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 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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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 FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

845th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz


Thanks to @Beertographer (via twitter) for this extra.

App- A light brown with some deep amber highlights. A one finger off white head. A falling ring of bubbles with a smallish amount of cling.

Smell- A lot of small aromatics. A little bit of nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, all-spice and some clove. A small malt note with a touch (I mean touch) of bitter.

Taste- More spice in the taste but with more of a malty backbone on the flavors here. A smoother molasses note versus having a lot of pumpkin.

Mouth- A light medium body with a light medium carbonation level. A small touch of molasses and malt.

Drink- A nice little extra. I’m not big on pumpkin and spice but I did like this. It was a bit thicker vs watery and small which I liked.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside New Holland Ichabod Ale.

A: Very dark amber with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt. Molasses. Very little pumpkin.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Caramel and molasses. More of a roasted flavor. Not what I was expecting from a pumpkin ale. Interesting though.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky.

O: I have mixed feelings here. The head was definitely disappointing, and the nose was way too mild, but the flavor was interesting and the mouthfeel wasn't bad. Average overall. Because of the molasses, I can't really compare it to the Ichabod Ale.

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Photo of rowew
2.62/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: New Tommyknocker style labels, orange and green. ABV, IBUs, and best by date marked on the label.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown in color, thin head - almost no lace.

Smell: Earthy pumpkin and a bit of spice.

Taste: The same pumpkin and spice come through here, but there isn't much else. Body is very thin.

Overall impression: There is something unpleasant about this, but I can't pin it down. The pumpkin flavors are there but it doesn't have the body or flavors to round it out.

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

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle has both the ABV and a DBD listed.

A: Deep brown with red bottom tints; it has a thin white head which does not last long and does not leave lacing.

S: Earthy pumpkin, maple syrup, nutmeg, and roasted malt.

T: Lots of roasted malt, slight pumpkin, a bit of sweet syrup, a bit of nutmeg, and some slight smoke.

M: Medium and smooth but with a large carbonation burn.

O: If you were expecting the pumpkin to be obvious in this beer, or even for pumpkin pie spices to be noticeable. you will be disappointed. This beer is ruled by roasted malts, slight smoke, and sweetness from the maple. It does not mean that the beer is not very good, but if it is to be judged by the type of beer it is labeled as, then it would not be a great example of a pumpkin beer. The pumpkin is drowned out by the maple, and the spices are overwhelmed by the carbonation finish.

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Photo of mcallister
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very deep russet color with a half inch off white head. Great color depth.

Light pumpkin, nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, hints of clove, and some caramel malt.

A caramel maltyiness throughout, with hints of squash, ciannamon, all spice, clove, and light maple. Easy going with silky, moderately thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.18/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - A murky caramelized brown color. Soda-like with average lacing. A bit of red when held up to the light. No orange hues.

Smell - Malty and alcoholic. Not so great. Extremely faint spices.

Taste - Extraordinarily plain. I don't get any real pumpkin taste at all. The spice is so weak that it's hardly recognizable. This tastes like RC cola or something.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Extremely uncomfortable in your mouth. Highly acidic on the tongue and inexcusably flat. Light-bodied and tasteless. Compared to other pumpkin ales, this is the worst I've had.

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Photo of ncsutton
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass

A - Dark amber color

S - Pleasant hint of pumpkin

T - A nice molasses taste with a nice finish of pumpkin, reminds me a lot of pumpkin pie

M - Slight carbonation, goes down smooth

O - Overall a solid pumpkin ale, nothing special, but shouldn't be overlooked if you enjoy the style

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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 Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is lots of pumpkin pie spices. Yum.

The flavor is very watery and subdued - some pumpkin and spices and a slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very watery.

Overall, it smells great but not much to it other than that.

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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