Pumpkin Barrel Ale | Fire Island Beer Company

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Pumpkin Barrel AlePumpkin Barrel Ale

Brewed by:
Fire Island Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Gmann on 09-24-2010

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 45
Photo of beerloserLI
3/5  rDev -17.4%

A hazy light orange pour along with an ok nose of pumpkin spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Light and fluffy mouth feel with subtle pumpkin flavor. The taste really parts from the spices on the nose and sways toward that of natural pumpkin flavor. But the flavor comes up short and the mouth feel is just too light and even watery at times.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, cinnamon and clove

Taste: nutmeg, cinnamon and clove with an earthy hoppy end

Mouthfeel: sweet with light bitterness towards the end, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: This is an average pumpkin beer in every way. It delivers all the flavors that you would expect from the style. There is a bit of bitterness right at the end, but outside of that it is a straightforward pumpkin ale.

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Photo of TheDrunkMonk
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured pretty fizzy. Not much head retention. Dissipates quickly. Color is copper, auburnish. Aromas of baking spice, pumpkin flesh, vanilla notes. Follows through on the palate but mouth feel is much lighter than expected. Flavors don't linger long. A crisp light pumpkin ale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering a majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of pumpkin and toasted malts upfront but the dominant aroma is that of pumpkin pie spices - mostly nutmeg and that gives some bitterness to the smell.

T: This beer starts out with a light to moderate amount of toasted malts with some light pumpkin sweetness. After that there is the presence of pumpkin pie spices (primarily nutmeg with lighter amounts of allspice and clove) and just a note of earthy hopsModerate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Slightly too bitter to be an easy drinking pumpkin beer - it is enjoyable but there is just a touch too much nutmeg which gives it some bitterness.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Ice tea brown. Low laying head with poor lace and low retention.

S – Brown sugar, chestnuts, and pumpkin bread.

T – Brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chestnuts. Malty, pumpkin bread center. Pine bitters balance out the backend.

M – Nice mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation up front on a medium frame.

O – Not bad at all. Low on the raw pumpkin flavor, but still has a nice pumpkin bread character to it.

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Photo of albertjr21
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass pours a clear and deep burnt copper. Aroma is well representative of the Fall spices indicated by the brewer. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger really come through nicely. Big and earthy herbal pumpkin really opens up here and lingers on the palate throughout. A crisp and somewhat robust ale that delivers an honest and simple pumpkin taste.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear deep pumpkin colored amber with a huge off white fizzy and foamy head on the top. A ton of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom kept it replenished enough that it had some nice side glass lace present. The aroma was very inviting, tons of spice were blowing you away from the very beginning. I was quite impressed with how strong the aroma of nutmeg and spice coming off of it was. A nice malty and bread like back was apparent as well and this translated over to the taste wonderfully. A deep rich spiced flavor came over you immediately. It had the definite pumpkin pie spiced taste, but not overblown. This was subtle enough to get the pint across without being too sweet and really making you say enough. Great feel, nice and light with a great medium body and full flavor

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Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sixer purchased at Gren Growler Grocery, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. No bottling/freshness date info offered.

Pours lightly hazed and dull looking medium auburn, nice looking medium tan head, stays calmly at about the 1/2 inch level. and leaves a moderate strand or two of fine lacing.

Muted nose, with some holiday/fall spicing meekly making its presence known.

Decent Pumpkin brew, spices continue along the same theme, respectable pumpkin note.

Carbonation a bit prickly on the tongue, not as smooth as it could be.

Nothing special going on with this one, middle of the road take on the style

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. I picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Astoria and enjoyed it in a pint glass. It was a blend of a lighter bodied amber ale, with a little toffee, and your usual pumpkin spice. It reminds me of Saranac Pumpkin, but with the spice dialed up one notch. It was very drinkable, and the malt character oddly reminded me just a touch of Yuengling.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This one was a gusher. It foamed up all over as soon as I opened it. It pours a nice clear brown copper color. It has a 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice bit of sticky lace behind.

S - The nose has a nice big pumpkin sweetness and a nice toastiness. There are some spice notes like cinnamon and nutmeg. Some woody aromas are also present.

T - The taste starts off with a nice roasted bitterness and some pumpkin and fall spices. The pumpkin in the taste is more subdued than in the nose. There is a mild hop bitterness as well as some nuttiness. The finish leaves some lingering hop and roasted malt bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some nice pumpkin sweetness, as well as some roasted malt and hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is really nice, and it goes down easy. Overall, I thought this was a really nice beer, and a good example of the style. I recommend trying this one, it is really quite nice.

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Photo of socon67
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange amberwith clarity and some foam.
Not much foam retention.

S - Some scents of pumpkin, not as much on the spice.

T - Tastes refreshing, has some decent pumkpin flavor, and is a solid representative of the style.

M - Crisp and refreshing, but the body came across as watery and thin.

O - I'm all for supporting the local guys. This is decent though not the pumpkin beer I'm searching for.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

aroma is dominated by the smell of cinnamon. Pleasant, but monotone.

