Alaskan Pumpkin Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Pumpkin PorterAlaskan Pumpkin Porter
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3.75/5
Very Good
423 Ratings
Alaskan Pumpkin PorterAlaskan Pumpkin Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Bitterbill on 09-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
423
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
77
Trade:
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Ratings: 423 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of rand
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this one sitting in my fridge for a good 2 or 3 years now...got tired of looking at it so here we go.

An oily looking beer with little head or carbonation, this dark brown ale gives off wafts of milky sweet residuals, under a bready, grassy overtone. Smooth and a little chocolaty on the palate, as sweet pumpkin notes roll in mid-sip, but this is more porter than pumpkin. A little vegetal toward the finish, which is quick and a bit flat.

Decent porter - the pumpkin and sugar accent the beers base flavors, but otherwise a drinkable but unremarkable brew. Could've used a bit more carbonation as well.

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Photo of Sellen
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some stringy lace ran here and there.
The aroma started with the roasted malts, dark chocolate nibs, coffee bean roastiness, and some milk chocolate sweetness. And then the pumpkin spices and sweetness came in just for a balance.
The flavor was moderately sweet and then roasty through the blend of the prior mentioned aromatics. Light pumpkin spice entered at the end. Mild roasty to dark chocolate-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Finish was mainly roasty with a light pumpkin sweetness.
Overall, it's more porter than pumpkin ale in my opinion, and well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of TonyLema1
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

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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 423 ratings