Picture If You Will
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,332
4.32 | pDev: 8.33%
Nov 21, 2021
Oct 05, 2015
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Notes: Ale brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and aged in bourbon barrels.
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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MacMalt from New Jersey

2019 release. Received from @2beerdogs. Poured from 500 ML bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a murky, opaque, dark cola color with a thin, light khaki head and lacing. It has a very aromatic nose with all the expected spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and perhaps a whiff of allspice. I also smell vanilla, graham cracker, and raisin. The taste largely follows the nose; it does a great job of simulating pumpkin pie. The bourbon is noticeable but soft and warming. There is also a significant bitterness that I attribute to the generous amount of pumpkin meat used in the boil. The taste is big and bold. It boasts an excellent mouth feel: rich, viscous, and creamy with a higher level of carbonation than I anticipated. The ABV on the bottle is 12.88% which is higher than in the BA description. I suspect it varies from year to year. Overall, anyone who enjoys a Pumpkin Ale brewed with real pumpkin, as opposed to a simple spiced ale, should really enjoy Picture If You Will. This is my first offering from Bottle Logic and it's memorable.

Nov 21, 2021
4.09 by buking21 from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2021
4.29 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

This is a good one like Doc Holliday’s chick keeping her eye on his gambling chips. Yeah, it’s nice like the first day of winter snow before it turns all muddy and gray like life does when things linger for too long. Hell, I don’t know. I’m just going to drink it and feel alive.

To feel alive...

Jan 27, 2021
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Nov 28, 2020
4.13 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 02, 2020
3.99 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 12, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

2017 bottle. Pours black with quickly dissipating head. The nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla, not much bourbon. Taste - vanilla, cinnamon, some bourbon, chocolate, bread, pumpkin, cherries, a bit of almonds, and a touch of burnt wood. This one is quite thick and creamy on the mouthfeel. A lovely beer if you are into pumpkin flavors.

Aug 29, 2020
4.65 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Jul 11, 2020
4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on May 13, 2020
4.27 by impending from California on Feb 17, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Received from @2beerdogs in NBS BIF 10 – Thanks Derek! Reviewed 12/15/19.
No date other than “Release 2019”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. It should have been stored, according to the bottle, at or below 40 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light amber, slight haze.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to direct light, translucent at the top.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, high density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and a thin cap.
Lacing – None – as expected at 11.8% ABV.
Aroma – 4 - Typical pumpkin pie spices are present, but nutmeg blended with bourbon is predominant.
Flavor – 4.5 – The flavor doesn’t actually begin at the beginning – to my taste it’s first noticeable on the post-swallow aftertaste. Then it’s blended spices, with ginger and cinnamon being muted and nutmeg and clove being distinct. Allowing a mouthful to warm closer to body temperature, it’s prickly carbonation and spicy bourbon. No alcohol (11.8 % ABV as stated on label) flavor or aroma, although a distinct transitory gastric warming occurs. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide, no malt, no hops.
Palate – 4 - Full, creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.5. Appearance is unremarkable – basically looks like any other pumpkin beer, or at least any pumpkin stout. The aroma is an above-average blend of bold pumpkin pie spices and anxiously awaited bourbon. Flavor is balanced-spice-dominated with the anticipated bourbon slinking about the background, like the xenomorph grabbing Dallas in the ventilation shaft. Palate is pleasing.

Dec 15, 2019
4.46 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2019
4.35 by BarrelAgedG from California on Oct 12, 2019
4.35 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Oct 12, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Dark brown appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is prominent cinnamon and pumpkin. Taste is also a cinnamon and pumpkin that is a little harsh. More aging may help.

Oct 11, 2019
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by emyers from Illinois

500 mL bottle poured into a teku glass.

Dense murky reddish brown with a half inch off-white head.

Nose: Strong dose of pumpkin pie spice along with an odd sweet floral/spice component that I can’t quite place, clove maybe? Graham cracker comes through a bit as it warms. Not getting much of the barrel.

