Pumpkin Dead | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Spider889 on 11-07-2010

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by McNealc31:
Photo of McNealc31
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is remarkably clear. The aroma is full of pumpkin pie spice along with something unexpected, butterscotch. Warm spices at first back off to a nice blend of pumpkin and pie crust. That butterscotch is still in there, too. A hint of hops make their presence felt at the back end.

A great beer here. Big flavors, fantastic balance, excellent mouthfeel. I already want more!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep orange that verges on red. A head grows to just under a finger tall and retains what it has relatively well, the foam that remains sticking around all the way as a mix of patchy and spotty lacing is left behind.
There's not too much difference between the aroma and the flavor. Pumpkin makes a solid base on top of a good balance of malts and hops. There's a bit of pepper and something like nutmeg and/or some similar spicing, but it's not overdone. This is actually one of the hoppier pumpkins, as some floral bitterness lingers throughout. The aroma is a bit light, and a note of rubbing alcohol comes through into the finish.
The feel is this beer's best attribute. The body is a solid medium with a moderate carbonation. Crispness remains all the way through, never biting too hard and never fading away, while a nice, rolling smoothness remains similarly consistent.

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Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Valerie182
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. I had never heard of this beer or even this brewery until I saw this bottle at a local place a few days ago. The best part about being new in town is discovering all this new stuff.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. One finger of frothy off-white head that doesn't retain that well and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: The first whiff was full of spice, but after that it seemed to lose most of its steam. Still, all the requisite players are there: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Maybe even a touch of stringy, fleshy pumpkin. There may also be some light caramel beneath the spices.

3.5 T: The malt is a bit weaker than I'd prefer, but overall it isn't bad. The spiciness in the taste is a lot less potent than in the nose. Light caramel maltiness. This comes off as a very lightly spiced pale ale. Like I said, it's not bad.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth. Not bad here, but I would like a thicker body and more creaminess.

3.0 D: Average, easy drinking pale ale with pumpkin and spice aspects.

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Photo of BB1313
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent burnt orange, nice color; fluffy white head that slowly fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are very grainy and mineral like. There are also notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It tastes better than it smells. The flavors are pretty typical of what you would expect from the style. There's a nice amount of sweet caramel malts that shine through. More of the usual spice suspects. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is thin and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. The carbonation is moderate, but it still remains smooth. Everything seems to come alive more after it warms up a bit.

This is ultimately your typical pumpkin ale. There's really nothing unique going on, but it's not bad. Not overly impressed, but I still enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. This beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy dark golden/copper, slightly amber color with a nice whie head about an inch thickwhen poured that dissipates all too quickly to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass and then to almost nothing at all. Very little lacing here as well. Aromas of sweet caramel malts and pumpkin spice are nicely present and that is really about it smell wise. There is a nice caramel malt sweetness on the tongue upfront that gives way to pumpkin spice along with hints of butterscotch and toffee. An interesting flavor profile for a pumpkin ale methinks. Has a crisp, prickly, fizzy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink in the manner that good beer ought to be. Not the best pumpkin ale I've tried by any means, but certainly worth a try!


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Photo of TasteTester
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Spider889
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard for a quality Pumpkin Ale. I've had so many this year it's getting hard to compare and order them all. So far ST Pumking is easily #1, but from there it gets shaky.

I'd put this one in the slightly above average group. More drinkable than Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin, more flavorful than DFH Punkin.

Nice golden orange color, a finger of white foamy head and minimal lace spots the glass.

Smells typical, but very good. Lots of cinnamon up front, and it is rounded out by the obligatory pie spices: nutmeg, allspice, clove, and vanilla.

Not sure if they use real pumpkins or not (even when breweries tell you they do it can often be hard to pick out the fruit from the spice). Sweet and full of mild caramel malts. Cinnamon and allspice explode onto the palate and really remind you of the season.

Fairly drinkable, smooth, and not overly spiced as some tend to be.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep orange color with a one finger slightly orangish off white head which leaves a little lace. The aroma isn't big time pumpkin more spicy. There is cinnamon and clove with a hint of nutmeg. The taste follows the nose with a hint of pumkin but more cinnamon is present. There is also a touch of clove, nutmeg, and maybe a hint of vanilla in there. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid pumpkin beer but not best in class. It is more balanced than most but doesn't give you that deep pumpkin flavor of others.

