Leaf Pile Ale | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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98 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 24
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 xungmound98
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Urs
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_O
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bigdog7169
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AD17
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of asuburbanman
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 CreightonSM
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RECOMMEND:)

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

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

Photo of Bieniek30
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mark_in_Brklyn
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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