Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale | Tree Brewing

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Jumpin Jack Pumpkin AleJumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This strong malty Ale takes on the vegetable flavours from real pumpkins used in the mash, leaving a clean finish with subtle pumpkin pie spices.

Added by Derek on 10-05-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 29
Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed deep amber/light red oak hue, with a short, tight creamy off-white head.

Faint base of caramel malt in the background of the aroma, an earthy hint of nutmeg, along with some semi-sweet/earthy veggie character.

For the most part the flavour profile comes across as a malty Amber ale, or a South London Brown, augmented with some neutral astringency on the finish. The latter seems the result of the pumpkin and the spice simply not hitting the mark. A little bit of nutmeg/cinnamon/ginger mix becomes more apparent in the aftertaste already, however the pumpkin/hops eventually overwhelms this with veggie astringency.

Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture, moderate carbonation that helps clean up the finish.

Misses the mark for me for the style--not enough malt backbone to distinguish it one way or another, the spice doesn't punch through enough to make any real impact, and it seems to me the pumpkin and hops are fighting with one another with the result being an astringent veggie outcome. Here's hoping this can be resolved for next year's batch, as we certainly do need more good pumpkin beers available here in Canada, can't have enough of this wonderfully unique style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, nice to see another local-ish pumpkin beer around here.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange amber hue, with one finger of thin foamy pale beige head, which settles quickly, leaving but some sparse spotty lace around the glass. It smells of faint earthy vegetable, mild caramel, and a bit of metallic booze. The taste is bready caramel malt, cinnamon, mild cloves and other blended pumpkin spice, and softly bitter earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and decently smooth. It finishes with a bit of astringent booze, and semi-sweet gourd-ness.

A good, restrained (in pros and cons) pumpkin ale, the booze and pie character subtly making me look forward to the imminent Sunday night repast at the ol' homestead...

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Photo of Derek
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-copper with a light tan head, good retention and lace.

S: A restrained spicing: cloves with hints of cinnamon; caramel, brown sugar. Pleasant, but doesn't scream pumpkin ale.

T: Restrained bitterness allows a light residual sweetness to come through, while it's not overwhelmed by spicing. I like that in a pumpkin ale. Brown sugar, biscuity, definitely some caramelization, cloves, vanilla, ginger, hints of nutmeg and starchy vegetable. Alcohol is subtle initially, but comes forward as it warms. I don't like a lot of spice, but I'd put a bit more nutmeg in this one.

M: Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness; modest carbonation.

D/O: Symphony of flavours that really works. The light sweetness is complimented by the restrained spicing. Well-crafted and very drinkable.

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Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale from Tree Brewing
3.76 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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