Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

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Pumpkin Beer
3.12 | pDev: 17.95%
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Jack's Pumpkin Spice AleJack's Pumpkin Spice Ale
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ah the ol' Jack's series of beers. They always used to show up at the shitty dive bar named Jack's. I wonder if this one is a fall season away from coming back as Shocktop Pumpkin or something similar. Anyways, golden pour, small white head that gets its ass beat and goes home. Aroma of pumpkin kind of.

The taste definitely drops those pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon feels on you. It definitely went for the pumpkin pie vibe. The mouth feel though makes it more challenging, instead of a lower amount of carbonation, this one goes to 11. Too spritzy, should have been significantly less in the carbonation department on this one. The pumpkin extract is probably the best thing about this beer. The base is underhopped and instead drops something excessively alpha acidicc, then the base of the beer is or might as well just be Bud Light wits excessive carbonation.

They tried.

Nov 05, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.44/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

2009 backlog. 12 oz bottle. I’m comparing this to Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale, which I just drank. Here’s AB’s answer to that beer. Aroma is much better, more pumpkin pie-ish than Blue Moon’s. Appearance is much worse. It doesn’t have that nice amber hue that Blue Moon had. Also, very little head, and not as good lacing. Flavor is more like pumpkin pie, so it gets the upper hand there. Still a little watery. Overall, it surpasses Blue Moon’s, surprisingly. I wasn’t expecting that.

Jun 14, 2017
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Amalak from New York

1.87/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A. Crystal clear. Bubbly. Very light copper. Bubbly head that dissipates very quickly.

S. Has a metallic, lager scent. Hint of cinnamon.

T. For a pumpkin, it's terrible. It's a very forced spice that is more of a wird lager. Just weak. Has some caramel and very slight cinnamon taste.

Feb 25, 2012
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travisnd from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this ale last season and am little bummed that it's not being offered this year, at least if it is, it is nowhere to be found in Virginia. This was one of the sweeter tasting pumpkin ale's to me which I really enjoyed. Almost tasted like a dessert beer to me in many ways.

Oct 07, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is actually pretty surprising. I had this one for the first time a few years ago and enjoyed it. The beer pours out as a nice copper color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer has plenty of spice notes to it along with some decent malt aromas too. The taste of the beer follows the same lead as the smell. The pumpkiny spice on the tongue is nice and it's got a pretty good creaminess too in the flavor. The mouthfeel has a good carbonation to it, decent body also. Overall this beer is pretty good, I don't really like giving too much credit to AB but this one earns it I think.

Aug 30, 2011
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airforbes1 from California

3.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was left in the pantry of the house I'm renting for seven weeks. Let's see how an Anheuser-Busch seasonal has held up over a year.

The color is orange, with almost no head to speak of. The aroma atones for this by giving off pleasant hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Maybe this will end up being OK.

Hmm. It starts off pretty well with a taste dominated by nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. The pumpkin aspect is muted, just sort of lingering in the background. It almost tastes like generic ale fruitiness instead of actual pumpkin.

It seems the unintentional aging has left this beer tasting pretty mild and inoffensive, although the previous reviews from when this was fresher make me suspect it's always like that. This would start to bore me after a while, but it's very easy to drink.

Aug 09, 2011
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brunrn1 from New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not one of the better pumpkin ales out there. I wouldnt recommend this as a beer to drink over and over again. Kind of bitter and no hint of anything that resembles pumpkin. Try a bottle of it and see for yourself. drinking a whole six pack might not be that agree agreeable,

Feb 17, 2011
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of fall brew tasting (2010): Aroma of metal and some spice. Poured amber/orange in color with a large, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts and spices. Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Spiced finish.

Feb 10, 2011
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MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 1-22-11.
Born on Date: the 219th day of 2010. You figure it out.

White head pours well, but fades quickly. Decent carbonation rises through the perfectly clear orange-amber body.

Very faint wafts of traditional pumpkin beer/pie spices: nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cooked butter. According to the label, the spices included are nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The aroma is very subdued though, and underwhelming.

Pumpkin flavor does stand out in the taste, and the spicing is minimal. Not offensive at all, but not very flavorful. It is just too clean for a supposedly rustic, seasonal style.

Excellent carbonation level. Near perfect mouthfeel for the style. Medium bodied and not grainy at all.

Drinkability definitely gets marked down for not being interesting enough, but it is more than easy to finish off a pint. Would I have another? No, at least not till next year.

This is an excellent gateway beer to the world of craft though.

Jan 31, 2011
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gopens44 from Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Decent and fun frotjy head with an amber color. Clear as a bell.

