Pumpkin Crop Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Pumpkin Crop LagerPumpkin Crop Lager

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep maple amber. Thick, foamy 2F off white head.

S: Blend of spices atop semi-sweet pumpkin and brown sugar. Allspice, cloves. Dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Rich and smooth. Medium bodied.

T: Biscuity malt with some sugar beet molasses. Rich spices layer in and fade out like changing fall leaves. Slightly bitter and buttery, rich vegetal gourd flavor. Very clean tasting throughout.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. 2015 batch. Sampled on November 6, 2015.

The color of the pour is amber-orange with a cream colored head.

Nice aroma of nutmeg, Allspice, and other pumpkin spices along with a sweet undercurrent of malts.

Medium and smooth body.

The flavor brings out the same spice and sweetness with a mild bitter finale. Lingers some. Just a nice pumpkin lager.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled dated 10/2/15; drank in a tulip glass on 10/30/15; this was a very limited bottle release (if any) in 2014 so I have not tried this beer for a couple years; I distinctly remember the color of the beer in the past being very light, almost golden, as opposed to the brown-red hue that this version takes on (am I wrong on that?)

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So uh, why hasn't anyone rated this beer in over a year? I ordered a case of it for the store and our salesman made it sound like it was a very low-production brew, but surely more people have tried it. Anyway, for "educational purposes," I had to give it a taste. There was a date of sorts on the bottle, but it smudged off as I reached for it in the fridge. Whatever, it's an October release, it's currently October, it's probably fresh.

Look: It starts with a 2+ finger fluffy off-white head that sits atop a dark amber body with just a hint of opacity. The head fades eventually to a thin ring around the glass and the slightest film.

Smell: Lots of marzen-esque malt and a hint of pumpkins/gourds, perhaps the tiniest bit of autumn spices?

Taste: Hey, this is pretty good! It sort-of tastes like a well-made Oktoberfest with the addition of pumpkins and pumpkin spice. On the subject of spice, there's a respectable amount here, which really opens up as the beer warms. Nothing overwhelming, but I'm getting some cinnamon and nutmeg; very fresh and natural tasting. Pumpkin is a pretty subtle flavor to add to a beer (hence the usual heavy-handed spices), but it's definitely a component here along with the malt and spices. If you're like me and find Pumking and Smashed Pumpkin too over-the-top, you'll love this.

Feel: Medium bodied with just the right amount of prickliness.

Overall: I never really considered myself a pumpkin beer guy, but maybe I was just drinking the wrong pumpkin beers? This is fantastic and I'll definitely be picking up more of this. I love that Jack's Abby sources their ingredients locally, especially in this case since the pumpkins are sourced in CT (where I am). Hopefully this catches on at the store, otherwise I'll just have to buy up the remaining stock come November. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Notes from 10/10

A - 1/2 finger of thick white head. Good lacing. Opaque, dark redish-brown body. Retention isn't great.

S - Cinnamon and other pie spices. Touch of bready malt.

T - Cinnamon then roasted pumpkin and squash followed by sweet malts and brown sugar. Finishes with some pie spice and very slight bitterness.

M - Medium body. Pretty clean for a pumpkin brew. Medium-low carbonation.

O - Super drinkable with tons of great gourd flavor and not too much spice.

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Photo of Omnium
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Alpine Spring bow-tie glass

A - Semi-hazy amber in color with a finger of white soapy head, no lacing.
S - Aroma is pretty nice, lager yeast, warm inviting pumpkin smell, some very light pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, vanilla. A little earthy tones.
T - Taste is very good, creamy smooth pumpkin flavor, light on the spice, which i really enjoy, just a touch of the cinnamon and vanilla, has a more meaty pumpkin flavor than sweet.
M - Very smooth, creamy, good feel.
O - Very good pumpkin seasonal beer, does well with a lager base.

