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 | website

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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97
Ratings:
325
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I wrote a very thorough review for this beer, but the site beeradvocate.com deleted it when I tried to submit it, and now it's lost and that's really frustrating because I was very happy with that review and I cannot recreate it, especially now that my beer is gone.

From what I can remember:

A: pours a dark cola mahogany with almost no head seeping out of the swirl into a delirium tremens tulip. i pouted it cold, so it might have had more head if i'd let it warm.

S: some spice, cinnamon, pumpkin....can't remember what I wrote here....

T: started pretty bland, but a good, light, sweet, slightly spicy pumpkin beer. by the end I didn't really enjoy it, as it was a little vegetal. man it's irritating that I lost that first review.

M: watery

I wanted to love this beer, but really only liked it a little. I liked the smell and that it wasn't overly spiced like some pumpkin beers, but I didn't see it as a great fall beer since it wouldn't be good out of a bottle.

I might buy this again if I were really craving a fall-themed beer and there was nothing new to try, but otherwise can't really recommend SPPHA.

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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 ONovoMexicano
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The first thing I noticed was the lack of head as I poured the beer. There is may an eighth of an inch atop the beer. The beer's color is a dark chocolate color with amber hues against the light. Lacing is also minimal.

The smell improves on the appearance, although a smell of vegetables is strange. Fortunately, pumpkin, mild spice and subtle malt emerge eventually. As for the flavor, there is much to like in this department. The beer has nuttiness, caramel notes, spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, and a bit of pumpkin pie flavor. The sheer number of different tastes that emerge is surprising considering the less than notable nose and appearance. The beer tastes pretty good.

The mouthfeel too is good, with light carbonation, some sweetness and mild dryness.

Overall, the beer would not be my go-to pumpkin ale, but it is one I'd return to.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no date, poured into a new belgium tulip glass

look is a very clear dark ruby color, with a thin spattering of mocha head. smell is heavy pumpkin spice, lighter pumpkin. taste is biscuity sweet malt at first, with a heavy (burnt?) spice presence on the finish. has a cloying feel to the finish, almost waxy.

i feel like i can taste the molasses in there... yeah, i won't pick this one up again

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. A nice, cool, somewhat chilly and spots of passing clouds in the atramentous, dark sky and a nice, harvest moon to set the background. Let's see how this works out.

Appearance: Pours a dark, stout-like. Leaves behind some residual lacing, but not much on the way down. Very dark, chestnut, brown. Actually darker that I remember most pumpkin beers of high-quality. Not too bad, but what disappointed me was the lack of head. On the final pour, it was good, but dissipated quickly.

Smell: At first, it gave off a sweet, molasses-like scent. Had some notes of caramel too. Light roasted malts and very light earthy spices. Light cinnamon and nutmeg and some pumpkin aroma, but again, very light. Good, but missing more of a pumpkin flavor. But not entirely too bad.

Taste: The first sips give off a very similar taste as mentioned in the smell: sweet molasses and almost a toffee like flavor. A bit overwhelming in the sweet department, as it doesn't give much of a pumpkin flavor, which is somewhat disappointing, but still not a bad beer. The cinnamon and nutmeg flavors make their appearance known. Gentle finish though. Not too bad for someone looking for some pumpkin flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry, but has a gentle aftertaste. Not bad.

Overall: Coming into this, I was a bit hopeful for a beer that was/is full flavored. It had a nice presentation, but fell short of flavor and aroma. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent session beer, but for a seasoned veteran of beer tasting, it's sorta a let down. My girlfriend seemed to enjoy it, so that was a big plus. But maybe next year, a little altering of the recipe can make big things happen in a positive way and this beer can be memorable.

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Photo of OttoS
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

No pumpkins were harmed in the making of this beer.

That is, this beer doesn't even have a hint of pumpkin flavor. Instead, it has a heavy malt draw combined with a middle of the road dark beer smell and taste. Finish features a slightly burnt taste, which is what I'd do with the recipe for this beer.

