Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale For Zombies
Spring House Brewing Company

Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale For ZombiesBraaaiins! Pumpkin Ale For Zombies
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #73
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,283
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 15.06%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
314
From:
Spring House Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  74
SCORE
86
Very Good
Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale For ZombiesBraaaiins! Pumpkin Ale For Zombies
Notes: Our pumpkin ale is brewed with generous amounts of real pumpkin blended into the mash. The subtle fresh pumpkin flavor is enhanced by the addition of a touch of traditional autumn spices and sweet dough, thus creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, a bold malt center and a crisp finish. We are proud to offer you a balanced and delectable fall treat. Suitable for zombies.
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Into a clear glass liter mug, from a big bottle this comes. Copper colored with a dense and foamy off-white head. Its smell isn't as spicy as most in its style, much more on the starchy side. Very nice glass lacing is included in the look. Pumpkin itself hasn't much flavor, so it's what is done with it. This one avoids the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice so often overloaded into "pumpkin" beers, which are usually just beers with pumpkin pie spices. What is left is a subtle dose of cloves. It's nice to taste what real pumpkin does for the texture and taste. This is a bold attempt to do so and should be appreciated as such. It's probably closer to the original pumpkin based beers of the Pilgrims.

Dec 10, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite an exceptional pumpkin ale pumpkin is Vegetal almost minty like bitter hops with slight vanilla to round it out and a good dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. Drinks rather light the 8.5% is very balanced. overall I've had worse pumpkin beers this one may not be the best could use a bit more sweetness but it's a decent pumpkin ale that reminds you more of a beer rather than just a pie.

Oct 03, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First, my pounder can says 8.5% not 7.1%. Great looking can of a zombie eating the “brains” out of a jack o lantern. Darker golden or lighter amber with a decent offwhite head and some haze, this looks good. Sweet and pumpkins note on the nose, with the spices this almost smells like root beer. Much more even in the flavor where the pumpkin and related spices take center stage but not in a cloying way. Good job on the taste here. Slightly watery feel may hurt this beer a bit but very easy to drink. Good stuff here.

Sep 26, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard from a tall can into a mug, forming a few fingers of frothy white head that slowly faded to heavy lacing. Hazy amber color. Smell is a very nice combo of pumpkin and nutmeg. Taste follows, with maybe a bit more nutmeg heavy than pumpkin. Not too complicated, but very tasty spice- focused pumpkin ale. A bit of breadiness at the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Glad I found of few of these.

Sep 20, 2020
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Cait612 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best pumpkin beer I've ever had. They weren't distributing this year but luckily a co-worker was headed to Lancaster and grabbed me a six pack. I describe this as the ultimate Halloween time beer, "haunted house in your mouth".

Nov 20, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy, amber colored beer; thick, frothy white head. Strong yet understated pumpkin aroma; pumpkin pie spices. Pumpkin pie flavor; allspice and cinnamon; cloves. Medium body; a little watery; spicy tingle on the tongue.

I pretty tasty and well-rounded pumpkin beer. Certainly heavy on the spice elements, but still enjoyable for the style.

Oct 03, 2019
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Navinjohnson from New York

4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the better pumpkins I’ve had. If you’re looking for spice and pumpkin flavors you’ve found it with this one. After a few sips I can still taste nutmeg on my tongue

Sep 15, 2019
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can- Pours hazy orange with minimal head. Aroma is pumpkins, spice, not just pumpkin spice but there's something else there, very nice aromas. The Flavor is pumpkin, spices, sweet and tart, touch of smoke, peat, so much more complex than i was expecting. Delicious.

Dec 21, 2018
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jphallenbeck from New York

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The most vegetably beer I've ever had, and the weirdest pumpkin ale. Very bold of them. It tastes super healthy. Notes of carrot and allspice shine through in a brew comparable to the blood of a raw pumpkin, but with the texture of a great beer. Filled up a growler at AJs in Rochester and promptly drank the whole thing

Oct 12, 2018
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GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an unusual pumpkin. Pours a medium amber with clouds of sediment (brains?). It is fairly medium to light in body and has a unique citrus-clove taste to it. I really do not detect any pumpkin. Only spice & citrus. It is pleasant, enjoyable to drink, but it does not evoke the traditional flavors of a fall brew. Pretty good beer, but if you are looking for a traditional pumpkin this may not be what you expected

Dec 29, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden burnt orange in color. Fairly clear in appearance. Vegetation, reigned in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg and allspice all on the lower end. Not too overpowering. Damn good pumpkin beer.

