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Pumpkin Beast | Aviator Brewing Company

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Pumpkin BeastPumpkin Beast

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BEERchitect on 09-30-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by mrfrancis:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of NickTheBeezNees
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I have a bias towards this particular pumpkin seeing as its brewed in the octoberfest style.. In any case,, great beer, great taste, not too overwhelming with spices.

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Photo of gibgink
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slowpony97
3.44/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mordor
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of StevenMilligan
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not my type of beer style, so I didn't enjoy the flavor. Had sediment, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just noting. Overall, while I'm trying to enjoy beers like this in addition to Marzen and Oktoberfest styles, this beer fell flat to me. Nothing special.

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Photo of jason419
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color is aglow in a warm pumpkin orange but it's complimented by a deep caramel hue. The head was strong with a frothy bubbling that slowly ebbed away.

The pumpkin, gourd and spice, was present with a caramel malt sweetness. A little bread and cracker add a dry aroma.

The pumpkin is very fair on the palate with a subtle gourd/earth tone. Nutmeg and cinnamon add a spiciness with a little more nutmeg. The caramel malt sweetness melds well with a barley malt dryness.

I truly believe the taste would score higher but a watery thinness seems to wash away the best parts of this ale. This feel detracts from the overall structure of the beer. Otherwise, it's an enjoyable pumpkin and worthy of a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The flavor is more of a malty, toasted pumpkin flavor, which is kind of different compared to the other pumpkin beers I've been trying this Fall. I don't taste much of the spices. It's still a decent beer, but if you're expecting something more pumpkin-y, then you may be disappointed.

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Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with a small off-white head. Warm autumnal spice aromas over some German malt richness and subtle pumpkin. Flavor has the maltiness of an Oktoberfestbier with the added pumpkin pie spices blended in smoothly. I'm pleasantly surprised with the balance. Toasty, nutty malt sweetness dusted with nutmeg and allspice. Pretty crisp and clean, though it comes across slightly thin. Smells like fall, not too harsh with the spices, pretty good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of EN27
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeff_Hallam
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nhaines16
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of FriedSlug
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep copper colored pour with an off-white head that goes away quite quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Smells quite yeasty or bready with some pumpkin spices like cinnamon and nutmeg present. The taste is malty but not very sweet and contains mostly yeast and cracker tastes with some pumpkin spices that are dominated by the cinnamon. There is a bit of hop bitterness at the end that balances the sweetness nicely. Overall it isn't bad it just is kind of bland to me with no standout flavor whatsoever. Oktober Beast is definitely a better fall option from Aviator.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pours a relatively clear burnt orange in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some dark copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with light aromas of roasted pumpkin and moderate to strong aromas of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) + vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon in descending order of strength) plus a light amount of vanilla. Minimal amounts of bitterness but a lingering amount of spice flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly thin/watery.

O: Kind of a hybrid of an Oktoberfest and a Pumpkin Ale with a moderate amount of malt sweetness and a lighter amount of pumpkin pie spices than is sometimes found. A decent offering that is enjoyable but certainly not anything special.

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3.82/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of baklo
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amedlin18
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BBS323
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%

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Pumpkin Beast from Aviator Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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