Pumpkin Ale
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Pumpkin Beer
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3.63 | pDev: 16.8%
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
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IrishRedRock from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter than expected, a coppery golden color; soft, sweet malty nose with pumpkin spices mixed in. Starts sweet, with the allspice and pumpkin notes lingering throughout, finishes with a more herbal, clove spiciness. Moderate bitterness, the finish is clean and a bit bland. Mild, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Middle of the road pumpkin ale - I've had better, and I've had so very much worse.

Oct 01, 2005
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Suds from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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BeerManDan from California

1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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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goindownsouth from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin. So few words in the english language instill fear in my soul like that word right there. But, for the sake of advancing the cause, I bellied up and wrapped my lips around this autumnal offering. Spicy and sweet on the nose, this deep and rich looking brew seemed like pumpkin pie in a glass. The flavor was of just that, maybe some faint notes of molasses in the distant background. Not a brew I could have one right after the other, but still a solid concoction.


Oct 09, 2004
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its clear, light copper body displays golden highlights when held to the light and its thin, bright-white head dissipates rapidly leaving little lace behind it. The nose offers grainy, lightly sweet malt and spice (mainly cinnamon and All-spice). It's medium body is moderately crisp in the mouth and accentuates its brilliant spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, All-spice, clove... in that order). The spice remains intact against it's lightly sweet malt, but it never overwhelms the senses; and its restrained bitterness leaves just enough sweet malt to act as ballast against the spice. Very nicely done! It finishes with a short combination of semi-dry malt and gentle spices that softly linger; reminding you to take another sip.

Nov 18, 2003
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yen157 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don’t know if it’s been offered in the past, but this one weighed in at 4.6% abv.

It came to me a clear light brownish amber with golden highlights. Slightly sweet pumpkin and spice was present in both aroma and flavor. Some pumpkin ales are blatantly overspiced, but in this one the spices were obvious, yet low-key. Props to the brewer. His choice of malt really emphasized the pumpkin very nicely. Finish is lingering and consistent with a chiffon pumpkin pie. Between the bitterness and the carbonation things are kept pretty tidy, however, some graininess did outlive the spices on the finish.

Nov 18, 2003
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UnionMade from New York

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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francisweizen from Alaska

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice golden ale with a good white head. The aromas are, pumkin, spices, and light beer base. The taste is sadly not as pumpkiny or spicy as the aromas suggest. This stuff tastes like their valley golden ale, with a bit of spices thrown into the mix. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the drinkability is just OK.

Not bad...

Nov 03, 2003
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a golden color with a light orange haze. Tiny white head dies after 20 seconds. Very little lacing with medium carbonation.
Smells of light pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and all-spice.
Taste all the aforementioned smells on a light level that is pleasant and comforting.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but this is still a brew to give a chance. Certainly no as full as some of teh other pumpkin ales out there but this may be more appealing to some beer lovers just for that aspect.
Drinkability isn't bad. Perfect for a dinner based around comfort foods. Gets better as it warms up.

It's ok, dog.

May 22, 2005
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Gavage from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a nice 1" white head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is too mild, as only a hint of spice is detectable. Flavor wise, this is a nice pumpkin ale. Cinammon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar are not overwhelming, but just right. The malts, mild bitterness, and pumpkin flavor round it out.

Medium bodied brew. Mouthfeel is crisp at the start and finish.Nice drinkability as this is not one of those in your face spice laded pumpkin ales.

Oct 09, 2005
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99bottles from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Available only in bottles this year. Weird. That means it’s being brewed over at Weyerbacher in Easton (Who also helps bottle their Rudolph’s Reserve). Well, at least I get to pour it. Into a pint glass, the beer is a deep orange-brown color. I coaxed a head of about an inch of tan foam, but it soon dissipated to a thin lace.

Smell: Spicy. I can discern some pumpkin in the nose, but it’s hidden in the blend of seasonal spices they toss in. So, it smells more like pumpkin pie than straight pumpkins.

Taste: This has a nice feel to it. The initial sip allows the easy going malts to round up and squeeze some taste of pumpkin into the mix. Soon after you swallow, the spices flood in and cover all else. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon dominate. Amazing how much this reminds me of pumpkin pie. It almost has that creamy and soft feel to it, like pie filling. All in all, very good.

Mouthfeel: Again, a very smooth and soft body which works very well with this. Carbonation is ample, but deceptive in its smoothness.

Drinkability: Awesome! I really wish I had bought a six pack to go. Apparently, the bottles are out in about 6 stores which I’d expect would be in or around the Lehigh Valley. Go for it, this is a very nice version and at a low enough ABV to be drank all evening.

Sep 28, 2004
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lou91 from California

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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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erica from California

3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first review, so here goes.

This beer was not too great. In fact, I was quite disappointed with it. After trying Dog Fish Head's Punkin Ale, I was all excited to go get a growler of the Brew Works' Pumpkin Ale. I got a sample before the growler to make sure it'd be ok, and that was great! It smelled great- spicy, pumpkin-y, like a good pumpkin ale. So I got the growler. At home, the pumpkin seemed to have just got up and left, because the rest of the beer seemed to be just slightly flavored version of their Valley Golden Ale. It still smelled pretty good, but the taste just didn't do it for me.

Nov 08, 2003
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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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walleye from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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goodbyeohio from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

goldish orange hue.. clear, misty cream topper. sticky thin lacing cemented on the glass. nose is big spicy cinnamon and nutmeg pie mix with an equal part of nutty malt sweetness. flavor introduced through aggressive spice, peppery with earthy anise hints and the bitterness of a raw cinnamon stick. some marzen qualities and the spice throw the sweetness of the pumpkin into perfect balance. light mouthfeel and low abv works here, calms the busy flavors and spreads them out. aftertaste is smooth in the mouth and very clean. drinkable, but savouring draws out some serious spice depth. you, the drinker, are free to choose how intense you let this beer be. nice.

Nov 02, 2005
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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whartontallboy from New York

3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear gold-orange with a thin white head that disappears in a blink. No lacing, no trace that it ever even existed.

Smell is pumpkin pie spices, particularly cinnamon, and a light maltiness.

Flavor is a bit more difficult to describe. It hits the tongue with a pretty big blast of the same cinnamon and is almost perfumey with spice, but it finishes with a lightly pumpkin-overtoned toasted grain flavor that's very clean. Kind of pumpkin pie in between. Mouthfeel is a tad thin.

Overall: Middle-of-the-road for a pumpkin ale. I think it doesn't some interesting pie-like things without being abrasive or cloying, but it wallops just a bit too hard on its way in.

Oct 04, 2005
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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tempest from New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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johnniemarg from New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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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jwc215 from Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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dherling from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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beerhawk from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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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