I'm certainly not looking for a beer that tastes like a pumpkin pie, but the pumpkin taste or lack thereof certainly was a downer for me. Look for my eBay listing for the remaining 4 beers very soon.

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Photo of Patdonahue0719
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a wonderful light flavor pumpkin spice ale that has a malty smell with a hint of fall spices. i poured it into one of my 5 oz. tasting glasses and the head was thin yet white with a bit of a organish tint. the color of the body when poured is an amber red and clear color. once tasting this "octofest" flavor beer it was very suddle and not over poweringly sweet like some pumpkin spice ales tend to be. it is a very smooth silky drink with a subtle bit of carbonation. overall i would recommend this beer if someone is looking for a nice lightly flavored pumpkin spiced ale for those cool fall nights.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head.

Not much aroma going on a bit of spice and maltiness.

Tastes pretty mild for a pumpkin beer. A little sweet up front with mild pumpkin spice: cinnamon, possibly nutmeg behind it. A bit watery.

Mouthfeel - light and a bit on the watery side. Enough going on to make it a nice session beer, but it's definitely on the lighter side of the style.

Overall - a decent pumpkin beer. Nothing stand-out, but as a sessionable pumpkin beer, it works.

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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 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 Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep opaque brown, approaching black, with a little bit of yellowish lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and mild gingerbread.

Tastes of semi-sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, and a bit of caramel. Some vegetal bitterness.

Medium body with a slight carbonation.

An interested ale with a good aroma and a disappointing taste. Could have been something great but just ends up being underwhelming.

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Photo of teromous
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The body is much darker than traditional pumpkin beers. It is a dark mahogany brown with rich tones of red. Shadows are clearly visible through it. It really is a beautiful looking beer. The head is very thin with only a rim around the glass. Although there is very little head the ring leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: It smells like burnt plastic and old band-aid. I can't say it's the most pleasant smell. There is some spice in there but it pops up and before I can isolate the smell the is overwhelmed. It doesn't make me sick or anything it's just not great smelling.

T: There's a very light charcoal taste like burnt toast. I'm not sure how this flavor translates to pumpkin beer. I get a little bit of alcohol flavor which seems to perk up the lack of flavor a bit. Again there's a light spiciness to the beer but it's too washed out to identify.

M: It has a pretty good mouthfeel. It's medium with moderate bitterness from the roasted grains, with perky carbonation that isn't overdone. It finishes nice and dry.

O: I wouldn't recommend this as a pumpkin ale. Honestly it's a pretty lackluster beer too.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First try of anything from Tommyknocker. Picked up a six of this for about $10. Poured into a goblet, deep brown with a thin, soapy head that fades in about sixty seconds. Like the color, for sure. Smells like a pumpkin ale - malt and spice, but not getting huge aroma off of this one. I do like the flavor quite a bit more, with cinnamon and molasses really coming through. It's actually pretty strongly flavored for a pumpkin ale, which I usually find to be a bit more subdued. This one has some bite and structure to it, and for only 5% abv, I think they did pretty well. Honestly, I'm pretty impressed with this for something I had been reluctant to try. I would get it again.

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

Tangier than most pumpkin beers. Very light, lighter than I would like. Not bitter, nor malty. Color is ok. Body is also pretty light. Not much original in the odor department.. And ok find. It would probably taste better in summer rather than late fall.

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

a very deep amber almost brown with a finger of head which quickly diminished. smells of pumpkin spices, roasted grains. mostly bitter flavor, earthy notes, hint of chocolate, faint hint of pumpkin spice in the aftertaste.
medium body, light carbonation, slightly creamy.
a decent ale, but not really much pumpkin flavor at all. more of a brown ale than anything really.

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Photo of KajII
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) light brown fluffy head that had OK retention, reducing slowly to a thin film and small collar with good sheets of sticky lacing

The aroma was on the mild side, with a toasted grain malt and an earthy doughy yeast and had notes of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, a touch of brown sugar and of course pumpkin.

