Pumpkin Ale
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Pumpkin Beer
3.58 | pDev: 17.04%
Oct 13, 2015
Nov 03, 2003
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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2.29 by TheNakedStiletto from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2015
4 by Stermax from Pennsylvania on Oct 28, 2014
3 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Oct 11, 2014
3.64 by Abkp37 on Aug 16, 2014
3.08 by cfadams17 from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2014
3 by Damian74 from South Carolina on Apr 29, 2014
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Mar 08, 2014
3.75 by lauries444 from New Jersey on Dec 10, 2013
3.75 by LoveStout from New York on Jul 01, 2013
1.75 by BGsWo22 from Texas on Mar 21, 2013
4 by JerryOzog from Pennsylvania on Nov 30, 2012
3.25 by CraftBeerGuild from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2012
4 by shockrocker65 from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2012
5 by wattoclone from California on Sep 12, 2012
4.25 by KingforaDay from New Jersey on Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by claspada from New Jersey

Large format 750 C&C bottle, ABV is listed as 4.7% ABV.

Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head that slowly recedes to a thin, lasting cap. Some mild lacing sticks to the glass.

Aromas begin like your typical pumpkin ale with toasted breadiness, light starchiness and traditional fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove. Smells like a lightly spiced pumpkin pie, nothing crazy but nice.

The tastes begin with fresh pumpkin pie with light to moderate traditional festive spices. The pumpkin fleshiness and toasted/bready malt continues to stand out above the spices, which is a great testament to the brewery and often a huge failure for some pumpkin beers. There is a touch of brown sugar sweetness at the start which gives it a likeness to caramelized sugar in a pumpkin pie. I am impressed with how much flavor was packed into this low ABV offering.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Usually beers of this low ABV are watery and thin but this does a nice job of avoiding that problem. Finish is mildly sweet and spicy; neither stands out and each work well with one another.

Overall, while not the best I've had of the style, it's a very solid pumpkin ale. Having previously sampled their Devious Imperial Pumpkin version and being overwhelmed with alcohol and spices in that beer, I was skeptical to try this. A friend gave it to me as a gift so I said why not and I was pleasantly surprised and will most likely revisit next year because of the substantial flavor at such a low ABV; one of the best sessionable Pumpkin ales out there for my money.

Apr 09, 2012
3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jan 15, 2012
2.5 by 1p5v from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2011
4 by dvanhandel from New Jersey on Dec 11, 2011
4 by RyanGoodman from Bolivia on Dec 11, 2011
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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

This brew poured out as a copper color with a soapy white head on top. The smell of the beer was spicy with a good amount of autumnal aromas to it. The taste of the beer also has a good amount of spice to it. The aftertaste had some nice caramel to it with the pumpkin spices still lingering. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had a good bite to it. Overall it's a good pumpkin ale I think, it's not the best but still not bad.

Dec 01, 2011
3 by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2011
4 by rjvanston from Pennsylvania on Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by trxxpaxxs from New York

Huge thanks to DaveHack for this one.

A: This beers is honey in color with very little head. The lacing is almost nonexistent.

S: Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It reminds me of pumpkin pie in a glass.

T: Tastes like a normal well balanced ale but with tons of pumpkin pie flavors coming through. The finish is sweet.

M: Light bodied beer through and through. No much retention on the palate and no lingering flavors. I could drink this beer all day.

O: This beer is a total piece of nostalgia for me. In fact, it's probably the first beer that got me into the world of craft. But as a beer, it's just decent. A well balanced pumpkin seasonal brew.

Oct 08, 2011
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4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by cooch69 from Pennsylvania

I was exited about this one. I'm a fan of this style and I'm glad they still had this out for me to try. It poured a deep copper orange which was pretty clear. It had a small white head. Moderate amount of carbonation and it had a fair amount of sticky clinging potential.
This brew is Deja Vu for any body with an addiction to pumpkin pie. It was soo iresistably good in the aroma and flavor.
Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, vanilla, and some light peppery notes combines with a nice caremelly malt backbone and a fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Even though the fall season is ending soon I could drink this through the winter. It was medium bodies and light enough to drink all night.

Nov 29, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by hopdog from Pennsylvania

I originally had this one on tap and then again from the bottle. The notes below reflect from the tap version (although I found the bottle to be the same);

Poured a medium golden color with an off white head. Aromas of pumpkins and spices (cinnamon with some cloves). Tastes follow of the same nice pumpking and spices. Heavier on the spice side. I personally like my pumpkin beers to be more pumpkin vs. spice.

