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 NOLTERN
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
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 scm2787
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear dark amber color with about 1/2 inch of off-white head that had OK retention and no lacing.

The first scent was that of pumpkin pie spice, with just a bit of malt sweetness in the background. The spice totally dominated the tongue, and, again, the malt was on the sweet side. I didn't actually pick up any pumpkin in the flavor.

The body was good and smooth, but the sharp spice lingered on the finish. Drinkability would depend on one's taste for the spices and pumpkin. Overall, a fairly typical take on the style. Admittedly, I don't really care for pumpkin, or pumpkin beers, but this was better than many I've had. YMMV. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of injuredreserve
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of throwerbri
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of memphischas
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wchasse222
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from screamforme in a trade back late last year... I'm in the mood for something a little different tonight so I thought I'd pull this one out of the back of the fridge and see what it's all about...

Even after several months, the cinnamon and spices used here are still prevalent if somewhat muted... The bottle states that they used the flesh to brew this beer and I can tell. It seems to be floating around... There's an earthy quality to this that can be only be derived from the flesh used... It's not unpleasant, just unusual...

This is a nice malty subtle pumpkin ale... The spices aren't overly done although I'd like to see what they would have brought if this were some fresher... As is, it's a nice brew... Makes me long for orange leaves and a chill in the air...

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Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Burgundian (Publican).

Pours a dark amber.

Smell is faint pumpkin spices.

Taste is a bit more hoppy than the classic pumpkin beer, regular pumpkin spices are hidden behind the hop presence.

It’s less sweet but more drinkable than most. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: dark golden-orange hue with a haze-free body and a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Quite a good looking beer.

Smell: interesting aroma of toasty, biscuity malt and roasted pumpkin flesh. There is spicing here as well, but it's pretty subdued with respect to a lot of the other pumpkin ales out there; I'm getting a little anise and cardamom in the mix. It's OK, but the dry, biscuity malt just doesn't work for me here; I think a little sweetness and caramel would have complemented the pumpkin and spice better.

Taste: almost identical in every way to the aroma, although the components are hitting me in a slightly different order. All the above comments apply: good, but for the biscuity malt component.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a perfectly reasonable creaminess. I like it.

Overall: many people may indeed like this beer, but the malt component just doesn't work for me. The pumpkin and spice, though, are quite decent.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty standard one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is just slightly off white and it looks pretty darn creamy and pillowy. We will see about lacing, but so far it looks good. The body is an extremely dark amber color, with some hints of orange as well. It's pretty darn cloudy, and super dark, so visibility is basically zero. The head is pretty much gone now, it's left a tiny layer of bubbles on top of the body, but overall it's not that great. Overall it's not a bad looking beer at all, good head to start out with and the body is nice and cloudy, we will see how the lacing goes, but so far it looks good overall. The smell is....eh, not stellar, good but not great. The pumpkin is for sure present, but it's not as powerful as I would like. Medium malts in terms of dark the dark roasty smell - they are for sure present as well, not sure if I'll dig a significant malt character in a pumpkin beer. A tiny tiny bit of spice in here too, but again, not as much as I would like. Overall it's not bad, but I want more pumpkin and spice and a little less malt. It's very close to a 4, but I think I'm going to have to give it a 3.5 for smell. Yeah, the taste is a whole lot like the smell. My first thought is that it's a little heavy on the malts. There is also a little bit of a alcohol kick to it, which is a bit irritating when trying to search for - and enjoy the pumpkin and spice. It is 7.5% ABV, but still, it's irritating. As for the pumpkin and spice on the taste...I mean they are there, but just barely, for sure less than the smell indicated. It's not a bad tasting beer, I just need more pumpkin and spice in a pumpkin beer. Overall not bad. The drinkability isn't bad, even though there is an alcohol kick, there beer is pretty drinkable. The mouthfeel is for sure good, it's not too watery, and it's big enough for the style for sure. The carbonation is just about perfect, not too high at all, but high enough to have a good bite. Overall a very good mouthfeel. Overall on this beer, not bad, it's got some good things, but the taste for sure needs more pumpkin and spice. Not a bad beer, but it's not outstanding either.

The appearance turned out pretty great, the lacing followed me super far down the glass, and the body and head were good from the start, the only problem was that the head didn't stick around too long. Overall though, it's a good looking beer, and a solid 4.

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Photo of tastymug
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, deep, reddish amber with minimal head
S: Very aromatic pumpkin ale; spicy with hints of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg; subtle pumpkin.
T: Good balance between spicy and pumpkin flavors, and leans a bit more towards the spicy side. It’s malty but not too sweet. Balanced in a very drinkable way.
M: Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel. The body also contributes to its drinkability.
O: I love a good pumpkin ale, and I’m also very picky about my pumpkin ales. I’d say this one can be placed within my top 10 favorites. Southern Tier’s Pumking still dominates as my ultimate favorite pumpkin ale, but I would definitely drink the Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale again. It’s one of the better ones from the West coast I tried this season.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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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