Nov 28, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. Canned 8-23-2016.
this brew was a Christmas present from my brother Curt. Thanks man!
The beer pours a hazy copper to amber color with a few lazy streams of carbonation rising towards the surface. A frothy eggshell white head foams up 2 cm and recedes to a clingy edge layer and a few wispy islands.
The aroma on this beer is spicy with vanilla and cloves and some nutmeg dashed in for good measure. I also get some pumpkin innards smell and a bit of caramel and biscuit malt notes. Quite a nice mix of fairly sweet scents.
The first sip reveals a fairly light body with very fine and very sharp tingly carbonation. The texture is sort airy and the light body makes this beer drink very easy, although the carbonation does leave a pretty good tingle on my palate.
Flavor is kind of sweet with some of the same spices from the nose with vanilla and nutmeg some slightly veggie pumpkin insides notes and what I can only detail as a hit of orange flavor. This orange citrusy sweet note is unexpected but I find that it works with the beer. I also get a little bit of caramel, with no hops or booze in this very drinkable brew.
Not too spicy and not to sweet, but well mixed together without being just a spice bomb. Nice brew!

Jan 06, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-pumpkin ale. canned 08.16.16. consumed 11.25.16.

A: Sunset orange glows in the vessel with a dense nature and a feverish pitch of effervesce. Head strong 3 inch foam capping is beige in color and pourous in texture. Soapy air pockets line the walls. Nice presentation.

S: Cinnamon coated cooked pumpkin seeds. Very authentic, dashes of nutmeg, pumpkin guts and some sweet buttery caramel.

T: Flavor was sweet and buttery caramel malts with some pumpkin puree. Cinnamon and toasted pumpkin puree, some fruit, applesauce, light pear and apricot juiciness finishes. Sweet cinnamon toast malt and fruitiness with a small helping of fresh orange grind.

M: Edgy carbonation on the mouthful, medium body, slick and lightly sticky feel, creamy texture.

O: Overall a nice pumpkin beer for those who don't usually enjoy pumpkins or like an overly pumpkin spiced beer. Sweet toasty malt, balanced spicing and fruitiness that is never overbearing or in your face, remains very drinkable though-out. very good 86-86 range.

Dec 02, 2016
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muchos from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into my Two Hearted Ale pint glass
L. Clear orange to light amber. Slightly off-white small head which hangs on as a ring and a slight film.
S. First whiff is a biscuity, buttery, graham crackery pie crust. Vanilla is in there as well. Not much aroma of pumpkin or typical pumpkin pie spices, but if this were a "Pie Crust Ale" I'd be like "They nailed it!" As it came to room temperature though the aroma of pumpkin and brown sugar came out.
T. Taste of pie crust, a rather delicious pie crust, and some caramelized pumpkin meat. It gets sweeter as it warms, like honey and butter on your pumpkin bread. I'm trying too hard to detect some fall spices, and there is some ginger, nutmeg, and maybe some other faint stuff in there in the aftertaste.
F. A bit thinner than medium bodied, felt just enough carbonation. Can't really taste or feel the 7.8% abv.
O. Buttery, biscuity, sweet crust aroma is really front and center. It's not Pumking, oh heck no, but it leans in that direction, and at darn near half the cost. For me, it could have used more spice. Not bad though. Cheers!

Oct 17, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is pumpkin, ginger, vanilla. Taste is vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin, some ginger, spices may be just a touch overwhelming. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Sep 29, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale for Zombies) has been around for a while, but until now, it has only been available on draft or in bomber bottles. The Spring House peeps have finally gotten their Braaaiins! out of their a**es & into CANs, where it belongs! The CANQuest (tm) is ever-vigilant and eternally grateful.

I Crack!ed that Zombie open so hard that its Braaaiins! began spilling out in an inverted Glug! The foam that formed was two fingers high and about as dense & tawny as anything that I have ever seen. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Hail, I could see right through that sumbeeach where somebody got to him before me and blew a hole the size of a pumpkin out of his midsection! Old boy smelled good, though, like he'd been hiding in the barn where I dry spices for the missus' potpourri. Cinnamon, vanilla, clove, ginger. Made me wanna run back in the house & grab some garlic & see how he reacts, but just ain't no time. I drank some of his blood in the hopes that it'll give me some kinda immunity to whatever made him that way in the first place. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy. The taste was really spicy, loaded with cinnamon & ginger & underlain with vanilla to give it the flavor that Atwater was shooting for and missed. Finish was semi-dry, not as dry as I might have expected, given all of the spices, but the vanilla helped to offset them. I seem to be finished also as I arrrghh ... Snarl!

