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Pumpkin Ale | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
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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Photo of towlea25
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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 naomiyaki
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin Ale made my housemate and I go "ooh" on the first sip this year. The spice comes clear without being overpowering or sweet. There is a sour/bitter aftertaste that I had to get used to, but it's not bothering me after around a pint!

Pumpkin Rating:
Impressive, but did not turn the leaves orange.
Would drink again:
Yes, Perfect for drinking out in the late Summer sun, and excited to eat with hearty recipes over the coming months.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark orange. One finger off white head with awesome retention and lacing. Some sediment floating, maybe allspice?

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Sweet pumpkin. Slight roastiness.

T: Sweet caramel and pumpkin upfront. The spices come through nicely in the middle with out being over spicy. Finishing with a great pie flavor.

M: Medium full bodied. Very creamy. Slight slickness. Low carbonation.

O: Very good. Not the best but right up there.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a light ruddy burnt orange to almost amber color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lace looked nice as it slid into the beer.
The smell had the pumpkin sitting gracefully up front of some spices of ginger, and allspice. Light bready malts come to balance nicely.
The taste was semi-sweet through the pumpkin and the spices that come in, well, they play at a gentle balance altogether. The aftertaste was balanced through the pumpkin and spices.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a sessionable feel against it. Carbonation hits nice.
Overall, this was a very nice pumpkin ale that if I lived in its distro, I'd get it again.

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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 ALSAIL
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of anteater
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 dmsohyea
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of anitaw16
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's rare to find a locally-brewed pumpkin ale, so when a new one sprouts up, a trip to a sorta-out-of-the way pub is warranted (sorry, Laurelwood, we really should visit more often...). A shapely imperial pintful.

A: The faintest cloudiness in a chestnut brown pour, a burnished copper glow when held to light. Barely any carbonation and a aptly-named 'stingy' head, quick to fade to a slim ring and loose film swirl. Dots and specks of 'lace', but nothing organized.

S: Served on the cold side in a taproom with the sweet/cereal scent of wort boil wafting from the adjacent brewhouse. That said, the nutbread sweetness and earthy spice amply fill the nose. You've just gotta hold tight and warm it up, then cram your nose inside the glass for that reward.

T: Amber waves of grain, toasty and well-laced with 'autumn' flavors of nutmeg, dry cinnamon and a husky woodsiness that's hard to point a finger at. Veers away from the sweeter 'pie'-type pumpkin ales, relying on a sensible dose of earthen spice. Thank you.

M: Crisped and cooled feel, not carbonated too much but lively with spicing. Medium body, though surprisingly lighter than expected for a 7-ish% ale. A hint of a strange metallic/brassy tang collects in the sides of the tongue.

D: Among the sturdier pumpkins I have tried, competitive with Elysian's Night Owl, even Weyerbacher's Imperal. Not an overly sweet or 'fake' version, just a pleasantly spiced and easy-to-drink-more-than-an-"I'm-stopping-at-one-today-but-coming-back-for-more" kind of beer. Thanks for satisfying my pumpkin cravings, Laurelwood; hope this will be a seasonal addition to the lineup.

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3.92/5  rDev +4%

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