crust, molasses, vegetable pumpkin, floral & slight spice. Taste is thin but bready with notes of molasses, weak pumpkin & spice. There is something that is slightly reminiscent of a flat "Dr. Pepper". Finishes with more spice & prickle. Afrertaste is malty caramel & molasses with a vegetable hint. Mouthfeel is light-moderate but thin with moderate carbonation, watery, lightly prickly & dry.

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

Photo of TLA
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

had this at the brewery
they put this cinnamon, ginger spice rub on the rim of the glass which makes it hard to review the beer itself
i took home and bottle so i will update my review when i drink it without the rub
pours amber red with a tan head
smell pumpkin sweet and ginger but again that may be the stuff on the rim of the glass
taste sweet pumpkin slight bitter aftertaste
astringent feel
had i known they served it with the rub on the rim of the glass i would have told them to hold off on that
will update when i drink again
update 11.9.15 had this from a 12 oz bottle this weekend without the spices on the rim
its a pretty bland pumpkin ale
poured amber orange with a small off white head that disappeared quickly
somewhat flat looking
smelled of pumpkin only initially but then cinnamon as well as the beer warmed
slight nutmeg also
taste pumpkin slightly sweet
feel dry
overall mehtastic

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M1A2
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 VTR
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up by accident but hey I like pumpkin beers so lets give it a go. The smell was just a muddled mix of spices with nothing jumping out or impressing me with no hint of pumpkin. OK maybe the taste can redeem it... nope there was nothing in the taste except the same muddled chaotic mix of spices with no pumpkin. After searching I still not find the pumpkin. Ugh overall this is not what I would expect from a pumpkin beer and I do not recommend this beer and I will not purchase again. I left the half of my pint glass for the GF who would not take more than one sip.

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Photo of andlawson
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 Zatch90
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 jrb378
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chasmandocharles
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PA-hunter
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.0 % abv

Appearance- Pours a Dark brown with brown tinted head, some lacing. Opaque.

Smell- Roasted malt, pumpkin, spices.

Taste- Sweet up front with caramel and molasses notes but not overbearing. Lightly toasted biscuit like malt. The pumpkin taste is minimal, but arrives in the back end of the flavor profile. Finishes dry with very light pumpkin mash and spices of cinnamon and nutmeg rounding it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium thin in body with light carbonation.

Overall- Much more a brown ale that a pumpkin ale in my opinion. The pumpkin taste was light and could be improved upon. Mediocre.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cmoore32
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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 AlaskaAg
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bwags81
2.14/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Blazer22
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.32 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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