Pumpkin Ale | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale

2010 (draught) ~ 7.1%
2011 (bottle) ~ 7.5%

Created with roasted whole pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds and organic pumpkin purée.

Added by Docer on 10-15-2010

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by djeucalyptus:
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange-tinged amber in the glass, with a frothy, thick two-plus-finger head that has great retention and leaves a good deal of webby lace down the glass. looks like fall.

aroma of spice subtly intermingles across the malty, caramely backbone. subdued and underwhelming, but the subtle spicing is just enough to recall the season.

taste is similarly fair. a bright citrusy hopping up front, followed by that mellow, sweet caramel warmth that rich malts bring. then a touch of vegetal squashiness and a subtle hint of spice... wishing for a touch more, but I'm glad there's no intense artificiality goin' on here.

mouth is fair, with a light to moderate body that has a good touch of slickness with some nice squashy bitterness.

overall, this an interesting and solid pumpkin ale, with much more of the squashy pumpkin character than spice, which is a nice refreshing change of pace. the combo of the hop profile and the veggie squashiness yield an almost harsh citric profile, but that's most likely just me... overall, impressive. I'll buy another one for sure before the season's up.

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Photo of katybee
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One might think that a pumpkin ale might have a strong sweet spiced aspect full of artificial flavors like some blueberry beers, and be almost impalatable. But The Laurelwood version is fairly subtle and refined and definitely still a beer.... Pours a light orange yellow, mine was not super-carbonated, and just a thin rim of foam. Was somewhat thin bodied, clear, not creamy. Slightly peppery spicey smelling, the pumpkin pie spicing leaned toward cardamom not cinamon, and was fairly subtle compared to what one might imagine. A little like chai tea, but with hops to balance the slight herbal tones. Very tasty, yet not over-powering. Refreshing, and drinkable any time of year.

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Photo of NOLTERN
2.61/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass. I made sure that it was not too cold so that I would be able to experience the spices in full. This proved to be a dissapoint, as there were little to no spices present. I was confused at first and thought that maybe they had bottled the wrong brew into this pumpkin ale bottle. I soon realized my initial mistake was actually the purchase of this "pumpkin" ale. There was NO pumpkin aroma and or taste. Once again, the spices were BARELY present. Overall, I would say that this would make a decent amber ale, but a very poor pumpkin ale at best. The price charged for this dissapointment is gut wrenching. Laurelwood makes some great beer, but unfortunately, this is not one of them.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nhirsch04
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalmonk
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this one. Oh, treats from Portland...joy joy...

Pours a head that's dirty white, and the liquid is total pumpkin ale material, having that autumnal leaf-brown/burnt-amber sort of glow to it. Head doesn't last long, but the crown clings forever.

Aroma is promising, to say the least. Where lots of more commercial pumpkin ales are overloaded with spice, this one actually smells quite like the flesh of the squash itself. Like sticking your head inside your freshly trepanned jack-o-lantern. And then I read the label, and wouldn't you know it: "created with roasted whole pumpkin, pumpkin puree, and a touch of spices." The spices are nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon, seemingly. I don't know for sure, of course, because it doesn't say. One thing's for sure: it's smells very, very nice.

I suppose the taste couldn't live up to the smell, but it's nice anyway. There's a green, hoppy bitterness here that you don't often find in the style, and it lends an interesting slant to the more traditional pumpkin ale personality that's happening here. The spices remain as detected in the smell, with the cinnamon especially prominent but not at all cloying. The pumpkin itself is very much present with its musty, earthy, peculiar squash-y goodness. Fairly dry, with the hop bitterness teaming up with a kind of metallic edge in the finish. Maybe just a little too carbonated for my tastes, but it's hardly soda-like or abrasive. I just like a rounder, creamier pumpkin ale, although it takes on some creaminess with warming, and even provides a slight bit of pucker. Overall Stingy Jack is a comfort-beer that's a treat to sip while the days turn to dark early and the smell of damp and/or burning leaves hangs in the air.

