Pumpkin Head | Fernie Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Brown Ale stems from our infamous First Trax Brown Ale, but is instead brewed with organic pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and numerous spices to create a deliciously smooth and tasty accompaniment to your favourite seasonal dish. Resulting in a brew fit for any beer connoisseur or your average turkey aficionado.

Added by Derek on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 10
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours very nice, with an awesomely creamy looking tan colored head that has excellent retention! The brew itself is dark, semi opaque and has soft carbonation bursting at the top of the liquid in methodical fashion! Good lacing as well, with a rim of frothy foam sticking to the side of the glass! Yummy looking!

S- Natural pumpkin is first and foremost, deep spices, buttered brown sugar sweetness, some almond nuttiness, muted caramel/toffee sweetness....as this warms up pumpkin pie or a pumpkin pudding aroma takes over....super yummy in the nostrils!

T- This has all of the character of a really good pumpkin ale, but I find overall it is a little mild. What I am getting is this....mild, very natural pumpkin flesh, baking spices such as nutmeg, allspice, mild clove, cinnamon etc and there is some heat in this spice for a second here and there...reminds me of fall warmth! There is also flavors of hazelnut/almond nuttiness and a nice dry finish....no real hop bitterness.

M/O- Creamy medium/full body with velvety carbonation and overall a smooth texture....dessert like pumpkin pie filling albeit mild. Highly drinkable and I wouldn't mind having a couple of these over the course of an evening....not bad....not bad....

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3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maclean25
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of headlessparrot
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours darker than many pumpkin beers I've tried this season, perhaps because it uses Fernie's brown ale as a base: it's a dark, almost opaque black, with maybe ruby/brown edges. Capped by a couple fingers of cola-ish head that recedes fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing.

Smell is pumpkin spice--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Brown sugar. Also some caramel/crystal malt. Slight coffee character, maybe even a touch of chocolate.

Taste is much the same: lots of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, clove, etc.,.) combined with a really nice roasty/toasty coffee character. Carbonation is high but not obtrusive, and body isn't bad (a bit light, but very drinkable).

Maybe because it specifically uses one of the brewery's standard beers as a base, this one is really actually pretty nice: decent depth of character, drinkability. And it's a bit different from a typical pumpkin beer. I can dig it.

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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Two fingers of tan head. Quite dark in colour, reddish when held against the light. A bit more brown than the colour of cola.

S: Cloves, cinnamon, ginger… Quite nice.

T: Nutty, with pumpkin spices on the finish. I don’t know if I really pick up pumpkin itself, but the spices are nice. An enjoyable beer.

F: A bit watery.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.51/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber, a simple, yet creepy 'Mr. Pumpkinhead' rendered on the label. Maybe a little late to the pumpkin craze for me, but the weather is looking a lot more early October-ish the past few days, so, um, there. Ironic, this, as I just tossed our two collapsed 'melting' pumpkins away.

This beer pours a murky dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves some low iceberg, and spooky spectral profile lace around the glass as it readily bleeds away.

It smells of gingerbread malt (with the preponderance of pumpkin beers nowadays, this must be valid), sharp nutmeg and metallic cinnamon spice, some further pastry-like sweetness, a soft vegetal pumpkin fleshiness, and a sugary, mild nuttiness. The taste is sweet nutty caramel malt, edgy clove and nutmeg, that further mixed-up savoury character that I usually get with allspice, an ethereal, given the other players, veritable pumpkin essence, and some floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, but just so - the lingering spices and heartwarming veggie character doing well to offset the latent and potent brown ale malt.

A nice enough re-purposing of the fairly enjoyable base beer - I drink plenty of it on my annual guys' ski trip to Panorama. Though the spices may not be all that clear cut, who the hell cares - we've all had lots of cookies and pies with the same lovingly non-micromanaged doling out of the proscribed ingredients, so I'm more apt to just sit back in my chosen manner and savour the memory of another just-passed celebratory season.

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Photo of leaddog
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark nutty brown with a finger width of bubbly, frothy head.

Smell - Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, malts, brown sugar.

Taste - Starts with the pumpkin and pie spices, then followed with nutty flavours (I detect mostly hazelnut). A unique flavour profile. Finishes sweet and nutty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A unique twist to the pumpkin ale style by Fernie Brewing. The combo of pumpkin pie and Fernie's First Trax nut brown makes for a one-of-a-kind taste, perfect for the fall season.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark rootbeer brown, one finger of tan head retained respectably with nice consistent lacing
S - heavy on nutmeg & cinnamon, mild pumpkin, and some nutty maltiness
T - starts with nutty malt and is quickly overtaken by spices, light fresh pumpkin flavour
M - medium body with a spicy tingle, finishes bready
O - definitely enjoyable but nothing outstanding about it, falls into the category of pumpkin ales that rely too heavily on spices, worth a try though

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3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into pint glass 4/10/12

A clear light brown with just a few bubbles and a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves no lace

S allspice, cinnamon, a little pumpkin but its more the spices you associate with the pie and even a little pie crust, very faint cold coffee and nutty hard toffee

T a bit of a spice mess one second and then a nutty brown ale the next, a little perfume and although decent it could be better

M a little thin but has enough bubbles to give it a little life, faint coco shines briefly on the finish before the spices take over

O OK beer but it could be better, just adding spices and pumpkin to a average brown ale has predictable results

I think I'm board of pumpkin beers already and its only the 4th of October, nothing really to set this one apart from the others

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fernie Brewing's Pumpkinhead @ 5.0% , a pumpkin brown ale , from a 650 ml bottle, served cold into a pint glass
A-pours more dark brown than orange with a fine off white head that quickly dissapates to a thin layer lace ring
S-nice smell of pumpkin pie spices , cinnamon , coriander , nutmeg , clove and allspice
T-more brown ale than pumpkin ale , dissapointing
MF-medium body , mild carbonation
Ov-as the base of this beer is Fernies First Trax , I would have called it "a brown pumpkin ale" , and I'd try one again , one

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes... A treat from my brother in Kelowna.

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red colou,r thumb of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Spices dominate with cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice, some earthy pumpkin notes, buttered bread and sweet caramel.

T - Again, the spices dominate with loads of nutmeg and cinnamon, hints of vanilla, and some mild gourd notes and leafy green hops. The nutmeg lingers alongside some sweet caramel.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty pumpkin ale, but a bit heavy on the spicing. The nutmeg is a tad overwhelming, but it was still quite enjoyable. If you're a fan of more spices in your pumpkin ale then you certainly might enjoy this one.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pumpkin Brown Ale uses their "First Trax" as a base. I find the brown ale a bit sweet for me, but it works with the pumpkin.

A: Deep mahogany, with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Good spicy nose, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Some underlying biscuit and brown sugar.

T: Cloves, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar and biscuit, light caramel sweetness, modest bitterness and alcohol.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D/O: A well-rounded brew, good overall, nice drinker.

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Pumpkin Head from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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