Sep 15, 2016
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber color with a huge off white head and minimal lacing. Slightly hazy in appearance and the head last forever. Notes of pumpkin pie, gourd meat, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and graham. Medium body, starts creamy and finishes crisp and almost refreshing. Interesting beer here, I wasn't sure what to expect but I like it.

Mar 13, 2016
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cejaev from Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is weird, first off where the hell is the pumpkin at? Smells like cream soda, tastes like peanut butter with a bitter bite. Maybe I got a bad one or one mixed with big gruesome. But there is no pumpkin tastes just peanut butter. Not a fan at all.

Oct 23, 2015
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is a very nice gold, head is off white, about 1/4 inch thick, dissipates to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is a big cream soda like aroma, is that vanilla? either way I like it because i used to love cream soda.

Taste is also a big cream soda forward flavor with a harsher aftertaste, potentially from the artificial flavoring that could have been used. Malts are less noticeable due to the strong vanilla/cream soda flavoring, but maybe some light biscuit and toast.

Mouthfeel is also a bit harsh on the tongue in the lingering part of the beer which seems to distract from the lighter flavoring upfront.

Overall, a tough beer to review, it looks great and smells delicious but the flavor doesn't seem to executre well and the finish is a bit dry and biting.

Oct 13, 2015
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onesammich from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I bought this just for the bottle, not noticing until I got home that it was the love of my life...pumpkin ale!

I have to say, this beer smells and tastes like what my senses of Halloween are. I can't explain it, but on the first sip I felt like a child again with the smell and taste.

I taste the pumpkin, but I get notes of orange and vanilla too. Either way, it's absolutely delicious! Well done!

Oct 05, 2015
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OGShotzy from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a solo cup (brunch party). This beer has an artificial vanilla smell and taste. Kind of like ginger ale or cream soda. I'm getting no pumpkin at all, really. A little spice, but not much. It's not terrible—it's just not a pumpkin beer.

Oct 03, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear and bright amber orange color.

S - Citrus candy pumpkin sugar, vanilla, and spice, some nutmeg.

T - Candy pumpkin sugar, honey cracker, vanilla, spice, cloying sugar, cinnamon.

M - Medium heavy body,

O - I hate to be negative, I like this brewery but not this beer.

Sep 21, 2015
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip

A - Cloudy amber with some floating yeast two fingers of thick creamy khaki head, little lacing
S - Candied sweet potato, pumpkin, sweet caramel malt, smells very sugary.
T - Taste isnt as sweet as the aroma leads you to believe, but its still on the sugary side. Lots of sweet pumpkin pie flavor, no pie crust flavors though, a little bit of vanilla comes through.
M - Kinda creamy but a little thin too.
O - Not the usual pumpkin beer I'm used to, very fresh and sweet pumkin flavor. Reminds me of sweet potato casarole a lot for some reason.

Dec 15, 2014
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JWU from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- a very slightly hazy amber with a lovely off white head that coates rather than really sticks. Almost looks like an IPA, but the head isn't sticky like an IPA.

S- BIG vanilla and graham cracker. Not much else on the nose.

T- wowsers, it's just too sweet. Cloyingly so. The sweetness/vanilla taste artificial to a point where they almost taste like bubble gum on the front of the sip. The spices are there, but overrun by the doughy, vanilla sweetness. Way out of balance.

M- fine for the style, medium, slightly slick from the pumpkin and medium carbonation

O- a swing and a miss. The sweetness overrides any essence of pumpkin or spice.

Nov 26, 2014
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fourstringer from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the bottle.

A: Hazy, cider-colored body with 1/2 finger of rich, almost white, head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Very sweet nose, strong vanilla, marshmellow, caramel, circus peanuts (!). Lighter baking spice, nutmeg. Trace pumpkin. Brown sugar. Pretty unique.

T: Dry malt and spice open up. Transitions to a hop-fueled bitterness for a rather dry finish. The key word here is "dry". Surprisingly so, given the nose. Pretty clean for the style. Lingering bitterness and baking spice in aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium to light body. Faint creaminess.

O: There are some interesting things happening here, flavor-wise. High potential, but unfortunately, there is a bit too much hop going on here. I think the bitterness detracts a bit, but this is still a fine brew.

Prost!

Sep 30, 2014
Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale For Zombies from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 314 ratings