Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale | Phillips Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
phillipsbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BDTyre on 10-31-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 19
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Easton70
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
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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Photo of intoxabroad
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of souvenirs
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed light copper hue, with a tall white spongy head that slowly settles.

Bready malt aroma, with a mild pumpkin spice character. Reminds me of baked goods.

Mild bready malt up front in the flavour, quickly joined by equally mild pumpkin spice, while a more veggie-like character from the pumpkin arises in the middle and becomes most prominent on the finish, along with some mild dry grainy malt. Pumpkin spice arise once again in the aftertaste, however the earthy, veggie notes win out the longest overall.

Medium-light mouthfeel, a bit on the thin side, moderate carbonation.

I really enjoy pumpkin ales, as well as Phillips, however this particular offering falls a bit short on what it is offering. While I'm fine with all elements being fairly mild, the malt, spice and pumpkin don't seem to be in harmony or balance, all simply present in their own right. This isn't a drain pour by any means, still a clean tasting beer with no major flaws, however around this time of year there are other more cohesive and memorable pumpkin beers available. Hell, I'll have an Amnesiac and forget about all this...

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Photo of JoshRosario
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of krankyjoe
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jesse1258828
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zduerr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. "Remove cap before drinking" - heh, touché. Nice to see so many more seasonal ales this time of year, before the snow starts a' flyin'.

This beer pours a slightly glassy, medium yellowed copper colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly fizzy off-white head, which settles apace, leaving but a low ebbing ring of coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of bready malt - very bready, actually, kind of that middle ground between raw dough and freshly baked bread - soft fleshy pumpkin, um, mass, and the usual suspect pumpkin pie spices, quite muddled and mildly rendered. The taste is more big bready caramel malt, earthy, vegetal pumpkin meat, a plain toasted graininess, more soft savoury autumnal spices (still not getting any sort of differentiation), and a drying earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is present, and low-key in its laid-back frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a faint airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt and pumpkin additive lingering, with very little else for company.

While a decent enough pumpkin ale, overall, I suppose, the big bakery and seasonal produce aisle essences verily underwhelm in their attempt to rock the palate. A little more spice, and a little more rounded sweetness, and then I'd consider sitting out all night in a damp patch waiting for another one of these.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden orange, thumb of white head retained respectably
S - clear roasted pumpkin and spice aroma, slightly musty, leafy hint
T - sweet and rich pumpkin with an interesting spice note, grainy malt, a metallic twinge, with a little strange flavour I can't pin down
M - light with decent carbonation, a little thin finishing
O - this one is heavier on the pumpkin flavour than the spices which I always appreciate, a little but of a strange musty veggie type flavour that doesn't quite fit, but still well worth a purchase in the fall

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Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open on Halloween thanks to my friend Eric.

Bright and clear orange pour with a small off-white head that left some lace spots. Meaty pumpkin aroma is more spice-forward than many. Lots of pumpkin the flavour, but then again there's also more spicing than standard with cinamon and clove being the standouts. Perhaps there's even some ginger and nutmeg... there's certainly a lot of spice in there. Medium-light body makes it quite drinkable.

A little to spiced for my tastes, but still a nice example of the style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imfinished
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2" offwhite soapy head that dissipated quickly over light amber liquid with excellent clarity. A bit more translucent and non-orange for what I'm used to with pumpkin beers.

S: Cloves, cinnamon, ginger and malt.

T: Spicy and nutty tasting. Cinnamon, cloves and ginger up front which gives way to a malty and somewhat nutty finish. Not picking up much pumpkin.

M: Medium to thin viscosity medium large bubbled carbonation.

O: Less spice and more pumpkin flavours would have made this a better beer.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Long813
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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