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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #4
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,101
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 8.28%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
143
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  51
Gots
  53
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Ale brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 143 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of MFMB
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So like many I am not the biggest pumpkin beer fan in the world but I'll try anything. This one was a true treat! Pours a thin Black to deep deep brown with a darker tan foam head. Nose is of thanksgiving morning in grandmas kitchen watching her make pumpkin and pecan pie. If you know what that is like then you know exactly what the nose of this one is like. Taste is full of sweet candied bourbon, caramel, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cloves, rum soak raisins, light oak and smooth vanilla. Light to semi medium body with a slight oiliness to it. This is a great desert beer. Wish I had one for thanksgiving night. Take from someone who isn't a pumpkin beer junkie, it's good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to mark. what a marvelous pumpkin brew. evokes thoughts of the love child of rumpkin and pumpkyn. srs stuff here. Bourbon cuts beautifully.

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Photo of mothman
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper gold. Tan head.

A great amount of spice, pumpkin, and bourbon. This is amazing. The bourbon and oak with vanilla is amazing. The spice isn't overpowering. A great pumpkin beer with cinnamon and spice.

Warming and smooth. Full bodied for a pumpkin. Awesome stuff. Well done. One of the best pumkin beers out there.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bottle Logic tasting room on 09/29/16.

Pumpkin, Autumn spices, maple and bourbon aromas. The taste follows with pumpkin, spices, maple and marshmallow.

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Photo of kborning
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(2016) The smell is amazingly like pumpkin pie. It looks and feels thin however. Taste is pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It is still HOT. Will get better with age.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the brewery. 6oz pour into a Snifter.

Pours almost like a Quad, with a very beautiful ruby when light is added. Very minimal head, that leaves just a ring.

Smells pretty damn good, actually. Smells of slight bourbon, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and bread. A pumpkin beer that actually smells of real pumpkin and invites me in.

Taste like a pumpkin pie surprise. Probably the only pumpkin beer I've had, that actually taste like real pumpkin. The flavors are very well executed here. Taste of a slight bourbon, a tad bit of booze, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and bread. Extremely delicious. I tend to stay away from flavored beers, as they are done poorly. Not the case here. Amazing

Mouth is where the Alcohol comes through. Still taste like pumpkin ice cream, but I was looking for something more. Outstanding beer!!

I would definetly buy this beer every season if it was on the shelf. One of the only pumpkin flavored beers that actually taste like it's supposed to.
Well done! I prefer this 2nd to FO

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'd put this with BA Pumking as one of the better barrel aged pumpkin beers I've had. I'd still go for Good Gourd or Warlock over it, but this is still a very solid pumpkin brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle. Amber body. Big pumpkin spice aroma. Vanilla. Bourbon. Tastes of sharp pumpkin spices. Caramel malt. Cinnamon and bourbon lingers in the finish. Medium body. Not as boozy as I expected. Decent, but not that exciting.

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Photo of riotontheroad
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious, but very rich. The best rendition of gingerbread I have tasted to date. Crudely put, it tastes like the gingerbread man himself stuck his dick in the bottle.

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Photo of barrelman87
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Great color, and the aroma is suggestive of a crisp fall day, with a pie baking in the oven. Notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, with a slight sweetness on the palate, but also with a backbone of bourbon.

The only slight negative I can say is that I would hope for a small amount more body in the future. Fantastic flavors and aromas, and the mouthfeel was great, but not perfection.

Truly recommended if you can track down a bottle.

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Photo of woowoot
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a bottle share and I was blown away by what BL has done. This is thanksgiving in a liquid, high alcohol concentrated form of love. There is a scene in the Pixar movie, 'Ratatouille' which can relate to my experience that I had with this drink. I am not even a big pumpkin fan. Had the Dogfishhead pumpkin ale for comparison and the rich tastes are pronounced in PIYW. Granted they are different styles of beer but using that as a reference point. Came out with a dark brown amber color. The mouth and feel is cakey and doughy with pumpkin on the fore front, vanilla and molasses to follow it up. Very delicious

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Photo of boneyardstevensons
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

All the things you could ask for in a BA pumpkin beer, flavors are integrated well without any one thing overriding the others. Didn't find the boozy factor to be overpowering, bourbon barrel is definitely present and compliments the the numerous pumpkin pie and various spice flavors. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Superneal
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've never been fan of pumpkin ales... until this one. Of course, it is a bourbon ale, so there is that. It is an excellent beer with a good amount of bourbon complementing the pumpkin pie spice and subtle hints of vanilla, cinnamon and clove. This is a MUST TRY beer!

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Photo of bjmartin14
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was skeptical at first because in my mind, it was just another pumpkin ale. However, I was wrong. PIYW poured a dark, murky brown color with a small layer of khaki colored foam; there was nice lacing on the glass the left sticky legs along my snifter. The aroma put a smile on my face; cinnamon spice, nutmeg, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and caramel- all aromas that are reminiscent of Pumpkin Pie. The flavor profile matched identically with the nose, but the thing that I was most impressed with, was that the flavors were so perfectly balanced. It wasn't overly sweet, nor bitter, and the spice profile worked as a cohesive unit; very beautiful. The mouthfeel was nice and thick, with a creamy finish that coated your palate and left its mark for about a minute after each sip. This beer is the best pumpkin ale out there (yes I've had most of the big ones out there), and is amazing regardless of it being a holiday/seasonal ale. Seek this one out if you can, bottle logic knocked this one out of the park. A+ World Class

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Photo of carrionricardo
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at bottle logic. Very good beer. Smell is what you would hope to expect from a brew advertising pumpkin bourbon on the label. Nice pumpkin pie spice aromas like thanksgiving day. lots of cinnamon,vanilla,clove. Just very comforting aromas. Bourbon does come through as well just enough to complement the spices. Taste was WOW. Very decadent pumpkin sweetness. Lots of those same spice flavors that were in the aroma. Bourbon comes in slightly with that wonderful vanilla flavor. Definetly a dessert beer. Would pair amazing with a sweet potato pie or some pecan praline ice cream or both!!!! Definetly worth a try!!

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Photo of DesignatedKevin
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is automatically my most favorite pumpkin beer of all time. I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers but the bourbon barrel aged on this is phenomenal

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Photo of saliro5
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing nose with nice spice flavors and just a tad of pumpkin. Nice barrel notes and perfectly sweetened. This beer hides the abv extremely well. Best Pumpkin beer I've had and a great BA beer over all.

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Photo of MattF
2.98/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the on-site bottle release at Bottle Logic on 10/13/15.

Pours a dark and hazy copper with moderate carbonation and little head retention. Nose is cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg with a big hit of young bourbon.

Taste is dominated by bourbon and clove, an unfortunately palate-numbing (literally) combination. Very thin mouthfeel, a beer that overall feels like it's lacking in body. As it warmed up some of the other spices became slightly apparent, but overall it was very difficult to get over the overwhelming amount of clove, an unfortunate issue that their other beer ("Pumpkin π") also had.

I wasn't able to detect any ginger, and to be expected from basically any pumpkin beer, there's no real evidence there was ever pumpkins involved in this project.

Looking forward to cellaring this and hoping the spices and bourbon find a better balance for Halloween 2016.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 143 ratings