Freaktoberfest Big Ol' Pumpkin Ale | Coney Island Brewing Company

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Freaktoberfest Big Ol' Pumpkin AleFreaktoberfest Big Ol' Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Coney Island Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Freaktoberfest is a hauntingly complex, deep amber, pumpkin and espresso ale. Caramel aromas intermingle with hints of allspice and cinnamon. A roasted rich body is highlighted by Greenpoint’s own Cafe Grumpy’s specially selected espresso beans, and is finished with sweet pumpkin.

Malts: 2 Row, Flaked Oats, Flaked Rye, Kilned Coffee Malt
Hops: Tettnang
Special Ingredients: Pumpkin Puree, Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Espresso Beans
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: 20

Added by Todd on 06-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 558 |  Reviews: 281
Reviews by mangledorf:
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2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring this fruity, blood-looking beer, I was the opposite of delighted.
The only remaining quality is that it's liquid for when you're thirsty.
My friend described this beer as wine mixed with beer. Maybe that's harsh. But this beer is even so a real novelty. No point trying it unless you've got no other choice.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

"Indulge! Your inner beer freak," says the label. OK. Let's get freaky with some beer! Hey, it wouldn't be the first time for us.

Pours ... um, red, like red fruit punch with a bright, dark pink, creamy lace. Light grains, herbal, and a faint suggestion of sweetness in the nose. Very smooth and creamy up front, with a fluffy medium body. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing. Malty sweet, but not overbearing, with semi-sugary fruitiness that smacks of an '80s lunch-box cherry drink complete with the bendable straw glued to the side. Still, it remains lager-esque. It's clean overall, with a touch of sour bitterness, metallic, delicate herbal hop notes, and soft bready notes. Things get a bit abrasive and aggressive as things warm up. Leafy, pithy, grapefruit edges and faint minerals/salts. Malts get a bit more toasty, full and sweet too. Fruity esters become pronounced. Finish is powdery and dry, but cleans up fairly well.

Gimmicky or good? Both! Gotta hand it to Shmaltz. Their marketing is simply awesome. This is a fun, unique and tasty lager--that's all that really matters.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I know this is just part of the marketing gimmick but I love the label art on this beer! The label has a short description of the beer which stats they used 6 malts 6hops and have a 6.66% ABV. (Nice touch!!!)

Appearance: The beer pours blood red and has clarity. It forms a one inch tall, pinkish head on top. It is light and soapy which makes for a quick fade to a light ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma is kind of candy sweet with a mix of muddled hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice mix of sweet candy like, bready and lightly toasted malts with a decent balance of hops. The hops offer an odd muddled mix of leafy, earthy and herbal spice notes with just a hint of citrus in there too. The palate has about a medium body with an average carbonation and mouth feel.

Notes: It's a little bit of a gimmicky beer and not a true Oktoberfest but it's still a decent and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Twifiter
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy beet red color, big frothy head sticks around. Floral citric hop oil aroma with a toasty maltiness on the side. Hop character is a bit chaotic but pleasant at the same time; herbal, citric zest, earthy, minty and woody. Maltiness drops some sweetness to battle it out for dominance though meets the hops half way and stops. Ending lands a little bitter sweet with a lot of linger hop oil flavor.

Rokken like Dokken, think way outside of the box for a fall seasonal. Not an O-fest and there are enough pumpkin spiced brews out there, make this your alt beer for the fall.

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Photo of Swilliky
3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Needing a beer to help me through debate night and Monday Night Football with the Falcons, I picked up a season limited release from Coney Island Brewing. The Freaktoberfest has a distinct pumpkin flavor that is sweet and easy to drink. The Big Ol' Pumpkin Ale does not disappoint for a pumpkin beer to introduce me to the pumpkin beer season with a solid cinnamon and pumpkin mixture. The beer is not too strong and leaves only a minor aftertaste that fades quickly.

It goes nicely with spicy food and fall meals like an apple orchard salad with feta cheese. I had three in one go on Monday and it didn't leave me so dizzy and debilitated with only a 6.2% ABV that is manageable and will leave a drinker still able to function after one or two easily. The third will put a drinker into a more inebriated state and with the delicious taste, it is easy to consume these rapidly without noticing that one is consuming beer as the taste is so sweet.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no visible freshness info, pours pomegranate blood orange red, with a pink 1/2" foam head, that does not stick around very long. But does leave some very fine lacing. Minor nose of orange peel and some earthy mustiness. Smooth and pretty tasty, notes of rye, fresh fruits and a decent malty finish. Shocking looking, decent drinking. Good Halloween party choice...otherwise I likely would pass it by

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Photo of wer
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jondeelee
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring out a strange, cherry Jolly Rancher-like shade of red that immediately makes me wonder if some dye has been added, Freaktoberfest smells just as strange as it looks, immediately bursting with distinctly non-beer-like fruit esters such as pineapple, pear, and cherry, the latter smelling more like supersweet cherry candy the actual fruit. The beer in fact bears far more resemblance to a carnivalesque spritzy fruit soda--the kind you'd give to your kids. I can't say the smell is "average," since it's rather distinct and developed, but it sure ain't a smell I normally associate with beer.

