Screamin' Pumpkin
Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #33
Ranked #9,232
3.98 | pDev: 9.3%
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Sir-Buddly-Longfellow
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Just like pumpkin pie, it tastes so gourdgeous.

I divided the circumference of taste by the diameter of the smell, and it had a hint of awesomeness with pure pumpkin pi.

And I'll say that at 5% abv, it's stronger than other fall beers... probably from pumpkin iron.

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Photo of joenotsocool
4.81/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

***rating weighted for pumpkin beers***

For pumpkin beer, this is world class. For beer in general, is is still a solid 4 overall.

The smell is great and hits you right away upon opening. It is best poured, but this is one of the few beers I have had that was great right out of the can....(fall back woods bonfire).

It has a heavier body than most pumpkin beers with a richer head than most as well. Sweeter than most of the pumpkin beers, there is a strong pumpkin pie taste. If you are strong willed enough I would suggest holding on to a few for Thanksgiving.

The after taste is great as well unlike most pumpkin beers. The alcohol taste is almost non existent and it remains on the pallet for quite some time after drinking.

In all, this is a solid choice and I would advise picking some up if you can. I put my traditional ontoberfest beers aside this year for this one to mix it up. Not disappointed in the least bit.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Our autumn seasonal. An Amber Ale brewed with roasted pumpkin in the mash then spiced with ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Spicy and refreshing. A great tail gating beer.

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Photo of dd53grif
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, reddish brown color with a foamy tan that disappears quickly. Spicy aromas of pumpkin spice , clove and cinnamon. Tastes of cinnamon and clove with sweetness coming from brown sugar. Medium body. Good mouth feel.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours golden red with a decent beige head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, caramel, fruit, and malt. Taste is similar. I do not enjoy pumpkin beers at all. This one is better than most.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep copper color with nice off white head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - lots of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, and allspice.

Taste - Really balanced pumpkin flavors, pumpkin spice, vanilla, cinnamon. Natural flavors not artificial at all.

Feel - Medium bodied soft carbonation smooth.

Overall - A really well done pumpkin ale, well balanced and light.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a Founder's Harvest Party pint glass. No canning date, but likely over 2 months old at this point.

A: Almost a tapered amber color, lighter at the bottom. Small amount of off-white head.

S: Soft notes of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, allspice. Very warm and inviting.

T: Very nice and balanced pumpkin flavor. Not too sweet or overpowering. Hits of nutmeg, cinnamon. Not overly spiced either.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Aftertaste has a surprising touch of bitterness.

O: First time I had this beer was when it was brewed by Michigan Brewing Company, who has since closed. Since picking up the recipe, Griffin Claw has done a really nice job with this. This beer was always the most pumpkin pie-forward of the pumpkin beers. Lots of graham crust, rich pumpkin. Definitely not overly sweet or spicy like some pumpkin beers can succumb to. Along with Ichabod, this is easily one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

Recommendation: One of the better pumpkin beers, this should be a Fall staple for many.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a can of this to try when my wife went on a mini vacation to Michigan about 2 weeks ago. Poured out of a 16 oz. can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, light to medium amber/copper color with a fluffy looking white head that's over half an inch thick when poured that settles to 1/2 an inch a few minutes after being poured. Has good retention. Strong aromas of pumpkin, ginger, clove and nutmeg are all present with some toasted malts as well. Flavorwise, this starts off with some nice, roasted, bready caramel malt sweetness along with flavors of pumpkin, ginger, clove, nutmeg and a bit of all spice. Nicely balanced flavor profile, and the use of real pumpkin really comes through nicely tastewise. Has a somewhat crisp, also smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfel with light to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be. Has a very clean finish with a slightly dry aftertaste.


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Photo of SHDoyle
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Honey color with a slightly off-white head

S - Big, spicy notes of cinnamon with an earthy undertone...sort of like pumpkin pie

T - The spice and cinnamon come through on the palate and are consistent with the taste. There was also some bitterness that I didn't expect. Not a lot, but enough to be noticeable.

M - Light and medium carbonation.

O - This was just so-so. The spice notes and body somewhat reminded me of a tripel. In general I think pumpkin beers are becoming unnecessarily numerous and I for one would be happy to see this fad die. Every fall it seems there are more and more pumpkin beers on the shelf and they arrive much earlier in the season. They way they multiply reminds me of bacteria in a Petri dish. And what's so good about pumpkin? I understand why beers flavored with chocolate, citrus or bourbon are popular; those things are delicious. But pumpkin? Other than a piece or two of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, I'd wager most people don't consume too much it.

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Photo of DadsDrunkAgain
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best pumpkin brews I've had. Slightly sweet pumpkin pie spice, a slight twinge of bitter. Like Budweiser mixed with pumpkin pie. A little heavy on the belly.

