Pumpkin Ale | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A little bit of trick combined with a whole lot of treat, our spice infused Pumpkin Ale blends dark sugars, fresh pumpkin and a selection of memorable harvest spices that come together in a well balanced, medium bodied, rich, copper hued ale. With just enough sweet to balance out the spice, this is how we do pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this pumpkin beer in a beer trade and it is one of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had.

Look: semi-clear amber with an inch white head.

Aroma: pumpkin and ginger, not too much

Taste: It is well balanced, toasty, and not too much pumpkin spice.

Feel: Medium body, quite drinkable. I tend not to like pumpkin beers but this one was fairly good.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a freind from work----Thanks Kevin.
This ale pours a nice chill hazed orange with a light head of quickly dissipating foam that settles to nothing. Nose is subtle and light with light cinnamon and nutmeg with hints of pumpkin. Flavors follow the nose with lightly herb touched pumpkin and subtle caramel malts settling on the back with a thin watery mouth feel that finishes dry. A drinkable brew that is not overly pumpkin-y but slightly watery. Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of carlborch
1.92/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a brilliant amber gold, producing a 1 inch tan head that dissipates quickly . The nose suggests pumpkin spices with a hint of molasses. The carbonation is low. While the body is medium, there is little flavor to speak of beyond a hint of cinnamon. The palate is very short. Rather uninteresting this "Pumpkin, Autumnal Ale Spiced Beer." Their labeling words set the expectation, but Rivertown fell short! I will avoid this in the future!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tis' the day of all days for pumpkin beers, so I knew I had to end my night with this one this evening. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a somewhat hazy, cloudy, medium amber/copper color with a white head that is only about an inch thick when first poured before it settles to a medium sized to thick ring lining the inside of my glass with some traces of surface foam and only very minimal lacing. Deep aromas of pumpkin, molasses, and cinnamon are all present along with some caramel malt sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same, with a good, strong pumpkin presence upfront. It is very nice that they used a lot of real pumpkins in this beer and the pumpkin pie spice is kept to a minimum here. This is followed by some cinnamon and molasses that blends nicely with the caramel malt sweet notes. A very minimal touch of hops round out the flavor profile here. I do with all the flavors were a bit stronger overall though, the flavor profile just doesn't pack quite as much of a punch as I would prefer. Has a crisp, smooth, slightly frothy, medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer at all all around here.


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Photo of DuffDaddy
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3 pack from Winter Haven ABC - good beer, but very subtle hints of pumpkin and spice - could have been an autumn ale for the lack of flavor there was. apparently the label has changed....

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Photo of zdk9
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- It's a crystal clear orange, actually more of a orange copper. A little bit of head but that leaves quickly.

S- Sweetness, a little spice- ginger, in particular. There's also a flavor that strongly reminds me of canned pumpkin. Could that be the pumpkin? Didn't notice if they mentioned how the pumpkin was added...

T- Fairly balanced for a pumpkin beer. There's some earthy hops on the back, and some toasty notes that add to the typical pumpkin beer sweetness. A little bit of toasted husk or brown rice.

F- Quite light and quaffable.

O- Not bad. Kinda middle of the road, but I'd drink it again in a pinch.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great taste. Light, tea colored amber. Lots of spice on the nose and taste. It did have a pumpkiny taste to it. Not too carbonated. Good, but a little weak and watery.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a perfect pint from a bottle.

2.75 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. One finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

2.5 S: This may be the weakest beer I've ever smelled in terms of its pumpkininess. The actual pumpkin comes through fairly well, but the spices just aren't strong enough. Cinnamon and nutmeg are there, but you really have to focus to tease them out. Aside from that, there's caramel, molasses, and spring water.

2.5 T: Like the nose, the taste isn't bad, it's just hard to find. Super weak spices, just a hint of molasses, and not enough pumpkin to satisfy even the most sensitive of tasters. The beer itself is weak and near flavorless. Hints of caramel and molasses, but that's it.

2.5 M: Even the mouthfeel is lacking. Medium body. It feels heavier than it is and lacks creaminess. Carbonation level is fine.

2.0 D: I go hard on the pumpkin beer each year and this one is by far the least exciting one I've had in years. I'm bummed I bought a sixer of this but happy that this is the last bottle.

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Photo of schoolboy
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Rivertowns pumpkin ale starts off barely OK and gets weaker from there.

It's has nice color but no head. The aroma is an interesting fresh water smell plus a little spice. The taste is mostly cinnamon with a little ale bitters.

The aftertaste thankfully fades quickly. The brew is very flat, with just a touch of carbonation. Another weak offering from this brewer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's light, good spice, but not over powering. Solid..................................................................................................