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Photo of DrJay
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

October 2013.
Clear reddish copper - nice colour - with a quickly dissipating beige cap that hung around the rim of the glass throughout. Pumpkin spice in the aroma, but more subtle than in most pumpkin beers. There was still room for the vegetal character of the gourd to be noticed in among the cinnamon and nutmeg. Light flavour, pumpkin/herbal up front, changing to spices towards the end, and finishing with moderate, lingering bitterness. Malt wasn't a prominent player, but there was a grain/malt backbone that held the beer together. A bit slick or soapy in texture, probably from the spices, medium/light bodied. Overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had recently.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep red/brown body with a decent white head and good lacing around the glass. The smell isn't really inviting. Smells like a commercial lager really until you agitate the glass then you get a bit of spice note. The finish on this beer finally delivers a bit of roasted gourd taste and a hint of spice. I like the lack of overt spice on this beer. It is very easy to drink. It just doesn't really deliver the seasonal pumpkin flavor. It's a suitable fall beer. The body is well made.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/1/13, purchased at the brewery on 10/12/13

Appearance: Darker than expected, a deep amber with some serious garnet - pours with a very small, off-white head, fades to virtually nothing - not much lacing, either - definitely clear, but not the prettiest Jack's Abby beer

Smell: Fresh, nicely cooked pumpkin - some lightly toasted pumpkin seeds - a nice background of typical pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove), but this is really about the pumpkin flesh - nicely toasty, lightly bready, very interesting malt backbone - very, very clean

Taste: Clean, tasty pumpkin - nicely cooked, fleshy pumpkin - kind of squash-like as well - nice spice profile (pumpkin spices noted above), not too much, fits quite well with the other elements - toasty pumpkin seeds - toasted malts, bread - nice complexity to the malts, kind of wheat-like (but probably not) - light sweetness - finishes extremely clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth, almost creamy, superbly clean

Overall: Mmmm... crop...

At first I thought this was overly mild, but this beer grew on me. It's not the best beer from Jack's Abby, but that is far from an insult. This is a great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modest head that settles down to rim bubbles and fine layer on the center of the glass. No lace, save for one space. Deep copper color, near brown. Light chill haze.

The smell is a blend of cinnamon, brown sugar and cooked pumpkin. There's a bit of alcohol and malt sugar. No notable hop.

This is a rich beer with strong malt overtones. Probably comes closest to a Scotch Ale. Not too sweet, but the malt is the dominant flavor here. Pumpkin is decently present but not overwhelming. I would consider this one of the better pumpkin offerings.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Resdstone.
Pours a crystal clear orange amber color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas mostly of nutmeg and cinnamon with a little bit of brown sugar. The flavor is sweet with a bready brown sugary maltiness. Cinnamon and nutmeg provide the only counter to the sweetness and the malt is winning. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spiced mouthfeel. Decent enough pumpkin beer, I couldn't drink much of this, but its better than most.

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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated October 2012, might be a bit old at this point (6 months).

A: Pours a hazy orange with an enormously frothy tan head. Fades at a moderate pace. Zero lacing. Decent head retention.

S: Nice mild pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg mainly. Decent sweetness to it, brown sugar maybe? Maybe caramel?

T: Mild, mellow flavor. Decent pumpkin. Spices aren't overpowering like most pumpkin ales (lager in this case). Again with the nutmeg, just a little bit of cinnamon. Some caramel and brown sugar.

M: Fairly light bodied but not nearly watery. Smooth.

O: Hmph, a nice pumpkin beer. I was expecting it to be very thin due to only 5.5% ABV but it's nice and smooth and borderline creamy even. Very mellow and easy drinking. Reminds me a lot of CBC's The Great Pumpkin, not huge lot a lot of them out there (Pumking), just an easy drinking and well balanced brew.

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Photo of Ryanthebear
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great big 23 oz pour on tap at my favorite local beer spot. Pours hazy amber with a nice frothy white head that refuses to die. The aroma is pie spices and... Whoa! Actual pumpkin! Love that part of this beer. There is actual pumpkin aroma and flavor in this beer, not just spice. The spice is fantastic as well. The beer is pretty light and effervescent in terms of mouthfeel. It is a very balanced approach to a pumpkin beer. I could drink this one all night... Hey I just ordered another! I love the creative stuff Jacks Abby is doing with lagers. It is a pretty crisp, refreshing yet bold and flavorful approach to craft beer that seems to impress every time. Very solid overall.

