Funky Pumpkin
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #134
Ranked #28,835
3.77 | pDev: 12.47%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Funky PumpkinFunky Pumpkin
Notes: Our entry in the very popular pumpkin ale market is an eccentric one, with pumpkin flavor scarcely present, upstaged by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. A pleasant tartness prevails, with barrel aging providing a mellow roundness, and Brettanomyces putting the "unk" in Funky.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 12/15/16"; drank 9/20/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy white head; almost no lace.

Pumpkin pie, mild cinnamon & faint tart lemon notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Pumpkin pie & mild cinnamon flavors up front; mildly tart lemon notes on the finish.

Mild with enjoyable tartness; this is an interesting take on the pumpkin beer style. Above average.

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Photo of dcotom
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a straight-sided stemmed glass. This was a gusher, with quite a bit of foam spewing out upon popping the cap. Crystal clear amber color, with an evanescent thin white head of foam. Big aromas and flavors of tart apple, brett funk, and pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), with light crackery malts in the background. Light in body, lots of carbonation. The flavors seem to balance well at cellar temperature, As the beer warms toward room temperature, some oaky astringence begins to assert itself on the finish. Interesting and unique, and another fine offering from Boulevard.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/16/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, green apple, pumpkin, melon, white grape, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, and bread; with light hay, leather, vinegar, funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, pumpkin/spices, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, green apple, pumpkin, melon, white grape, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, wheat, cracker, and bread; with light hay, leather, vinegar, funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, pumpkin, melon, white grape, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, and and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, pumpkin/spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tartness/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp/acidic, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is a nice spiced Brett wild ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, pumpkin/spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the lighter acidity. Not as sour as I expected, but still has nice Brett complexity; with balanced spice and malt flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled on New Year's Eve poured in a goblet.

the color is medium golden amber with very good clarity and thick pale head which compresses to a small ring of beads. The smell is mostly ginger in the spice range up front with mild lactic scent with a subtle amount of sour aroma and nutmeg earthiness. The feel is great, very nice mix of spice which is not overdone and sourness which is mild in the grand scheme of sour -mild funk with medium high carbonation and semi dry finish.

The flavor is refreshing almost like kombucha that has been spiced with ginger at first with subtle yeast elements coming through more in the middle with a mild hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps allspice which is very pleasant and works with the tang lactic quality in the taste well. I am a fan of ginger so I guess I pick up on that more in the flavor but overall this works ... I was skeptical not having many spiced sour beers in the past but I would certainly recommend this for fans of the spice/pumpkin ale as it is a twist on the style adding some sour flavor worth trying for sure.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, bubbly, golden coloring with an uneven, sparse, white head. Lots of carbonation throughout. Aromas of subtle pumpkin spice, white grape and lemon sour and acidity, and some sugary sweet highlights. Flavors are sugary sweet and wine-like sour, with notes of white grape must and lemon juice providing both sweet and sour notes, highlighted with pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and subtle funky notes. Smooth and mid-bodied, kept light by the carbonation. The aftertaste is more fruity sweet and sour, with a crisp, clean finish. Interesting beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-spiced sour ale. in duvel glass.

A: Very pale orange, lightly hazy, with a soft, rise of carbonation. Pumpkin stem colored head is milky and frothy, slight in size and shortly lasting. Small speckled lacing.

S: Big wiff of freshly cut pumpkin, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet toasted sugar pumpkin, and green melon fruitiness. Average strength.

T: Flavor was pumpkin puree, fresh, with some fresh seeds, and spices of nutmeg, clvoes and raisiny malt character. Cereal grains, some yeastiness of white grapes and melon, but is rather light on the sourness factor. Fresh floral hops, some citrus and sweet honey wort. Big spiciness of wet pine, cloves, citrus and lemon on the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, very slick, slippery texture, low gentle carbonation factor.

O: Nice balance of flavor and drink-ability, won't wow, but won't disappoint. Was expecting a bit more sour factor to tell you the truth, pumpkin factor was decent, but a bit light hearted from what i have come to expect from this brewery.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours mostly clear golden amber with a frothy white foam head. Smells floral, sweet, spicy, funky, sour, with some ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, mild pumpkin, bready grain, oak, earthy smoky barnyard hay, acidic lemony citrus, and minty grassy pine. Tastes like sour acidic lemony citrus, mildly smoky earthy barnyard funky hay, floral autumn spices, ginger, mild pumpkin, oak, bready grains, with minty grassy pine. Feels light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice pumpkin spiced sour ale.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: clear deep gold to orange
S: faint clove and nutmeg
T: pumpkin is faint with a light clove followed by a moderate sour taste that reminds me of greek yogurt.
M: Medium mouth feel and average carbonation.
O: Not what I want in a pumpkin beer tried it because its the hometown favorite. Not bad just wouldn't get again.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a 20 oz mug. The appearance is a clear, orange-brown color with a small white head. The taste is very sour with cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar. An average beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.39/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium fizzy creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is perfumey pumpkin spice and some vegetal earthiness.

