Pumpkin Ale
Steamworks Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #196
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,606
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 15.73%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
33
From:
Steamworks Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  5
SCORE
84
Good
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little bit aged on my part.... Pours a slightly hazy dark amber orange colour with one finger off white head. Aroma is spice forward - nutmeg, cinnamon, bit of pumpkin pie essence. Taste is sweet smooth caramel malt, nutmeg, clove, and some character of pumpkin pie. No hop bitterness but as noted above this beer is not fresh - that said not bad for a style I would not have often. Finish is sweet with medium mouthfeel leaning to thin side. Good - not great.

Oct 09, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, brown'ish amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg with a hint of pumpkin, maybe? Taste follows the nose, being more dominated by malt and spice than pumpkin. Seriously, I'm getting very little pumpkin from this. Instead there is a bready, caramel malt flavor with lots of brown sugar and spice: nutmeg, ginger and a little cinnamon. Very light bitterness in the aftertaste. This is such a typical Steamworks beer. They take a really interesting, exotic flavor and then subdue it in a very light, easily drinkable format. I still like this one because there's a really nice balance of sugar and spice going on there, but as a Pumpkin Ale, I wish it had a little more pumpkin bite. Then again, this is my first Pumpkin Ale, so what do I know.

Dec 30, 2017
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steamworks Brewpub 'Pumpkin Ale' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pours a dark burnt orange with a nice size off white head that leaves some small lace along the pint
S-good combination of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon , ginger , nutmeg , cloves)
T-it's got that sweet twang , but the bottle is lacking something from the *cask* version
MF-good carbonation , medium body , pleasant enough
Ov-still a good Pumpkin Ale in a bottle ,
prost LampertLand

Oct 31, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - more steampunk imagery from this Van City brewery, this time involving, of course, pumpkins.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of mildly foamy, bubbly, and sort of fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some drowning paramecia lace around the glass as things lazily proceed.

It smells of musky pumpkin pie - the eponymous gourd (lightly roasted), nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a dark bready and doughy caramel malt sweetness. The taste is sharp cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger spice right off the top, with a near equally strong toasted pumpkin guts vegetal thing, some further grainy caramel malt, baked brown sugar, and an indistinct earthy dryness - maybe some pepper dust, maybe some alcohol.

The bubbles are generally quite competent in their demanding supportive duties here, rendering a solid frothiness that engenders a more or less smooth mouthfeel, to go along with a solid middleweight body. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin and its attending spices keeping the party going well past dessert.

A very well-rounded and impressively structured pumpkin ale, as the fleshiness of the pumpkin barely wavers, and the spices stay on for the whole ride. What of the base beer? Oh, it's there, unloved, sure, but doing a bang-up job of maintaining the backbone of it all.

Oct 11, 2015
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Svingjo from Canada (BC)

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the things that surprised me was it's deep red hue. It poured a nice tan head. As expected it has a nice toasted pumpkin nose with all the spices you'd expect of a pumpkin beer, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove etc. Actually think I was drinking it a little cold as the flavours really came out as it warmed up. Another thing that surprised me was it's relative light bodied mouthfeel. And many of you know my love for Steamworks bottle designs and this takes it an extra step by making the bottle Glow-In-The-Dark. Great beer all around

Dec 22, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $5.95 CDN.

Appearance - bronze coloured, crystal clear with a half finger of white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small ring of froth around the edge of the glass.

Smell - pumpkin with some spices, namely cinnamon come to mind. Definitely pumpkin pie, like although the buttery crust is missing. Nose isn't too potent.

Taste - pumpkin dominates with an early fullness contrasted with a mild bitterness. Spices abound but have a fine subtle ness to them. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the stars of the spices.

Mouthfeel - smooth a touch syrupy, but the carbonation cuts through to make it enjoyable. Heavier than average finish.

Overall - well crafted pumpkin ale, certainly worth a try. My only knock is that while enjoyable there wasn't nothing that really stood out from the pack ut really solid all around.

Nov 13, 2014
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle from the LCBO. Poured into a tulip glass, a clear caramel orange colour, fairly slight on the film and lacing.

S - aroma has a fresh pumpkin pie note, ginger, fresh roasty pumpkin notes, with a biscuity character, gentle hop spice, mostly complimenting the cinnamon and nutmeg notes, altogether a nice pumpkin pie aroma.

T - similar onto the taste but a bit less vibrant, at least initially, start is mostly malty, some caramel and cereally, before more of the dry spices come in and some of the pumpkin notes start to get picked up, it has a dry pumpkin pie character, with a subdued baking character, that is generally earthy and dry spicy. This has some nice flavour but it doesn't really jump out at you and mostly stays on the back end. Taste is pretty well balanced but I wouldn't say its overly complex, an interesting melange of the spice and fresh biscuity notes leads to an interesting profile though.

