Pumpkin Ain't Easy
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #287
ABV:
8%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,090
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 14.69%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
30
From:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  1
Gots
  6
SCORE
83
Good
Notes: We skipped adding Pumpkin Pie Spice to this one and let the spice notes come from the fantastic combination of our house Belgian Yeast and the deliciousness of German Tettnang and Hersbrucker hops.
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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a chalice

A- pours a hazy golden-orange color with a small fizzy white head that disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- spicy Belgian yeast aromas give notes of must, phenols, clove & pear. Vegetal pumpkin aromas, along with a toasted crust-like aroma to close it out

T- The spicy yeast flavor comes through up front, with some peppery notes, along with some earth and musty notes, ripe pear,clove, banana and some phenolic notes. More spicy yeast on a dry finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a slick finish

O- the addition of the Belgian yeast adds a unique dimension to a style that typically stays within the same barriers, well done

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Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12/05/15 notes. 750ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a murky dark orange, Smells like yams, gingerbread, bready malts, wheat, dough, light spice, pumpkin. medium body, low carbonation.

Overall nothing too crazy but a decent pumpkin beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, orange-caramel color with a frothy, foamy, clingy, off white head. Aromas of pumpkin spice, vanilla cream, and a toasted backbone. Very well balanced. Flavors are rich and tangy pumpkin and vanilla rich and sweet forward, followed immediately by a sharp hand of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Solid roasted feel, with a boozy kick at the end of the palate. The clove and cinnamon really build towards the end, dominating the aftertaste. The smooth, fairly light body warms and sharpens a bit into the slow, smooth, lingering finish.

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Photo of kellyej
3.4/5  rDev -4%

Batch 2 CBO: STP

I really, really wanted to like this beer more...but it turned out to just be ok, nothing stellar.

It pours a muddy, orange color with lots of floaties and bubbles around the edge...it looks juicy. The nose has the typical saison spices (anise, pepper, etc) mellowed by a roasty note in the background (what I think comes from the added pumpkin). The beer is rather full-bodied and leaves a drying sensation on the edges of the tongue. The taste is very earthy (like dirt, but in a good way) with notes of roasted gourd, honey, and charred vegetable skins.

While I appreciate that this beer isn't following the trend of in-your-face pumpkin pie sweetness, I think the pumpkin gets a bit lost...

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Batch 2

A - Pours a hazy orange/strawlike color with very little foam. Some lacing in there.

S - A pumpkin + bread/yeast scent is really all I get. Smells like you're passing a bread factory on the side of the road with some hints of pumpkin in it.

T - Slight pumpkin bread taste going on and then very little spice kicks in on the way down. Can't decipher the spice taste.

M - A bit thin in texture and very low carbonation.

O - I've had much better brews than this.

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Photo of Rukasu
4/5  rDev +13%

Great beer, what a pumpkin beer should be....with no spice

Batch #2 pours a cloudy, orange/yellow with a thin white head. Light carbonation. Hoppy first taste at the front with an underlying sweetness of grape/raisin and a wonderful creamy squash flavor at the back, with no "pumpkin" pie spice. This is what sets this beer apart from the others in this field. No fake sweetness, no cloying pie flavor, really great beer!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2 per the back label
A: cloudy dirty yellow with descent carbonation that sustains soapy bubbles leaving some lacing.
S: reminiscent of a Belgian ale with a sweet yeasty main scent. There is a hint of pumpkin spice (mainly nutmeg, but cinnamon and clove as well) along with some raisin. As the beer comes to temp, the nose blossoms.
T: the taste has some of the pumpkin spices, not as strong, and on a more earthy backbone than I expected given some of the yeastiness in the smell. The begging-to-middle is a bit sweet, maybe a little fig and date, but there also seems to be just a slight lack of body.
M: The ending has a nice dry pull to it, allowing the sweet dark fruit tastes to linger a bit as it coats the mouth.
O: A good offering, but not a lot of pumpkin in it (more in the nose than taste). Also a little on the sweet side, although it's a dry, earthy sweetness, and that may appeal to some.

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Pumpkin Ain't Easy from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 30 ratings