Punkinator | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Thorpe429 on 10-03-2010

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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, very golden/orange color, with a quarter of a finger of white head, speckled with orange highlights that quickly dissolved away to nothing.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin and spices! Nutmeg, all-spice, clove and brown sugar, all combining to create an intoxicating aroma.

Taste: Not as much pumpkin in the taste as the aroma, but it is there! Really good combination of spice flavors: nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar. A little on the sweet side, but not at all cloying. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium and with no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of only 5.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great pumpkin beer! Great flavors of pumpkin, nicely balanced with some strong spice notes. Very, very good!

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

~~Thanks to CuriousMonk for the growler~~

From notes on 12/06/12:
Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of off-white foamy head with okay retention; Deep brass/orange hue with a slightly hazy appearance; No lacing left behind

S - Pretty pleasant and uplifting for a pumpkin ale; Really good balance between pumpkin meat and spices; Has a floral and somewhat herbal/earthy quality as well; Nice touch of biscuity and lightly toasted crust notes

T - Quite a bit of pumpkin meat/flesh in the beginning - really nice to experience it without being masked by too much spice; In addition, plenty of bready and caramel character tagging along with just a faint hint of nuts - reminds me of butternut squash; The allspice and nutmeg spices start to step up mid-taste, though not even close to overpowering - provide nice balance to the now lightly toasted and herbal pumpkin flavor

M - Carbonation and body is light to moderate - wish the body had a bit more presence; Pretty smooth going down; Fairly dry finish

O - Overall, this is a pretty good offering for the style. I've got no real complaints in the aroma/taste as this displays the desired balanced between pumpkin and spice. I do think more body and carbonation would bring added life to this beer, but even so, it's still a very easy drinking pumpkin ale.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz brewery filled growler into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper that eventually clears out, topped with 1 ½ fingers of foamy white head that has a slight off-sheen to it. The aroma smells of fresh pumpkin, musty earth, a green and herbal hop element and some moderate spicing. A touch of sweet malt works with the pumpkin and citrus to emit a bit of a green twang to the nose.

The taste is fresh and bright feeling pumpkin flavor that has some light vegetative notes on the edges. This is complimented nicely by a crisp citrus profile and some neutral malt sweetness that helps balance this and push the pumpkin and hops forward. This is just a smattering of pumpkin spices throughout the profile, lingering in a finish that is semi-sweet at first and then more dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp feel up front and then more silky smoothness to the carbonation across the back. This is a nice even feel that flows well in the mouth.

Despite a little too much of a vegetable feel at times in the profile, this is the type of Pumpkin Ale that is right up my alley, with a concentration on the pumpkin flavor, taking a more low-key approach to the spices and most of all, keeping the overall focus on a crisp and drinkable experience. I’m glad I picked this up.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at the brewpub.

a - Pours a transparent light amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, pumpkin, light cinnamon, and some bready malts. Pretty nice, and ltos of spice up front.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, caramel malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, spices, and bready malts. More pumpkin and sweetness than the nose, and less spice. A big step up.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a really nice pumpkin beer from Mad Fox. I loved the taste as it was sweet, and both the nose and taste had some definite pumpkin to it. Very easy to drink and would certainly order it again.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the start of a night out with some co-workers.

A: It is a filtered (read: clear) beer, and had a nice foamy just-off-white head.

S: The aroma was nice. It didn't smell like pumpkin pie, some of those spices were missing, but, it did smell like pumpkin which I rather enjoyed.

T: As with the smell, this beer tasted like pumpkin instead of pumpkin spices (which were present, but to a lesser extent than most other pumpkin beers). I believe that if Mad Fox was trying to showcase the pumpkin in this beer, they succeeded.

M: Mouthfeel was alright, moderately carbonated and a medium body. Nothing too special.

D: This beer drinks very well, if they hadn't had some other beer that I haven't tried before, I'd probably just have stuck with this one.

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this seasonal beer on tap from Mad Fox in Falls Church, VA which was a welcoming surprise. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, nutty), light hops (spicy), and light esters (fruity) with notes of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, nutty), light hops (spicy), and light esters (apple/pear) with notes of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All around, a tasty pumpkin brew. Loaded with pie spice, but quite well balanced. Color is light, more pale than expected, almost no head. Aromas are pretty, fresh cinnamon, clove, candied sugar. Quite drinkable, very light on the pumpkin flavors, but well spiced and nice crisp finish. Nice sweetness level for the style, drinkable.

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Punkinator from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 30 ratings