Pumpkinator | Capitol City Brewing

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Capitol City Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Added by Kegatron on 11-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Norfawkers:
Photo of Norfawkers
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a beer that is made with roasted pumpkin and pumpkin spice, it tasted more earthy than pumpkiny.

Appearance: Clear amber yellow with frothy head

Smell: Spicy, with very faint pumpkin

Taste: It tasted like a vegetable patch with spices; earthy, gourdy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth

Drinkability: Very drinkable, goes down like water. A full pint may be overpowering, though.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Even pours to the color of a pumpkin, albeit a pumpkin with virtually no head. The taste has quite a bit of pumpkin in it, although it comes close to being overpowered by strong spices. The fatal flaw in an otherwise perfect beer is the extreme dryness and pucker factor that comes with the excessive spice, leading one to need a glass of water to go with the beer. Good with dessert, but don't drink it alone.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Arlington location.

Pours a cloudy, burnt, dark orange color with a smallish, fizzy white head that left some decent lacing on the way down. Aroma is predominantly spicy (mainly cinnamon and clove) but there is a also present a nice frangrance of pumpkin and sweetness.

Taste is similar to the aroma but there seems to be much better balance as the roasty pumpkin and spices both take center stage. There is also a nice undercurrent of sweet warming malt and some pronounced hop bitterness that helped give the finish some zing. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, just where I like it in my Pumpkin Ales. None of this light, fizzy stuff some places are passing off.

An all in all really solid Pumpkin Ale. A good mix of pumpkin and spices wrapped up in a body with some bite makes this a nicely done and hugely drinkable Fall treat.

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Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a growler this past weekend to share with my wife throughout the week.

I poured this into a pint glass.

A: Fairly cloudy dark orange, with a peppery, chewy center that happens to be darker than the brew surrounding it. The head was quite massive after the initial growler pop... 1-2 fingers in fact of off-orange visuals. Literally, the head remained in its marshmallow-ish state throughout the session.

S: All the pumpkin pie spices were represented here: Allspice (out in front), cinnamon, nutmeg, and others. The gourd was there and acted as a catylst.

T: This was slightly more "beery" than a lot of the pumpkin ales that I've tasted, yet it still managed to keep enough of that "pumpkin pie" quality to appease the average pumpkin ale lover. Even the yeast I got here had some of the spice imbedded in it.

M: This was one of the more foamy and creamy brews I've had from Cap City. The lacing was probably more substantial than any I've had in a pumpkin ale previously. But then again, this was pretty fresh.

O: This was a pretty good pumpkin ale.

The last few brews I've sampled from Capitol City have been better than the last few I've had from other surrounding breweries. Look out Mad Fox!

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Pumpkinator from Capitol City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 8 ratings