Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale | Phillips Brewing Company

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Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BDTyre on 10-31-2008

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2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crooked Tooth sounds ugly but the label art is fantastic. Oh, and the beer looks pretty good too. The orange liquid appears almost as if crystallized like an old jar of honey. Its luminous golden highlights are partially muted by a cool, icy complexion. It befits the head, which looks like a fine layer of frost.

Some Pumpkin Ales smell like just like pie. This one will remind you of pie but smells like beer first and foremost. Sure, there's some watered down spiciness (chiefly led by cinnamon) but it's the sweet, toasty, and nutty qualities of the malts that comprise the biggest slice of this pie (pun intended).

If I didn't know better I might have guessed this a lager; the base beer is crisp and clean, showcasing a dry and nutty maltiness with a sprinkling of toasty melanoidins. It drinks like a Vienna lager that's been mulled with chai spices (cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg mixing in with that nicely caramelized finish).

Those with an aversion to perfumy flavours, however, have nothing to fret. Those hoping to pair this with (or serve it as) dessert, on the other hand, will not be fully satisfied. Let it warm and give it a swirl and a little graham cracker and brown sugar comes to fore, but know it's more aperitif than digestif.

Crooked Tooth achieves a level of quaffability by expending a certain degree of character. It's a well-made offering but its more subdued holiday flavours are better suited to novice drinkers and those that are lukewarm on the style. I, personally, enjoyed it but it won't make my pillowcase next Halloween.

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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light brown with a slight orange tinge to it.

S: Pumpkin right off the nose with a slight breadyness and sweeter notes to it.

T: Pumpkin and toffee with caramel yoy can't taste the hops but you know there there. Sweeter with a little bit of pepper spice.

F: Full body mouth feel with a nice amount of carbination. Easy drinking and super good.

O: A very good beer from Phillips easy drinking and excited to try there barreled aged one after this.

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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I bought a bottle in Spirit of Seymour in North Vancouver. This was my first pumpkin ale and while it was enjoyable, I found the flavours a little too subtle. There's a stronger version by the same brewery so I will try that tomorrow.

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3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle poured into a mug. Nice label art. A light colored golden amber (think ginger ale) with a notably frothy pillow-like two fingers of white head. Lightly spiced sweet aroma. Nutmeg, ginger root, and allspice dance in and out. Not particularly pungent. Rather delicate. Again recalls gingered soda. Aroma develops nicely as the beer warms.

Taste does not really remind me of pumpkin pie, like so many of this brew's contemporaries. More of a "spice style" than a "pie style" pumpkin ale but quite smooth, drinkable, thin-bodied, and mellow. There's a cinnamon heart note in the background from start to finish. More ginger up front. The malts recall caramel corn and sugar cookies. A deeper gingerbread-like flavor note does develop late. Give this one some time to develop on the palate. The spices take a while to gather steam and meld with the malt sweetness. Very gentle carbonation. Slight grassy tea-like hops. Finish is curiously dry and even a little chalky.

If I have a major concern here its with the mouthfeel. Too thin if the goal is to convey a classic pumpkin ale gestalt although the flavors do save the day to some extent. Ginger and cinnamon > cloves and nutmeg. With a glut of pumpkin ales from Canadian craft brewers every fall, it is good that folks are playing some different riffs.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yay, pumpkin ale time!

This one's lighter in colour than some I've seen. Light copper. Visible carbonation.

Smells lightly of spice and... sugar? There's definitely some sweetness going on.

Taste is nothing special. I'm not picking up a lot of spice or pumpkin. Fairly sweet, with a weird aftertaste I'm not a fan of.

Feel is smooth. Could be more crisp.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillips Brewing 'Crooked Tooth' @ 5.0% served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a rich amber/orange in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-smells more of cooked pumpkin's than pumpkin pie , butt there is a lot of cinnamon thru-out

T-crisp and clean , smooth going down , especially after trying Crooked'er Tooth

MF-ok carbonation , mellow medium body

Ov-ok beer , good Pumpkin Ale , probally Victoria's favourite local Pumpkin Ale , sell's out quickly

prost LampertLand

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 55 ratings