Gruntled Pumpkin | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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

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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Ratings:
169
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
14.24%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of woodychandler
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Happy Thanksgivukkah to everyone! I am down to just five more pumpkin beers to review before I go out of my gourd until next year.

From the bottle: "The Gruntled Pumpkin planted the seed and started a revolution for all of pumpkin-kind. To guard the promising vines of the future that would eventually blossom to become the bottom of the barrel (and that's a good thing) of this new pumpkin ale."

Out of a misguided sense of curiosity about the back story on the label of this one, I went with a slower pour than usual. This resulted in two fingers of rocky, tawny head that slowly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy orangish-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had an odd cider-like pungency. Mouthfeel was slightly watery and the taste was very perfume-like. Oof. It tasted like spicy aftershave lotion smells and I was not digging it. Finish was spicy and sweet, but not in the right combination, IMHO. Color me disgruntled with Gruntled.

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Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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 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 Mikecap
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of fluffy white head from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, the head fades to a solid lace.

Smell: Lots of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and definitely some pumpkin. Smells like a pumpkin ale should.

Taste: Hmm, interesting. Spice up front with strong allspice, not much pumpkin here. Get some vegetal hops that don't seem to fit, and even possibly a bit of fruit (apple or pear?). Uninviting finish with a bit of onion, almost like an old IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not exactly easy drinking with all of the off flavors - I didn't finish my glass.

Overall: A huge let down of a pumpkin ale. It is by no means my favorite style, but it is one I enjoy. This was just not balanced and had some flavors that didn't fit.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

RJT

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, orange-tinged golden body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Predominately bready, just slightly toasty, with a sweet-smelling quality to it. Squashy notes, maybe a bit of additional fruitiness, and the ground spices.

Taste: Bready malts trailing a sugary sweet, with some squash notes, then spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg for me). Minor hop character, low bitterness. The sugariness and other flavors abruptly drop off, with the beer drying out just a bit as a last-minute zip of crispness kicks in.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A hair over medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but it's not exactly the most appealing pumpkin ale, either.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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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Gruntled Pumpkin from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
3.3 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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