Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale | Anheuser-Busch

Jack's Pumpkin Spice AleJack's Pumpkin Spice Ale
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Jack's Pumpkin Spice AleJack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bubrewer on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of a malt play, sub par for style. The spice is almost too faint, its there, but its in the deep secondary: clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinammon. Pumpkin also faint. Thin, above average carbonation. Malt dust in aroma, big initial head. Forgettable but drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite fall beers, look forward to drinking it every season.

I wish people didnt know that AB brewed this, because it'd score much better. I think it Rivals DFH's Punkin Ale and is much better than other micro spiced brews. Beautiful color, just the right amount of pumpkin and spice taste without being overbearing, and awesome mouthfeel. Who cares if it's AB, it's good beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer along with 7 other widely distributed pumpin ales in a 'pumpkin ale' tasting session with a few beer judges and enthusiests. Turns out, this beer ranked second from the bottom. The common consensus is that the light caramel, pumpkin, spice aroma wasn't as intense or balanced as the other beers. It has a grainy malt bed that the pumpkin / spice flavors cannot disguise. The flavors were also light caramel, but with a very bite-ey spicy / graininess that was a distraction. The body was very thin in comparison and the finish was thin, bite-ey bitter, and grainy astringent. Sorry AB, your beer just didn't stand up. Thanks Clvand0.

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Photo of zeff80
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a fizzy orange/amber color with a bubbly, off-white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain. There was also some cinamon and a little pumpkin nose.

T - It tasted of grains. There was a very faint dose of pumpkin and nutmeg. It had an ever more muted cinamon flavor.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. It is a light to medium-bodied.

D - Really didn't taste like pumpkin. It tasted more like an amber ale and not a very good one at that.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Pours ½ finger of creamy white head. Fades down to a thin layer and leaves some lace, not a lot/ Color is a clear light caramel gold.

Aroma: very faint aroma. The only thing I get really is some pumpkin and spices.

Taste: A lot of pumpkin notes and a lot of fall spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). This beer really doesn't have a lot of complexity to it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little crisp. High carbonation with a light to medium body. Ends with a really dry aftertaste full of spices.

Overall, the beer is alright, but not one of my preferred fall beers. I will choose something else. Hats off to mich for attempting a fall seasonal.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leave it to A-B to come up with a perfectly balanced and drinkable pumpkin ale! It has the appropriate fall-colored amber orange body and creamy ivory-colored head. The retention is fairly good and it leaves some nice lace behind. The aroma expresses cinnamon and ginger at first nose, and then a hint of nutmeg. The malt is delicately sweet and just lightly biscuity. The bitterness is restrained, but present, and it finishes dry with a light dusting of spice on the palate. There's a lot of spice in the nose, but not as much in the flavor; and it never build on the palate - leaving it remarkably drinkable for the style. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours with nice, if short-lived, light tan head.

A - beautiful, clear, orange-amber color with off-white head

S - sweet spices; more like a bakery item than a beer

T - sweet and spicy with pumpkin and subtle malt flavor; clove, ginger & nutmeg are evident. A bit too much clove for my taste. No hops?

M - nice smooth feel with good carbonation

D - unusual flavor. If the flavor appeals, this beer will have good drinkability.

Distinctive seasonal beer worth trying. Potential dessert beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours brown with an off white head. Smell brings forward some spicing, and it's not too overly done; just a bit. A bit of caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Taste brings more spices. Feel is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well and isn't a terrible representation of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gregg’s Restaurant in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, cinnamon & nutmeg and grain.

T: The taste is bready but little weak, containing the same elements that you detect in the smell, pumpkin, caramelized malt, cinnamon & nutmeg.

M: Smooth but a little watery for the style, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: It’s easy-to-drink and light for the style. There are definitely more flavor beers within the style, but this one isn’t too bad. Knowing this is an AB product, I got exactly what I expected, a slightly watered-down version of a regular Pumpkin Ale. I’d prefer this beer to a standard AB fizzy yellow beer, but most places that would have this beer on-tap will most likely have something else that I would choose first.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born on 6 Sep 07, very fresh.