The flavor is tart sour fruits with some earthy pumpkin spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery.

Overall, not that great.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque burnt orange with almost two fingers of off-white head. Very frothy head, with strong retention. Lacing is good. Nothing funky yet. The aroma is where things start to get... strange, but maybe you're okay with that. The aroma is swimming with funky, lactic sour easters, and on the regular side of the house, pumpkin and biscuit malts. Flavor profile is funky, which is to say, lactic sour. The type that makes you pucker a little with each sip. Flavor notes include pumpkin, biscuit malts, lemon, and lactic sour. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with good drinkability. Overall, this beer has quite a bit going on, and as such is extremely polarizing, even more so then other sours, or even some IPAs. It does its job of delivering pumpkin notes, with a unique spin on the fall flavor tradition.

Served in a 12oz Boulevard Pint Glass at Boulevard Brewery.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale orange-pinkish body, fine off-white head. Nose is heavy with spice, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a bit of sharp funk beneath. Flavor balances this tangy, semi-acidic funk flavor equally with the spice. It's quite impressive: I wouldn't think either flavor would make a good base for a beer, yet, being the only two flavors, somehow combine to make both the base and the nuance. Body is nice and fluid, mild sharp carbonation, light-medium weight; highly drinkable.
What a fun experiment. I don't think I could down many, but this was a successful boundaries-pushing style-breaking feat of brewing prowess.

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Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish golden color. There was a bit of a white head. Minimal lacing. The nose is good. Pretty good amount of pumpkin pie spices. Even though it isn't over done, it still overpowers any hont of the brett. The taste is just the opposite. Definitely a bit of funkiness to it, with the pumpkin pie spices in the background. Tart and a little earthy. I'd rather have this than many of the other pumpkin beers out there!

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Photo of Celtics76
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very well made beer, but I have a hard time with most sour beers. Felt it was important to put that disclaimer in. If you like pumpkin ales and sours, chances are you'll love it. It has a nice aroma, just not a fan of the sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew, from a twelve ounce bottle, is hazy gold in color, with a clean white head. The aroma is airy...simple and straightforward....light spice, a bit of grain, and a little tartness. The taste has spice, but a bit more grain, light tartness, and pumpkin spice. Light in body and well done. Unique and different.

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Photo of erk0607
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Like fall, with an orange-golden color reminiscent of leaves. Large foamy bubbles that give way to lacing around the edge. Crystal clear.
Smell: Really good surprisingly. Fresh slightly sour apples, straw on a chilly fall morning walking through the farmers market, pear, and fall spices
Taste: First thing that hits you is the sour, then you get the sour from the apple, kind of like a zesty cider. But then you also get the malt backbone and then the funk from the yeast.
Feel: Kind of watery, nothing all that special, but the beer does bubble up on the tongue. Carbonation plus sour is strong.
Overall: I like it! Reminds me of a sour apple juice that has some beer grains in it.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think I expected a more "pumkin-y" taste. However, it was definitely enjoyable to drink, and easy! I had downed the whole six pack before the end of the day. This sour poured into a pint glass a nice glowing amber with a foamy head that had good retention. Very little lacing down the glass and a nice bouquet of cinnamon and nutmeg. The sour came in the aftertaste, tart and surprising. Even though the label says "sour," you drink and you wonder "Where is the funk?" Then it hits you right at the end. The feel almost reminds me of a cider because it is dry. Will be enjoying this one all fall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In true halloween fashion, the Boulevard brewers offer an unexpected twist and turn at every step across the palate when developing pumpkin ale full of excitement and surprise.

Funky Pumpkin pours an orange-tinted light honey amber and with a mid-statured eggshell froth that laces softly against the glass. Spicy, starchy and sweet to the nose, a classic pumpkin pie culmination teases the senses but then there's a tinge of mysterious cider that lurks in the background. Caramel, simple sweetness and a nutty, toasty grain flavor frame the malty upstart, at least to start.

But the malt influence is short lived as the spiciness of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove create a bold autumn-filled flavor. Yet as soon as the malt sweetness is expected to reach a crescendo, the bottom falls out and the beer falls into a sour obscurity instead. Apple, white grape, lemon and lime frame a late palate with a crisp, refreshing and confusing collection of tastes with complexity, charm and curiosity.

