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

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#17,373
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
660
pDev:
9.45%
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Ratings: 660 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear burgundy pour - moderate head with wonderful lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Distinct pumpkin smell, little else. Toffee, nutmeg, spice. Sweetness- perhaps a bit too much, making it feel unfinished. Light feel to this. Hefty, overpowering carbonation.

What it lacks in density, this beer makes up in sensible restraint in flavors. The pumpkin pie smell and taste comes thru. A nice entrant in this crowded pumpkin field.

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Photo of DodgerLove
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJSFS
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B_B
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of stratusjeans
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Though this brewer gets a lot of love, I haven't had much luck with them, until now...

This might be the most visually appealing pumpkin brew I have had. A dark copper-ish color that is slightly opaque. The smell sweet, a tiny bit hoppy, and of course it had a scent to pumpkins but very muted. Mouthfeel was quite a bit carbonated too much for my taste but not so much it took away from the overall experience. Solid taste of pumpkins, but again, muted. A decent pumpkin beer offering, I would pick from it again and certainly would share with friends.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HungarianCount
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twax
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with three fingers of rapidly falling tan head. Nice splatters of lace as the head falls.
Smell is pumpkin spice and some sweet caramel like malts.
Taste sweet pumpkin pie spice with just a hint of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light with modest carbonation. The finish is mildly sweet.
Overall one of the better pumpkin beers around. Give it a try people.

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Photo of Scotty_Karate
2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pstam87
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cbmcguire
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Spiced aroma. Smooth texture.

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Photo of heddar33
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim_G
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. I am not a huge pumpkin beer fan but if it has the right spice and flavor it can be great. Tasting this one made me want to try everything ballast point makes.

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Photo of PMarcy78
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Pumpkin Down"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "PK 34 17189 14:02" (whatever that means)
$2 @ Shop Rite, 2800 Fox St., Philadelphia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: "Scottish ale with pumpkin" - that sounds good. And it looks like a Scottish ale with a clear ruby & mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy khaki colored foam. The aroma isn't too pumpkin-spicey but there's a hint of it. I get dark sugar and a bit of cinnamon. Unfortunately the head has dwindled before my eyes and now I have only a thin collar of creamy lace. That's not good, and the lacing doesn't seem like it will be that great either. The flavor follows the aroma with a very nice dark sugar maltiness; and I'm finding it to be a fairly low-key pumpkin-spice ale. But does the spice do anything for the base ale? Does the base ale do anything for the spice? I'm not sure, but it occurred to me that if this was not listed as a "pumpkin" beer I might find it to be a good spiced ale in and of itself. There's a light fruitiness to it that I can't quite pinpoint, and some underlying almost-chocolate and very light roasted malts. It's a decent Scottish ale with some pumpkin spices, and it's a refreshing change from over-spiced pumpkin ales but there's nothing great about it, and the lack of head retention and lacing is disappointing. Otherwise it's pretty nice. Medium-light in body and moderately carbed for a gentle caress on the tongue. Moderately bitter with a semi-dry finish that leaves some dark sugary malt and cinnamon and earthiness lingering. It's interesting and enjoyable in and of itself, but I think the "pumpkin" tag can be distracting; and at the same time I think the Scottish ale underneath is probably better on it's own without the added spice.

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Photo of nater919
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ob512316
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into beer glass.
Look: dark brown with no head.
Smell: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and some malt.
Taste: light pumpkin and cinnamon notes, followed by toffee, caramel. No hop presence.
Feel: Average, middle of the road.
Overall: was expecting more pumpkin taste, the sweetness threw me off. Then again it is based off of a scottish style beer. Strange combination. Recommend for people first trying pumpkin beer.

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