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin Ale brewed by Rivertown Brewing Co with an ABV 5.0% This brew pours out dark amber color with a small white head. The smell is sweet with pumpkin and some grains. I like the smell of this brew it is like pumpkin pie. The taste is pumpkin spice with a mid taste. Pumpkin Ale has a nice balance to it there is nothing over powering in this brew. Rivertown Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. I would by this brew again. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.75 out of 5.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4/5  rDev +13.3%

12 oz. bottle pour into tulip glass. Nice looking beer, medium orange color, thin head. Really fresh tastes of pumpkin, pie crust, spice, and malt. Well-balanced and sweet, but not overly so. Nice medium body with a great finish and aftertaste. A really well-done pumpkin beer that stands apart.

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Photo of rangerred
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a very tiny fizzy head. It almost seems like the cap wasn't seated properly or maybe it is just under carbonated. Either way not very impressive.

The aroma is quite nice and tends to be somewhat heavy on the molasses and cinnamon. There is almost a little roast with it. Reallly good spice to this one and it doesn't overwhelm in the smell. Good balance.

The flavor is quite nice as well. Brown sugar and caramel up front with a touch of cinnamon. There is a really nice malt character but sweetness is kept in check. No hops really at all but there is a mild bitterness in the finish. Nice, full mouthfeel ending with a touch of sweetness.

Overall, a really nice pumpkin ale. The spices are not too overwhelming and you can really taste the malt. Well done.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - It has a cider-like appearance. It is orangish in color and hazy. The head was three inches tall and beige.

S - The aroma is all spices. I get some pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

T - The taste is sweet and the cinnamon is noticeable. With the cinnamon and sweetness it reminds me of a pumpkin cider. I just have cider on the brain with this one.

M - Medium

O - I had this on tap a year ago or maybe two and thought it was a decent pumpkin beer. This does not resemble that beer. Like I mentioned it tasted kind of like a pumpkin cider. I wonder if this is last years and was put out with this year's batch.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pumpkin ale assumes all the rich qualities of pumpkin bread as it takes the deep brown and highlights it with dark oranges. The head was fizzy and fleeting but collared to a froth.

The aromas are so weak but once you pick them up they are nicely appropriate. A malty base meets a spicy pumpkin in a whisper of a scent.

The flavor is greatly more robust than the scent as a rich malty breadiness hits nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavors are more to pumpkin bread and less to pumpkin pie as the malt tempers the candy sweetness. I really like this take on the pumpkin ale as it has a richness and thickness to it without holding to the overly sweetened pumpkin pie movement.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy auburn-brown color with a small white creamy head, decent retention leaving a thin layer floating on top

S- cinnamon and nutmeg with some raw pumpkin pie, sweet molasses with a touch of ginger

T- cinnamon flavors stand out up front with some ginger flavors mid-palate, cola, some vegetal notes with a dry finish highlighted by a bit more cinnamon

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- nice mix of aromas, middle of the road flavor with nothing special but nothing offensive.

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Photo of bryansahadi
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Incredible smell. Truthfully, I enjoyed the flavor out of my growler better than from the bottle (then into a glass). I believe it's true to style but the overall taste is more questionable than I remember first time around. The carbonation make it quite a bit difficult to enjoy the spices you would expect from the smell. I'd drink it again, but I've had better

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange with a one-finger head that very quickly settles
S: Malt, pumpkin, cinnamon & brown sugar
T: Wow this tastes just like Libby's pie recipe. Really nice taste. Pumpkin up front followed by all the baking spices & I can almost taste the vanilla on the finish
M: Surprisingly thin & carbonated... if the mouthfeel were a bit fuller/creamier with less bubbles this would be a home run
O: Delicious flavor, the rest of the beer just doesn't quite hit the same level. If it did, this would be the best out there

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant medium brown with amber highlights and a fleeting, modest tan head.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin form the initial aroma, becoming very pumpkin pie-like at the finish. Smells dead-on pumpkin pie, with the subtle graham cracker hints. Just a touch of specialty malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals that underlying amber malt fruitiness, but cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg surface mid palate, finishing with pumpkin at the base. This, like some better examples of the style, has that pinpoint pumpkin pie flavor, which I think may be attributable great spice balance, the addition of mace (or just using pre-made pumpkin pie spice). Finish is just a touch bitter, dry, and graham crackery.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch low.

Great example of a pumpkin beer. Excellent spice and pumpkin balance. Unfortunately, the only beer character noticeable is that fruity malt character, which detracts somewhat from the flavor. If this had head, a little more malt, and carbonation, watch out pumpking.

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Photo of screamking
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

First off, great looking bottle. This pours much darker than I thought, dark amber with a thin off white head that vanishes very quickly. Lots of ripe pumpkin in the nose, with cinnamon and apple rounding out the rest of the aroma. Not extremely powerful but I've smelt worse pumpkin beers. The taste pumpkin spice crushes the front of the tongue, but not to overwhelming. Back of the tongue has a little cinnamon kick but nothing to noticeable.