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Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head that slowly settles.
S: Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Pleasant.
T: Lots of spice, with a hint of pumpkin. A bit of butterscotch as well. Quite pleasant.
M: Malt-driven, medium-bodied and smooth.
O: Not over the top or lacking in any way; just a balanced, tasty, enjoyable to drink beer.

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Photo of jacobdensford
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BDIMike
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking pumpkin beer. A very dark orange-amber color. A nice thin layer of carbonation creating a cream colored head that stays strong on top of the beer throughout the drink.
Smell is very nice but a little weak on pumpkin. A strong malt smell to this beer, a bit of caramel, almost like a marzen beer. A bit of spice and alcohol in the nose too.
Taste is powerful on this beer. A very strong malt taste with good caramel and toffee notes. The pumpkin spice to this beer is very undertoned, which is a good thing. A strong alcohol taste in this too, which I think matches the style very well.
Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Medium-bodied and very smooth.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Unlike some pumpkin beers that overload on pumpkin, Pumpkin Dead has a very good pumpkin taste, but is a very good beer regardless of the pumpkin. This beer is awesome and fits the season very well.

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Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of siege06nd
2.34/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Sweetwater standard pint.

A. Pours a deep, dark, burnt copper. Finger of cream colored head that is thick and foamy. Spectacular lacing. Truly top tier look here.

S. Back to reality. Moderate allspice, some faint citrus hop, and a little malt. Pretty refined and subtle. Hops are particularly pronounced.

T. Allspice, cinnamon, some light bready malt, herbal hops, and then a spectacularly vegetal, gag inducing finish. Almost rubbery. What the hell? Watery and plasticy, like the smell that comes out of the vacuum when the rubber belt breaks.

M. Watery, poorly carbed, flavors are stale and not enjoyable.

O. Bad bad bad. Not up to par for a style that is seemingly born on par. Watery, thin, flavorless, and vegetal, this is probably the worst pumpkin ale I have had. Avoid.

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Photo of jampics2
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, I remember this beer from the days of old. It was a day back in October 2003 I think, and we were gathered at our respective stools at the old hangout. Garin was running around in his apron and gloves mashing something with that mad scientist look on his face. Jena was behind the bar and we had Dire Straits on the stereo. This beer appeared on tap for the first time and I had to give it a shot. It was very good, even to a brash young hop head like me.

Yep, this beer takes me back. But I didn't let me memories stand in the way of a fair and honest review. And I didn't have to, because, much like my memories, this is just very good! This growler was graciously shared by Paul as we watched the Browns pull off a great win over the New England Patriots.

The beer has a nice caramel color with red streaks and some slight gold highlights. Nice lace and head retention. Overall, it's not as "festive" as some pumpkin beers, but it has a good disposition and begs me to lean in to experience the scents.

No dead pumpkin smell here - instead, we get a ton of cinnamon and a touch of clove. The spices are balanced by a decent little hop kick and lots of sweet malt. This is very much like a caramel pumpkin spice candy.

The caramel malt and cinnamon snap defines the tasting experience to a tee. There's a touch of bitterness to make this avoid being cloying, but the caramelized sweetness and nice cinnamon, clove and some vanilla sets this beer on its way.

The mouthfeel is on the less-viscous side of things, and that's just fine with me. In a way, this beer reminds me of the Elysian Great Pumpkin which is one of my favorites in that it's a beer with great spices, but a beer over anything else. That makes it very drinkable. Certainly in the top quartile of pumpkin beers, another great offering from the Buckeye family of honest Cleveland beers! Cheers to the good old times!!

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Photo of TequilaTom
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My third Pumpkin beer of the season!!

Pours out a nice deep amber/orange color with 2 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma has a decent amount of cinnamon, allspice, clove, pumpkin and bready notes.

The taste is very close. It's somewhat bitter with allspice, cinnamon, clove, pumpkin and hops in the flavor. Nice amount of spices balances out the sweetness and keeps the beer easy to drink.

The body is medium and creamy. No hint of the alcohol at all.

Not the best Pumpkin seasonal, but a decent beer and worth trying during this time of year.

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Photo of raznug
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy orange color with no head 3.5
Smell: Nutmeg and cinnamon first blast the nose but they eased up on the next sniff, a slight malty aroma blends in with the spices. 4
Taste: The malt and spices blend well together to make a fairly tasty pumpkin brew not overpowering on either flavor.3.5
Mouthfeel: It maybe a bit on the thin side but it is fairly close to what I was thinking it should be. 3.5

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Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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