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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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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 GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Pumpkin Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a copper color, produced a off white head that features poor retention and leaves little lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale features some pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg- About what you would expect for the style. Light in body, this ale has a malted grain base, some pumpkin pie flavor that features a balanced array of spices, namely cinnamon, and nutmeg. Semi Dry Finish. Overall, average beer- decent example for the style, well balanced but nothing stands out.

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Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this at Margaux's restaurant in Raleigh, NC. It's a clear, bright yellow copper color with a modest off-white film on top and similar lacing. The aroma captures an unusually sweet perfume, a bit like fermenting vegetables and/or flowers. Perhaps a little cereal wheat and vague allspice. Not ringing quite true. The flavor is pretty similar to the smell with this very odd perfumey floral idea that kind of overwhelms the pumpkin spice theme. I do get a little nutmeg/allspice and pumpkin but it has to fight with the perfume/lavender which I don't particularly care for. It's got a good, medium bodied, crisp feel with tingly carbonation but the flavor just doesn't work for me. Feel like somebody poured some Avon product into my beer. It's passable in the end, maybe others will find this more to their liking. It seems to be a quality brew if the flavor works for you.

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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 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 brewcore
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Doesn't yield much of a head and what head there is dissipates quickly. Deep copper in color. Little lacing.

S: Sweet malts mix with a little bit of pumpkin pie spice yields hints of graham cracker. Pumpkin squash in there, but subdued. Not an overly fragrant beer.

T: Sweet up front with the pumpkin pie spice mixed in again. Hop bitterness in the middle. Finish starts off with pumpkin pie, but something is off, almost plastic like. Not a good finish.

M: Thin for the ABV and quite carbonated.

O: Decent but not the best pumpkin beer I've had. Hard to get over the off finish. Wouldn't avoid it, but I won't be seeking it out.

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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 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 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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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 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 teromous
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It is a medium shade of brown with orange hues. The head is fluffy and white but recedes to a small ring around the glass. Slightly hazy but words can be clearly read through it. Barely any lacing.

S: I get very mild pumpkin spice scent from the beer, but not much else.

T: It has a pretty nice pumpkin and spice flavor to it. Not very bitter or overpowering on the spice.

M: The mouthfeel is average, leaving no unpleasantness in the mouth or any outstanding fullness (not in body but in presence). Medium body, no astringency, very light bitterness, average carbonation, wet sensation.

O: Overall it was a "so-so" beer. It's something to drink while I'm sitting down watching a show or having a bite to eat real quick. It's not something I'd pull out for a classy dinner or bring people around to taste.

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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 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 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 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 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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Gruntled Pumpkin from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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