Pumpkin Crop Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 2012 harvest on our Mom & Pop’s farm was fruitful and this brew uses 100 fresh pumpkins and 40 organic squash. We prepared, cooked, and pureed all the gourds with the help of our friends at Carrie Anne’s Modern Diner. A blend of autumn spices adds to the intense pumpkin flavors. Uses locally grown Triticale from MA.

10 IBU

Added by jbertsch on 10-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
172
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
8.95%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 2012

A: Golden-amber in color with a bubbly, foamy, off-white, slightly yellow head that fades into little lace and retention.

S: Great blend of fresh pumpkin, squash, earth, autumn, spices, roasted malt, and caramelized sugar/caramel.

T: Deliciously fresh pumpkin, gourd/squash, fall spices, roasted malt, with a hint of hops in the finish. Love the smooth, crisp and fresh taste of the lager, which is unique to this style of beer. Balanced with no overpowering or cloying flavors. Very tasty stuff.

M: Clean, fresh, smooth, properly carbonated. Great lager backbone to make this unique to the deluge of pumpkin beers on the market.

O: Maybe I'm biased because I love nearly everything Jack's Abby makes, but this is a fantastic beer. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Not only because it's a lager, but because it tastes and feels like beer made with pumpkins and spices rather than pumpkins and spices with a little beer mixed in. This is one of only a few pumpkin beers I could drink more than one of and would gladly have on hand all season.

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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2012 vintage, 500ml into a SA perfect pint.

A - Pours a very clear dark brown/red color. One finger off white head settles into a very thin cap and edging. Quick but noticeable lacing.

S - Typical pie spices of cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and ginger. A vegetal quality on the end that really does hint towards actual pumpkin and squash.

T - Pie spices initially. Finish is pumpkin flesh and brown sugar. Very fresh and authentic tasting. Dry finish allows the beer to never seem too sweet or spicy. Mouth feel is crisp and well carbonated.

O - A surprising twist on the pumpkin beer in the fact that its a lager. Very clean and easy drinking with a pleasant and authentic pumpkin/spice flavor. Probably the most approachable and balanced pumpkin beer I've tried.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark and vivid copper. I can see right through the glass. Head is a pinky thick blanket of bubbly froth. The head retains its posture with confidence. Long lacing.

S-Pumpkin bomb! Also getting a ton of sweet potato and squash. Gourd cornucopia. Smells like the right half of a Thanksgiving dinner plate. Also sturdily spiced. All the Fall spices dance across my olfactory glands. Stellar schnozzola.

T-The flavor is surprisingly even more gourdy. Wow. This is excellent. As spicy as the nose seems,the flavor is all about the pumpkin. The spice only acts as armor for the flesh of the various gourdy flavors. I detect some legitimate hoppiness too. I love that. They tuned this liquid guitar perfectly.

M-This is one of the only Pumpkin brews I would define as 'crisp'. Drinkability is remarkable. Sessionable body and feel. Softer bubbles.

O/D-Second best Pump I have had (Rumpkin, which I was enjoyed during the same night as Pumpkin Crop). So tasty. Most Pumpkin Ales mask their shortcomings with an abundance of spice. This one doesn't. Crafted to near perfection. Delectable. And its only $3 for a bottle.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy but mostly crystal clear light brownish orange hue with a nice one finger head that faded to a nice light thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Very, very nice aromas here. Good aromas of roasted gourd and pumpkin with light allspice, cinnamon, and various other pumpkin pie filling notes. Super enticing.

T - Nice typical Jack's Abby lager notes backed up this time by good, delicious roasted pumpkin. The spice notes aren't quite as intense as they are on the nose but still lightly present. Quite well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is top notch, as always from these guys. Sharper carbonation, good and refreshing. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer. Really, these guys can do very little wrong. Not quite as pumpkiny as say, Punkin' or Pumpking, but still a delicious beer.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a slightly translucent brownish orange amber color with about a half finger of head that recedes fairly fast and leaves some spotty lacing. Nice slowly rising but consistent carbonation bubbles.

S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of ginger, subtle pumpkin, very pleasant aroma that has a nice strength to it. Almost smells just as good as Good Gourd.

T- Pumpkin, some subtle squash, cinnamon, finishes with more cinnamon and other "fall" spices. Well balanced for a pumpkin beer, with a nice touch of cinnamon that doesn't dominate too much.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the thin side, nice carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This is definitely a nice pumpkin beer and another great beer from Jack's Abby. These guys are definitely proving they can do a variety of lager styles. If you like pumpkin beers I definitely recommend checking this out.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this one unexpectedly, glad to see this great brewery jump on the pumpkin bandwagon, while sticking with the lager format as well!

Poured to a pint glass a festive fall-leaf orange with a bit of sediment sticking around the bottom. A tall white head sticks around at a half-finger or so, some lacing left.

Smell hints towards thing, fresh pumpkin and fall veggies, some bready malts and graininess.

Taste follows suit, big squash/veggie vibe to it, authentic pumpkin taste, light amount of spices as to not overpower. Some bready malts and light hoppage, the lager feel is more apparent in the nose.

Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side with medium carbonation.

Reminds me of Cambridge's Great Pumpkin Ale which is a very good thing.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a deep auburn color with great clarity. Two inches of creamy white head have good staying power. A thin coating of lacing blankets the glass and eventually settles in thick little collars.

S: The nose is a deft balancing act featuring scents of pumpkin spice (cinnamon and nutmeg being most prominent), layered gourdy aromas, and an interesting toasty, rough around the edges grainy smell. Very clean.

T: Strong spice presence of cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps ginger on the attack. Brown sugar. Sweet squashy tastes and an evenly smooth grainy and slightly wheaty malt base begin to grow in intensity until they rival the spice flavors. Finishes with intermingling flavors of pumkin spice and butternut squash with brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied. Malt texture is firm yet slightly fluffy at the same time. Very smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation accents perfectly.

O: As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is a bit different. All the requisite spicing is there, and it's kept in check just enough to let the rest of the beer have a voice. Sweet butternut squash, rather than pumpkin, seems to be the dominant gourd flavor. The grain bill is also very interesting. This is my first experience with triticale, which I've been informed is a hybrid of wheat and rye. The wheaty aspects definitely come through, though a little more subtly. I'd guess they also have some more traditional German malts in the mix too, judging by the slight firmness of body. Very innovative, yet still not a total departure from the German brewing tradition. It definitely evokes the spirit of the season. Good stuff.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in October, consumed October 12th. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance- Small head fades very quickly to nothing. No head ring retention. Color is a surprising deep amber. Looks like a still cider.

Smell- Quite nice. Fairly typical for pumpkin beers, though. Pumpkin, pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), and some yeast.

Taste- First you get hit with authentic pumpkin flavor and a bit of sweet spice, but it’s not cloyingly sweet or overpowering like some other pumpkin beers. Some slight bittering hops take over in the middle to balance the profile. There’s some bready malts underlying everything. My only complaint is the flavors are a bit “muted” and could have been more prominent.

Mouthfeel- Body is a little thin, but the carbonation level is nice. Together, it makes the beer go down easy. No noticeable alcohol presence.

Overall- Since this is a lager, I’m not surprised my thought halfway this beer was “this is a pumpkin pilsner”. Very drinkable and well made. If you’re looking for a beer to watch a game with on a Sunday, this would be an excellent choice.

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Pumpkin Crop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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