Nov 25, 2008
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3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Hophead101 from Pennsylvania

drank on 10.16.08. poured from bomber bottle into british pint glass.

nice clear brownish orange color - nice light and decent head, but as others have noticed, left almost immediately. would have rated higher on the appearance otherwise. the smell of this beer is great. you need to stay with it as at first it almost smelled watered down. it could have been my palate, but a nice buttery pumpkin smell, good hints of nutmegand cinnamon. The taste is quite nice and balanced for a spicy pumpkin ale. you can taste the spices and pumpkin, but it is so well balanced. there is a slight bit of a waterd down taste to it, which is what pulled the taste score down a hair, but the mouthfeel on this one is awesome. nice soft smooth mouthfeel without being carbonated and overpowering. for a pumpkin ale, this one is pretty darn nice.

Oct 17, 2008
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3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tempest from New York

On tap at the brewpub.

A classic pumpkin ale. It has a clean, pumpkin flavor with a bit of spice and smooth, sweet malt backing it up. Well-balanced and a tasty, this is very nice version of "pumpkin pie in a glass." As a homebrewer, I'm jealous, I haven't been able to get the pumpkin flavor this spot on. BBW has managed it and made a great seasonal.

Nov 17, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by beerhawk from Pennsylvania

A friend of mine bought a case of this and had three left over from last November. Brew Works does a great job with the spices. This is no-where near as big and spicy as the Rude Elf I had, but it is perfect for the pumpkin ales. So many out there are over the top on spice. This pumpkin was nice and light and makes a perfect session beer. Not something I would expect to say about a spiced beer. The bottle poured nice and bubbly into a pint glass. The head was white and lasted a little while. The glass did lace throughout so the body was pretty good for a lighter beer. The color was a nice orange-red color. Looked like pumpkin. The spice mix was not as strong as pumpkin pie so I guess one could argue that it is not big enough. I liked it just the way it was.

Apr 01, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by ggaughan from Pennsylvania

This beer poured a clear, golden amber color into my pint glass with a medium tan head. The body had some nice active carbonation running through it. The aroma was a pleasant touch of cinnamon and clove, maybe some other spices in there. The taste was equally spicey but also had a touch of a pumpkin taste to it but not like a slice of pumpkin pie, which is good. The body was fully and spicey and although not my very favorite pumpkin ale, this is a very good representation of this style.

Jan 15, 2007
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by dherling from New Jersey

Orange/reddish brown beer poured out into my goblet with ahuge off white head. Good amount of nutmeg int he nose, followed by pumpkin, cinnamon, and malt. There's also some bread and brown sugar as well. The taste is a little on the weak side, spice is there, as well as pumpkin, not over assertive which is a good thing. The problem here is not enough malt of body to back up these flavors. It's far too one sided. Lightly carbonated, with spice lingering on the finish.

Nov 24, 2006
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1.9/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by BeerManDan from California

After pouring this ale in to my glass, I could see the color was a deep golden yellow with an orange hue. The foam was just a little off white and there was no lace. The smell was of a sour ordor with very little spice in the aroma. At first sip I knew it wasn't my cup of tea. It had a tart/sour taste and mouth feel. It had hardly any spice or fruit flavor. After the second sip I poured it down the drain. Yuck!

Nov 18, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jwc215 from Arizona

Pours golden orange with nice clarity. A one-finger white head slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of pumpkin and spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, a touch of clove. Smells like a lightly spiced pumpkin pie with a slight alcohol touch.

The taste is of fresh pumpkin with light to moderate spices. The pumpkin continues to stand out above the spices, which complement it well. A touch of sweetness at the start gives it a likeness to whipped cream on a pumpkin pie. The sweetness is balanced by a late bitterness in the middle. As it warms and nears the end, a touch of brown sugar is added.

There is some watery thinness in the body, with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavors do hold, especially the pumpkin.

Despite a certain lightness about it (or maybe partly because of it), it's not that much more drinkable than most others I've had of the style. The one 1 pt, 6 oz. bottle was enough for me.
The bottom line - While not the best I've had of the style, it's a pretty good pumpkin ale. A good selection for a lighter interpretation with real pumpkin taste.

Oct 27, 2006
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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by lou91 from California

This is my third pumpkin beer of the season and this one is coming in third after Weyerbacher and DFH. It had all the right ingredients but the tastes/spices were just too light. I paired it with a piece of pumpkin pie and it worked well but the taste of the beer faded fast. Good, well made but an underacheiver. Thanks to BitterBrian for this.

Oct 22, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by johnniemarg from New York

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden honey color, with just a slight cloudiness. 2 finger yellow-tinted head. Tons of visible carbonation streaming up through the glass. I should note that as soon as this hit the glass I could see it was going to create a huge head, so I poured very carefully from then on. Looks like it's gonna have a ton of carbonation. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Pumpkin pie spices in the nose, obviously, but this is one of the lighter-spiced pumpkin ales I've smelled. The actual pumkin comes through in the smell more than most.

