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 alexipa
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
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 wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish brown with a thin white head. Smell is not too strong, definitely has a pumpkin smell, nutmeg, malt, and some sweet notes as well. Taste starts sweet with some molasses, the pumpkin and spices are there but not overwhelming. The pumpkin flavor stays consistent throughout, some smokiness comes through at the ending. The spices stay through the aftertaste. This is a medium light mouthfeel, it would be perfect if it were a bit thicker. It is smooth, and the flavors are balanced very well, nothing that is annoying or overpowering. Overall a very drinkable pumpkin ale, a nice fall beer that I would have again.

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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 scones
4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
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 spdyfire83
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

196th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes.

A: Orange-ish brown. Single (bubbly off-white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutiness, all spice, and nutmeg.

T: Follows aroma acutely, but predominantly pumpkin here. Soft balance of spice makes this seasonal beer extremely enjoyable and not too overwhelming (like some other pumpkin beers I have had).

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: A solid seasonal offering. There are definitely other pumpkin beers that are above and below this; however, it is very tasty for the style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at a small bar called Hopheads around the corner here in Maryland. Out of the bottle it was a deep chestnut color with one finger of a khaki-colored head. The retention was not bad and it left spots of lacing down my glass. The aroma was of pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice but all of the elements were on the subtle side. The flavors however were nice, with notes of toasted malt, pumpkin, allspice and caramel malt all being present. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate.

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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 LeeryLeprechaun
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
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 weller1js
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
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 stephenjmoore
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Medium to dark brown with a tan head that disappears quickly.

S- Pumpkin and spices up front with fall malts, smells like a mix between a pumpkin ale and a marzen.

T- Malts and spice, no sweetness and less flavor than nearly every other pumpkin beer I have had.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel, kind of feels like dirty water.

O- Not a terrible beer, but I prefer much more flavor. This is almost a combination of a pumpkin ale, marzen and light lager.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 6pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $9.59 in Fall 2011.

Pours a rather drak brown color with just a slight foamy head. Scent is full of great pumpkin flavors and spices. The taste is rather surprising as it is quite thin and you really have to search for the pumpkin flavors. Mostly malty with just a slight bitterness. In a blind taste test I would probably mistake this as a nutbrown ale. If the taste and texture was as good as the scent, this would have been a great beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pumpkin pours really dark for the style. It almost as dark as the normal stout, but it is brown, not black.

I get a lot of pumpkin off the top (not really a surprise). I also smell cinnimon, nutmeg, caramel, and a little bit of tobacco.

The flavor is not as good as the smell. The pumpkin was a little off. The spice didn't balance with the flavor, and the tobacco came through more in the taste.

The bottle mentioned molasses, and I don't get a much molasses. I think it actually fouled up the beer. I don't know if the beer went bad, but it wasn't oxidized.

Not really a good experience for me.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No brewed on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

From the bottle, pours a 2cm head, slightly tan to off-white in color. Bubbles about medium in size, head collapses in a minute or two leaving a bit of lacing. Body is dark for a pumpkin ale, a medium brown-amber in color. The appearance is attractive, making one wonder what the pieces that went into this beer are.

Aroma is fairly light, primarily getting some caramel malt, molasses, and very minimal spices. Somewhat bland, uninspiring.

Taste is similar to smell, with caramel malt and molasses. Spices are not really discernible. Not detecting any pumpkin, really. Finish is fairly flavorless.

Body is medium-light to medium, slightly watery, carbonation slightly below adequate for the style and heft. Finish is somewhat dry.

Not a particularly satisfying pumpkin ale. Understated in pie characteristics, but without much to compensate for it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App- One and a half finger beige head holds pretty well. The body is a very dark and opaque ruby, chocolate body. It looks nice and has a quite different look for a pumpkin ale.

Smell- There is a huge vegetal pumpkin smell. Also some molasses and caramel malt is present.

Taste- The same veggie pumpkin flavor is huge in the drink. There is no sweetness. There is a spicy herbalness, but it is not reminding me of fall flavors. Technically, it has pumpkin flavors, but it could do with some sweetness that is picked up in the nose.

