Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale For Zombies) | Spring House Brewing Company

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Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale For Zombies)Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale For Zombies)

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Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of taylor714914
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what all the hype is about. Hard a pint of this and it was straight cinnamon. Nose was cinnamon, taste was cinnamon, finish was cinnamon. Had big expectations for this, but the cinnamon drowned everything out. Sadly, it was nothing in the pumpkin sweet spice arena and everything in the baking cinnamon arena.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

64 oz growler into a pint glass. Huge thanks to Stakem for picking me a growler of this up on a recent trip to the brewery.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of off-white foamy head that even looks like it might be a light mocha color depending on the angle. This retains with a creamy layer of fizz that has a good flare-up to it and leaves some patchy swathes of suds down the sides of the glass. The aroma isn't too bad, with a mix of sticky malt and some pumpkin flavor. A festive smelling layer of spice glides along underneath, as does some light feeling green herbal tones. This isn't super robust or anything but manages to keep itself together.

The taste is where things get pretty dicey. This is mostly sweet up front with notes of bready grains (and maybe even a little bit of sweet toffee as well) with a flush of spices coming out across the back. Unfortunately there is a mix of earthy bitterness and raw vegetable feel to the pumpkin meat here that gives the finish on this a dirty and gritty presence in the finish that is honestly pretty darn off-putting (especially as this warms). There is also a mineral taste here, which I think mixes with that aforementioned harsh finish to also add an almost medicinal feel as well. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that prickles the tongue which would be fine except that it also unfortunately really helps bring out some of that unpleasant character as well. I'll try not to hold that against the actual feel though.

Quite the puzzling little Pumpkin Ale here, as I know what I experienced with the first couple glasses of this even though most of the other reviews that I have seen so far haven't mentioned it (or at least to the degree that I tasted). To the beer's credit though, I will say that I went back to the growler the next night to reinvestigate things and even though that same medicinal raw veggie and earth finish was still there, it did seemed lessened this time around and not nearly as abrasive. So I don't know. Maybe this isn't as horrible as I had originally thought but I do think that this one definitely needs some tweaking.

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Photo of BeerSquid
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from Growler to pint glass.

A- pours a deep copper with orange tint at the edge of the glass. A rich white head lingers throughout, leaves little lacing to speak of.

S- Fantastic pumpkin aroma at the beginning, however I get a mineral, almost metallic sent that is more or less off-putting.

T- The pumpkin taste offered by Braaaiins! is certainly a welcome change from many other beers who's taste becomes highly expected when brewed in a mediocre fashion. There is also a flavour of cinnamon that complements the pumpkin very nicely and hangs on the breath long after the drink is finished. What prevents this beer from being great is the occasional flare of a metallic flavour about halfway through the sip, however, I find it comes and goes throughout the drink.

M- Mouthfeel is solid, the beer offers a medium-light body and generally nice composition, but again, I find nothing exceptional, and moreover the metallic taste keeps me from truly enjoying it.

D- Again, the metallic quality of this beer knocks it down from being a quite good beer to overwhelmingly mediocre. I will finnish the remainder of the beer, but would be reluctant to get it again. While a nice change of pace, and certainly worth the try, there are many other better beers Spring House has to offer.

*NOTE- MUCH better fresh from tap.

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Photo of JWU
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of cejaev
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of bcm75
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - attractive deep copper color
S - cinnamon, and lots of it, with just a touch of maple sweetness
T - really nothing but cinnamon. Very overpowering. I'm not detecting much pumpkin, if any.
M - smooth and pleasantly carbonated
O - this really just hits one note. It's one dimensional and really beats you over the head with it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of OGShotzy
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this bottle at the cove, enjoyed chilled in a pint glass

The color is deep amber with mild haze with thick pale tan cap with rocky appearance. The smell is a bit spiced and some floral/fruity esters accompany the spice and malt smell. The feel is strong but pretty well balanced and not overly spiced for the style.

The taste is good, pretty spicy with dry effect of cinnamon, not very sweet flavor wise and there is a subtle chalkiness I don't understand that sort of detracts from the toasted malt flavor. Overall this is a decent pumpkin, perhaps I should try the draft version to compare but I would say it is worth a try if you enjoy pumpkin beers.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a matching Spring House pint glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear color of copper with a finger of yellowish tan froth sitting atop. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a webbing of spotty lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew is sweet and almost candied like belgian sugar but slightly caramelized. There is a note of fruited quality similar to what rye can do to a brew in excessive quality but not quite which is an interesting change of pace. Cinnamon is present coupled with a bit of earthiness like nutmeg.

The taste of this brew carries plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Initially the brew is sweet like the previously mentioned belgian candy sugar but maybe a bit more like toffee or caramel. More sips bring out a fruited quality before a bitterness of herbal hops breaks down the sweetness and clashes a bit with the spices.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I recall having this brew 2 years ago and did not like it at all. I can say without hesitation that it seems the recipe has been tweaked quite a bit since then and it is significantly better now. However, the spiciness is almost too much at times as it reminds me of an autumn air freshener and the hopping rate is a bit much but that is what makes this brew stand out from the rest. Worth a try for sure if pumpkin beers are your thing.

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Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear red amber with a layer of off white head, fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Reminds me of pumpkin cheese cake. Creamy, bready, cinnamon and pumpkin.

Taste: There is some pumpkin and pie spice up from. Huge taste of graham cracker crust. Sweet spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very different pumpkin ale. The graham cracker notes were a welcome addition. Creamy smell was a bit weird. I think I enjoyed this one. Love the name!

