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 Ale

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:
#17,338
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
660
pDev:
9.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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39
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Ratings: 660 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of dd53grif
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Stofko1992
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CoryIanShafer
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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Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of colts9016
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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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

9/10/17...dark caramel brown with almost no foa. Nutty bready pumpkin nose. Sweet. Soft vanilla nutmegged pumpkin flavor. Some earthiness balanced by sweetness. Light carbonation, almost like a bock. Just ok.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, light sweetness. Taste is pumpkin, cinnamon, a bit of brown sugar. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer, with less spices than many pumpkin beers.

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

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a small tan head, which soon fades to a dusting of foam, with excellent rings about the glass walls.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin spice and dark caramel dominate the aroma. Rather like pumpkin pie, even with crust aromas.

Taste: Opens with lots of dark caramel and pumpkin spice, and even pie crust. The pumpkin pie vibe is there from start to finish, The Scotch Ale plays well against the pumpkin pie, the spices complimenting the earthy notes quite well.At an ABV of 5.8%, the alcohol is not tasted, though there may be a slight warming sensation. There is no discernible hop presence at all. Finishes with a lingering wave of pumpkin pie spices.

Mouth feel: Very full and smooth, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Really nice, very festive and drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at World Market in Austin, Texas for $8.99 plus tax.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WormGod
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipMurray
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justindavis2001
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltinBarley
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite only rating it 3.5 across the board... I liked this beer enough to go back for a second six pack. I like that it was not overpowering with spices. I found it easy to drink and smooth. I wasn't expecting much because I think they felt the need to join the Pop-Pumkin crowd, but it exceeded my expectations for what I invested. I would buy another six pack next year in the spirit of the season only.

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Photo of Kuges
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Pumpkin Down from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 660 ratings