Leaf Pile Ale | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Leaf Pile AleLeaf Pile Ale

Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An autumn ale which brings you a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Fresh whole ginger, cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg gives this ale its distinct character. Fall in.

Added by bonbright7 on 09-19-2009

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 98
Photo of Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a relatively clear amber color with a significant thumb length foamy head. It retains well and leaves a frothy cap with nice lacing.
In the nose it features aromas typical of pumpkin ales; pumpkin, clove, cinnamon and allspice. Although some of this aroma disapates for a bit midway, it returns full force as the drink warms. Some biscuity malt characteristics also.
On the tongue it starts off fairly clean and with a clean finish. In this early phase it is not so complex, but rather, crisp, medium to light and easy drinking. Midway, the spices come out and provide a moderate prickle. In the final phase, particularly as it warms, there is a modest coating of sweetness from the pumpkin.
Overall, a nice easy drinking and straightforward pumpkin ale. Not the greatest, but certainly a decent example of the style.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite NY local fall seasonals. There is nothing complicated here just a nicely executed Pumpkin spice ale. Pours a beautiful dark Amber color. Get some pumpkin and nutmeg, vanilla on the nose. Taste follows the nose. Plus get some cinnamon and a solid kick of nutmeg. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking. Solid fall seasonal that I seek out every year.

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Photo of theBubba
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

We'll forget about the color and how it pours since that's been well covered here, though I must say mine poured with a respectable head. (Always clean your glass with salt and avoid that detergent residue that is a big time head killer).

Nice smell of all the required pumpkin ale spices with no overkill. Smooth and easy drinking but as most reviewers mentioned...a lack of body and a watery finish. Kind of like a Saranac pumpkin in that manner.

I still prefer Roadsmary's Baby and think this one is a bit lacking somewhere.

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

L: Pours dark amber. Small slightly off white head that dissipates rather quickly.

A: Toffee, mild pumpkin spice and maybe cream soda? Catching some fruity smells as well.

T:/M: Tastes like it smells but maybe a bit more muted: Clove and cinnamon are predominant along with some nutmeg, and that cream soda aroma carries over to the taste. Leaf Pile's taste ends rather abruptly and fades. It’s pretty muted and watery and isn’t super-balanced. On a positive note I can’t taste any alcohol and I'm not catching any really off putting artificial notes, the cream soda taste notwithstanding. As it warms up it gets better so glad I sipped slow.

O: Needs a little more kick to the back end. Just hints at the pumpkin spices with the clove and cinnamon. It does get better as it warms though so all is not lost. The body was just a little too watery.

Not a BAD beer just needs a little kick in the ass to amp it up a bit. I don’t like “fake” tasting pumpkin beers and this one qualifies. I certainly wouldn’t turn this down if offered.

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Photo of J30wang
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, caramel-y taste and very vanilla pumpkin notes. This is a mild ale with a great impact because the flavor is so pure. No fluff bits either and nice after taste. Pours a thick head and is a great brownish-amber color.


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Photo of dar482
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a rich amber color.

The flavor hits of familiar pumpkin spices with cinnamon, ginger, and all spice. Then a gourd flavor comes through along with a funky grainy note and then a weak and watery finish.

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

Amber colored with two fingers worth of cream colored head that disappears quickly. Smells of caramel and light pumpkin spice. Taste is not as strong as the smell and a bit watery with pumpkin spices, gingerbread, caramel.
Light to medium body with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall not the best example of the style, a bit light in body

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01/09/13 Second try. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Could be since there's been some time since the Southern Tier Pumking supplies have dried up, his one is tasting better. Not much body but the spices are there. Give this a second chance. If at first you are turned down by the Prom Queen, there are others that just might do. This is one. After all if life was full of superlatives it would get boring. Too much awesome diminishes the awe.

10/10/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. All the usual flavor components of Pumpkin brews are conspicuously absent leaving this concoction out of the club. Wanted to thumbs up but can't get any traction.

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Photo of JGam115
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From my Untappd history.

A: Slightly darker orange then I would have expected, but a solid orange color.

