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

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

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
springhousebeer.com

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.

Added by guzzle211 on 10-02-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
282
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
39.79%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
68
For Trade:
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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 muchos
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of cejaev
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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 mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 onesammich
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of OGShotzy
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Omnium
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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 JWU
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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 fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and poured into a standard tulip.

A - crystal clear super light gold hue with a thin wispy head that fades to leave, well wisps! 4

S - Aromas of vanilla galore, light spices, nice vegetative pumpkin, almost creamsicle like. Very pleasant 4.5

T - Taste is similar to the nose, for a delicious brief flash. Wonderful vanilla and pumpkin, the spices ate super super subtle which I really love, almost an orange note. Odd, but tasty. 4.25

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, slightly creamy, works well with the flavours. 4.25

O - Overall this beer was really interesting. Very orange creamsicle like with nice faint pumpkin pie spice and good vegetative pumpkin, solid. 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of EvoRich
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Look: Poured into a snifter because my tulips are dirty. Reddish amber in color. Poured with a 1-2 finger head which was retained for sometime and never really quite goes away completely.

Smell: Butterscotch and candy. Yes. I'm having a hard time getting pumpkin in the aroma. Butterscotch is very very strong to my nose. Maybe I'm losing my mind.

Taste: Again, butterscotch, with cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm getting just a slight touch of pumpkin at the end. But to me, pumpkin is not a dominate flavor in this ale.

Feel: Medium bodied, easy to drink. Carbonation is on my preferable levels, which is medium.

Overall: I really like this beer. I would NOT think this is a pumpkin ale if blind testing this beer. So maybe It's hitting it's mark as far as being a pumpkin ale, but it is good regardless. I was really looking forward to this beer, as Spring House is one of my favorites, but it's not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of oldmankoch
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Killer pumpkin ale. Sprint House has once again stamped their unique touch on another beer style.

Nose has this interesting presence that reminds me of a pumpkin flavored Jello brand pie with cool whip topping.

Taste in no where near the nose. It'c much more hearty and tamed than initially thought. Strong natural pumpkin presence with nutmeg and tame cinnamon & vanilla along with a good malt presence and hint of backing hops and dare I say citrus zest to round it out.

Mouthfeel is thin into medium bodied which makes this almost too easily drinkable. Only real letdown is the lack of carbonation.....I'd like to see just a bit more.

Overall this is an excellent Pumpkin representation and a top 5 of the style for me.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A-orange amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-pumpkin, caramel malt, cinnamon, nutmeg

T-pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, little vanilla, caramel malt, hint of hops in the background

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-one of the better pumpkin beers, not overly sweet which let's the base flavors shine

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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 Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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 57md
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 misterRG
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma smells of cinnamon and spice, with a hint of pumpkin. Dark amber/orange color with nice foam. Average mouthfeel for this style, but the sweet flavors rule right from the get-go.

Great, sweet flavor that reminds me of sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving day. Tons of cinnamon and nutmeg spice, with sweet pumpkin/yam flavors. Really a delicious dessert beer.

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Photo of mjvu11
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, Fall is my absolute favorite time of year which means there are so many different beers to try. For me, I stuck with the pumpkin brews. In my quest for the best pumpkin beer, I have tried over ten different tasty beers. NOTHING tops Braaaiins! There is some sort of vanilla hint and a perfectly smooth pumpkin taste. NOTHING compares. Grab one before it's too late!

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Photo of tviz33
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in to a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy light brown body with some orange hues, topped by an inch and a half of soapy white head that settles to a dense cap.

S- Sweet cinnamon and lots of maple syrup. Very faint pumpkin in the background.

T- Not as deeply rich as the nose would suggest. No single flavor dominates, but pumpkin and spice are there as expected. The notable part of the taste is the hop presence. This bitterness and floral presence adds a great deal to the flavor.

M- Medium feel, medium carbonation. The finish is dryer than most.

O- Solid offering. Would enjoy again.

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