Pumpkin Ale | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States
laurelwoodbrewpub.com

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:
72
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Rich and mellow, this is more of the ideal kind of Pumpkin Beer. The usual overdose of spice is just a whisper here. Beautiful orange-amber color with a fine-grained foam in the New Belgium snifter.

A little malty sweetness with some distinct pumpkin flavor finally emerging after some sipping. There is a scratchy hop note and a bitter spice tang at the finish. Very pleasing seasonal brew, and way better than most of these pumpkin pie concoctions.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham, Wash.
4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.75

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5%

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

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 NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 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 ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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 rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anteater
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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 richkrull
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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