S: Getting clove right off the nose, mixed in with some other spices that I couldn't put my finger on at the time.

T: Fruitful pumpkin upfront with an accompaniment of spices rather than a spice bomb.

M: Coats the palate well with great carbonation.

O: A very nice fall sipper that has a good balance of fruit and spices.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/02/12 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC side by side with Cisco's Pumpkin Drumkin. I liked this one a little better; little less spicy.

a - Pours a dark amber color with less than one inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkins, gingerbread, nutmeg, spices, cloves, dough, bready malts, toasted malts, and light pepper. Nice gingerbread and pumpkin here and not too much spice.

t - Tastes follows the nose closely, but not quite as strong. Tastes of pumpking, gingerbread, nutmeg, bready malts, light spice, and light toasted malts. A slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good pumpkin ale. Lots of nice gingerbread, nutmeg, and pumpkin in the nose, though it was faded a tiny bit in the taste. Easy to drink; would like to have it again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a 10oz sample growler of this about 2 hours ago. enjoyed from a greenport harbor pint.

a - brew poured a chestnut brown with a thin cream colored head that was gone in minutes leaving a thin skin of head and a ring around the surface of the beer. lacing was slick and spotty. although the color was dark, i could see through it especially when held to the light.

s - very festive. lots of fall spicing...like a craft store. pot pouri and pumpkins.

t - again very zesty. leafy. some nice hopping on the pumpkin and fall spices. definitely a twist on this one, but more in the realm of big pumpkin and fall spicing. i like it.

m - tingly. medium to light bodied...lots of festive spicing.

o - overall, this is more my speed...after just having a great south bay splashing pumpkin right before, this one is far superior for what i like in a pumpkin. not earth shattering, but a worthwhile beer to taste if you like pumpkin beers that are fall spiced forward. the hopping and leaf adds a unique twist on it too to give it some personality and distinguish it. i'd drink this one again, but as someone who is not gaga for pumpkin beers i couldn't drink it all night, but for the fans of the pumpkin, this is worth a try.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a growler fill a few weeks ago in New York.

Appearance is amber with a short white head. Its` nose contains cinnamon, pumpkin, a sweet aroma overall. The taste of leafpile has more of the spices, subdued malts, some vanilla that balances it out nicely with a sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium with low levels of bitterness in the finish. A good beer for the late autumn season.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Double Windsor in Brooklyn

This guy pours a dark orange with a thin off-white cap. The aroma is mainly of fleshy pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. However, the spices all take a back seat to the pumpkin. On the palate, this guy was sweet without cloying, and had a nice pumpkin pie filling quality. Medium body with light carbonation. This was a nice drinking pumpkin and one I would seek out.

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

On-tap at the Bridgeview Tavern; served in a shaker pint.

A: Bright orange body and a finger of off-white head. Looks like a pumpkin beer should.

S: Smells like a pumpkin you just cut into to carve. A twinge of musty hops are there too.

T: Nice pulpy pumpkin and earthy hops. No sweetness or spices.

D: It goes down easy and because its not sweet, you can drink it during dinner and not just desert.

Overall: In a seasonal sea of pumpkin beers that are actually pumpkin PIE beers, this one stands out. It reminds me of Smuttynose's. Good stuff!

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Photo of wcintula
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent example of the style Pours with a creamy ecru head atop a pumpkin ale-colored body. I know that was a cop-out descriptor, but really, it looks like any other as far as color goes.

Great 'leafy' smell upfront with bready and spicy aromas followed behind. The leafy smell identifies itself as fresh pumpkin in the taste, very pleasant, and a little different from most. A little bready and spicy with a light sweetness. This is not one of those dessert pumpkins that you can only enjoy one of. I can drink these back to back. Straightforward, yet layered enough for any to enjoy.

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Photo of Nezzy
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jimmy No 43's in Manhattan.

Appearance - slightly darker then a typical pumpkin beer. More brownish and slight head.

Smell - All the typical spices are upfront mainly cinnamon.

Taste - Fantastic. Was sweet without being overly sweet and tasted very much like a pumpkin pie. The flavors and spices were not overpowering and it was just a nice blend.

