Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale | Anheuser-Busch

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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:
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Added by bubrewer on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a code rather than a "born on" date - 08249.

Pours light orange-amber with a fizzy head.

The smell is bready - like pumpkin bread - some herbal notes and light spicing (including clove?)

The taste is buttery pumpkin with some yeasty breadiness (that could be masked by a firmer malt base, I'm thinking.) Spicing is mild, but pleasant and fitting for the style - cinnamon, nutmeg, (clove?), etc. The usual suspects are there on the milder side with light caramel in the back. Pretty crisp for the style. Light, but smooth, body.

One of the more "easy drinking" pumpkin ales. Nothing particularly special, but easy to drink and inoffensive. Hits enough of the pumpkin ale characteristics to make it a worthy brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Figured I give this brew a try when I saw it at my local watering hole. Amber / orange in color with a very short 1/4" head that fell apart quickly. No lacing develops. The nose picks up some very soft spices.

The flavor was what I expected - light sprinkling of cinammon and nutmeg, a touch of orange zest, reasonable malt backbone, and little bitterness. Overall very average, but after drinking a DFH Punkin Head the night before, the difference was night and day.

Lighter in body than other pumpkin ales. Mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start and finish. Finish was rather clean, as the spices linger for a brief second. Drinkability is very average as this brew doesn't excite you enough to have another one, even though it is lighter bodied.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, some pumpkin, cinammon notes, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some pumpkin/cinammon notes, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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

On-tap at Mach's Gute in Bethlehem PA at $4 a pint. It appeared clear amber with a short white head. For an A-B beer this isn't bad. It's clean and there aren't trademark bad beer flavors like corn or any rough bites. Really, this is a lot like a Yuengling but with a big smattering of Thanksgiving spices - cinnamon, pumpkin spice, clove. It's pretty thin for the style, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fairly mild, a bit of pumpkin. Tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie. A good blend of pumpkin and spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes a pretty good choice.

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/orange color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with a nice blend of cinnnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It really has a pleasant aroma. The taste is average. It has a weak pale and light crystal malt flavor along with a faint pumpkin spice taste. It goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. The pumpkin flavor is really weak. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. I prefer a thicker body with less carbonation. This is another run of the mill attempt to make something good. These guys want to appeal to the craft market, but they always sell out; making beers that are weak and not true to style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit I've never had a pumpkin beer I liked...of course I've only had one, and it was that dreadfull Buffalo Bill's version. Here's AB's version. On to the...damn...I thought it was twist off. <gets bottle opener> Okay, now on to the beer:

Clean stripped in the body, the orange shimmers brightly. The beer forms a good patchy head on top this, and retains well. Well, it does smell like fall in this brew...nutmeg and cinnamon combine to bring out the pumpkin aroma. Taste....moderately spiced in the begnining. It's light bodied, but it has a good flavor. Here's comes the pumpkin flavor I can taste the cinnamon for sure. There's a little ginger noticed as well. The spice lingers on in the aftertaste, but the spice doesn't go overboard.

Like the beer drinker who drinks Michelob and uses the brand to branch off to regional microbreweries, Jack's Pumpkin Spice may do that for me in the pumpkin ale category.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel malt, cloves and cinnamon. The flavor is dominated by a strong cinnamon component, but I also get some toffee, nutmeg and cloves. There is not too much pumpkin flavor in the beer, and what is there is overshadowed by the spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a slightly grainy looking offfwhite head.

The smell is slightly soapy , but with subtle fresh pumpkin and cinnamon and nutmeg. Not overwhelming, but a little too light.

Fairly full bodied taste up front, but fades at the end. Sweet pumpkin with a touch of pumpkin pie spices- mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. A little fresher than the smell, an more pumpkin comes through. Pretty pleasant, especially for an AB product.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, making this one quite drinkable. There are beetter pumpkin ales out there, but this is well done and a great transition beer.

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