M - this was fine, a moderate body, maybe a bit more pronounced with the strength and the spicing. Gets dry and slightly astringent to the finish. Carbonation is moderate.

A good but somewhat underwhelming pumpkin ale. Maybe my expectations were set high on this but it didn't display anything too exemplary but it was a really nice balance of a few key ingredients. It is a decent pumpkin ale, with some of the pumpkin retained behind the spices, which are dominant but at least not overwhelming, and combine with a nice toasty malt base to provide an overall warming fall ale. Quite drinkable and that is another plus, a nice earthy pumpkin ale with some nice pie spiciness.

Nov 06, 2014
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearance: sparkling, clear copper body, like irn bru soda; doesn't produce much of a head, sizzles away rapidly
Aroma: big pumpkin spice aromas leap out - cinnamon in particular,nutmeg and clove; hints at sweet malts and actual pumpkin; this is a big, highly spiced pie
Taste & Mouthfeel: flavour is matching what was teased in the aroma - authentic pumpkin pie spice taste, and sweet, but not as much as expected, it's actually quite a dry finish with a light punch of hop bitterness cutting through but not imparting real flavour so the focus remains on what's desired for the style; medium body, crisp, and easy drinking
Overall: one of the better pumpkin beers I've had, flavours are just right , definitely worth a try

Nov 06, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO, bottled Aug 25 2014. Seeing this one locally was quite a shock, as it is probably the first bomber of BC beer I've ever bought in Sarnia. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent orange-amber colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy off-white that recedes steadily over the next few minutes. A wispy film and thin collar are the only remnants. The aroma is subdued, but enticing nevertheless - grainy malts, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove come through nicely, with some gourdy pumpkin notes.

The flavour is similarly subtle, but balanced beautifully and I've got to give it credit for that. More grainy sweetness and caramel provide much of the initial flavour, with pumpkin puree and pastry crust notes following up. The finish is where the spices shine, with a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg complemented by lesser hints of clove and ginger - not overpowering, which I personally am thankful for. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel attributable to the moderate levels of carbonation; a nice accent to the cinnamon and ginger. This is very drinkable for the style, with no particular aspect of the flavour overshadowing any other, and the alcohol remaining undetectable.

Final Grade: 4.06, a superb A-. Steamworks Pumpkin Ale is a fine example of the style, easily avoiding the pitfall of becoming unnecessarily overspiced - my most common gripe with pumpkin beers. This is an approachable, no-nonsense example of the style that has been skilfully crafted in order to appeal to serious pumpkin ale fans, without scaring off people who bought it mostly because of the cool artwork on the label. Well worth a look if you spot it, and have any affectations for this style. This is my third Steamworks beer, and so far they are 3 for 3.

Nov 01, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin, pie crust, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a more earthy take on the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 29, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Said to be brewed with "ghostly steam", Steamworks Pumpkin Ale is indeed topped with a white sheet of head that basically provides the glass with a Halloween costume. Its orange colour, alight with a jack-o-lantern luminosity, contributes to the appearance's seasonal appropriateness.

It's not a stretch to say that many Pumpkin Ales are reminiscent of pumpkin pie. That's typically the idea. But few taste and smell as vividly like it as Steamworks'; this flavour is full of fresh-grated cinnamon stick, nutmeg, ginger root, and whole cloves (as opposed to the stale, dried and powdered kind). And the maltiness has a caramelized brown sugar-like sweetness to it.

Somewhat miraculously, the notion of actual pumpkin is not entirely lost in this ocean of fresh spices and pie crust-like flavours. And it's for the better too; the pumpkin provides an earthy backdrop for all these sweet baking notes. Balancing such assertive and aromatic flavours is paramount to a good pumpkin ale - they deepen the flavour but shouldn't distract from drinkability.

There's actually a number of important facets in crafting a tasty, drinkable Pumpkin Ale, two of the most significant of which are ensuring plenty of pumpkin pie-like spiciness without allowing them to get out of control, and moderating the alcohol since bold flavours combined with high alcohol will be out of balance and discombobulated. This example (6.5%) does both with absolute finesse.

I often approach reviewing pumpkin ales with the enthusiasm of a man going to have a colonoscopy. Describing them is typically redundant and self-evident, and the notes are only of use to drinkers already predisposed to the style. But for what it's worth, I've enjoyed Steamworks Pumpkin Ale to the very last drop and consider it among the best examples out there.

Oct 27, 2014
Pumpkin Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 33 ratings