Mouth feel- It is a medium bodied drink and is really slick. It is pretty good.

Overall- The flavors of this pumpkin may impress some, but it is not what I look for in beers of this style.

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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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Photo of mtalley999
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color. Very little head with decent lacing.

Aroma is mostly pumpkin, some very light spices, maybe cinnamon, and almost a faint vanilla aroma.

Taste is very true to the aroma. Good pumpkin flavor, light spice hints and vanilla overtones.

Mouthfeel is very smooth but a little watery, and does not linger.

Overall I'm glad I tried this. Would maybe have been better if I could have just gotten a single, and probably not something I'll seek out again.

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Photo of Retail1LO
2.81/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 4 oz. glass from tap. Pours a dark yet transparent shade of brilliant brown. The smell on this in next to nonexistent. Is it possible for any beer, much less a typically spicy pumpkin beer not to have one at all? Just...weird. The taste is beyond mild. If it wasn't for the faint taste of pumpkin, it wouldn't HAVE a taste. At least you can taste it. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter finish. Overall, this is really mellow and drinkable despite having few defining characteristics.

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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 OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple-ish brown, murky, with some ruby highlights. No real head, just a thin, loose collar. Leaves some lacing sticking to the sides.

The molasses comes through, but it's combined with a kind of syrupy dark fruit character, like stewed prunes. A different sort of pumpkin smell, like actual baking squash with some butter & brown sugar.

That "baked" character gets clearer in the taste, & reveals more of a baked corn flavor, that slightly husky, roast flavor. Or grilled corn-on-the-cob. Normally corn is not a positive descriptor, but I do enjoy it here. A little hop bite in the finish, followed by a smooth, mellow roast. Not bad, & definitely interesting.

Mouthfeel's on the thin side, a little prickly.

Normally not a fan of the lower ABV pumpkin ales, but this one brought something different to the table & didn't have any really off-putting flaws. I'd go for another.

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Photo of QuantumPint
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

To start, this is my first foray into pumpkin beers. After doing some research here on BA and seeing what the local stores had available (unfortunately they were out of DFH's Punkin, which I had been somewhat excited about), I decided to get a sixer of Tommyknocker's offering and a bomber of Southern Tier's Pumking. I figured I'd try the Tommyknocker first and save the best for last. So here is a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Small head, though that may just be my pouring, with a short retention period. Actually left a fair amount of lacing. The beer is a deep golden-brown, with fair clarity.

S: A ton of toasted malt. A little burnt caramel/molasses, but mainly malt. Absolutely zero pumpkin or spice.

T: Like the nose, a ton of toasted malt. Evolves into a slight molasses before finishing with a subdued punch of raw pumpkin/squash. Still no spice, though. The aftertaste, interestingly enough, is very similar to the aftertaste of pumpkin pie, despite the lack of pie flavor in the beer.

M: Fair amount of carbonation makes it light on the tongue. Almost watery, though not unpleasantly so.

O: Being such a huge fan of pumpkin, I was looking for more out of this puppy. The minute raw pumpkin finish is pleasant, but just not enough. As a non-pumpkin brown, it's solid, but as a pumpkin, it's a letdown.

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Photo of Morey
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown in color with a beige colored head that stood about an inch tall following the pour. When you hold this beer up to the light, you can actually see that it has pretty good clarity for such a dark beer. Deep reddish-brown hues shine through the glass. Good head retention.

Smells of toasted malt and grains with just a hint of brown sugar, molasses, and faint spices.

Malt body is first to hit the palate. Carbonatoin and a touch of hop bitterness and spices soon follow. Finish is rather clean and a bit lackluster. I'm left wishing for a bit more pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly chewy up front, but this beer really thins out on the back end.

Diifferent,but not a great Pumpkin Ale overall. It's more of a Brown Ale really.

Morey's Bottom Line: It's decent, but it's missing something. A little more body and an increase in spices would help this one out. Worth a try though.

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