Pumpkin Spice Ale
Great Adirondack Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #135
Ranked #52,192
3.92 | pDev: 3.06%
Great Adirondack Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler share.
Both pours were in becher pint glasses.
The appearance was a semi-murky dark orange to light brown color. Mild transparency. Just a film of a small white head which fell off decently. Not much lace.
The aroma had a blend of pumpkin fleshy/squash-like character then brought in a nice dose of cinnamon and allspice. Mild clove/ginger in the back.
The flavor leaned slightly sweet in the beginning then developed a nice blend of sweet to spicy pumpkin and it's normal accompaniment of spices. Mild aftertaste of pumpkin pie and cinnamon.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed just a touch under with a fair sessionability. Spices are non-distracting thus creating a fine blend. Carbonation and ABV felt good. Nice finish of pumpkin fleshy malts and a touch of cinnamon.
Overall, very nicely done pumpkin ale I'd have again.

Oct 07, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

still a little early for these, but this is a good one. its lighter than most, with a less heavy grain profile and a more delicate mouthfeel, its just right for the start of the fall season, not the thick and cold of it. the color is a rusty wheat beer look, with a thin white head and a nose of pumpkin pie. more spice than squash (I am ready to stop saying that already!), but not overwhelming. I taste a little honey or maple sweetness which really works with the savory cinnamon and clove notes here. minimal malt presence lets the seasonal flavors come through. I like the lightness of this, and the carbonation is lively too. it drinks easy, but I am left hoping for more actual pumpkin flavor. everyone seems to want to over spice these, and this falls into that category, although this is a far cry from being offensive, its actually quite good.

Sep 19, 2013
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BeerPhan86 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Touted by locals as the best seasonal offered by Great Adirondack, I had to give this one a try. Not too happy that their growler price has been jacked up to $16, it seems like every time I go in that place the growler fill is more expensive than before. However being a lover of pumpkin beers I caved and got some.

A - Pours a nice transparent caramel brown with a big two finger light brownish tan head. Great retention on the head with moderately sticky lacing. Definitely a darker pour than I was expecting.

S - Nutmeg and cinnamon right up front with hints of brown sugar and allspice. A little bit of pumpkin squashiness is present, but not much. Slightly musky.

T - Spices and toasted malt for the most part, with a slightly sweet brown sugar finish. The spice flavor is well balanced but overall the beer is lacking that fresh squashy flavor I seek when I try new beers in this style. As it lingers in my mouth and I get some air in, I am definitely picking up on more of the squashy flavor I want, just not enough in the initial taste. Dry, spicy finish.

M - Well carbonated and smooth. A little bit on the syrupy side though, and sticky on the lips.

O - Overall this is a well balanced pumpkin ale, and fresher than any of the offerings I can find in the stores around here. It is a solid brew and I really enjoyed it. More squash flavor would definitely take this beer to the next level.

Sep 24, 2011
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ryantaussig from New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very striking to look at. It is much darker than I had expected. Brown with a ruby hue to it when held to the light. Good head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks almost like a lightly colored stout.

S: Lots of spice present. Allspice is most noticeable with cloves and cinnamon as well. Pumpkin character is noticeable but not overpowering.

T: Extremely well balanced, but lacking enough pumpkin flavor. Spices and toasted malts are present and forward. Pumpkin is there, but isn't the start player on the palate.

M: Needs a bit more body and creaminess.

O: The excellent balance means I could drink it all night, but it doesn't have enough pumpkin flavor to stick around.

Dec 05, 2010
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drewd0g from New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from the brewpub on 12/4/10. Thanks to ryantaussig for sharing this one.

the color is darker than i expected. its a pretty dark brown color almost like a stout. the smell is pretty spicy...nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice....the usual pumpkin stuff...taste is good nice balance of pumpkin and spice not to sweet and not to bitter, fits pretty well in the middle, almost like punk'n but a little more bitter. drinkability is decent, leaves a little bit to be desired. All in all a good pumpkin beer, happy to find one this late in the season.

Dec 05, 2010
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mentor from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Judging left-over given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts at 2008 GABF. Pours a thin layer of light tan head over a clear caramel-brown liquid. Smells pumpkin poupouri. Nutmeg, allspice, woody. Fresh spices. Very enticing. Sharp zingy cinamon.

Tastes nice malt sweet with chocolate borders to balance out the spice. Nutmeg, allspice, and cinamon all clear and fresh. Cinamon blends well with the alcohol. Drying finish from spice and alcohol. Md-thin body and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Apr 02, 2009
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aerozeppl from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this a long time ago. From notes. Thanks to dmeadows for sharing.

A: Super deep ruby color with minimal white head. Some lacing.

S: Nutmeg and spices up front with a touch of apples and spice.

T: Super sweet. Spices are there but are really well balanced in and are never overwhelming.

M: Medium body. A little bit on the syrupy side.

D: Very nice. The spices do cut it down a bit but this was a very enjoyable beer.

Mar 18, 2009
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Crosling from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice aroma for a pumpkin, with vibrant notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a very nice manner. Very nicely balanced, with delicate, yet vibrant notes of pumpkin and cinnamon. Very nice beer all around. Nice body. Good appearance. Nice balance. Top Notch all the way.

Nov 30, 2008
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell elements of allspice and cinnamon as well as a touch of rindy pumpkin flesh.

The taste consisted of pumpkin pie spices, light sweet malts and a touch of pumpkin flesh.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and fresh pumpkin ale.

Sep 24, 2008
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