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Gruntled Pumpkin | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Gruntled PumpkinGruntled Pumpkin

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by thagr81us on 10-12-2011

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 169
Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear bronze color with lots of bubbles. It has a nice light, tan foamy head that leaves some lace.

S. It has a strong pumpkin and malt scent to it.

T. That is a lovely Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin flavor really comes through. It has a nice malty smoothness to it. There's a mild grape sweetness underneath.

M. A bit carbonated. Refreshing. Not heavy, but not light either.

O. This is a really well-balanced representation of a Pumpkin Ale. You get the flavor but it's not overbearing, and it's not convoluted with a ton of other flavors.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Calton for picking up a growler of this for me a couple of weeks ago at the Thursday tour and taste.

A: Pours a clear copper/golden color with a small straw-colored head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a very thin film and ring.  Almost no lacing left behind but fairly good legs.

S: Really nice aroma that isn't too spicy or too pumpkiny.  A bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and a decent amount of pumpkin that smells like it has both roasted and fresh pumpkin in it.  A bit of an earthiness in the background, too, which is reminiscent of being in a pumpkin patch. 

T: Pumpkin up front with a touch of booze and then the spices kick in lightly afterward.  Much like the taste, the pumpkin and spices vie against one another to be dominant, but they are really pretty well balanced.  

M: Pretty light bodied with an ample amount of carbonation.  Slightly drying at the finish.  Lighter than I'd prefer, but not off-putting. 

D: Pretty well balanced and tasty for the style.  Not overly spicy and not overly pumpkiny, which was a pleasant surprise.  Just a slight hint of booze, but overall, very easy to put down.  A really nice effort and a tasty treat.  Thanks Calton!

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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 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 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 BlackBelt5112203
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that dissipates rapidly into a ring around the beer-glass interface. A tiny bit of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Bready, pie-crust-esque malt with lots of pumpkin and the slightest bit of pumpkin pie spices, especially nutmeg. A really nice pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie aroma.

T – Sweet all the way through with bready, graham cracker, caramel malt and lots of pumpkin. The pumpkin pie spices come through near the finish with some nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. There’s much more spice than the nose suggests.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and slightly chewy mouthfeel, and a spicy and dry finish. Pumpkin pie spice lingers nicely and lends a nice throat-warming sensation. A little bit of alcohol maybe contributes to this as well, but at 7% ABV, I’m betting that contribution is minimal.

O – This is a pretty tasty pumpkin beer. The major issue that I have with it is the discrepancy between the aroma and the taste. The aroma made me think that this was going to be a very pumpkin forward beer as opposed to pumpkin pie spice forward. However, there were certainly more spices in the taste than I anticipated. That’s not to say this is a bad beer at all. It just kind of took me by surprise. It’s still very tasty, very drinkable, and it hides the 7% really well. Good fall brew from RJ Rockers.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

R. J. Rocker’s Gruntled Pumpkin Ale has a thick, foamy, crackling, cream-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, gold-orange appearance, some gray chunks roiling about, and practically no lacing left behind. The aroma is initially a rush of Fall spices, pumpkin pulp, and beer, and then that fades to mainly just a standard beer smell. The taste is the same experience, but this one seems to use black pepper, if that is possible. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the finish is wet, refreshing, and simple. Overall, this is one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve tried, and it might appeal to me, because of the overriding beer and black pepper aspect.


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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber colored beer, this one has a lot of haze and a soft white head. The aroma is very pumpkin-pie. It has some roasted pumpkin rind characteristics as well, but with a huge dose of pie spice. The taste is nice...some malt and a modest sweetness..and the combind flavor, in my opinion, produces a fine pumpkin ale. It is a very drinkable and enjoyable version of the style. Full body, but not overwhelming. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of TWebb
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The best pumpkin beer I've had so far. Others have been too much spiced. Is it still beer if it tastes like cloves and cinnamon? Not a problem with this one. I found it to be well balanced. If the spices are there, they are very much in the background. There is a little sweetness from pumpkin flesh in the mash, but no off flavors due to the gourd. Not hop forward. No disgusting off flavors from the yeast. Just a well-balanced, tasty, orangeish drink, which goes well with a cigar, by the way.

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Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with half a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: A surprising amount of squashy aromas up front followed by fairly subtle pumpkin spices. There are some vanilla notes as well. Definitely one of the better smelling pumpkin ales out there.

T: Pumpkin spices up front followed by some pumpkin/squash-like flavors. Slight nutty flavors bring up a lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit lighter and drier than most pumpkin ales, but it works well enough.

O: A surprisingly solid pumpkin ale. Not the best in the world, but it smells great. I wish the flavor had a bit more depth and less spice.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange color in a 16oz pub glass with a most impressive head. I had to let it dissipate a couple of times before I could finish pouring the beer into the glass.

Smell is pumpkin, fruity, malty, with a faint smell of pumpkin pie spice.

Taste the pumpkin pie spice right away that gives way to a bitter, dry finish with a faint pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouth feel is velvety smooth.

I like it and would be willing to give it another try especially in the fall of the year. It would be a great beer to drink watching college football on Saturday afternoons.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkin in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more complex and has hints of spices, the latter of which especially stand out in the finish.
M: It feels a little shy of medium-bodied but somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an OK pumpkin beer but it seems like it could use a little more flavors and balance.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly copper tinted orange, moderate bone white head, little lacing. Scent brings a heavy dose of seasonal spices along with sweet malts with moderate notes of vegital pumpkin. Taste leans heavily on the side of brown sugar, moderate spice and little actual pumpkin. Medium bodied, lightly oily, sweetness that lingers. Decent pumpkin, doesnt stand out in the crowd though.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Riedel tulip glass. Pour is dark amber, with very little head, and very little apparent carbonation.

