Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
thomascreekbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by dbrauneis on 09-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Thomas Creek brewery in Greenville. The appearnace is a clear copper color with a small off-white head. The aroma is pumpkin pie with all the spices. The taste is a nice blend of pumpkin and its regular spices and alcohol. The taste mirrors the nose. an excellent pumpkin beer.

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Photo of freshtojeff
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nate2034
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a deep amber-brown color with a think foamy off-white head that retains for a while before settling into a thin film floating on top

S- aroma is dominated by cinnamon for the most part, light undertones of nutmeg, clove, and sweet malt, but pretty much a cinnamon bomb

T- as with the aroma, cinnamon takes front of stage with compliments of allspice and clove. Mid-palate is slightly sweet with notes of bread crust & brown sugar. The finish continues with the spicing and continues through to the linger with an emphasis on clove

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a chewy finish, abv hidden well for the most part

O- not for the faint of heart when it comes to pumpkin spices, but I can appreciate a pumpkin beer that stands out among the monotony of the style

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of carrollmel7
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reptile3141
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSmaug
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Westyn
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BethanyB
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clarity, with majestic ombré coloring that from pale bet to light cooper. The beige head is less impressive as a half-finger of light beige cream that quickly melts into a bubbly film.

Smell: A strong bouquet, with cloves as the dominant scent. Cinnamon and sugar add to the sweetness, but toasted malt and a sprig of rosemary bring a warm and spicy balance into the mix.

Taste: The flavor is less strong than the smell, but the basic elements are still unmistakable--slightly burnt bread crusts and surprisingly bold hop flavor and bitterness bring excellent balance to the otherwise overt allspice and cinnamon sweetness. Just complex enough to add a little something special to this session able seasonal beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is no more than moderate, but there still exists a definite dryness. This creates a somewhat unbalanced mouthfeel; it's as if the beer can't decide whether it was meant to be crisp, or smooth. The medium body, however, does well to support the taste.

Overall: The hop and clove combo is unique for the style when it comes to its strength, but the beer remains very well balanced and at least somewhat sessionable. The undecided mouthfeel results in less roundness, but the end result impressed this nonbeliever in pumpkin ales.

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Photo of dogchasecats
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I"m reviewing this beer out of season...for some reason my local growler shop had the TC Pumpkin Ale on discount sale in February. Go figure. Not sure why people want pumpkin in the fall more than in the dead of winter, but that's another story. It is a drizzly cold President's Day outside and we are expecting ice later on. Actually, a pumpkin spiced ale really hits the spot. There was a nice head on my Sam Adam's glass (wishI had a bunch of these) and it had a cool orange tint to it. There is a good bit of spice aftertaste which I'm enjoying. Overall, it's a pretty good choice.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keene
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RyanByorick
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Bartos
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of NastyNik13
2.12/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Onawen12
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Displays an Autumnesque appearance with its toasted orange-amber hues, maybe not so much the slim, short-lived, light beige head, but, overall, a good-looking pumpkin ale.

Smell: Spiced sugars atop oven-charred crusty toasts, an additional sweetish hint of brown sugar and the scent of pumpkin.

Taste: A malty blend of bready and toasty tones sweetened with a moist hunk of brown sugar. Lightly fruity. Medium level of spices, with the usual suspects present and nothing blown out of proportion. Closes out dry with a subtly spiced taste of toasted pumpkinloaf.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, though it does have a bit of tingle to it.

Overall: Its balance is appreciated. I find there's a very fine line between a pleasant amount of spices that enhances or simply agreeably accents the beer and a disharmonious, offensive level of spices. Thankfully, the spiciness was just enough.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Its texture is rather soft, and retention is okay. In addition, a tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: You smell one pumpkin ale, you smell them all. This has that unmistakable combination of mild gourd character and hefty fall spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger). At first, it leans closer to a sweet pumpkin pie thanks to its notes of caramel and vanilla, but letting it warm up will cause the spices pop out more. Some graham cracker adds, but a weird potpourri note detracts. Still, it's a good nose by pumpkin ale standards...or any standard, in fairness. (3.5)

Taste: I don't get that overspicing that plagues most pumpkin ales - having said that, it gets close to that point near the back end. There are initial flavors of gourd, vanilla, and caramel on the palate. Thomas Creek played it safe with the 'pumpkin' part, thankfully, but this is still a rather bland beer. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Dry for a pumpkin ale, but also (too) astringent. I'll give it some credit, the cottonmouth sensation makes it drinkable...and it shortens the finish rather drastically. It's a very have-and-have-not feel: sure it goes down easy for 7.3%, but it doesn't feel as rich as it should. (2.75)

Overall: Meh. I've said it so many times, it bears repeating - I'm not a fan of the style, and this doesn't convince me otherwise. At least this shows some restraint with the spices. (2.75)

2.95/5: Just another unexciting pumpkin ale

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MJHolsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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