The mouthfeel is wonderful on this, incredibly easy and rewarding to drink. Light bodied. Low ABV makes this very seasonable. I am very impressed with this one from rivertown. I've never been a big fan of theirs but this is very well crafted. Great cheap local price along with great pumpkin pie flavors makes this a win.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours crimson ruby hued with light tan head forming thick dwindling quickly leaves fine speckled lacing. Aromatics spicy cinnamon and spice combo with some flesh like tones of actual pumpkin gourds, I'm usually not a huge fan of these fall releases but somehow I always feel inclined to try them when I see them. Flavors are muddled between sweet semi burnt sugars and bitter spice additions, the palate is coated with traditional pumpkin pie spice, some flesh tones of pumpkin and then the spice dies down almost leaving a bit of watered down notes. Makes for a refreshing drinkable 5% beer not one of the cloying versions that you can't finish one, but at the same time not as extreme as some of those imperial pumpkin ales out there that have become more popular in the last few years. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied ample carbonation periods of dry/lingering bitterness from the spice additions finishes surprisingly clean and refreshing on the palate. Overall a balanced pumpkin ale that won't completely assault your palate, and you may like it if you like this type of fall release as the weather cools here in the Ohio Valley it's actually working quite well. It's been dipping into the 50s at night in mid August.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle> Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a dark ruby brown color, very thin head that fades fast, no lacing.
S - This is the best part of the beer, lots of warm inviting scents here, nice sweet pumkin pie, cinnamon, and hints of other spices, some molasses, and a kinda toffee quality to it.
T - Things take a turn for the bad here, the flavor just isnt here, its really underwhelming. You get the pumkin and cinnamon off the bat and then it just goes away and leaves a mild bitterness to it.
M - After a while that bitterness goes away and you get some of the spice and pumpkin again.
O - I really really love the aroma in this one, but the taste is just so bland and lacking, its a real shame.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer #7 8/9/13

This beer looks the part, a dark orange color. An off-white cap manages a bit more than half a finger and, with moderate retention, leaves light creamy lace.
The smell catches me off guard, as I sometimes find Rivertown's beers underwhelming in terms of depth and how the elementse work together. This one's got it, though: it's all pumpkin, butter and spices, nothing overdone but all working in tandem. Nice.
It's definitely buttery, but not overly so. Spices are strongest in the flavor but, again, not overdone. A bit of pumpkin flesh is in there. As far as taste, a boost in the pumpkin itself would be the best improvement, but it's good.
A medium body holds a firm carbonation while remaining crisp and smooth through the entire session.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I wasn't impressed with my last brew from Rivertown, but this one works a little bit better. It's nothing fancy or complex, but the pumpkin tastes good. The focus is more on the spice than the pumpkin, especially in the nose. The cinnamon complements the pumpkin without being overbearing, but the mouthfeel is simply too thin, and the carbonation is off, not working at all with the spice. I can't say this is a memorable beer, and there are flaws, especially the thin mouthfeel and the pour, which lacks much of a head at all and delivers almost zero retention. If you're alright with a pumpkin ale that doesn't skimp on the spice, you'll probably like this. Don't expect much hop presence, but the malt, pumpkin, and cinnamon flavors don't disappoint.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, so this is slightly out of season. I admit it. Buuut, it came in the most recent "Variety Crate" from Rivertown that I picked up. It's still a solid pumpkin ale. 12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A dark copper/amber body is topped by a thick head of foam which quickly dwindles to a cap and leaves soapy lacing down the glass. Healthy carbonation bubbles jet from the bottom of the glass. A nice-looking beer.

On the nose, I can tell that is definitely more of a "pumpkin pie" beer rather than a straight pumpkin ale. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, backed by brown sugar, molasses, and some caramel/bread scents from the malt. No detectable hop presence in the nose. Some fruity esters emerge as the beer warms. A nice smell; about what I would expect for this kind of ale.

The taste of this of this brew is what some would call "safe" - while I'm inclined to agree with it, this is not by any means a BAD pumpkin ale. It feels the style criteria accurately. On the front of the palate is a big burst of dry spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some clove and allspice if you search hard enough) followed by a flash of genuine, earthy pumpkin flavor and sweetness. There's a small flash of earthy bitterness on the back of the palate to wash down the sweetness of this beer. There is some bread and caramel-flavored flavors in the finish to complement the pumpkin and the spices. While a little too spice-heavy for my tastes, this is an overall balanced example of the style. I enjoy it more than some commercial breweries' examples of this style.

As far as weight goes, this beer is medium-heavy in body but retains a smooth characteristic. The spices provide a dry finish and leave lingering hints of earthy pumpkin. The finish fades quickly and is actually quite refreshing for the style.

Overall, a solid interpretation and representation of the style. Rivertown seems to have played it safe with this one, but in a world in which brewers are pushing extremes for the sake of being extreme, it's good to come back to basics. A solid pumpkin ale with good flavor; I would certainly drink a few of these as an after-dinner treat.

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