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Photo of carlborch
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright amber-pumpkin peel color with a slight haze. Quickly fading off-white to light head. A very pleasant nose suggests pumpkin, spice, and many things nice! Modest to medium carbonation, slightly bitter on the palate with lingering spicy notes. Highly quaffable - slightly moreish! Definitely a re-purchase.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/burnt orange with a full one finger quick to fade off white head atop.Spiced ginger really stands out in the nose,it gives off a real sharpness to go along with lighter nutmeg and mace,not a whole lot of cinnamon detected.Light roast and graham cracker upfront on the palate than a big shot of spicy ginger and all spice,alot of spice but it's not just one spice.I like it,although not a huge fan of ginger I like it here,just enough roast to make it somewhat balanced.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep ruby-orange color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to just a ring around the edge

S- quite forward spice aroma with an emphasis on gunger and clove, followed by lighter notes of cinnamon & nutmeg. Sweet malt undertones stands up to the boldness of the spices

T- slightly sweet malty base gives way to strong notes of ginger and clove, followed by hints of cinnamon & nutmeg, more cinnamon on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- where most pumpkin beers emphasis cinnamon and nutmeg, this one allows the ginger and clove notes to step forward, high drinkability

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Photo of SFC21
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very light bodied beer that showcases the spices. Ginger and clove jump out on the nose and explode on the palate. A light malt, marzen like finish cleans everything up at the end. Spices linger but not overwhelmingly. Lighter than most pumpkin beers so I was thrown off at first but grew to enjoy it more as I drank it.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Griffin Claw Screamin Pumpkin pint can from Copper Vine poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. No apparent dating.

This was a favorite of mine when brewed by Michigan Brewing Company. Let's see how the new version stacks up.

A- A normal pour creates a tan head that quickly drops to a light film. The body is a hazy, reddish brown with medium-light carbonation. Decent stick is left behind.

S- It's quite bold. I get loads of pumpkin spice with a sweet undertone. It's heavy on the clove and ginger, maybe some cinnamon and something like mace. The sweeter aroma comes off as brown sugar.

T- It's as bold as the aroma. Big cinnamon and clove flavors with lighter ginger and that same sweet backbone, this time coming off as brown sugar and graham cracker (maybe this pie theme is getting to me).

M- It's on the full side of medium body. There's a bite from the clove and other spices. It's somehow a little powdery, like that slightly numbing sensation you get from a big dose of baking spice.

O- It's a very flavorful pumpkin beer, heavy on the spice for sure, while keeping a decent "beer" quality. I want to say the old version was a little more subtle. This one was good for a pint in a sitting. Something I'd buy again.

A- 3.5 S- 3.75 T- 3.5 M-3.5 O-3.5

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Photo of Raime
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Norms Screamin' Pumpkin.

Good ole Norms. Only had one brew outts these guys and it was quite good so I'm hoping the pumpkin ale reminds me that they have even more to offer. Fresh as can be , straight off the truck.

Look - Pours a highly murky amber with your usual two finger slightly off white head that retains better than you would expect and leaves a sticky ring around the edge of the glass. Carbonation looks to ve moderate as is stylistically expected of these types of beers.4.

Smell - Fall allspice is the big and bi-way playerr here showing up at different times. The aluminum is there though so slight it doesnt bother a thing. Cinnamon and pie crust along with just a touch of the cognac and brandy that made the Weyerbacher offering so special, only without the perfect balance. 4.

Taste - The allspice and brandy/cognac mix perfectly but the whole aluminum issue becomes more pronounced in the flavor. Cinnamon and pie crust are all there but they are quickly disbanded by the aluminum that simply interferes, although does not destroy this one. 3.5.

Feel - Body is well rounded and just a toih too sticky and sweet for the style. Creamy and very well carbonated. 3.5.

Overall - A solid brew without crossing the border to a great brew. Next year they should really bottle this stuff as I feel the can holds it back from its true potential. Sessionable in my opinion, though the sweetness could be toned down a bit. Also needs a but more alcohol to compensate for the body. Overall, not a first grab for the style, but I'd have again if offered. 3.5..

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, no canning date

Can into pint glass with a reddish amber hue and slowly dissipating, two finger off-white head.

Aroma is rather light, but not lacking in complexity. I can pick out caramel malt, cinnamon, graham cracker, nutmeg and maybe some faint pumpkin and vanilla.

Taste is more pronounced, with the cinnamon really standing out up front. Thankfully, the graham cracker and vanilla quickly join, along with some faint caramel malt, pumpkin and nutmeg. The overall taste and finish is reminiscent of real maple syrup.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with medium carbonation.

Overall, Screamin' Pumpkin really grew on me as I drank the pint. As it warmed, the combination of flavors really reminded me of pure maple syrup with a hint of pumpkin pie. All this at 5.0% ABV and for $8.29 for a 4 pack. Awesome.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this while in Detroit for work. Poured into a glass.