Smell is, as expected, like pumpkin pie. More creamy than spicy - maybe the smell of canned pumpkin is a more apt comparison?

Taste is, again, creamy pumpkin pie. The spices aren't overwhelming like they are in many pumpkin beers, which is refreshing, but does leave a bit to be desired. It's got more of an earthy pumpkin flavor than nutmeg or cinnamon.

Overall, it probably does taste more like actual pumpkin than most pumpkin beers do, but it's not really that great. However, I did really enjoy the mouthfeel - I feel like many pumpkin beers can come across too thin, but this one was nicely thick, without being too much.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pumpkin brew at all- and probably better than most give it credit for being. Nice balance to this brew- very good spice blend, fall seeming without being sharp, and relatively smooth, although not particularly pumpkiny. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a short head that fades to a thin cap. The aroma is a little strange- ginger, radish, and white pepper, as well as a bit of breadiness. Luckily, the taste tends more toward traditional pumpkin pie spices, so that in addition to the ginger you get cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and mace. Not very sweet, which is a nice change in a pumpkin ale. The pronounced spicing could be balanced by a bit more creamy pumpkin. The body could be a beefed up a bit too, but overall I liked this better than several other pumpkin ales I had this season.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange beer. Thin head disappears quickly.

Spices and vegetal pumpkin aroma. Also sweet and malty.

A nice balance of spices. Some actual pumpkin flavor and a sweet malty backbone.

A velvety smooth mouthfeel. Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber, slightly hazy, with a two-finger head of off-white head. Lacing is fairly minimal.

S: Not very strong aromas. There's the usual pie spices, typical for pumpkin ales. I detect bready grain and vegetable (probably pumpkin) aromas as well.

T: Initially it's quite good, with fresh bread and sweet malt early on. The pumpkin is definitely there in the middle, along with some tartness. The spices are more subdued than I'd expected. And in the finish is an almost-harsh bitterness that just doesn't meld well with the rest of the flavors.

M: Crisp with good carbonation. A slight boozy burn, and a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: The pumpkin ale market is getting pretty crowded, and it takes a really good product to stand out. This one is fair, but not good enough to buy again, given the large number of better tasting pumpkin brews to choose from.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment Civera's Deli. Liked the label and honestly never heard of it until now. Pretty stoked to be one of few reviewing this beer since this is the first time this beer has seen the beer world.

Appearance: Pour a light brown with a mix of an orange haze. Somewhat cloudy upon settling. About an inch of head before it dissipated. Nothing reaching out to me. I just notice it comes off quite average for a pumpkin-style ale.

Smell: Minor spices are first noticeable. Some sweetness comes to mind also. Must be the pumpkin. Not too bad

Taste: Upon first sampling, the hints of cinnamon and pumpkin really come out and make this quite a good brew. Also noticed a hint of what could possibly be orange peel, but that could just be the pumpkin mash. The pumpkin flavor does come out quite nice and not overpowering which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Leaves a nice aftertaste that just seems to finish off clean.

Overall: Actually liked this beer. I've been looking to hunt down every single pumpkin beer this season and I knew eventually I would hit a load that are just average, and I'm sorry to say, this was one of them. It was good, but just too average I guess. I would recommend this to a friend, but as for me for having it again...I doubt it. Cheers!

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/27/2013. Pours moderately hazy bright orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with huge spice presence and decent malt balance; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and well balanced pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with solid complexity and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale. Balanced malt, pumpkin, and slice flavors; and easy to drink for the ABV. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin pie, pretty tasty. Taste is spices up front, and more spices. Very little pumpkin. Kind of an unusual after taste as well. Not terrible, but not good. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is an ok beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of 57md
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy light copper color with a half finger of head. The nose has notes of pumpkin and also something sour. The flavor profile includes pumpkin and a limited amount of seasonal spices. The finish is semi-dry.

The spices become a touch more intense as the beer warms. This is a fine offering, but certainly nothing special and nothing worthy of sampling again.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy with lots of sediment. Looks like apple juice. Fizzy lace of head.
Smell: Nice spice.
Taste: Slightly sour apricots.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy.

I must say that this has been the most disappointing pumpkin ale this year. It's certainly okay, but I just expected something better from RJ Rockers. The taste is very similar to Magic Hat #9. The smell is the best part of the drink, and that's not anything to write home about. I wouldn't get this again. The six-pack was also almost $12 which really made the disappointment sting.

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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 JayQue
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very mediocre pumpkin ale. Pours a hazy orange color with almost no head and wispy strands of lacing. Faint aroma of pumpkin spices. Flavor is a little pumpkin and pumpkin spices, very mild...nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel is thin and flat. Very unimpressive. Most pumpkin ales out there are much better.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Local brew served from the bottle in downtown Spartanburg. Poured into plastic cup and the look is what you would expect. Nice deep amber, light brown. Adequate off white head that hangs for a bit. Smell is a bit subdued with hints of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Taste follows the nose with a nice blend of malts and hops. A spice is a bit on the bitter end which leaves a hint of an aftertaste. Nothing special on the taste. Feel is decent with nice carbonation and a somewhat thick creamy feel. Overall- It's a pretty average seasonal pumpkin. Like the balance, but not the aftertaste. For me, it's a heavier spice profile that perhaps is the distraction. Worth a try, but not my favorite-

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