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: 556 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer gushed all over my sink when I opened it. Pours a hazy cranberry red with a 1 inch light red head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy patterns of lace line the glass on the drink down. A very interesting looking beer to say the least. Smell is of sweet malt, some berry, and some tomato juice. Taste is of malt and bitter chemicals. There is a very slight fruit/vegetable flavor in the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very interesting beer on paper but in reality it's pretty gross in my opinion.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very similiar in bottle or on draft.

Pours a crazy cranberry red with a cool pink head.

Fresh nose of light berries and fruit with some sweet character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice, very well balanced and just feels good.

Flavors are balanced fruity/berry malts with light citrus bitter hops.

Great finish with all of beer qualities layered and coming through. Crazy looking but tastes very good.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark red in color. It poured with a finger high dark pink head that consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is a little malty and has notes of bitterness. The finish has spicy notes of rye.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some dryness.
O: It seems that this beer would go well with meats because it is a little malty and has some spices and dryness to cut through the food.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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

12oz bottle, with 6 malts, 6 hops, 6.66% ABV, echoing Shmaltz's Jewbelation metrics, with a nod to the Number of the Beast, from a four-pack, now in stacks in better local liquor stores...and with a shout out to BA on the label!

This beer pours a clear, Koolaid-esque medium cherry colour, with one finger of foamy, creamy pale pink head, which leaves a small ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. Sure puts the 'red' in red lager, I suppose. It smells of bready caramel malt, a bit of nougat, and spicy floral hops. The taste is sweet bready grain, sour citrus, herbal hops, and a slight alcohol edge. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and a tad zingy. It finishes with a bit of sugary malt, and more bitter herbal hops.

My imagination seems driven to conjure up cough syrup analogies, which aren't entirely apt. Overall, an underwhelming red lager, the overly-evident shtick adding nothing beyond saleability for upcoming Hallowe'en parties.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating(but apparently from last year). Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, nuttiness, and light earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, raisin, toast, toffee, apple, molasses, biscuit, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, pear, raisin, toast, molasses, biscuit, earth, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; almost zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest style. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; very smooth to drink. This is fairly on par with the style as well. Definitely an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cranberry red color with a pink, bubbly, foamy, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, grasses and some dried fruit.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness, some spice and hops. It had a dried cherry flavor, too.

M - It was dry, crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. The color was amusing and unsettling at the same time.

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Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I thought this was going to be blood red but it actually pours a strawberry color with a cotton candy head that sticks nicely and leaves a pink trail as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Not much in the aromatics department, the beer has a malty smell with a hint of herbaciousness

Taste: Starts out with a grainy malt flavor that moves in a slightly herbacious direction by mid-palate; at the same time, there are some resinous hop flavors that develop, too; after the swallow, the odd combination of flavors comes together to produce a somewhat sweet, somewhat herbacious melange

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A curious novelty that is easy to drink but not something to which I would return

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep red in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts with a hint of dark fruit (plum).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and grainy malts with some hints of dark fruit (plum and fig). That is followed by an earthy hops and a touch of rye spiciness. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer seems like it is much higher in alcohol than it is since the alcohol is not well hidden at all. Not the easiest beer in this style to drink. This might be a better beer for drinking with some roasted pork than after dinner.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, they got me! I was certainly not expecting a pinkish red liquid as I poured it into my glass and my head popped back and I actually stopped pouring to do a double take. Hmmm... weird for sure, but OK, I'm game. And I know they like their red fruits, pomegranite and what not, so...

The full pour delivered a cloudy pinkish red body beneath a short head of creamy pink foam. It looked like candy. The head retention was poor, however, and it dropped shortly to a thin pink collar. Not much lace was left behind. It looked like blood. Or a glass of fake blood at least. However this beer ends, regardless of taste, it has alcohol in it, and it would certainly make a good Halloween beer. That, of course, has nothing even remotely to do with the "October" in Oktoberfest, but whatever.

The nose was not really fruity, but more beer like. I could smell some hops and base malt. A bit of caramel as well. There was a bit of fruitiness, but that could have been from the yeast. Or even the hops. So.... hmmm... I think they've got me again!

I tasted it and the color made my brain want to believe that there was fruit in it, but I didn't find it. Not really. Especially if it's a lager. On the other hand, there is a kind of fruitiness to Vienna malts that could be present here. Nah, it's not quite the same. There is a bit of fruitiness upfront, but then after it crosses the middle of the tongue it's actually very much like a Maerzen. It's weird, but brilliant. I like it, and I think it might be pomegranite, but who knows? Maybe I'm just thinking that because they've done another beer with pomegranite... ? It does have the same kind of mildly chalky taste that I get when I eat pomegranite seeds. Nah, it's probably just citrusy hops that I'm tasting.

Anyway, I had fun with this beer, and I guess that's what they're after. Coney island is a weird place, and this is a weird beer, and it fits right in. It's freaky, to be sure, and I like it!

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

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Pours a bright candy apple reddish color that's mostly clear with a light 1/2 finger rosy head.

Nose has lots of sweet malts, tons of caramel, toffee, candy apple candy, light earthy grassy hops, lots of reddish malts almost light barleywine like malts and sweetness, if it wasn't for the abv being low I'd almost expect this to be a barleywine.

Taste starts sweet, quite sweet, again almost barleywine like but without the booze. Tons of reddish malts, caramel, various crystal malt flavors, hint of toasty, and a light candy flavor. The hops are prevalent as well, spicy chewy hops with some bitterness, almost chewing on hop pellets bitterness. Finishes sweet and sticky with more bittering spicy hops and caramel malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, and a hint of booze.

overall not bad but not anywhere close to what I was expecting for the style. Too bitter, too sweet, too much caramel and reddish malts.

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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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Freaktoberfest Big Ol' Pumpkin Ale from Coney Island Brewing Company
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