S - Very alluring aromas. Nutmeg, pumpkin pie, everything you'd hope to smell for a Thanksgiving dinner dessert.

T - Taste starts out well with great spice taste that gives way to bitter hops, but the hop bitterness soon derails the whole thing due to the lack of balance. Turns into a trainwreck pretty quick.

M - Highly carbonated and an awful aftertaste that resembles the failure of balance in the taste.

If I would have stopped drinking this after about 1/3rd of the beer, I'd be a fan. Sadly I finished it. Good attempt at a pumpkin beer that needs some serious adjustments

Jan 07, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I gotta give a little credit. I can handle sweet beers, but prefer hints. Taking into account that this was done by Anheuser-Busch, I think they actually made a descent pumpkin beer. They definitely made their usually boring beer drinkable with this one.

A- Orange/amber with a thin white head that fades fast. Leaves descent lace. Average, but above Anheuser-Busch's average.

S- Muted aroma of pumpkin, allspice, cinnomon, clove are there but not overpowering. You can also detect the sweet malts, and corn.

T- Sweet malt and corn are up front, but you get the hints of pumpkin and spice. Subtle, and I'd rather have that than overpowering sweet beer.

D- Above their average. A descent pumpkin beer. Not my favorite pumpkin beer, but not bad.

Jan 05, 2011
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Shrews629 from Kentucky

2.23/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Copper/orange in color. Clear. Tons of bubbles rising. White, fizzy, thin head that hung around for only a short minute then settled to a thin ring. A bit of lacing.

Smell - Sweet smelling malt. Cinnamon and gingerbread. Not getting a whole lot of the pumpkin. Some is there, but not much. The sweet smell is a touch overpowering to me.

Taste - A little more of the pumpkin in the taste, but it seems to be dominated by the cinnamon and ginger. Some additional spices of somekind. Maybe the clove. Just a bit too sweet for my liking. It does taste a bit artificial to me also. Adjunct I guess?

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Doesn't leave an over abundance on the palate. It is smooth, but it is also mostly watery.

Drinkability - This is a brew that I will probably never drink again. Too sweet and artificial tasting. Some may find it enjoyable, but I just don't care for it.

Jan 04, 2011
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cudmud from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful orange color with a strady stream of bubbles. Despite the streaming carbonation, there is almost no head and lacing in my sample.

Smell: Nice malt smell, but this beer lacks a pronounced smell of pumpkin.

Taste: A very malty brew that finishes with some nice spice and bitternes from hops. Again, I don't note much pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and refreshing.

Drinkability: A very potable beer. I enjoy all the malt flavors. However, I think this beer falls short by not smelling and tasting like pumpkin.

Jan 04, 2011
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SanDiegoBeerLove from California

2.72/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice light Amber color with about a finger of head. Head disappears quickly on this clear beer.

S - Some Spice, Hops, and Minerals. Lost a lot of the Aroma once poured.

T - Pumpkin, Spice, Nutmeg, and Caramel. All tastes are very light.

M - High Carbonation(Too much), Watery, Average Bitterness, a little Sweet.

D - I could probably drink a lot of them but I was bored half way through. A very good Pumpkin beer though.

A good beginner beer for those straying away from their usual uninteresting beers(BMC).

Dec 14, 2010
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BeerNemesis from New York

2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale | 330 ml. | 5.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Glass: pint

Oh it smells like pumpkin when you pop the cap, but once in the glass, somehow the aroma disappears. As a pumpkin ale it's ok at best. The carbonation really is the only thing holding it together. Once it starts to warm, the flavors melt into a confused morass of pumpkin, wheat, plastic, and oily hops.

I do not recommend it. And don't take this the wrong way. I've had some delicious pumpkin ales, Pumking for example.

Dec 12, 2010
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LimoBarbie from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this pumpkin ale. I thought it was the very best of all of the pumpkin ales I drank this season. It smelled great--lots of spice and just enough pumpkin--not a beery pumpkin pie like the O'Fallon Pumpkin ale that was just overpowering with pumpkin and spice. Jack's was more balanced and more like beer and it was just right with the spice. I hope they have it next year!

Dec 02, 2010
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weizenbob from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug. There's a freaky looking jack-o-lantern dude on the label, but I'm not scared. The label also brags about how this is an all malt brew with real pumpkins and pumpkin pie spices. I'm a sucker for this kind of thing, so it sounds delicious to me, regardless of who makes it.

