Pumpkin Down | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Some might think we’re out of our gourd for making a pumpkin ale, but our Pumpkin Down is not like the others. The caramel and toffee maltiness of our Piper Down Scottish ale is the perfect backdrop for a boatload of roasted pumpkin. Just before bottling, we add a subtle amount of spice to complement, but not overwhelm, the earthy flavor. It was a smash at the brewery, and we think you’ll agree.

Added by DoubleJ on 10-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,244
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
671
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
213
Trade:
1
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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.3%
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2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Deep ruby copper, bordering on brown, lacy on the sides, little head, light tan, dissipates quickly, bloody brown color, smell of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps some allspice, pumpkin is present although not on the front, vegetable smell and taste, taste of raw pumpkin, some light, very light malt, way too bitter and hoppy, the bitterness ruins it. Haven't found a pumpkin beer done right yet

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3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. The appearance of the beer is a one finger light tan beer with poor retention. The head diminished to a ring around the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 24 a beautiful ruby brown. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque.

The initial aroma of that beer is pumpkin caramel, nutmeg, and toasted malt. Additional aromas are molasses, peat, earth, bread, and a touch of floral.

The first impression of the beer: a rich pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, and toasted malt. Additional flavor is bread, a little peat, earth, floral, and citrus.

The mouthfeel of the beer is medium, the carbonation is medium, and this finish is medium.

Honestly, this beer is a letdown. For a scotch ale, I have had way better. Ballast Point is becoming a let down lately. Watermelon Dorado was complete garbage. Sculpin was great. How the hell does a brewery achieve both ends of the spectrum?

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3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Pumpkin Down from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 671 ratings