Ever since I met the Pumking (Southern Tier), I've not found a pumpkin ale that truly satisfies like that one. But this is good for sure, and I love how the spices are dialed down in favor of letting some actual pumpkin in. So happy to have tried another Laurelwood beer, thanks again Brian!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, $5.79 pricetag, split and served with a nice fall soup (buttnernut, wild rice, corn, andouille)

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, dark garnet body - rather dark for the style, light filmy beige head

smell: lots of spice on the nose - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger. roasted pumpkin and cream

taste: a really nice pumpkin ale - the NW kills this genre, but most people probably dont even realize it because the bottles arent distributed. I've had at least 4 pumpkin beers in the NW that kill the typical favorites (DFH + Southern Tier). Anyways - huge dose of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seed, lots of spice - allspice, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, vanilla bean, cream. Really nice stuff.

mouthfeel: medium body, moderate spice

overall: great pumpkin ale

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Photo of DOCRW
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours a bright & clear amber color with deep ruby hues, small creamy off-white head retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lacing behind

S- raw vegetal aromas up front mixes with ketchup, brown sugar, nutmeg & cinnamon. There’s also a roasted malt character that gives it a slightly charred note along with roasted nuts

T- a solid malty base provides hints of caramel and roasted malt. Flavors of raw pumpkin & cinnamon kick in mid-palate. As it closes, notes of vanilla cream & nutmeg kick in with lingers of brown sugar

M-medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, alcohol is hidden well

O- this pumpkin ale achieves a nice balance that isn’t often seen from the style, nothing seems to overpower anything else. The nice malty base works well with the spices as well

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Photo of ALSAIL
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just had this on-tap at their 51st. and Sandy location... and filled a growler.

- Dark copper, ruby brown... thin finger of off-white head down to a large ring with some scattered patches.

- I can smell the spice at a distance.... cinnamon.. clove... nice grain... really a big thick bed of grain, and squash... slightly roasty... rather light though.

- Nice amber malt... sweet, but not too sweet... and I am getting a lot of true raw pumpkin and squash flavors here.... with a touch of light spice... cinnamon... clove, light brown sugars... very clean, smooth, and balanced.

- Medium to light bodied... perfectly carbonated.... slightly chewy due to it's rather strengthy amber character.

- Overall this is a killer pumpkin brew... it's right up there with Elysians Night Owl... but yet stronger, tastes light just the same.... and is a real sneaker. Watch out for this one... it will sneak up and take you into the pumpkin.


Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice dark semi-cloudy amber brew. Fluffy fingers of head which slowly settled to a spotty thin blanket of creamy delight. Looks like a lot will stick to the glass the whole way down. A very festive and Fall color.

Smell: (4.0)
- Light spicy flare with a lot of English-like malts, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Pumpkin is present without overpowering the brew. Certainly seems to be a nice amount of grassy hops in there as well. This beer just smells like Fall.

Taste: (3.5)
- Certainly some big spice going on. Seems like a peppery clove and grassy hop combination here with some roasty pumpkin. The spices certainly are more forward. Nice caramel and bready malt does with some nice bright bitter hops. Has a nice tart squashy flare to round it out. Very nicely balanced.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall a full bodied, almost creamy brew. Nicely chewy and drying, and not too chalky really. The dryness certainly makes me want to keep drinking it. Overall very good feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very solid pumpkin brew though a little bit more spice forward. It's certainly bittered with some healthy hops, and creates a rather dry brew in the finish. Not bad, and worth the purchase. Certainly a peppery flare to it.

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Photo of Spikester
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium cloudy brown with one finger of cream white head. Lacing is minimal. Smell is grains, maybe a touch of floral hops. Taste is sweet brown sugar with a quick slap of bitter hops. Alcohol is quite apparent in early tastes, then hides better as it warms. The pumpkin flavor is minimal yet real. No artificial flavors or any spices other than from the hops. Mouthfeel is alright, low to medium carbonation. Finish is just slightly dry and bitter. From a shared bomber.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a red tint. A half finger off-white head with moderate retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of pumpkin and pie spices. Taste starts with well integrated citrus hops and semi-dry malt flavor, finishes with subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and light brown sugar. Very subtly flavor, but very nicely integrated and nice flavor progression. Medium bodied. I'm pleasantly surprised how good this tastes with the low key flavors. Nicely done.

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Photo of CletisVandamme
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice addition to my pumpkin beer lineup. The color is absolutely gorgeous, and it smells very strongly of pumpkin and spices, as you'd expect from the style. Very balanced overall, though pretty simple flavor profile. I'm a fan.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very fine straightforward pumpkin ale. It's got a rich pumpkin flavor, with a fair bit of cinnamon and a good touch of hops. It's not overly sweet, and it's not a spice bomb. It's very well balanced. I even get just a bit of smoky flavor, although perhaps I'm imagining that. This is not quite a beer for those who want liquid pumpkin pie; it lacks the syrupy caramel feel and taste for that. If you are open to pumpkin beers, aren't looking for a stout, and have shied away from pumpkin ales because of all the overly sweet concoctions, give this one a try. It's quite good.

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Photo of injuredreserve
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dmsohyea
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of throwerbri
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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