Taste: Cinnamon and nutmeg up front. Much stronger bourbon presence. A touch of heat on the finish. Good flavor profile but I don’t necessarily get pumpkin per se versus just a collection of spices.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Sep 29, 2019
4.52 by Taycro from Massachusetts on Sep 22, 2019
4.37 by Hop_God from California on Feb 01, 2019
4.5 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 28, 2018
4.29 by BAsbill from California on Dec 27, 2018
4.27 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Nov 01, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Pours a dark brown, a little murky, and capped by a thin and creamy lookong tan head.

Smells like a cinnamon spiced Almond Joy.

Chai tea latte, vanilla, and Almond Joy candy bars once again make up the flavors.

Thinner than expected, but smooth and silky, and this hides the elevated alcohol well while still providing a nice warming.

Well, best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Hard to really call it a pumpkin ale though, so there is that. Cheers.

Nov 01, 2018
4.42 by vfgccp from New York on Oct 20, 2018
4.36 by BrutisDestructus from Indiana on Oct 05, 2018
4.5 by maltznhopz from Nevada on Oct 05, 2018
4.25 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Oct 01, 2018
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 21, 2018
4.06 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 15, 2018
4.25 by rspauldi from Texas on Apr 16, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a slightly dark-ish brown, with a small white head, and not much lacing.

This is a big but not overwhelming spice blast to the nose- with mainly cinnamon and ginger, but also silky bourbon, huge oak tones, and a hint of vanilla.

I don't really get much actual pumpkin flavor, but pumpkin flavor is so hard to express in beer. I do get the full spice cabinet. They're all there- I don't need to list them. Cinnamon and ginger express the most loudly. The barrel character is great, and helps round out the possibly too spicy edges. There's creamy vanilla and bourbon that doesn't add any booziness, along with a nice toasty oak character. There's also some caramel and breadiness on the back end.

This is medium bodied, creamy and surprisingly full bodied and rich, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

This is a really great attempt at a style that is mostly dead and boring to me at this point.

Feb 20, 2018
3.88 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jan 28, 2018
4.5 by oline73 from Maryland on Jan 13, 2018
4.35 by mbw314 from California on Jan 13, 2018
3.84 by addicted2thebarrel from California on Jan 04, 2018
4.5 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Dec 18, 2017
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4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2017 vintage
500ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, one-finger creamy off-white head has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- aroma opens with notes of fresh pumpkin roll with vanilla cream, stewed cinnamon apples, toasted walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Undertones of oaky bourbon adds more vanilla notes as well as caramel. As it closes, the nutty pumpkin roll keeps popping up. Undoubtedly unique to any other pumpkin beers

T- flavor opens with a hit of cinnamon and nutmeg, quickly followed by notes of graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie and vanilla whipping cream. Mid-Palate brings out notes of baked cinnamon apples and oaky bourbon barrel, along with undertones of vanilla cream and caramel. The finish brings out more spice notes of clove, ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg and lingers of cinnamon apples and graham cracker pie crust

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that leads to a mellow finish, abs hidden well

O- outstanding pumpkin ale, perfect amount of bourbon barrel and it gives off a pumpkin roll w/walnut vibe that I've never tasted in a pumpkin beer

Dec 09, 2017
4.33 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Dec 02, 2017
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Nov 08, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Caramel brown with varying degrees of clarity, less so the further down the bottle you get, becoming an opaque prune juice topped by a thick, lumpy tan foam.

Aroma is really intense of rich pumpkin pie with vanilla cream, cinnamon brown sugared crust and decadent caramel.

With the spice combination, taste comes close to spiced rum with pumpkin and vanilla bourbon that has a hot kick with a touch of black pepper, but the spices are softly present and enjoyable, finishing crisply semi-dry.

I actually had The Spice Must Flow a week or so before I had this original version, and I thought there'd be no way PIYW could come close to the level of enjoyment I had with TSMF. However, this was surprisingly decadent and still drinkable, really simulating pumpkin pie in strong ale form with aplomb!

Nov 06, 2017
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 152 ratings