Medium-light on the palate, the ale's acidity promotes a light vinegar and cider taste and texture which promotes a drying sensation from an expected sweet and spicy influence. Trailing pie spices float above the sourness and fleeting sweetness to close the session with a quick finish of pumpkin pie, earthen soil and leather, and dry apple cider.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very lactic, with nutmeg and ginger dominance, and a touch of cinnamon.

Flavor is fairly sour, with a strong cinnamon backbone, bready malt, and allspice finish. Allspice is a bit overdone.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Another bottle! My backlog is not wholly of my own doing, although it is my undoing.

From the bottle: "Spiced Sour Ale".

How intriguing! My esteemed fellow reviewer, NeroFiddled, really put it well in his review & I have no aspirations to outdo him.

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a rather heavy-handed pour for no other reason than anxiousness. This produced two-plus fingers of foamy, tawny head that quickly dissipated. What?!? It isn't THAT hot & humid in here today! Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon to get off of my couch in the living room, where they were watching daytime teevee, and rush into the kitchen for a taste. Nose held the usual suspects of spices, but where was the sour? Generally, I can sense Brett pretty quickly. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, just better than watery. The taste began with the cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice spiciness that is so familiar by now and continued with a light sweetness, leading me to wonder if I had been misled. The finish put the lie to that notion! It was less sour than tart, but boy, did I feel it in the hinges of my jaw! How to go from semi-sweet to utterly dry in the blink of an eye! Phew. Wow! I have to admit, this was very different.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

A presumed 'best by' date of 16DEC2016.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden body, quite clear, with a medium-small, near white head.

Smell: Moderately spicy, lightly funky aroma with a thin, sweetish coating of toffee and a little pumpkin pie filling.

Taste: A bright tartness yielding to a light breadiness, a blend of autumnal spicing (predominately ginger and nutmeg) and the underlying albeit restrained pumpkin. Subtle brett character. Modest sweetness. A drying, slick, slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I'm enjoying the refreshing twist on the somewhat stale, cookie-cutter-ish style.

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Photo of cwalter
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer is medium orange in color, has a fluffy white head that dissapates quickly. A lot of carbonation. The aroma is nutmeg, clove, pumpkin pie spice and grahm cracker. In the taste you get hints of the nutmeg, clove and pumpkin pie with a predominating lactic acid sourness. Towards the back end the acidic quality does mellow out to leave you with a sweetness reminiscent of cinnamon grahm crackers. Very good, however I wish there was a better mix between the flavors you get in the aroma and the lactic acid; the lactic acid seems to subdue the spices quite a bit.

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Photo of bbtkd
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am willing to try any pumpkin beer on my quest for the best rendition, as I am a huge fan of pumpkin anything. This beer does clearly state on the label that it is sour, so I really should have realized. I was willing to give it a try as Boulevard makes some excellent beers, but in my book a vinegar-tasting beer is not one of them. I have had tart fruit beers such as lambics, where the sourness is more natural to the fruit - and liked those. Unless you like vinegar beers, best advised to steer clear of this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Funky Pumpkin"
on tap @ Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, Austin, TX

I consider myself lucky to have found this on tap, or even to have found it at all, as it's now without question my favorite pumpkin beer. Whatever I've said in the past, put it aside, this is the one!

But is it a pumpkin beer? Boulevard states that the "pumpkin flavor (is) scarcely present", but when is it ever? It's not pumpkin we're tasting, it's the pumpkin pie spices, and they remain present here just like in any other "pumpkin beer", including "cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger".

What makes it work so well comes down to two things: the spicing is neither over nor under done, and the moderate Brettanomyces notes give it real character and an interesting tang. It's funky, but not too funky, and just spicy enough that it all works together really well. I'm actually a little surprised that a Belgian brewery hadn't already done something like this, but it's only here in America that we're obsessed with pumpkin pie spices!

Here are my initial notes: Clear, orange-gold body. Short white head. AVG retention/lacing. Aroma of apple cider funk, mild spice... mainly cinnamon. Flavor follows with sharp tartness followed by sweet malt. Quick and refreshing, it doesn't linger forever with built up spice. Mildly bitter. Light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Deep golden colr with ~1 finger light beige head.
S: Cinnamon and burnt wood.
T: Pumpkin spice up front, finishes tart. Not the most sour beer, but gave my jaw a nice twitch.
F: Tastes/feels more carbonated than it appears.
O: First sour pumpkin beer, a combo of my two favorite styles! A little more spiced than I usually like, but pretty well done overall.

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Funky Pumpkin from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 350 ratings