Upon pouring, an insignificant head reaches the top of the brew and then disappears. The beer itself a deep cognac hue with a lot of active carbonation. As soon as the pour begins, aromas begin shooting out. Fruity pumpkin hits very hard. A closer examination reveals all of those spices: the cinnamon, the nutmeg. There's a sweetness to the scent that is vaguely reminiscent of whipped cream on top of a slice of pumpkin pie. Did I mention that I love pumpkin pie? Taking a deeper whiff, I'm actually a bit put off by how much pumpkin odor this gives off. It's pretty dense.

The first sip reveals a surprisingly light and crisp mouthfeel. Judging from the scent I expected this to be thick and syrupy. The carbonation works well for the brew. The pumpkin is not nearly as apparent in the taste as it is in the scent. Instead the spices take top billing in the flavor profile. There's a mellow cinnamon up front with a trace of pumpkin clinging to it. Then it finishes with nutmeg and cloves. The carbonation wipes the palate clean.

There isn't much else to this brew, but it's pretty enjoyable none the less. I'm surprised that with the ingredients involved that this could come out so simple but still yummy. With such a light feel and easygoing sweetness I could easily put a few of these away without thinking about it. I don't think I'd buy it all of the time, but this was a pleasant fall pickup.

Nov 11, 2010
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear with a small white head that dissipates quickly. No carb rising.

Aroma of light hops, spices. Not too much going on.

Taste is sweet, spices, light pumpkin, sugar.

Mouthfeel is med/light and cleansing.

Overall, drinkable. Not an offensive beer. I had this on Halloween, so it added a little something to it.

Nov 01, 2010
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Vashtar from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was a real surprise. I don't like pumpkin pie, but I like this. I don't care that it's made by Anheuser-Busch and I don't think you should either.
The initial taste is a tad bit bitter, but the pumpkin essence blooms in your mouth for a great aftertaste.

Nov 01, 2010
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DrJay from Texas

3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright orange, brilliant clarity with an off-white cap of fizzy bubbles that disappeared rather swiftly after the pour. Plenty of pie spice in the aroma, mild sweetness in the background. The flavour carried the same pie spice character - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg - but also had a sturdy bitterness that was a bit of a surprise. Caramel sweetness worked well with the rest of the beer and there was a light gourd flavour throughout, but was more prominent in the finish - sort of earthy and lightly sweet. Slightly slick in texture and light bodied. I found the carbonation a little rough though and it felt quite dry. Overall, a decent pumpkin ale that was quite drinkable.

Oct 31, 2010
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Augustiner719 from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a light orange color with perfect clarity. Huge fluffy head recedes quickly to nothing. Aroma is very nice with some bready malts. Taste is a touch thin but easy drinking and has a tinge of pumpkin spices to it. Dry finish and clean on the palate. Mouthfeel is light and over carbonated. Drinkability is ok. Not a bad attempt but really lacks the malt bill the craft brewers have in this style.

Oct 30, 2010
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darkmartin from Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours to a translucent orange, with a small white head.

Smell: Spice is pretty predominant, nutmeg, little bit of cinammon, and some minor pumpkin in the background. Pretty standard for the style.

Taste: Fairly bland, just a bunch of nutmeg and cinnamon. Almost no hops, and almost no pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty poor. Just a mild nose and flavor, very boring.

Oct 30, 2010
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

This spiced pumpkin ale from Anheuser-Busch is probably one of their most interesting beers. Pours a golden amber with a slight scent of pumpkin. Drinks very smooth with a slight pumpkin taste however the spices stand out more. Not a bad beer by any means but there certainly is room for in improvement by increasing the strength of the pumpkin and spice taste. Still a good choice to get you into the fall mood.

Oct 28, 2010
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thekanna from Maryland

2.29/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear, radiant orange-amber into a stein, with about a finger of fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Strong yeasts, cooked frozen veggies and some faint sweetness. Pumpkin spices and slight butteriness are an afterthought.

T/M: Slightly bitter, medicinal hops, a bit of bad green tea with a sharp stab of carbonation in the back of the throat, followed by some pumpkin spices which linger at the lips. Medium-bodied and too bitter to make a decent pumpkin brew.

D: Why is it so difficult to find a decent pumpkin ale? This definitely rubbed me the wrong way, as most Michelob products do.

Oct 25, 2010
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emmasdad from Colorado

2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium-orange amber color, with a bit of a light brown head. Very muted aroma, a little pumpkin pie spice, light brown sugar and sweet malt. On the palate, light bodied, decent carbonation, very sweet, not a whole lot of pumpkin/pumpkin pie/spice going on here. Bland and one-dimensional, but not offensive or undrinkable in any way.

Oct 25, 2010
Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 417 ratings