On the tongue, the beer luckily calms down and starts actually resembling a beer. At least somewhat. First flavors on the tongue are a good combination of sugary malts, which bring in several distinct fruit flavors such as apricot, pineapple, lychee nut, pear, and cherry soda. The pineapple and cherry flavors seem most prominent here, and somewhat take over the beverage. I have had beers with both of these flavors--all naturally from the malts--but they're far more pronounced here than in anything else I've tried, except for perhaps a kriek. Some toast and biscuit flavors do translate from the malts, but what flavor isn't taken over by pineapple and cherry seems to come mainly from the hops, which add grapefruit, lemon, and lime to the mix, once again making the beer bear more than passing resemblance to a fruity spritzer. The aftertaste is cherry, pineapple, and grapefruit hops, and lingers for a little while, the sugars thankfully dying off more quickly than the hops, so the very end of the aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is certainly a beer that lives up to its name, being a wild freakshow of a beverage that is sure to take you on a wild ride. I can't say the result is "good," since I think the beer moves too far down the track in favor of funky fruit esters, and the pineapple and cherry notes border on cloying, but it is most certainly a unique beverage that is worth trying at least once--though you might want to share with a friend, just in case.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Pours hazy cherry pink like a Kriek but with a pink one finger head that quickly dissipates. Has big Oktoberfest type bready aromas and palate but it is much hazier than a typical Oktoberfest. Medium to medium full body, medium carbonation. An interinteresting beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Wow, by far the most red beer color I've seen. Pours a deep reddish amber with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six finger pink head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is fairly hop forward with a mix of herbal and earthy hops up front. Big hint of spicy pine resin. A little bit of citrus with hints of orange and grapefruit. Good hints of bready and musty malts with some caramel, toffee, biscuit, and cracker. Also some light hints of a cherry or raspberry like fruit. Pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose leads, herbal hops upfront with a strong malt base following. A nice mix of hops up front with some herbal, grassy, and piney hops. A little citrus orange and grapefruit. Fairly spicy and dank. Light undercurrents of cherry which I guess is where the color comes from. Strong malt base with notes of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. A pretty well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat spicy. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid brew. A nice mix of herbal hops and malts.

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Photo of far333
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Great label. Pours the color of a cherry cough drop with a pink soapy low head. Big aroma of grapefruit hops and spiciness.

Initial flavor of orange rind hops, some sweet malt, cinnamon and a soapy, fruity linger that slowly turns to a piney bitter. Finishes a bit rough, slightly astringent, again reminiscent of a medicinal cough drop.

Full mouthfeel with a bubbly, tingly finish. Below average drinkability, I couldn't finish the bomber and endure the medicinal flavor.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep blood red orange juice accent, a pink tingedhead forms thick above the body this is a unique looking brew. Aroma has tart fruit smells blended with a unique cherry skin earthy quality. I don't know what fruits created this freaky lager, but it's interesting. Aroma has a faint citrus quality with herbal hops in the background, now let's taste this amazingly different brew. Earthy minty quality brings hops and dry bitter slightly sweet malt tones like an okotberfest with a bit more earthiness. Mouthfeel is interesting with a light to medium bodied carbonation flowing through each sip. Drinkability overall is a bit rough I don't know about this style or beer, why the color why the flavors it's a bit harsh in every regard.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a point glass.
Pours with a striking red head over a redder than usual, clear liquid. The head is creamy in appearance and feel, and has excellent durability.

Sweet malty aroma. Flavor starts sweet but quickly turns balanced. Fruity and mildly tart. A red age with hint of a lambic.

A great looking and fine tasting red. Recommended.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of richkrull
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI.

Wow! I can't believe the cherry red color this beer poured out of the bottle. I was not expecting that. It had an average amount of fluffy pink head on it. Smell is not too great. Taste is alright but the aftertaste is not so great. Bitter but a little off. Average mouthfeel and drinkability. I'd try it again, but I couldn't drink too many of them.

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Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, so the color is a gimmick, but it's not bad beer. Red, pure red, without knowing one might have to guess it's a fruit beer, likely raspberry. It forms a pink head that has decent retention, with light but constant bubbling activity keeping it but not terribly strong. Lacing is light, but it's pretty good.
I'm all for hoppy beers, but I'd actually like more balance and softness from the malts in an Oktoberfest. There's quite the variety of hops in here, but the subtleties get lost a bit. They can be picked out, but with difficulty. There is some bread and a grains note, and there is almost a cherry-like sweetness beneath the hops, but it really is like a fruit punch. Hops go herbal on the end and remain lightly pithy throughout without getting too harsh.
The feel is the best part of this beer, as it's lightly crisp but gets pretty lush as it rolls on the tongue. The body is pretty much even medium, leaning slightly toward lighter. The creamy smoothness goes into the finish while the crispness, though light, doesn't back off either.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a blood red with a 1.5 finger pink head. Was not expecting that. Opaque with a hazy look to it. Some visible carbonation. Head becomes a film after a few minutes leaving no real lacing.

S: Musty malts, a hint of sweetness and fruit. Sort of earthy. Yeasty overtones.

T: More bitter than I though it would be with a fruity background. Cherry and currants mostly. Almost a sour like quality. Interesting beer that doesnt fit into any category. I find it to be quite pleasant.

M: Light bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp finish. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall a great alternative in this season. Blood red, unique taste, drinkable. Tough time of the year to compete in beers with more fruit of a flavor.

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Freaktoberfest Big Ol' Pumpkin Ale from Coney Island Brewing Company
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