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Gruntled Pumpkin | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
rjrockers.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thagr81us on 10-12-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
169
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
28.79%
 
 
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2
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 169
Reviews by RussBecker1:
Photo of RussBecker1
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin beers to tend to be a difficult breed to review due to the polarizing nature of the taste. Some prefer a good deal of pumpkin in there's while others prefer a pumpkin beer to taste more like...well pumpkin. Personally I am more in favor of the other spices taking the stage as the pumpkin flavor sits backstage, which made this beer less enjoyable than it may have been otherwise. To me the pumpkin flavor is what hits the palate first, but the flavoring does not seem right. Something about it seemed processes and fake which was not very desirable on the palate. The second wave of taste however produces a pretty complex spice profile which was enjoyable. A little more vanilla really would have wrapped up the taste and feel. Either way this was a decent pumpkin that I could see others enjoying more than I.

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Photo of oberon
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dull lighter copper color with almost no head to speak of,aromas have some light roast and pumpkin pie spice,it's the best part of the beer.A thin watery feel leaves alot to be desired.Flavors are mainly of pumpkin pie spice and gets a little harsh in the finish.A drain pour for me....not a fan.

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Photo of braugon
2.26/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light, golden amber color.

Small head fizzles out leaving a super thin cap of bubbly white

Taste, you get spice, you get hops, like in a pils almost, then some cripsy carbonation, then more hop bitterness.

Too thin for my preference in this style. I've had lower abv pumpkins that had a fuller body.

Would not get again, the high abv seemed to be the selling point when I inquired. Not sure that warrants a flat-tasting, thin, pumpkin beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dirtysanchez843
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of briandaube
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ryser2k
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of chinchill
2.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, stamped 4254, served in a snifter.
Pours slightl hazy, orange-amber color, with a modest and weak off-white head. A small amount of sediment was left at the bottom of the bottle but some light-colored sediment remained in suspension.

Pumpkin pie spices yes, but a bit difficult to pick out with the odd mix of light smoke, cider vinegar and citrus rind. The flavor is not really any better, although, thankfully, the vinegar doesn't ruin this entirely. More bitter and sour than sweet.

Feel: slightly aggressive carbonation with an overly thin body.

O: It doesn't help that this followed a very fine Stevens Point Pumpkin, but even without that contrast this ale would fail to make a good impression. At least it has a fine label.
Avoid.

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Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange color speckled with some yellow highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuffed up. I get some faint notes of pumpkin, lemony citrus, honey, and fresh malts, like freshly baked French baguettes. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: A lot of malt up front, followed by some good pumpkin flavors and a little nutmeg-y spice. I get some lemony citrus, a little sweetness, finished by some subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. Nothing special, but not bad either. Good and tasty for what it is, but once finished, it’s pretty forgettable.

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Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a soft, fading, bubbly, white head

S - grains pumpkin, cinnamon

T - caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

A decently flavored, tasty though typical, pumpkin ale. it's highly drinkable, but it becomes boring after a while. In a season full of pumpkin ales, this did not stick out. I'll avoid it in the future.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jmanero
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the drinkability of this pumpkin beer. There is just enough spice for you to want more. I enjoy it because it isn't as thick as others. It's an easy drinker when you might be thirsty. I also found this compelling, 7.3% while being an easy drinker. Beware of the pumpkin man.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass Aroma- Faint pumpkin and malt Appearance- This beer is a cloudy orange color with a small white head Taste- Malt, Pumpkin and a little citrus. Palate- A medium bodied beer with a mild bit of carbonation. Overall- an OK pumpkin beer, there are a lot of better ones out there.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TaylorWhite
5/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of mzeld
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

This is an interesting beer that seems to change as you drink it. The color is a very cloudy tannish-orange. The head is almost non-existent. The first aroma that hits you immediately is a freshly baked pumpkin pie. After a few minutes, the aroma goes quite weak, but lingers ever so slightly. The first taste is of pumkin pie, then as you drink, spices emerge an then lastly a slightly bitter ending. Overall, a decent beer and one that goes through a lot of changes as it is consumed.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Case at RJ Rockers for sending this unlabeled bottle with sharpie written information up our way as a pre-release tasting for one of our tasting sessions! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, clove, and cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, and subtle cinnamon. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I had this one awhile back when Rockers had it on-tap at one of their Taste and Tour sessions as an experimental batch, but was told by Case not to post a review for it as it was still in the testing stages. This version definitely has a lot more spices going on than its previous run. This was a nice change as the spices are all traditional with what you would expect in a pumpkin ale. The aroma was a little muted on this one, but the flavor made up for this fact. While not the most robust flavors out there, this was a very nice attempt at a pumpkin ale from my buddies at RJ Rockers. Nice work guys and looking forward to seeing MORE new things roll out from you in the future. Tick.

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Photo of Barracudas
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours very fizzy with a 2-finger foamy white head that reduces to a skim layer floating on top, clear and golden orange color

S- strangely enough I'm picking up witbier aromas of wheat and lemon, mid-palate kicks in with some ginger, cinnamon candy and ketchup, all over the place

T- sweet and malty with some ginger and straight alcohol, not picking up any pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavors at all, the finish adds a light astringent flavor with a toasty malt finish and more noticeable booze at the end

M- medium body with foamy carbonation and mouthfeel, big quaff of alcohol at the end

O- if I drank this in a blind taste test, I wouldn't have known it was a pumpkin beer. Flavors are just all of the palace and the booze is too overpowering.

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Photo of jwk0408
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%

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