Mouthfeel - The fact that the beer wasn't overly sweet made it's mouthfeel really easy to drink. A tad more carbonated then I wanted but still good.

Overall - A surprisingly great addition to the pumpkin ale genre and would gladly drink again. Not sure how many I could drink in a night but something to look out for.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage, Yorktown, NY.

Pours a nice warm shade of darker maple syrup amber, clear, head quickly departs leaving just a very fine collar and fine film. Lacing is next to non existent.

Nose is filled with the expected spices for the style: cinnamon, allspice, and a hint of cloves, nice.

Pumpkin and spice present here at about the level that I find pleasant, which I would say is on the lighter side of moderate. Some sweetness, but again its about a the right level, and the finish is pleasantly quite dry.

I typically am not a great fan of the style, but this one was quite enjoyable. Well done, more nice beer from Long Island.

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Photo of Gmann
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear dark amber color with a short lived head that settles into the faintest of rings. If it wasn't for the carbonation bubbles it would have a flat look.

The aroma has a spicy pumpkin scent. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg make up the main spice profile. Solid brown sugar notes as well. Very nice aroma.

The flavor is not nearly as spicy but takes on more of a pumpkin flavor with a bit of pie crust. The spices in the nose are there but more toned down which allows for the pumpkin flavor to come out. There is a unique bready quality that almost tastes like pie crust. Quite interesting. A bit of a lemony twang in the finish.

The feel is very light, near watery. Not much substance to the body. Fairly balanced, drinks well but feels a bit lifeless.

A nice pumpkin ale. Good flavor and aroma. The body is lacking but you can easily drink this brew.

8/23/15 Edit, bottle version.

The carbonation is much better. There is a soapy white head that has decent retention. Plenty of prickly carbonation in the feel as well.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber/orange in color and poured with only a few bubbles floating on the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of nutmeg and pumpkin in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the nutmeg flavor isn't quite as prominent and blends in with the allspice and cinnamon. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler at the brewery.

A - Orange and cloudy. Settles out a bit darker to an orange/amber color.

S - Smells strongly of pumpkin spice, and a little hoppy.

T - Tastes like a typical pumpkin ale. Nothing overly outstanding, but it is good and true to the style. Enough of the pumpkin flavor in the finish, with some sweetness.

M - A fair amount of carbonation. The beer is generally light bodies, but the carbonation makes it a little slow to drink.

D - It is drinkable, but I felt a little done with it having a second glass. Great for the season, and a solid job by Greenport.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Catch in Port Jefferson, NY.

Look: dark orange with creamy white head.

Smell: pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice... the normal pumpkin pie spices you get in pumpkin beers.

Taste: very much like drinking a pumpkin pie, crust and all.

Feel: light bodied. Very sweet. Not much bitterness.

Drink: very drinkable.

Overall, this isn't my favorite style but this is a decent effort. Worth giving this a try.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Light caramle sweetness detected as well.

The taste featured a dry pumpkin spice, moderate grainy malt and a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a tasty spiced ale that is refreshingly dry.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/30/2009. On tap at the brewery. Pours dark orange with a creamy white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and gingerbread. On my first sip, my immediate impression was that this was an awesome pumpkin beer--lots of gingersnap, graham cracker, and pumpkin spices. But as the beer warmed and I continued to drink, it got sweeter and stickier with more emphasis on the allspice/pumpkin spices and less emphasis on the graham cracker. So overall, I am not sure what to think of this beer but I suppose that it is one of the better pumpkin ales out there and I would like to try this again and see if my impressions change.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brewery poured this for me while I was picking up a 1/2 barrel of the Black Duck Porter. I shared the growler with friends at Bellport Beer and a few customers too. I liked the strong pumpkin-spice taste that was creamy like Cappuccino and the first aromas were very inviting. I couldn't tell what the abv was, but the medium to light bodied ale was very easy to drink. Having tasted a few other pumpkin ales this week, I was impressed with the quality of this one. It has more of the nutmeg and cinnamon spices to it than most other Pumpkin ales.

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