Pumpkin Ale
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #118
Ranked #23,721
3.86 | pDev: 14.25%
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 27 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of seedyone
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From can. As a big pie & Pumpkin beer fan I'm sucker for these things. Hoping the word "pie" in the name would mean a graham cracker crust. Alas. it was not.

The aroma was on point. the texture was not.

In the end. I guess to get the whole package I need to put on an apron & get busy. Maybe some bourbon will help the pumpkin 'blossom'.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So the version my brother brought to Thanksgiving calls itself a "Slice of Pumpkin Pie Ale" Decent head atop dull clay brown color. Nose is heavy on the spice but less so the hops and malt.

The name is for real. This beer goes heavy on the traditional cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Solid caramel malt backbone assists. Texture is smooth and unassuming. This not one of the very best pumpkin beers but it is solid if you really like pumpkin spice and favor without too much booze or any other bells and whistles.

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Photo of ChipChaight
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours a hazy dark amber with light tan head and minor lacing, smells like a slice of pumpkin pie, sweetened roasted pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and toasted graham cracker crust, taste is mild pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, finishes with lightly toasted malts, very light, decent carbonation, finishes dry. A light and refreshing brew, pretty close to slice of pumpkin pie in a glass.

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Photo of sagefool
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tribeca Tavern, NYC.

This is the best pumpkin beer I've had.

Usually, pumpkin beers make the mistake of being either too gourd-heavy or spice-heavy.

This beer literally tastes like someone distilled pumpkin pie, and infused it in the beer.

It's slightly creamy, with a thinner body than I would have expected. Extremely drinkable...three pints-worth, to be exact.

Had to enjoy it, as I knew I might never have it again, as Chelsea doesn't distribute to my state.

Possibly the best flavored/fruit/vegetable beer I've had.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at New York Beer Company, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie in the nose. Nutmeg really stands out in particular; there are also some hints of cinnamon.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of pumpkin pie along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little thin and watery on the palate and has some hints of sweetness.
O: This beer definitely lives up to its name and delivers lots of aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie. The only drawback is the thin and watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of Kooz
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass came rimmed with sugar, and the beer was a cloudy orange color with a white head that stayed the entire time and left a sticky lacing on the glass.

Smelled of cinnamon and pumpkin, pleasant.

Tastes of cinnamon and pumpkin/squash. It's slightly bitter with a smooth finish. It's a mellow beer, which considering the spices is surprising. It's very good.

The beer is full-bodied, somewhat creamy, and very nice.

Overall it's one of the best pumpkin ales I've had.

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Photo of Nezzy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Pony Bar in Manhattan. Was excited to try it out as it boasts it tastes like a pumpkin pie.

Appearance: very light orange almost had some yellow in it. Very little head and almost reminded me of a soda.

Smell: Off the bat you get the typical smells associated with a pumpkin beer - nutmeg, cinnamon, spices.

Taste: Lives up to the expectation, it tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie. Only down side to this goes with overall feel of the beer. It is very highly carbonated so as a result it doesn't have the satisfying feel and taste many pumpkin beers have. If anything the carbonation made it easier to drink but not in a good way. Also, it felt slightly watered down which made me wonder if they skimped on some of the spices. However that being said it still tasted like a fresh baked pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated so the taste and feel of the beer did not linger, it disappeared very quickly.

Overall: This honestly reminds me of Southern Tier's Pumking except isn't quite as good due to the high carbonation. Still it's not a bad entry in a very sought out type of beer. I don't think I'd drink it again but was glad I tried it and believe others should as well.

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Photo of david18
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a short pour of this at the House of Brews in Midtown Manhattan. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers and this wasn't my favorite among them. It didnt' taste so much like a beer as it did a cider or some other fermented fruit beverage. Very light, very fizzy, a little sour. Not what I expected and not what I really wanted.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 32oz growler into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours hazy golden with a small, quickly dissipating white head that leaves behind no lace.

Smell: Smells of pumpkin, with very, very strong nutmeg and cinnamon spices, and clove notes.

Taste: Begins with sweet pumpkin flavors, with balanced notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Finishes with strong spice flavors. Tastes almost exactly like pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body, with light carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This is a great pumpkin beer- others taste similar to pumpkin pie, but this tastes EXACTLY like pumpkin pie. If you can get this on-tap or in a growler, do it. This beer is exceptional, though not necessarily widely available.

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Pumpkin Ale from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 27 ratings