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Photo of LeRose
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basically, I really liked this beer. Pour was a nice, deep golden color, decent head with enough retention. Aroma wasn’t overwhelming - kind of subtle like the kitchen after the pie baking is done. Taste followed suit - not one dominant flavor, nice sweetness in the brown sugary way, seemed balanced pretty well to me. Flavors of roasted pumpkin at the end, and the sweetness lingered a tad. Lighter mouth feel than some of the other pumpkins wife and I have tried. A very enjoyable brew and worth the search IMO. Snagged the last three bottles at the local shop

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Photo of jaasen64
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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Photo of jmerloni
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Big ruby/amber coloration. Small head. Little lacing.

S - Hugely robust pumpkin aroma, bread, nutmeg, cinnamon.

T - Big pumpkin flavor, red apple, dull dead malt.

M - Fairly thick. Has the thickness of apple cider almost. Almost no carbonation. Not much hoppage here.

D - Very, very boring beer. Wouldn't get this again and wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a sturdy ½ finger, leaving back sudsy swathes of lace. The aroma smells of raw, vegetal pumpkin, spice and earthy citrus. Sweetness mixes in along the back, giving this a ripe and spicy twang in the nostrils.

The taste is green pumpkin flavor and earthy hop bitterness. A tight doughy sweetness sits on the edges, while a light festive spiciness mostly sticks to the malt. This is dry with some slight lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an easy smooth crispness that flows well in the mouth.

This wasn’t bad at all. It was a tad vegetal in the nose but really smoothed out nicely as this warmed up as more spice and sweetness emerged and I really liked how this kept the pumpkin character at the forefront while retaining the drinkable smoothness of a Lager. This is another nice beer from Jack’s Abby and I’m definitely going to be checking out more from them.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
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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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head, barely covers the beer, no real lacing, over hazy cider orange colored beer with a hint of a reddish hue.

Nose starts with pumpkin and plenty of it. A fresh pumpkin juice and light toasted pumpkin, bti of typical pumpkin spices, a light fluffy malt a bit of a reddish toasty malt, and just a bit of a crisp fruity lager.

Taste starts with toasted pumpkin, toasted malt as well, a light sweet reddish malts. Pumpkin is toasty, with a light pumpkin juice, hint of pie like pumpkin but not much. There are some spices, typical with allspice, hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, etc. It has a light squash gourd like flavor as well. Some light fluffy malt, little toasted malt, with some light crisp fruity lager flavors. Finish is dry and crisp, a little bitterness, more pumpkin and squash flavors lingering, with a hint of spices as well, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, fairly crisp, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice pumpkin flavors without all the sweetness and over spice flavors, light and crisp lager, decent malt background, nice pumpkin profil as well. A good beer but not a great beer.

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Photo of rudzud
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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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, bright brownish-orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice

Taste: allspice, nutmeg, bread, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied, dry

Overall: A solid, spicy, good pumpkin beer. Nothing mind-blowing, but very clean and drinkable. I will look for this again next year.

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Photo of davey101
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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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulling out all of the pumpkin and Halloween beers tonight. Excited for this one.

A- 500ml bottle poured half in a goblet and half in a pint glass with a hazy orange body. A fizzy white head forms with about a finger in size but doesn't have great retention. Bubbly ring leaves a few tiny spots of lace.

S- Nutmeg and pumpkin are definite leaders in the aroma. Hints of dark fruits, allspice, cinnamon and a general vegetable feel as well.

T- A nice blast of pumpkin and vegetable flesh flavors here. A really good use of the gourds. The spice mix brings nutmeg, ginger, allspice and a tiny bit of cinnamon, somewhat in order of intensity for me. Sweet potato, light fruits, bread, raisin, slight roast and nutty malts are other things it brings to me. Hard to tell what the malts, yeast and spices actually account for, a good feeling.

MF- Lighter and very crisp body overall. High carbonation level seems to help out the melding of flavors and supports them well. Spice and hop bitterness is low to moderate.

I will have to add this to the shorter list of pumpkin beers that I really enjoy. Not overly spicy and really exerts a great squash flavor.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Crop pours a clear, dark amber with a very small white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a couple of spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with nutmeg, clove and a touch of ginger.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is spicy with nutmeg and ginger quickly followed by roasted pumpkin/squash notes. In the back there's an ample flavor of sweet malt. It finishes moderately bitter. Once gone the spice lingers on the palate.

Lots of flavor in this beer. The smooth lager body makes this very easy to drink. Very tasty.

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Photo of Chico1985
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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