This beer starts with some pumpkin puree and vanilla taste before the cinnamon kicks in. It's a cinnamon bomb, to me at least. I like cinnamon, but how much will I be liking it 10 ounces into the beer? There's only one way to find out.

Unlike other reviewers, I'm not tasting much besides cinnamon, although I tasted some ginger after the beer had warmed up. I wouldn't decline this beer, but I won't be seeking it out going forward.

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Photo of scootny
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must be Fire Island night for me. This is an impressive ale.. Deep clear red amber is just a lovely hue topped by a respectable head. Retention is a little lacking but leaves a decent amount of lace and covering on the brew. Smell really nails the mix of English style ale and pumpkin pie. Not heavy in either direction and the overall aroma is mild but full of nuance. Spices are an enhancement to the pumpkin and bring it out nicely. Floral hops tip off the gem of the palate. The malt underneath is sweet and bready. Taste follows suit with a surprisingly hoppy character that is a bonus. Good malt backbone gives support to a large but not overbearing amount of pumpkin. Spices are in beautiful harmony with the rest and this beer is just wonderful and right up there as a solid pumpkin ale. Dry hoppy finish leaves light pie on your tongue, Feel is velvety with just the right amount of crispness and medium weight. This is a great fall session brew and a new favorite for me. Good stuff here.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear tan and amber color with a light colored head
S: Nice Pumpkin aroma with some acidic woody undertones to it. I also sense some cinnamon and malt aromas.
T: Sweet pumpkin flavor with some nice wood flavor at the end. Ginger and cloves give it a different flavor from what this style usually gets. I applaud the creativity.
D/M: Its a very light and clean beer. It has some good/newer flavors that give an interesting flavor profile without being too sweet.

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Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra from joeybeerbelly in a recent trade... Thanks, Joe!

A burnished copper orange appearance topped by an ample head of foam in the DFH pint glass... Nice fall appearance..

Roasted caramel malts with a definite note of cinnamon and nutmeg and spices... Nicely blended as well... Not overly done...

Hmmm... This brew starts out pretty good with the earthiness of the pumpkin and sweetness of the malts and then the spices come in and bring the pumpkin pie aspects with it... And then.... This one tanks.... It sharply finishes dry and extremely almost aspirin-like bitter and overcarbonated... Sort of like when you get a Coke from the fountain and there's too much carbonated water in it.. That unpleasant taste is present in the finish here.... I tried several sips and every one was the same.. Starts good and finishes... Well... Bad.... Weird...

I'm not totally ripping this one as the appearance and aromas were great and the first half of the taste was great and I'm guessing I may have gotten a bottle that's gone south. I'd like to revisit this one at some point if I'm lucky enough to get another as an extra.

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Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fine Pumpkin ale. Got it as an extra in a trade.
Poured a hazy burnt Orange, quickly fading bubbly head.
Smell of seasonal spices, nutmeg and cinnamon seemed the most noticeable. Smooth mouth feel, light to Med. body. A light hop taste. Seems like a cinnamon finish. No real "Pumpkin" flavor at all. Not as good as Weyerbacher, Southampton, or Southern Tier.
But a top 5 Pumpkin beer IMO.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/amber with a white head that thinned out to a ring leaving some lacing behind.

S - lots of fall spices with the nutmeg and pumpkin standing out most.

T - taste is pleasant, not too much of any one spice/flavor, a very well balanced pumpkin ale.

F - medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

D - drinkability is good, an enjoyable Fall beer.

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Photo of a74gent
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful bottle; nose is nice...a little downhill from there but still a nice beer.

The appearance is a nice medium dark brown orange color. The head foams up and goes away qiuckly more like a Coke which is unfortunate.

The smell has nice spice notes although doesn't linger long.

The taste is only slightly above average. Sort of an empty back end not leaving much to remember it by.

The mouthfeel is too bubbly although otherwise an ok beer although I'd like to see it with a bit more body.

You could drink these all day...

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured slightly hazy amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: It smells mildly sweet and is filled with moderate aromas of pumpkins and spices. Notes of nutmeg stand out in particular to the nostrils.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is slightly sweet. Pumpkin flavors dominate the taste and are nicely balanced with the mix of spices, which include allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. A slight amount of bitterness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because there is a good balance between the sweetness of the pumpkin flavors with the spices and hop bitterness.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty amber color with hints of brown. The head is small and tight, leaves a light ring after it settles. A nice aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice and clove. A bit of butter note from the pumpkin. Overall the aroma is not overwhelming but noticable. The flavor is a bit more bold than the aroma. Noticable pumpkin flavor with a buttery crust backend. Nutmeg, allspice, clove and cinnamon round out the pie like flavors. There is a noticable bitter hop that balances out any sweetness the malt and pumpkin bring. The feel is of a moderate body with crisp carbonation; good balance throughout the beer. At first I thought the flavor was light but now that I am having it a second time, the pumpkin and spice flavors are there as well as some noticable hops. This beer seems to be more in line with Smuttynose's pumpkin beer. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
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