Positively Pumpkin
Half Full Brewery

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #314
Ranked #43,295
3.55 | pDev: 12.96%
Half Full Brewery
Connecticut, United States
Notes: This Pumpkin Ale has a medium body, moderate bitterness, an essence and flavor of pumpkin and spices and rounds out with an earthy warming finish.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 5/24/2021; consumed on 11/22/20

Pours a translucent, deep, ruddy brown/amber varnish body capped with a finger of creamy, slightly off-white/pale tan foam; mediocre head retention leaves a thin veil of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a sparse selection of firm, webby lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with touches of vanillin meeting bready malt before heavier tones of caramel provide a prelude to pumpkin spice over the middle, which in turn highlight nutmeg, hints of ginger, and grassy cinnamon on the close.

Taste brings more pronounced pumpkin at the forefront of the profile, with bready malt and hints of caramel to follow; nutmeg, wet grass, and hints of ginger progress over the mid-palate before a distinct nuttiness brings a tepid sort of harmony on the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body bolstered with a fluffy, moderate carbonation fading cleanly with a minimal, evenly-dispersed grit with a mild hop presence along the mid-palate; an almost slick texture appears into the back end an bringing a brightness through the finish.

While nearly 6 months in the can has brought a noticeable vegetal character to the profile, a passive yet authentic pumpkin spice and tepid approach to the balancing malt profile still holds firmly, resulting in a safe, completely unremarkable pumpkin ale; forgettable and light.

Nov 23, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; burnt orange in color; 1 finger light beige head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger;

T: follows the nose with almost no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: if pumpkin beer is your thing, this will be enjoyable;

Oct 15, 2018
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Deep orange pour with two-finger tan head which disapated fairly quickly. Mild lacing also disappeared.
S - Light pumpkin smell with spice (cinnamon).
T - Fairly spicy but not overwhelming. Mild pumpkin taste.
F - Almost creamy feel. Medium mouth feel.
O - A nice beer. Haven't had a lot of pumpkin beers, but this seems more mild than others I've had, which fit me nicely.

Oct 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a nice looking burnt orange color with some hints of amber towards the center. Finger's worth of white foamy head slid off at a moderate pace. Lace seemed to just slide into oblivion.
The aroma had some pumpkin sweetness, a little bit of biscuit, light honey, some cinnamon, then allspice and nutmeg.
The flavor seemed to balance somewhat nicely between the sweet portions of the honey/biscuit/pumpkin sweetness to the spices of the allspice and nutmeg. Some aftertaste of the pumpkin sweetness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Semi-smooth sweet finish bearing a touch of spice for balance.
Overall, as a pumpkin ale, I'd say this works. I'd probably have again.

Sep 17, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3/31...can to glass. Rusty orange amber, 1/4 inch white foam. Pumpkin nutmeg cinnamon nose. Some vanilla. Sweet pumpkin pie like flavor, light bodied. Long cinnamon taste. Nutmeg hangs out too. Spices below the surface. Good.

Apr 23, 2016
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prsguitarsr4me from New York

2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer is like doing the cinnamon challenge. Absolutely no pumpkin in the aroma or mouth. Nice appearance, but taste is overpowering cinnamon, nutmeg, bitter oregano--- very watery mouthfeel with lingering spiciness and chalkiness- unbalanced and almost undrinkable. Expecting a much better beer from Half Full.

Oct 16, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange-brown hazy, with 1/3 inch head, and moderate carbonation. Taste is deep brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Tastes like an imperial pumpkin with big, bold, and fresh flavors. Captures the taste of a sugar rimmed pumpkin ale without the sugar. Nice dessert beer that stands out above those pumpkin ales with muted flavors. I will look to get this again.

Sep 15, 2015
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.07/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Backstage in Torrington.

A clear amber with a thin beige head, there's solid retention and lacing here. The nose is like a nutmeg and allspice explosion with some brown sugar thrown in. Overspiced on the palate as well, the blend of nutmeg and allspice is overpowering. Watery brown sugar is present but hot damn, the spices! Watery sweet on the finish, this beer is very disappointing.

Nov 26, 2013
Positively Pumpkin from Half Full Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 34 ratings