Pumpkin Ale | Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Knapp85 on 09-12-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a mild and mediocre example of a pumpkin ale. The ABV is too low for this style, in my opinion. The flavor is decent but nothing that leaves you really craving this beer. It has a blended pumpkin and citrus taste which, though confusing, sort of works. I will have no problem finishing the 6-pack, but doubt I will purchase another. Better pumpkin ales are available in the same price range. I'll try again next year.

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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a clear orange-gold with minimal head. Essentially no aroma. Taste is exceptionally smooth with minimal sweetness and spice. While this does gives room for the pumpkin to shine, overall this is a rather weak pumpkin ale. The good news is that there is no bitterness in the finish. Overall an exceptionally smooth, highly sessionable pumpkin that is well balanced and easy drinking. The low ABV makes this brew one I would definitely like to pick up again.

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3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: October 15, 2017... OCCASION: finished celebrating Michael's ninth birthday... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... fizzes out the bottle, creating a tornado of bubbles that feeds a healthy finger's worth of white froth... head is steady and sponge-like in appearance... the body is orange amber and clear... cinnamon attacks the nostrils, with hazelnut, allspice, and toasted bread evoking the kind of milieu one associates with the season... first sip is light-bodied, reasonably active, with some sizzle at the throat--thin enough not to be confused as a dessertif... conversely, despite its 4.8% ABV, it holds its own as a stand-alone... cinnamon and allspice are the strongest flavors in the profile; the experience is pleasant, without being groundbreaking or demanding of future purchase... Susquehanna seems to be doing enough right, and this works along those lines... more pumpkin, bolder flavor could make this bigger, if not better...

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from my parents.
Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a subtle burnt orange to amber color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Quickly fizzing little white head that barely left any lace.
The aroma had some pumpkin bready sweetness playing with some hazelnut, cinnamon and allspice. Light dark toast to caramel maltiness wrapped around the pumpkin sweetness fairly nice.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the pumpkin and bready notes. Spices kick further back in the overall taste. Mild aftertaste of pumpkin and dark toast, barely any spice.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, slightly under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. Mild pumpkin sweet finish.
Overall, it's a good pumpkin ale. I say it does the trick.

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3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle and poured into a pint glass, no bottle date

A- Pours a clear amber color with a thin creamy and foamy off white head that retains long after the pour

S- aroma had a bit more pumpkin flesh aroma than most pumpkin ales, followed by the typical cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Also some earthiness, with sweet malt undertones

T- slightly sweet and malty up front with notes of cola, spicing is a bit subdued, there's a nice cinnamon linger after the finish

M- medium body with locsrbonstipn leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- his one has high drinkability because the spices are more of an afterthought, rather than dominating the beer

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3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dodo2step
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear amber color with a one finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- clove spice, nutmeg and allspice/pumpkin. malty as well.

F- malty pumpkin flavor with clove and allspice.

M- malty and with a mild sour tang.

O- not a bad pumpkin but i have had better. decent brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danlib21
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohneHoodlum
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.31/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I am now searching for Johanna from Susquehanna (or thereabouts). I assume that she hails from NEPA and lives down by the river, but one never knows with these things. I may give Craigslist a shot to see if she responds.

From the bottle: "People Beer by Beer People"; "Ahh, fall. That colorful time of year when America piles into the family station wagon on a mission to pick out the prettiest pumpkin in the patch to take home and carve a scary face into. Well, we must admit we've never been too good at carving. But we're pretty good at turning a simple pumpkin into a tasty pumpkin ale. And that's exactly what we've done here. This one's got the right amount of spice - just enough to inspire anybody to give pumpkin carving one more try. So, if you'd excuse us, the family wagon awaits."

I purchased this from the fine folks at The Friendly Greek, a local bottle shop that caters to my whims. They happily broke a six pack of Pils-Noir into singles for me so that I could do a horizontal tasting, but I bought this out of their Pumpkin seasonal cooler and set it aside for a more appropriate occasion.

The pour was just downright pretty! Two fingers of luscious, dense, tawny head with great retention formed and beneath it sat an orange beer (SRM = > 9, < 13) that seemed to scream "Pumpkin!" along with NE-quality clarity. Nose was spicy, like fresh pumpkin pie, straight from the oven. My Pops and I used to cook and I wanted to be a pastry and dessert chef until my teenage plans got sidelined, but we made a great pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving during my Junior year of high school and this beer was evocative of that pie. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and although not quite as good as everyone's seeming favorite, Southern Tier's Pumking, this ranked up there for me. The taste was immediate with cinnamon, then nutmeg and allspice, giving my mouth a warm, comfortable feeling. My Hallowe'en pumpkin still sits on the porch, uncarved and unassailed, but I am anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving. This would be a great accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner as it is like Baby Bear's version of a pumpkin beer - not too watery, not too spicy, but just right. The finish was slightly warming and quite dry as a result of the spices. I now really want one of Isaac's hot turkey sandwiches with gravy and cranberry sauce!

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