The taste of this is very well balanced for a pumpkin beer. Spicy, but not too spicy. Sweet pumpkin and caramel through the middle, but not too sweet. Based on flavor alone, probably the best pumpkin ale I've had.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but there is too much carbonation in this.

Tasty pumpkin ale. I would recommend it for sure.

Oct 15, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by walleye from Michigan

got this in a trade with weeare138. poured a amber to arange with a off white head. aroma just what you would expect from a pumpkin beer, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. flavor, pumkin, and more pumpkin has a nice smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable good beer

Feb 10, 2006
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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

From a 22 ounce bottle, this brew pours a transparent amber color with a slight, wispy head. The aroma is modestly spiced. It has a little clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There’s a notable pumpkin presence, but it isn’t very intense. Malt, and a little hops round out the smell. Pumpkin comes out a little more in the taste, which is moderately sweet. Nicely balanced finish…bitter and spice. The brew has relatively generous carbonation. All in all, this is a quite drinkable and enjoyable pumpkin brew…better than many others.

Jan 20, 2006
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2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

Pours a light amber clear hue with a few scant bubbles rising up to the settled spotty bubbled ivory surface.

Light spice scents of cinamon and a pinch of clove and I'll give the pumpkin pie. Other than that, nada mucho.

First swigs: Light easy pumpkin pie. Just barely in the ball park here. Some caramel and vanilla meets a light pumpkin and cinnamon spice.

Feel is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Leaves a linger of mixed spice.

Last swigs: Thin and diluted, but gets the pumpkin flavor ok. This missed the mark, overall. A good beer to introduce someone to a pumpkin beer.

Jan 01, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by UnionMade from New York

Bottle provided by GoodbyeOhio and his ladyfriend Allie. Thanks dudes!
Pale, perfectly clear orange. Thin white head that drops to a scattered mist. Holds a collar, and laces well, in a splotchy, cobwebby fashion. Heavily spiced aroma, big on nutmeg and ginger, with hints of allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin making an appearance. No discernable hop aroma beneath the spices. Toasty, caramel maltiness. The flavor opens up mildly. Thinner caramel malt spiced up with, well, spices. Very easy drinking, light bodied and plenty quaffable. Mellow carbonation keeps things going at an easy pace. Ginger and nutmeg flavors mingle with the malt, easing into the finish with a bit of spicy/floral hops, cinnamon and clove. Almost tastes like how my mom's potpourri smells. Real pumpkin doesn't taste like much, hence the spices in pumpkin pie, but there's a bit of a vegetal, squashy flavor in the end. I assume that's the pumpkin smiling away, gap-toothed as usual. Very dry in the finish. Plenty of depth in the spicing, although it seems to move along easily and delicately enough to refrain from becoming overbearing. Terrific, subtle touch on a usually heavy handed style.
Rather thinner in the flavor than I expected, which is somewhat of a relief. In my years of beer geekin', I'd gotten tired of pumpkin ales rather quickly. One bottle is usually more than enough. I hadn't had one in ages, at least a couple years, so I was pleased to see this included in our little PA "care package", courtesy of my pals Jim and Allie. I'd visited Bethlehem brewpub a couple years ago, and liked their beers a lot, so I had high hopes for this one. Much milder than your average pumpkin ale, lighter bodied, softer, and more drinkable in quantity. Feels like a lower abv brew, which is a nice change of pace. I could revisit this one, especially when in the pumpkin pie spirit.

Dec 04, 2005
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3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by TheLongBeachBum from California

Presentation: Sampled at the Bethlehem Brew Works.

Appearance: Light orange-copper with some ruddy flashes when backlit. The head was a bit of a disappointment though, started good but basically vanished into thin air, leaving a rather Spartan looking fluid. Average carbonation.

Nose: Sweet malts at the start that rescind as the Saaz hops break through.

Taste: Made with real pumpkins, cloves, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s all here too but in a very balance manner, tastefully put together.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth brew, there are no ‘spikes’ of spices in this one, but moreover a gentle curvaceous all-spice malty feel.

Drinkability: Typically I cannot stomach Pumpkin Ales, but this one is perfectly balanced and easily managed. That said, I still couldn’t manage more than one, or maybe two of these.

Overall: Many will know that I detest Pumpkin Ales, they are so often far too sickly, sweet, overly spiced, messy brews. But I had to swallow my pride and admit to fellow BA Erica that I actually quiet enjoyed this one.

Nov 26, 2005
Pumpkin Ale from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 51 ratings