Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by dbrauneis on 09-28-2013

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a very thick one finger white head. Amazing head retention with some decent lacing.

Aroma is loaded with typical pumpkin pie spice in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. There is a really nice toasted malt undertone that sticks out over the spice. Also some Earthy hops shining through.

The spices in the flavor are somewhat muted and balanced nicely with the toasted malt. There is even a bit of chocolate in there. Hops are noticeable with a mild bitterness and earthy flavor but they remain restrained. Very thick and sticky mouthfeel making this feel stronger than the 7.3% that it is.

Overall, the more this beer warms the more I like it. I like that the spices aren't overdone and there is some noticeable malt and hops. A pumpkin ale that is better than most out there.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt orange with a thinner off white head atop that is gone pretty quickly.Pumpkin is the first thing I notice in the aromas instead of heavy handed spice wich is a nice change of pace for the style.A thinner but not quite fizzy feel to the beer takes away from the flavors a little,in my opinion pumpkin ales should have a fuller feel to help the spiced richer flavors of the style.Flavors of nutmeg and ginger stand out most with some pumpkin flavor,and sweet alcohol floating around.Not bad but it lacks feel and depth to me,still it's drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newly distributed to Pittsburgh, this beer is impressive at 7.3% abv I see the folks at Thomas Creek like to "sink the status quo". Copper deep amber body with light khaki tan head, forms fine banded lacing. Aromatics offer up, you guessed pumpkin pie like spice profile with a hint of caramel malt to jack up the perceived sweetness. All spice, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg the gangs all here, to bring the spice party to the palate. Big spice, big malts, a hint of actual pumpkin then there's a beautiful creamy booziness that just takes over...usually I'm not a fan but with this beer the alcohol presence is actually a blessing just adding to the overall complexity. Is this much different than any other Pumpkin Ale, not a trailblazer but definitely built on a solid tradition of other fine crafted ales. Hints of buttered popcorn fall flavors abound no bad aftertaste spices are subdued but there's a great well crafted base beer, natural smooth flowing carbonation on the palate this beer is money. Overall I can't wait to try more Thomas Creek offerings thanks for sending these beers to Pittsburgh!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle of Thomas Creek Pumpkin Ale served in a snifter.
Pours clear, deep red-copper with a modest and weak tan head. Lacing takes the form of small spots.

Plenty of pie spices: an appealing mix in both the aroma and flavor for sure, but bordering on over spiced with both cinnamon and nutmeg in the mouth. Excepting the aftertaste, this ale has rather bold spicing this pumpkin but is not over-spiced, with the malt base on display, leaving a general impression more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie.

Feel: near medium body with lively carbonation imparting a crisp feel.

O: A tasty and solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +22%
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 aleckpa
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Buffettman2018
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keene
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep rustic amber hue. About one finger of orange tinged head. Lots of cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of pumpkin. Medium bodied and rich feeling. Nice mixed of pumpkin spice and hop oddly enough and you can taste a bit of barley too. Definitely a bit more beery than most in a good way but not lacking pumpkin lie autumnation. Hops are pretty prevalent and i like. Earthy, good deal of bitter pumpkin rind flavor and just a touch of spice. It's good, alcohol deceiving. Not really sweet , faintly bitter but mostly balanced. Really good.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Westyn
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dogchasecats
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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 NastyNik13
2.12/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange amber to copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon really stands out with slightly lighter aromas of nutmeg, allspice, clove, and ginger. There are light aromas of caramel malt sweetness and hints of pumpkin.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and a moderate flavor of pumpkin (much stronger than that which is present in the smell). There are light to moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon is the strongest with nutmeg, allspice, clove, and ginger in descending order of strength. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness are present towards the finish.

O: I was surprised by the amount of pumpkin flavor in this beer considering how little it is present in the smell. I thought the beer was relatively well balanced for a pumpkin ale, not overly sweet but the spices are still there. I would grab another one of these.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%

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

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