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Kenz O'Lantern | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Kenz O'LanternKenz O'Lantern

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ColdWaffles on 08-30-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 61
Reviews by rudzud:
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3.07/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Oh pumpkin ales...my least favourite style aside from Kvass.

A - A slow riser this one was, poured into my Duvel tulip a darker, hazy well...pumpkin hue with a thin quarter inch white head that fades almost immediately to leave a thin halo and thin cloud. The head is pretty bad, but, I really do like how this beer looks when its unfiltered. Much better than the usual crystal clear pumpkin beers.

S - Yep, pumpkin pie spice. At least this one has ALOT more ginger and nutmeg than the norm. That's actually a nice improvement.

T - Yep, this is a pumpkin ale alright...in that its a glass of pumpkin pie spice. Wish there was some real pumpkin flavour in here but nope.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit watery, lightly carbonated, slightly thin.

O - Overall, this is a pumpkin beer...either you love em, or hate em. The rather intense ginger and nutmeg makes this one stand out of the crowd somewhat though.

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More User Reviews:
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1.04/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

i think some others have been forthright and on point...i won't waste my time dissecting this headless corpse. i don't mind so much wasting $11+ for this 6-pack. just thankful i didn't shell out the dough for a case of this junk. mind you, i love most of this local brewery's offerings. but this low ABV bottle of autumnal potpourri cologne simply smells like what a drunk pumpkinheaded creature would vomit up...the flavor is dry (screaming for some sense of balancing SUGAR or at least HONEY to be present)...it looks murky which is acceptable, but nearly no carbonation. much needed with this tepid brew. and the mouthfeel? flat, watery. worst of the seasonal pumpkin ales...and one of the worst brews i've ever had. bad. and i've only gone from mad. sad.

update: it's worse than ever. can't get past the pumpkin-vomit...

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1.06/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't know why I didn't trust the below reviews....big fan of PHL brewing's lineup...most of it at least...love my local brewers (Stoudts, Sly Fox...the newer one's are making elbow room!)...BUT, this is really funky; like a bad sour Belgian gone wrong in a pumpkin patch and, yes, there is a teasan-marianted-potpourri note as mentioned below. UGH.

Flat and murky in appearance; no head; watery mouthfeel; rotten pumpkin nose...and the taste delivers the worst of it all.

I certainly do NOT recommend this one....I do recommend Kenzinger, Joe Coffee Porter and most anything by this FINE brewery. The Fleur de Lehigh is best transformed into a 'shandy' (bitters and a splash of lemondade)

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3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.3/5  rDev +14.6%

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.15/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

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1/5  rDev -65.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wow they brewed this at session strength with extreme spicing? I am in!

A - Well dark on the label is correct but murky as well. A hazy amber brown is what I see with just a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes out rather quickly to a mild ring.
S - Wow I haven't smelled such strong ginger since Left Hands "Good Juju" but there is plenty of cinnamon and a rather dry dose of nutmeg. Mildly musky but overall just a spice bomb.
T - Wow its like biting into a scented candle! Mild musty pumpkin flesh meets an abundance of ginger ale like taste and finishes extreme cinnamon. I kind of hate it!
M - Again I haven't had such a watery pumpkin beer since well "Pumpkinhead" from Shipyard. With little carbonation it taste like flat homebrew.

Overall I guess I kind of expected mediocre and I have to say expectation met. I want to say they are better than this but only liking their big beers I have to say they haven't won me over with anything under 7%

A very forgetable "pumpkin" ale. More like a winter spice ginger ale really,

edit: Kick ass beer cover art maybe if they spent more time brewing the beer would match the label.

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe I am not a beer expert based on the ratings and reviews that I have seen of this beer, but this is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Great pumpkin pie-like taste if that is what you look for in a pumpkin beer. Lots of spice and overall a great drink.

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev +38.9%

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2.24/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I decided that this would be the year to review as many pumpkin-related beers as possible and so I have come to this guy. I am trepidatious, given others' reviews, but I also try to be as fair as possible. We shall see what shakes out.

From the bottle: "Dark and yummy". I am put in mind of some ex-girlfriends and the scene in "Young Frankenstein" when Dr. Frankenstein asks, "Hey, who's making the 'yummy' noises?"

An aggro pour has produced a fluffy finger of tawny head that is falling like a souffle after the oven door is banged shut. Good lacing is appearing in its wake. I can really smell the spices, and as one reviewer postulated, it does smell like potpourri! Color is an orangish-coppery amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with a slight chill haze. Mouthfeel is watery and the taste is not quite right. By that, I mean that it tastes almost primarily of cinnamon sticks and nothing else. I am put in mind of a Home Ec thing we did involving soaking cinnamon sticks in hot water, but the purpose now eludes me. This had a slightly woody finish, so perhaps whole sticks were used in the boil, which I have seen done before, but with other ingredients added. This just seems to be a one-note, one-trick pony whose recipe needs to be either a) tweaked or b) S/C'd and rebooted. Survey says: No bueno!

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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +47.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +64.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

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Kenz O'Lantern from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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