-Copper-Orange color that is very transparent. One finger off-white head.
-Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin in the nose. Little bit of nutmeg. Like everyone is saying, smells like a well made pumpkin pie.
-Taste just like the smell, and I really like it. Bunch of pumpkin and cinnamon.
-medium body with medium to high carbonation.

I'm always willing to try an pumpkin beer, and this one impressed. I've never had anything from this brewery before, but really wish I had picked up more of this.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT can
Served in a becker glass

L - It is burnt orange and crystal clear. It is capped with a couple inches of beige head.

S - This beer is very aromatic. Cinnamon seems to be the dominant spice. Nutmeg and pumpkin spice is apparent. It has a pumpkin cookie or pumpkin bead smell.

T - The taste is loaded with all the great pumpkin spices. I let this beer warm up longer than usual, and I think it tastes better at a warmer temperature. Cinnamon and nutmeg dance across my palate creating a real sense of the pumpkin beer experience.

F - Medium

O - I really enjoy this beer. I wonder if this is the old Michigan Brewing Company recipe. The name is the same and the label is similar. I liked that beer as well.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark burnt orange with a two-finger off-white foamy head. The head leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of pumpkin pie - nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Starts with sweet caramel malts, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The finish has a ginger like spice to it.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is one of the best pumpkin beers out there. A must try for fans of the style.

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Photo of eighty8
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

The distinct pumpkin flavor is complemented by spices without overwhelming the underlying taste. I'm skeptical if a better pumpkin beer can be found though I'll keep looking.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev +3%

I picked up a can of Griffin Claw's Screamin' Pumpkin last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. When this beer was made by Michigan Brewing Company it was my favorite Pumpkin Ale and I still haven't found one that I thought was more enjoyable, so I'm very happy Griffin Claw decided to bring this beer back from the dead and I'm excited to see how it is, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a Imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, it looks better than MBC's label and It fits in with the season that it glows under the black light, I think it's pretty damn eye catching. It poured a pretty hazy burnt orange color that took on more of a ruby amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin being the first to show up and it imparts a nice natural pumpkin like aroma that leads right into the spice with all the typical spices showing up like cloves, nutmeg, a little allspice and cinnamon, but there's also a noticeable gingers aroma coming through which is nice and the combination of pumpkin and spices makes for a pumpkin pie like aroma. Towards the end comes a slight bit of caramel malt with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a good aroma, it was pretty close to how I remember it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by that same pumpkin pie aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it's just a little lighter. Up next comes the malts which show up just a little more and impart a light sweet malt and caramel malt flavor with just a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish comes a higher amount of light bitterness followed by a light pumpkin and spiced aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer and I thought it was pretty close to the original.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, I still think I liked the original just a little more, but this beer is still good and it seemed like it followed the same lighter and drinkable approach that the original had. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, the spices weren't too overpowering so I think I could drink a few of these especially around a bonfire in the fall. What I liked the most about this beer was that it stayed pretty true to the original and it's very drinkable for the style. What I liked the least about this beer was that it isn't exactly the same as the original, but I'm sure it's not easy to get it to taste exactly the same. I would buy this beer again and I will for sure keep some on hand for Halloween and I would recommend it to any Pumpkin Ale fan. All in all I was happy with this beer, but I would have been impressed if it was exactly the same. I think it's one of the better Griffin Claw beers I've had and I think it's one of the better Pumpkin Ales also. Good job guys, thanks for bringing this beer back from dead and keep up the hard work.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into pint glass; no can dating, but was just released. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spice, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, and herbal/spice earthiness. Slight earthy/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, biscuit, light caramel, grass, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spice, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent low ABV pumpkin ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is great offering by Griffin claw brewing. Forget the others go straight to this and the freaking can glows under a black light? What other Halloween type fall slash beer does that? NONE! The overall aroma of pumpkin spice pie like qualities are abundant in this beer! The low abv keeps it very well drinkable but yet the flavors are very high! I would see other pumpking beers at a very much more high price and respectively so, but having tried those and compared to this at 7.49 a 4 pack of 16 oz cans I beg to differ now. You can keep drinking that overpriced swill,I will fly under the radar in the pumpkin patch.

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Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer at a dive in Ann Arbor as I watched my Wolverines miraculously lose in 4 OT under the lights in Happy Valley. Surprisingly that event didn't sour my memory of this beer; this Griffin Claw offering is among my absolute favorites as far as spiced pumpkin ales are concerned. The biggest thing that stood out was the taste of pumpkin spice that soared over, under and throughout every other note in this beer. Thinking about it 9 months later I can still taste it in my mouth. Synonymous with the changing of colors and college football, I highly recommend Screamin' Pumpkin be added to your seasonal routine.

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