Pumpkin Ale | Old Forge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Old Forge Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
oldforgebrewingcompany.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by AdamBear on 08-24-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
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Photo of AdamBear
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-gold with an orange tint. white head

S-smells grainy with a slight touch of pumpkin mash. honestly smells more like a german lager than an ale. smells okay.

T-comes in with a great flavor of grains, pumpkin, and a touch of vanilla. it's actually quite a bit of flavor for the low abv. the after-taste is matching with more pumpkin coming out, there's even a touch of bitterness.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-considering it comes in tall boy cans, this might be the perfect campfire beer this autumn. it's truly a great pumpkin ale, it doesn't have the crazy flavor of some, but it's far more drinkable than most. there are no off flavors. I dare say this might please those who won't drink pumpkin beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of themanilow
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Quite possibly one of the best Pumpkin Ales I've tasted. Subtle spices mixed in with the slight yet not overpowering taste of pumpkin. Certainly pick up on sweeter flavors such as the brown sugar. I would certainly seek this out as a yearly seasonal favorite.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At the source served in a pint glass. The menu puts this at 6.1%.

3.5 A: Clear orange Amber color. Came with a head but I was preoccupied and didn't visualize it. No lacing left though.

4.0 S: Strong sugary sweet caramel with lots of pumpkin spice. It's so exaggerated that it reminds me of fruity pebbles or something of that nature. That isn't meant to be an insult though as it smells great.

4.0 T: Like the nose this has a heavy spiciness with thick sweet caramel. Pleasantly toasty. Good bit of pumpkin, vanilla, and brown sugar.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant creaminess. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Super tasty and plenty pumpkin-y.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange-reddish-amber color with a very foamy head of 2.5 fingers. The head fades rapidly at first but, at about one finger, persists for a few minutes more. Once the persistent foam head fades, it leaves a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some foam islands on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is of a roasted pumpkin smell with some bready aromas mixed within. Along with these smells are some spice aromas of clove and nutmeg as well as a light cinnamon and a little bit of brown sugar and caramel. Overall a nice balanced pumpkin ale aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and lightly roasted pumpkin flavor at the front. Along with these flavors are some lighter caramel tastes sweetening the brew ever so lightly. The caramel fades as the taste moves on with some spice flavors of a clove and nutmeg coming more toward the middle of the taste. Some of the caramel returns more toward the end of the taste along with some brown sugar as well. With these sweeter flavors coming, the once lighter roasted pumpkin taste takes on a much more roasted flavor. With a decent sum of cinnamon and a light herbal and earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a lightly sweetened, nicely roasted, and moderately spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to above average for a growler pour. The carbonation level is quite nice for the roasted pumpkin flavors and the lighter sweetness of the brew, although a bit more body thickness may have helped all the flavors around a bit more. With that said while at only 4.6 % abv., the mouthfeel is actually quite good overall.

Overall – This is likely the best pumpkin session beer I have ever had. While not a super flavorful powerhouse like many of the pumpkin brews out there (imperials in particular) it packs tons of great flavor and a wonderful drinkability into a very modest 4.6 % abv. Perfect for sipping on a nice autumn day watching football and chatting with friends.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a can of this for $3.50. Into a pint glass
A - Off to a great start a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that seems to stick around forever with great lacing. Color is a Nice bright orange yellow color rather dark but clear.
S - Not overbearing with spices mild brown sugar and vanilla if anything its mostly bright pumpkin flesh with a vegital squash smell.
T - To me it needs more sweetness from the vanilla and more spice. It does taste rather pumpkin which is good I guess. Very traditional After a few sips my palate does adjust to the vegital taste and it taste rather good.
M -Despite the lower than average ABV it does taste rather good. Light to medium yet the body is not too watery.
Overall I was sort of impressed with this as my first offering from Old Forge Brewery but with little spice or sweetness its not overly interesting but its not "uber hopped" which I appreciate. Above average overall.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Omnium
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear light orange with a big fluffy two finger white head, medium lacing.
S - Nice complex aroma, some obvious cinnamon, pumpkin puree, a touch of clove, but there's some earthy and grassy hop notes, even a little lemongrass.
T - Interesting brew, those scents you get in the aroma definitely reflect in the taste, its not really pumpkin focused, but has a wonderful complexity to it, lots of bright flavors coming through in the mix, lemon zest, grass, a touch of pine, even some orange juice.
M - A little watery, and thin, leaves your palate fast.
O - Love the hop potency in this one, its not a pumpkin ipa, but it is a welcomed contrast to sweet pumpkin.

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Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Finally, a Pumpkin Ale in my favorite vessel - A 16 oz. can...

A - Just a tad more than two fingers worth of fluffy slightly billowing audibly fizzy light khaki colored head with a slight orange tinge... Decent retention... The head becomes creamier as it settles ultimately leaving a fairly thick full rich uber-creamy lacing... The color is a light to medium golden orange... A moderate bit of carbonation that rises in streaks that start at a pedestrian pace before reaching a quick pace towards the top of the glass... A very slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A pumpkin / gourd forward offering... Fresh pumpkin pulp... This first whiff is quickly followed by a wave of spiciness... The spices are highlighted by a nifty mix of clove and all spice... There is also some cinnamon present, but it takes a distant backseat to the other spices... Some light pie crust notes... There is the slightest whiff of vanilla buried deep down beneath the surface...

T - The spices seem to mostly disappear on the palate... The pumpkin puree is again the start... Very pleasant... There is a very subtle undertone of vanilla... Perhaps a hint of pie crust... The spices are almost none existent but do appear on the finish in a very muddled manner...

M - Light bodied... Limited carbonation... Unfortunately this one is a bit on the thin side of the equation... Rather uneventful mouthfeel... To be honest, it's actually more than a bit disappointing...

D - Promising appearance and aroma quickly give way to pedestrian flavor and dissappointing mouthfeel... Mix that with the 4.6% ABV and the end result is a rather quaffable but unremarkable Pumpkin Ale... I was eager to try this one, but was left a bit unsatisfied...

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can poured into a snifter appears s clear copper color with a white head that is quick to fade leaving spotty lace.

The smell contains that of pumpkin flesh right out the gate with a mild vegetative feel and some hints of spice like big red gum.

The flavor is mildly vegetative and carries with it a bit of pumpkin flesh and green yeastiness. A little bit of herbal bitterness to the finish with faint spicing.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall not bad pumpkin beer. I like how it captured the essence of the pumpkin flesh and was not an over-spiced mess. A little reworking of the recipe could really turn this into something special.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Pumpkin Ale from Old Forge Brewing Company
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