Brewery Backyard Series: Pumpkin Porter | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Brewery Backyard Series: Pumpkin PorterBrewery Backyard Series: Pumpkin Porter

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by vfgccp on 09-21-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 101
Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quite handsome dark brown with a peaky off-white head in the Saxo tall tulip. A rather light body with plenty of sparkle on the tongue. There is something watery yet oily about this. Smells of licorice and bread.

Dark scorched grains and plenty of pie spice, plus a pervasive sweet taste, pretty well covers it. Licorice taste is pretty strong. This gets bitter after a couple of sips and the aftertaste is plenty bitter. Dark malt that dries out in the aftertaste, in spite of the sugary sensation at first. A few sips is more than enough. The bitter burnt spice taste lingers unpleasantly.

I wish they would just call these kind of brews "Spiced Winter Ale." Pumpkin's got nothing to do with it. From the 22 oz bottle at Boulevard Liquors in San Diego.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber color with cranberry highlights, nice head that died out quickly, and a decent lace.

S - Great spice notes, cloves, cinnamon, slight nutmeg, and obviously pumpkin. Sort of like a pumpkin spiced apple cider.

T - Sweet and slightly smokey. Nice malty body, toasted pumpkin bread, and a little spice, but not nearly as much as you'd expect based on the smell. Once it warms you start to get a slight coffee taste.

M - Medium body, a little light on the backend. Very smooth going down.

O - A little light for a porter.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retrntion and lacing.

The smell featured the typical pumpkin spice spices atop a moderate roasted malt.

The taste consisted of a medium bodied black malt that nicely complimented the assertive pumpkin spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side if the style.

Overall a tasty fall treat.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a very dark brown color with a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast, leaving behind a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is largest of a pumpkin smell mixed with some moderate spice aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mixed with these aromas are some light maple syrup and caramel smells as well as a bit of a roasted malt and coffee aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with on the drier side with just a bit of a caramel taste. Upfront the bulk of the taste is dominated by a mix of pumpkin and roasted malt flavors with a decent showing of cinnamon. As the taste moves on the flavors become more spiced and roasted as other spices of ginger and nutmeg come to the tongue along with a lighter coffee taste. In the end some of the maple syrup that was detected in the nose is discernable on the tongue, but with the loss of much of the caramel that taste is still rather dry. In the end the mix of flavors ends up leaving a drier and lightly burnt spiced pumpkin puree flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter and slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that was average. A thicker and creamier body would have been much nicer for the brew as it could have supported the blend of roast and pumpkin much better.

Overall – A rather dry pumpkin porter with a decent flavor. When looking for something not too sweet with a decent pumpkin and roasted flavor then this is a pretty nice choice.

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at "The Pub" in Gettysburg, PA. This beer a dark reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet with malt, spices and a faint sweet pumpkin. The flavor is big on malt with some spice flavor and an understated taste of pumpkin. This is my first porter mixed with Pumpkin and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black colored ale, with touches of light passing through about the edges. Thin, frothy, tan foam. The aroma has a nice intensity, and smells of pumpkin pie and spices. I would have liked some roasted character here too, this beer being a porter, but I'll settle for the inviting pumpkin quality as this is probably the focus.

The taste is dry, lightly roasty, and without much malt sweetness at all. The clove and cinnamon spice is moderate, but the sweet pumpkin pie from the aroma doesn't really carry through in the flavor. With the malt being so clean and unsweetened, it makes the bitter spiciness of the beer dominate and it comes off, albeit in a more subtle way, like an atomic fireball candy. I'm guessing the ABV isn't all that high (around 5 to 6%). The carbonation is quite sharp actually, and the body feels relatively clean with a moderate thickness.

Considering my options for pumpkin beers in Arizona, this brew is pretty decent. Not something I would really seek out again but I was glad to try it.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark drown with a white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells like a typical pumpkin beer with some slight smokiness.

Tastes slight pumpkin flavors but predominantly roasted malts and some coffee notes. Much less sweet than you would expect from a pumpkin beer brewed with maple syrup. The maple flavor is almost non-existent.

Mouthfeel-medium body, next to no carbonation.

Overall- This beer is ok but it wasnt what I was looking for when I wanted a pumpkin beer. If you want pumpkin flavor stick to the traditional ales.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember being very unimpressed by this beer when I had it about a year ago, as if it was just an ordinary porter; I could barely taste any pumpkin flavor in it at all.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into snifter

A: dark dark brown almost black small tan head

S: licorice and slight cinnamon

T: slight pumpkin, pomander, pumpkin pie spices. Dark malts. Licorice dominates. Should be called a licorice beer.

M: lighter body, slight silky but still light.

Overall: great spice and great aroma but not thick enough for me

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark amber/brown with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of molasses, roasted meat. Taste dominated by the dryness of this beer for me. Starts off with a hint of sweetness that is quickly pushed aside by strong roast flavors and assertive bitterness. Finishes dry with only a little lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a decent, but not outstanding porter and little to no pumpkin taste or aroma that I could detect.

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Brewery Backyard Series: Pumpkin Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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