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 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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Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Tulip Glass..Amber, very little head, thin white ring around glass.. darkest traditional pumpkin beer to date.

smells of rich pumpkin, almost like pumpkin pie and whip cream.

immediately tasting hints of molasses which for me is good.. i like a bit of molasses along with the taste of real pumpkin.. lighter on the pumpkin spice than most.

Not heavily carbonated.. smooth easy drinkability.

overall. A nice break from the normal pumpkin seasonals...

Cheers Tommyknocker.. keep up the good work..loving the new label designs.. no artsy gimmicks.. more quality..

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Worty! Dark roasty malts.

Appearance: Pours a very thick light brown head. Very difficult to see through. Very little head. What head there was dissipated quickly. Tiny bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Flavor: Worty pumpkin, very sweet, a tad roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit on the dry side. Little carbonation.

Overall: Interesting. Definitely worth a try. This is totally my style though. Delicious fresh worty taste, some pumpkin and great mouthfeel. Mostly sweet, yet not overly so, nice and mild bitterness element.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a transparent dark amber. It has a cream colored head that quickly dissolves into a thin lace.

There's some pumpkin and a bit of spice (nutmeg?) in the smell. A few bready malts but this beer doesn't a have big nose.

It tastes pretty good. It's got a lot of sweet malts with the pumpkin resting firmly in the background. It reminds me a lot of a Scottish ale with some pumpkins added for flavor. The pumpkin and nutmeg really come out in the aftertaste.

It's a pretty thin ale, lightly carbonated and not leggy.

It's not a very pumpkinny pumpkin beer. It's a quality product but nothing that I'll be rushing back to.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a dark brown with just one finger of off white head.

S – Clove, honey, pumpkin, molasses and nutmeg. Nice smell.

T – Starts out with a nice roasty flavor. A mild pumpkin comes next with all the spices you would expect. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Not a powerful taste of pumpkin but pleasant. Still has a nice brown ale flavor. Sweet but not cloying. Finsihes with just a mild bitterness.

M – Medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Fairly creamy feel.

O – Solid offering here for those that don’t want over the top pumpkin. Easy drinker as the alcohol is no where to be found.

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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 BeerVikingSailor
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle picked up at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ...was happy to find this new Pumpkin!

A - looks good, decent but small head, minimal lacing on my glass; very dark and impressive

S - smells of your usual pumpkin spices, and some molasses sweetness comes through, some bready caramel smells too

T - I like it, tastes good, goes down easily...some malt, little hops, and nice balance of spices...low ABV means it goes down easily!

MF - good feel in the mouth, not too over-powering, with either the pumpkin spices of molasses sweetness, nicely done

O - overall, I like this new one from TommyKnocker; nothing crazy or overpowering, just a good solid rep of the basic pumpkin ale style....I will enjoy the rest of the six pack!

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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 BlackBearForge
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small Batch Pumpkin pours a nice deep brown in the glass, a little translucent around the edges but with a meager tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaving little lacing.

The aroma has a nice blend of roasted chocolate malts, spices like allspice and cinnamon and a touch of actual pumpkin.

The flavor is of a mild brown ale with a touch of molasses and the roasted chocolate malts. Pumpkin does make an appearance with it's mild winter squash flavor and the pumpkin pie spices were added sparingly which is better than being liberal with them. There is a touch of sourness on the finish and hop bitterness is very low but a somewhat harsh grainy bitterness builds as it warms.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth and refreshing without being watery but is a bit under carbonated which lends it a somewhat flat feel.

Overall this is a nice ale, it needs some work I feel in the body and carbonation and it could perhaps use a bit richer malt flavor profile. Still, as a refreshing brown ale with a pumpkin and molasses twist it's worth trying.

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Photo of match1112
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nice shade of brown with some amber highlights in it. half a finger of head settles to an off white ring rather quickly. not any lacing to talk about. smell is spicy. pick up allspice, nutmeg,cinnamon, molasses, touch of chocolate and lots of malty sweetness. taste is well blended and balanced. not overly sweet and the spices are softer on the tongue than the nose. has a good smooth creamy mouthfeel. a good addition to anyones list of fall beers. as it warms the spices bring out the bitterness in it, which has a very low presence while drinking chilled.

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Photo of Domingo
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker has jumped into the world of pumpkin ales for the first time in 2011. Unlike many which are pale or amber ales, this one is using a brown ale base and molasses.
Pours a bronze to brown color. A bit fizzy with a head sheen that dissipates pretty fast. Not much lacing going on here, although I can't think of too many spiced beers that do.
Those nose is a nice mix of a pumpkin spiced ale (allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg) with a surprisingly perceivable brown ale base. Not bad at all.
Tommyknocker beers tend to usually lean in the sweeter direction, so this one was a bit of a shocker. Yes, it's fairly sweet and spiced, but not overly so. The brown ale holds its own in the flavor department and the cinnamon and allspice never really go out of control. For what you might expect, I'd say it's milder and more balanced than most. I appreciate that the first thing on the palate is a mild chocolate and the spices don't take over everything immediately.
The only real downside is that as it warms, you can get some rough edges that leave an unwelcome husky bitterness. When served cool, it's pretty tasty, though.
Not a bad pumpkin, and I appreciate that it's different from most of the other cookie cutter variations.
I tend to be one of the people that like the style and I'll certainly add this to my seasonal rotation.

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