Alaskan Pumpkin Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Pumpkin PorterAlaskan Pumpkin Porter
BA SCORE
3.75/5
419 Ratings
Alaskan Pumpkin PorterAlaskan Pumpkin Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
419
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
75
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 419 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of tlema1
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Deep mahogany, tan head, some lacing
S: roasted malts and a bit of pumpkin
T: kinda off, I don't think this one works, the pumpking comes out tasting fake, and it's not balanced
F: medium body, decent mouthfeel
O: not crazy about this one

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Photo of gman1602
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as a pumpkin ale (as a pumpkin porter this is exactly that, and well done; a pumpkin porter). This is from Fall 2014 so it has almost 2 years of aging on it at appropriate temperatures.
Pours dark with a small head, some lacing. Aroma is pumpkin spice with a few roasted malts. Taste is fantastic with pumpkin spice on top of a well done porter. They blend together really well - I like to think the aging shines through here. Mouth feel is pretty much spot on for a pumpkin porter - my preference is heavier mouthfeel but this is not a stout. Overall a really great pumpkin beer that I am glad to have aged. I think that melded the characteristics of it wonderfully. Alaskan knows how to make a myriad of fine beers and this is one of them.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a dark brownish-black, with a small head, and not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like pumpkin, honeyed yams, clove, cinnamon, and chocolate.

I am drinking this massively out of season, in May, but it still tastes alright nonetheless. It's fairly dry for a pumpkin beer, with a well integrated spice character, a nice roastiness, and a dry pumpkin flesh character. There's a little bit of yam and honey too, and cocoa powder.

I wish that this was a bit thicker bodied, though. It's fairly creamy, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is pretty solid stuff, nothing amazing but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of MatthewD4
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briken
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YupikHops
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpuetz
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irishace9
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 03fatboy
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gordavidson
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marieli
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Started at 52 degrees. Typical dark brown pour. Not much head. Smell was like pumpkin spices (surprise, surprise) and something like molasses. Taste is sweet (but not molasses) and a bit pumpkin pie-like. A little lingering bitterness (maybe burnt sugar even) as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, closer to thin (wish it was creamier) but I'm trying to be kind to this beer because I think this ale is trying hard. Not bad overall but with so many beers to choose from I don't see myself ever revisiting this one. If you're into variety and new things, or you really like the taste of Thanksgiving in your beer, go for it without hesitation, especially if you can find a single to experiment with.

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Photo of yeaprolly
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Colt_money
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Color is a very deep red. So deep, it looks like black unless you shine sufficient slight on it. Almost completely opaque. No head. I like the color I see when I hold up to a light. Besides that, nothing special about the appearance.

Smell - 3.8/5
Pumpkin, nutmeg, chocolate, bananas, a bit of roasty/smokiness.

Taste - 3.9/5
Smoky/roasty, plus fruity flavors consisting of cherries, bananas. Nutmeg and some sweet sugaryness (from the brown sugar?). Moderately sweet. Nice flavor, but I don't really taste any pumpkin. More just the fall spices, along with the smokiness and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - 3.6/5
Medium body, light amount of medium to high intensity carbonation. Fairly creamy. Overall a nice feel.

Overall - 3.75/5
I was fairly happy with this beer. I didn't really know what to expect. I just picked up randomly as part of a build-your-own 6-pack. But overall this seems like a decent beer.

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Photo of Goodspeed83
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JGam115
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Russet brown and red tinge, dissipated tan head. Tar, allspice, cinnamon, clove, baked molasses. Yams upfront with cola backend. Not bad

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

Photo of acoldrick
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When I had this particular beer, I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that it differed from the standard pumpkin ale into more of a standard above-average proof sort of lager

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderate, fairly dense mocha-colored head surmounts a deep amber body, which verges on black. A sheet of thin, fine, and unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.The head retention is quite good.

Aroma:The aroma is quite pronounced and consists of dark malt, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cocoa.

Taste: Opens with a surge of dark malt and caramel. Spices and brown sugar soon follow, with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg quite evident. Later in the taste, bitter cocoa appears, enhancing, but not supplanting any of the flavors. The relatively strong ABV (7.00%) is a bit more notable as the beer warms. Finishes with a lingering dark malt note and a lengthy pumpkin pie spice flourish, and a modest hint of bubble gum.

Mouth feel:Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A really superb pumpkin ale, one that I would love to try again. This was an example from 2013, it was cellared cold, and appears absolutely undiminished.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, labelled as "Pilot Series", served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.


In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

12/22/2014

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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 419 ratings
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