The taste was very lightly sweet and a tad malty with notes of brown sugar and pumpkin from the get go, and then took on an almost stale bitterness and had a mild spicy finish. The flavor was most definitely short in duration with not much left behind but a slight hint of spices.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a decently mild carbonation.

Overall this was a light tasting Pumpkin Ale, which did possess a decent drinkability but was pretty much nothing special...

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Photo of chefhatt
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark brown color body with no head and a thin lace around the top. The smell is of fall spices and molassas. The taste has a subtle sweetness to it, and then the spices and the pumpkin come through on the finish. the mouth feel is great and defently a easy drinking beer.

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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 JRed
2.47/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours murky amber/reddish brown in body with a weak white bubbly head that fades. Humbly sweet aroma of molasses, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, piecrust, hints of black cherry. Tastes like pumpkin water with molasses, light cinnamon, and a mild black cherry aftertaste with some stale bread off-flavor in the finish. Watery body with light carbonation. There is nothing satisfying about this autumn beer. The worst pumpkin I've ever had.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with real pumpkin in the mash and the brew kettle. Hopped with Perle and Willamette. Also brewed with molasses and spices. 5.0% ABV, 15 IBUs.

Pours out to a quite dark mahogany, darker than any other pumpkin brew I've had. Must be quite a bit of molasses in here to add so much color. Forms a limpid light yellow head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation, ~2.0 carbs. The aroma is dominated by cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of nutmeg. Not much allspice or cloves. Minimal hop aroma to interfere with the spices, but there is just a hint, which is nice. Mouthfeel is rather thin and dry for the style. The molasses comes through nicely in the finish, and I think I'll be adding molasses to tweak my already pretty awesome homebrewed pumpkin ale. The body, again, is quite thin, and there isn't enough residual sweetness that I prefer in a pumpkin ale..I prefer to caramelize the pumpkin and add copious crystal malts to accentuate it without being cloying or heavy. There is a slightly chalky finish and a touch of hops comes through in the taste as well. The spices aren't overboard, which is my preference as well.

Well, it's OK as far as pumpkin ales go, but there are certainly better. Buffalo Bills is a good example of my preference for the style.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a dark yet translucent brownish-amber color with a brief minute of one finger tall off-white head that leaves behind some minimal lacing. Light thin body, medium carbonation.

Smells of sweet molasses, a bit of pumpernickel bread, and a lot of oven-toasted pumpkin seeds with lesser amounts of nutmeg used as garnish. The flavor is a lot less bold than the aroma, but still contains semi-dry molasses and a lightly toasted pumpkin seed emphasis. It could use somewhat more breadiness and spicing in the flavor. It is memorable mostly for keeping the pumpkin emphasis focused upon pumpkin seeds and not the flesh.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark brown with a redish hue, small light tan foamy head that reduces to a small layer, nice lace.

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet nutty malt, a bit subdued.

T- sweet malt, a bit of pumpkin pie spice, finishes slightly dry and clean. Nothing really stands out.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel.

O- middle of the road pumpkin ale, nothing really sets it apart from the pack in terms of taste but worth trying.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin is kind of old school - not very good. This been the year that many new very good pumpkin beers have been release, but this one is pretty boring.

This is a dark pumpkin. Hops is not to be tasted. There is a bit of spice and actual pumpkin flavor and plenty of malty sweetness.

There is no head. You probably could drink a couple, but I wouldn't want to . Not something I will buy again.

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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 DaveBlack
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A brown ale with a reddish hue. The head is about a finger's width and last for a moderate amount of time. The beer leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkin pie spices overlay a fair amount of toasty malts. Honestly there's not a whole lot of aroma here, but what's there is good.

T: Unfortunately, the same holds true for the taste as is true of the nose: there's just not much here. There are some toasty malts, a nice kiss of the spices, but then there's nothing really on the end. The flavor just falls away.

M: Light body, moderate amount of carbonation.

O: While I appreciate the light hand that Tommyknocker used in this beer, it could use a little more. It is a nice break from the pumpkin beers that go way overboard with the spices, but there isn't much in the way of any flavor here.

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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