Pumpkin Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
selinsgrovebrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Deuane on 10-29-2007

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73
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32
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro-tap at the brewpub.Surprisingly good for pumpkin and for nitrogen. Mild spicey, more on the nutmeg. Light orange. A bit less than medium mouthfeel. Lasting white head. Easy drinking, smooth. This one was 4.5% a.b.v. was appreciated. Masterful brewing again.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the reason I found out about Selin's Grove. I had been searching on here for good seasonal brews and saw this had a high rating. The beer was poured and needed a lengthy period of time for the nitro to settle. The beer is a very nice looking orange copper color with the soft creamy nitro head on top. There wasn't much lacing with was surprising. The retention was very good though. The smell of the beer wasn't that good, it was kinda funky. The taste was pretty good but there was also a metallic flavor in there... Had the iron-like flavor not been there the fla or of this would be great. Pumpkin, spices, and vanilla sweetness all come together with a nice soft finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, very smooth. This is very drinkable. Overall this beer could be mind blowing if they can fix the aroma and metallic flavor in there. Still found this to be very good though.

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Brew Pub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with not much head showing up at all.

Smell: I would say the overall smell is mild. I'm getting some brown sugar sweetness with a hint of pumpkin type spices. The pumpkin flavor is there, but it's not standing out.

Taste: Mildly sweet with a pumpkin flavor. There is a fruity note that contains some green apple. I'm getting a mild spice note with a bready spice finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with very full carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very mild but nice pumpkin ale. I would have more, but I don't know that it lived up to the score.

Mouthfeel:

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Selin's Grove last weekend. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rusty orange-amber with a decent-sized off-white head that falls fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lacing, especially considering the serving type. The nose brings some really nice pumpkin pie character with a bit of spice and sweetness. Integrated spices with nothing over the top. The flavor carries this through. Mouthfeel is what really makes this beer. The nitro delivery is brilliant and the spices are just right through the finish. Great medium body and smooth carbonation. Really well done.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub on 10/24/08. Dispensed via nitro-pour.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin layer of oh-so-creamy looking off-white head. Retains by thinning down a bit, bunching up around the sides with some thin wisps in the center that leaves a nice spotty cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is what you would expect but with a twist. Spicy notes of cinnamon and all spice with a bready malt signature behind it but I'm also picking up a moderate amount of a hop profile in the backend that adds in notes of floral hops and citrus to the mix.

The taste is similar with a characteristic blend of tingling spices, a touch of pumpkin meat, and some toasty, bready tasting maltiness that lends itself to having an almost pie crust sensation. Once again, those hops show up towards the end, bringing in some citrus tang and a floral feeling hop bitterness that punches up the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fantastic smooth and creamy feel from the nitro pour. This doesn't seem quite as creamy as I'd had in the past from this beer but it's still an overall wonderful feel that smooths everything out and brings it all together.

This is just one of those signature beers from the SGB that everyone looks forward too each Fall, as it really is tops for the style and the addition of the nitro-pour really puts it over the top, adding a smoothness that is reminiscent of eating a piece of pumpkin pie with whip cream on top. There is a bit more of "green edge" to this years batch than I remembered but I'll just chalk that up to being uber fresh and will probably mellow out a bit over the next couple of weeks. A great beer that I wish more people could be able to try.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Selin's Grove. Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color with an off-white head, about a finger in height that has decent retention, leaving a thin cap on top. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma a bit closed at first, but opened up quite a bit as it warmed. Lots of nice spice going on, cinnamon, nutmeg, with a little ginger. A bit of bready/graham cracker malt.

T: Quite tasty for a pumpkin beer, the spices and pumpkin blend nicely with the pie crust like malt. More cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with pumpkin, and a bit of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel.

O: Certainly one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on Nitro at the brewpub, served chilled in a tulip pint.

The color is like an amber sunset with thick cascade of nitro cream head with dark golden hue at base with fine bead and moderately hazed appearance. The smell is nice with a fragrant mix of spice with cinnamon woody character and smooth toasted malt odor with light nutty scent. The feel is thick and creamy from nitro pour but mildly spiced in general complimenting the malt base well with subtle sweetness and a thinner dry finish with light toast in the texture.

The flavor has a creamy spicy and mildly caramel malt flavor if you are comparing to pumpkin pie it not as dominated with spice it has a slight hint of woodiness from ginger or nutmeg perhaps with light toasted malt complimenting that and almost no alcohol in the taste but it is a sessionable strength pumpkin meaning it does not pack the sweetness or strength of an 'Imperial' version. I like the cinnamon-like taste and subtle clove/ginger quality in the dry finish. Overall this is a wonderful example of the style -very nice smooth and spicey balance very drinkable and I think the nitro kind of softens the spice but a flavorful base amber supports that.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Selin's Grove into a pint. Paired with a bowl of pumpkin soup. Such a good combo.

A - Pours a deep orange with a strong, creamy, two finger white head that leaves light lacing down the entire glass.

S - Light spices add a nice complement to all that pumpkin aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all the other pumpkin pie spices you would imagine are in this one. A very nice balance.

T - The spices dominate this one. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all the other spices help warm the pallet. The pumpkin flavors are ever present but don't come to the forefront until the finish. A great balance off spices and pumpkin.

M - Heavy flavor with a medium body and excellent carbonation. Very creamy feel on the pallet. The flavors are strong but don't linger for very long.

D - The strong spices bring it down a few notches but it is still a very enjoyable pumpkin offering. One of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had.

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Photo of BMart
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken on 11/17/10 at the brewpub. This was my 3rd visit during the pumpkin ale season and every time there was an excuse as to why it was not on tap. Behold, this day I finally got to try it. Evidently I was just in time because this was the last keg of the year.

