Pumpkin Cream Ale | Carton Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Cream AlePumpkin Cream Ale

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
There are pumpkin based flavors that are not pumpkin pie. With this in mind we set out to make an autumnal beer in the pumpkin tradition that wasn't simply a spiced beer using the usual pie-spice blend. Looking to enhance the pumpkin's flavors, we roasted its meat touched with orange oil, pink peppercorns and candied ginger. We added this to the mash of our high gravity cream ale recipe. The result is a rich bodied ale, its creaminess teased by the peppercorns' heat, that presents the flavors of pumpkin while notes of orange zest and a sweet ginger bite tame the vegetal dryness. Drink Pumpkin Cream Ale because there are spices on the shelf behind the nutmeg.


Added by jlenik on 09-22-2012

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Photo of Hopznbuds
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SRBush1974
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can into a snifter appears clear golden copper in color with a white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma of ginger and some grainy sweetness slightly corn-like with a touch of herbs and mineral character. It has a fruitiness to it as it breathes.

Taste is fruity with lots of pepper character, herbal, slightly vegetal with faint pumpkin sorta spiciness across the back. There is at times a bit of caramelized sweetness but it fades quick to the contrasting bitterness.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. It sure is different for a pumpkin beer, I just didnt get it. The flavors present dont work that well together but I suppose if you love pepper this might be your thing?

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Photo of mnj21655
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish orange in color with a bit of just off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is spicy peppercorn, ginger, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is a repeat of the aroma with a subtle slightly sweet carmalized note (which must be the roasted pumpkin touted in the label). Then I get some spicy peppercorn and ginger that segue into a touch of alcohol heat in the finish. Decent mouthfeel with medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer and a unique take on a pumpkin beer but it's just not for me.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swanfungus
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beertunes
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to SammyJaxxx for this one from NBS BIF#4. Full disclosure, I don't like pumpkin, or pumpkin pie spices. The fact that this is a Cream Ale, instead of one of the more typical darker styles is intriguing. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy yellow/gold color with about a half-inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a bit sweet, with some noticeable but not overpowering spices. On the tongue, I found the spices overpowering, but the co-worker that sampled it said that it worked nicely. he said it was the best pumpkin beer he's had. The sweetness of the base beer did work in favor of the overall brew, but spices are spices, and a little goes a long way.

The body was smooth and creamy, with a generally clean finish, but those spices lingered too long for my tastes. For me, drinkability was no good, but that's on me not the beer. Overall, this is a nice beer, a good beer, a beer worth your time, if you're into this type of thing, but not my jam at all. I wonder if the base beer is available, because I'd really like to try it.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to SammyJaxxx again.
Pours is orange to copper in hue. 2 fingers of head rise and slowly retreat to a half inch or so of milky latte-like foam. Color is white. Little lacing.
Smell is so subtle. The malty base comes through with slight caramel, some round yam like notes, and a lite touch of spice along the lines of nutmeg, pepper, and cinnamon.
Taste is a blend of flavors. None overwhelming the others. Some sweet, roasted pumpkin-butternut squash notes, lite molasses, ever so gentle spice notes hint at pepper and cinnamon, and a creamy sweetness. Also, a hint of alcohol as it warms. But i must note how these all play really well together.
Mouthfeel is down right creamy.
Overall, I like this a lot. I could see some people who wish for more of the "traditional" spice components to be increased. I would prefer it the way it is.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A honey-orange pour opens with a slighy floral nose, moderate ginger/peppercorn spiciness, and at times, heavy ethanol. Very little sweetness, and wouldn't guess pumpkin. I get a bunch of butterscotch and grainy sweetness punctuated with peppery spasms. Pumpkin is nuanced and vegetal, if noticeable. Creamy feel, but strong overbite of ethanol reduces the overall sensuality. Overall, a very crusty pie with loads of KGB spiked pumpkin filling. The bite of the peppercorn and ginger amplifies the alcohol, which drowns out an otherwise nuanced pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 9/30/16 and poured into Kane tulip glass. Bottom of can (always read the bottom of Carton cans) says allow to warm to 46 degrees, so that should be nearly an hour.

L: Pours with 2F+ sticky white head with good retention, lacing and cap/ring. Beer is a hazy amber.

S: Dominated more by the lactic acid cream ale than anything else. You pick up some of the pepper and ginger and maybe a touch of citrus.

T: Definitely appreciate the difference between this and most other pumpkin beers (which really are pumpkin-pie spice beers). You get a general creaminess throughout the taste, light notes of pumpkin, a definite peppery finish along with a separate zing from the ginger. Didn't really pick up the citrus.

F: Medium body, light to medium carbonation, good construction. Balance is kinda neither here nor there as the pepper/zingy finish is a bit out of control. Good drinker despite high ABV.

O: Definitely correct to categorize this as a cream ale rather than a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JKasten988
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy orangey straw color with a finger of head. The nose has some seasonal spices but more coriander than anything. The flavor also has corriander and definitely pepper. The finish is dry.

I'm not sure what I expected but it was definitely not this.

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Photo of sallorific
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SadMachine
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cp45
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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