Pours an effervescent orangey copper with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Pumpkin pie spices & metallic notes

T: Slight pumpkin with metallic, lemony hops &cinnamon notes up front. Some brown sugar & slight pumpkin notes as this warms. Finishes dry with some cinnamon sweetness

MF: Light bodied with lively carbonation

Drinks alright, I'd say no more than 1 before I get bored, 2 max. Not a good pumpkin ale, but there are worse out there (Shipyard). Glad I only bought a single

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a surprisingly profuse, off-white head.

Smell: Light, pleasing pumpkin aroma with a mild spicing of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A decent, though innocuous scent, like a pumpkin juicebox!

Taste: A vague, almost disconnected sweetness mingles in amidst the spice blend and mild pumpkin flavor. Finishes with a very soft bitterness and a final kick of clove that lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer at all, regardless of it's maker.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Polished pumpkin with multiple bubbles streams leading up to a soft cap of lightly yellowed ivory. I've never been impressed with the heads on A-B beer. While this one is much better than their usual, it's nothing to write home about. A decent amount of smeary lace helps a little.

I was more impressed with the nose immediately after popping the cap than I am now that I'm actually smelling the beer in the glass. Where the hell did the spiced pumpkin go? While I could easily guess 'pumpkin ale' if blinded, there so little power that it's hard to identify any of the added spices on an individual basis. Note: warming opens things up a bit.

Jack's is much better on the palate. This isn't so much a pumpkin beer as a beer that happens to taste a little like pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. The underlying ale is the centerpiece and the added flavors are merely accoutrements. I prefer the wall-to-wall pumpkinness of a well-brewed pumpkin beer, but this is as valid a take on the style as any other.

I keep expecting gourd and spice to flood my mouth with each sip, but they prefer to flit around the periphery. To be fair, there's much more traditional pumpkin beer flavor on the finish. The base ale is a caramel malty affair that helps itself by not being overly sweet. The spice bill consists of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and clove. Cinnamon and nutmeg might lead the way, although it's a fairly balanced mix overall.

The body/mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and would benefit from more malt. That said, it is modestly creamy and fills the mouth more than any A-B beer that I can remember, including Bare Knuckle Stout. The carbonation could be throttled back a tad, although it doesn't negatively impact the mouthfeel. Not much anyway.

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale is far from the best pumpkin beer that I've ever had, but it is, by far, the best Anheuser-Busch beer that I've ever had. My previous 'favorite' from these guys was the aforementioned Bare Knuckle Stout. I'll probably never drink it again, but this is better than decent beer and is, I hope, a sign of better things to come from the macro of all macros.

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Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a "Born On" freshness date of Sep 01 2006.

A- Healthy looking off-white froth, bright copper colored brew with a good clarity.

S- Hint of maltiness, vague spices ... mostly pie spices but the cinnamon seems to be the most prevalent.

T&M- Crisp in a moderate body, quick bite of spice with a fluffy malt sweetness that pairs with a light pumpkin flavor. Finishes with a faint touch of spice and dry malt.

D- Not bad at all, I could only see drinking one of these ... after a while the spice gets to you but that pretty much goes for any pumpkin ale in my book.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I normally do not like pumpkin ales, but I really did enjoy this, and that is probably becasue it was not a pumpkin ale! This poured a nice pumpkin colored amber with little to no head and a small amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Smell was lightly spiced, and I stress lightly. Most of the aroma was of grain and corn, with a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg, or pumpkin spice but you had to search for it. After you got past that the taste was was average, just a lightly spice ale. Decent mouthfeel, but that was it. I would give it hight marks in drinkability only because it is bland and low in ABV so it is easy to drink ]. Overall not a real pumpkin spiced beer, or I probably would not have drank it. Ehh forgettable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.89/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears a clear copper hue with a bright off white fizzy head. Aroma nice brilliant mild mix of clove/allspice/nutmeg/cinnamon no real pumpkin rind for me. Flavor is a bit much not real enjoyable or balanced, it's a straight up mix of pumpkin spice little thin malt an no pumpkin flesh to balance. This is pumpkin ale for the masses way different from the average Michelob, but still pretty horrible overall. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated, tickles the back of throat in the worst way. Drinkability overall sucks, this is another hard to finish beer that actually makes you want to despise a popular trendy style that doesn't have to suck.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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