Served on nitro into a short type of weizen glass. It appears a clear polished amber orange color. A beautiful creamy smooth finger of yellowish stained froth sits atop this brew and laces in a curtain all about the glass. The cap retains perfectly atop the brew right down until the last sip.

The aroma of this brew is exactly what I love about pumpkin ales. The dominant character is the flesh of pumpkins instead of the obligatory spices that cover up any indication of the pumpkin scent/flavor. There is a light spiced and earthy component that accents the flesh of the pumpkin. A suggestion of citrus hops is evident as well in the background. A light cinnamon hint and mellow sweetness like vanilla is also included in the nose.

The taste of this brew is pumpkin flesh with some light earthy character. Some citrus hops make the flavor of this brew a little brighter. A light amount of nutmeg is noted. A sweet fleshly brew yet it is balanced by the inclusion of the hops. A subtle note of cinnamon comes out as the brew warms along with a vanilla bean type of sweetness. A lasting character of earthy and herbal hops meets the flesh of pumpkin and it just resides inside your mouth long after each sip.

A touch of alcohol starts to warm the back of the throat. It is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is exceptionally smooth and drinkable care of the nitro delivery which is exactly what this brew needed to take it above and beyond any other pumpkin experience I have ever had. This beer is absolutely pound-able, it was my intension to try one of these and then move on to the other offerings. Instead I found myself calling it quits after three of these. The pumpkin flavor in this brew is absolutely perfect, when someone wants to drink a pumpkin ale and not just a spiced ale, this is the one to go for during the holidays.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the record, Pumking could be the worst thing beer that I've ever consumed. That being said, while at SGBC, I figured that I should give in to the hype and try this.

A: The pumpkin ale is an amber hued ale that is moderately translucent, enough so that you can see an outline of whatever is on the other side of the glass. The nitro pour has given the ale a thick head that lingers.

S: The nose is spicy, full of cinnamon and nutmeg with allspice and cloves following up. The fullness of the nose isn't intimidating or overly sweet.

T: I gotta tell you, I'm kinda liking this one. The spices are dominant with cinnamon taking the lead. The other spices from the nose follow in short order. The pumpkin aspect is minimal but the spice load is more than capable of carrying the weight. The spices don't linger much after a sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel is a bonanza of spices atop of a mild malt body. I'll freely admit that this beer exceeded my expectations.

D: The alcohol is low but the spice profile is pretty strong. To me, that limits the drinkability of the ale. It is the best pumpkin ale I've had though.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On nitro tap at the brewpub. Pours dark orange with a thick light tan nitro head. Aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar, and whipped cream. Flavor is more of the same--lots of sugar and cinnamon. The nitro gives it a smooth body. Definitely my favorite pumpkin ale (although it's not really pumpkiny so much as full of pumpkin spices). It reminds me of my 2nd favorite pumpkin beer (John Harvards Pumpkin Spice) except that instead of actual cinnamon and sugar on the rim of the glass, this beer has incorporated these flavors. Personally I didn't quite enjoy the nitro tap as I like a beer to have decent carbonation, but apart from that I really have no complaints. Top notch beer.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of hopdog
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Selins Grove Brew Pub. Nitro.

This one was the reason for making the long trip out (I had very high hopes for it!). I heard they just kicked a keg before we got there and almost didn't put on another one right away (they had to call the brewer to find out where it was - or something like that).

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie crust. Tastes of pumpkins, vanilla, pumpkin pie crust, and spices. This was a solid Pumkin beer but I heard (from several people) that the 2007 was a tad bit better.

Notes from 10/26/08

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Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On nitro-tap at SGB on 10/25/08.

A - Hazy two-tone medium copper body fading into a deep orange color with a smooth, creamy beige head that left some lacing that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg in the forefront, as well as hints of vanilla, cream and all-spice. There's also a bit of bready malt in the form of a sweet graham cracker pie crust.

T - Delicious fresh pumpkin pie flavor with a subtle spiciness including cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Notes of vanilla and whipped cream add sweetness, while hints of fleshy pumpkin meat adds authenticity and depth to the flavor. Malt is crusty and bready with an almost graham cracker crust essence.

M - Medium, softly carbonated body with a smooth, creamy texture thanks to the nitro tap. Mildly spicy on the palate. Bitterness is almost non-existent.

D - Wow! This is serious competition to Pumking. Simply an awesome pumpkin ale, but then again, I wouldn't expect anything less from Selin's Grove. Another beautiful work of art!

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Photo of Deuane
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A--beautiful muddy orange-copper with a thick solid creamy head.

S--Cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of malty goodness. Smell not unlike a fresh baked pumpkin pie.

T-- Whoa! Like a liquefied Pumpkin Pie complete with the whipped cream topping. A nice spicy aftertaste. This years version is a bit more spicy (on the cinnamon side) than last years...but very good nonetheless.

M--Full bodied, rich and creamy. This is some solid stuff.

D--A beer I crave every year. This is, IMHO, the best pumpkin beer out there. The difference is to have it served on nitro...sheer genius! I always look forward to the day when the Pumpkin gets tapped at "The Grove"!

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Photo of Lucular
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer deserves its reputation as one of the best pumpkin ales available. Enjoyed on nitro at the brewpub. Amazingly creamy mouthfeel, almost like pumpkin pie. The spices are present but not at all overwhelming. My favorite pumpkin beer to date.

Of course, the only problem with this beer is that it's only available at the brewpub since it's nitro...but luckily they had it around this late in the year for my wife and I to enjoy on our drive to her parents' place for Thanksgiving.

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Pumpkin Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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