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with less than a fiunger of head. The nose is sweet with plenty of pumpkin pie spices. The flavor profile has a blast of sugary sweetness upfront and then becomes quite dry by the finish. The spices take over on the finish, especially the nutmeg. The spices don't make much room for the pumpkin to poke through. Also, the combination of flavors lean toward the artificial.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a sample at SN Beer Camp Philly

A-Pours orange amber with a small off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S-Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and some vanilla.

T-Flavor of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg,clove, and hint of pumpkin.

M-Mouthfeel medium body and low carbonation.

O-Overall this beer smells better than it taste. Could be more fuller on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of dgherm
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this brew on tap at TJ's the other night. Deep, clear, bright orange in color. Miminal head that quickly dissapated, no lacing to speak of. Strong maple syrupy in odor. None of the typical pumpkin aromas came through. Slight hint of the mapleness in the taste not much else. Went down smooth little to no carbonation. Overall I liked this beer, however I don't think this a good representation of a pumpkin beer if that's what you're really after.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been holding on to this one for a little bit. Figured I may as well get to it.

Nice looking, but minimal head. The flavor is nice. Not sure if several months have toned it down a bit. If so, I suggest this for all pumpkin ales. It's a nice firm accent, but an accent all the same. Nice level of spices; again, an accent. A bit of a floral thing that I could use less of. But overall, it's a nice one. Been quite some time since I've had a pumpkin beer. Which is mainly due to fear of all the crappy ones out there.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/amber with a white soapy head. Aroma of pumpkin, graham, and vanilla. Pumpkin flavor with hint of spice,vanilla,caramel, and graham. Strong cinnamon flavor to the point that it almost overpowers the other spices and vanilla This years version is markedly improved over previous years.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to have this on tap at the brewery last night.

A: dark, aged copper/brown

S: the smell betrays the tastiness of this beer in my opinion. The nose picks up strong notes of water that was used to boil earthy vegetables (go figure!) with a slight hint of spice. I was skeptical based on smell, but was very pleasantly surprised.

T: A real solid brew! The strong earthiness in the nose does not dominate the taste at all. There is 'real' pumpkin taste that is complimented by very subtle and appropriate spices. No liquid pumpkin pie here, just a rock solid ale that happens to be made with pumpkins.

M/F: smooth but with the right amount of carbonation, easy on the tongue and palate, no trace of alcohol

D: I typically do not care for pumpkin ales, and I really do not like spiced-up brews that taste like a melted Yankee candle, and this brew doesn't even come close to that stereotypical nastiness. I could have easily drank several of these. I'm giving it a 4.5 in drinkability because this is one of the most drinkable and repeatable Pumpkin Ales I've tasted

I know that this recipe will be fine-tuned over time, but I really hope that the brewer (Matt) doesn't give in to the commercial masses and turn this into something like all the other scratch-n-sniff sticker-smelling, liquid pie spice bombs that are out there. This is a rock solid brew that could be enjoyed year round.

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Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three finger's worth of big rich creamy froth with a delicate slightly rocky cloud like top that is light khaki in color... Excellent retention... The body is a very light gleaming copper with a faint glow about it... A slight bit of micro bubbled rapidly paced carbonation... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A very intriguing aroma... A definitive spice character leads the nose, but one that is not typical for the style - very potpourri like which is a bit odd, but quite alluring after a couple of whiffs... Fresh gourd pulp... Roasted pumpkin seeds... Graham crackers... A light caramel component as well... Oddly, even some orange Gatorade mixed as well...

T - The spices are again at the forefront and coat the tongue evenly... Lots of clove... A little bit cinnamon... Perhaps some nutmeg... The fresh pumpkin is next... Again roasted pumpkin seeds... Some caramel sweetness... The finish has a slightly burnt crust character to it...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Light carbonation... Even and consistent... The finish is a bit on the dry side...

D - Overall not a bad Pumpkin Ale... The appearance and aroma are top notch... The taste and mouthfeel are slightly above average... The end result is an overall success that I try to enjoy each autumn... When the beer is this good, I have no problem supporting the "drink local" directive...

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Photo of fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.


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Photo of muchos
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange-copper color with a two finger head of an off white color. Seen within the brew are some particulates with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the beer. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a roasted pumpkin smell with some hints of a bready nature mixed within. Lots of big sweet smells are there as well being mostly of a caramel and vanilla nature, but also containing some smells of toffee and a bit of molasses. Along with the pumpkin and sweet, so too comes the pumpkin pie spices, with aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and clove all present.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted pumpkin flavor mixed with some notes of breadiness. Some caramel sweetness and well as a bit of toffee are in the taste as well creating a moderately sweeter flavor for the brew; at least upfront. Soon after the initial taste and enhancing as the flavors advances are flavors of the spices that were detected in the nose, with nutmeg and clove being the strongest. The sweeter flavors begin losing ground however as the flavor advances leaving a slightly drier taste in the middle of the flavor profile. Some flavors of earth and a bit of hay come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste. These are accompanied by a slight enhancement of the roasted pumpkin flavor as well as the sweetness which had dwindled in the middle of the taste. In the end with the mix of flavors that is present in the flavor profile ends up leaving a lightly sweetened and spiced and rather strongly roasted pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is one the higher side. The thickness is quite nice for the pumpkin flavors of the brew with the carbonation level helping to accentuate the lighter sweet flavors, giving them just enough of a presence to keep the brew drinkable but not overly sweet.

Overall –A nice pumpkin brew that was not overly sweet, but yet had a nice balanced roasted and spiced flavor. There was just enough sweetness to enhance and compliment the spice and roasted pumpkin flavors.

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