Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
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Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin PorterRedhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #351
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,649
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 14.66%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
515
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Redhook Brewlab
 
Washington, United States
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SCORE
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Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin PorterRedhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
Notes: Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter is dark chestnut brown in color and is made with pureed pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are added to the whirlpool and maple syrup is added during fermentation. This full-bodied, rich roasty porter makes you want to eat turkey and watch football, or build a bonfire.
Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 515
Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on July 3, 2014. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), coffee and a bit of chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt and ginger in there. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was a good brew, and a pretty good deal for the price at $7.49 a 6-pack. At that price, why not try it? I know I won't have any problems finishing this 6 pack!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

say what you want about red hook, go ahead, but this beer is far better than the scores it has here. far far better! it pours an eggshell finish coffee brown with a full inch of off white head, thick and soapy and lasting in my globe. the nose on it has some maple, some roasted squash, and an appropriate amount of allspice. the roast is great from the malt, the body is big and silky, there are vanilla and oak notes, almost bourbony for a moment, and it isnt overspiced at all. maybe even a hint of ginger in there as it finishes, maybe cinnamon, its all well designed. i could stand to taste the pumpkin just a bit more, its lost to the density of the grains here, and the maple could always be more prominent, but thats my palate. the beer is well crafted and really drinkable for what it is, and i think it deserves a lot more appreciation here on BA. perfect fall beer.

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Photo of KingTide
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured nice, decent head but not the best I've seen. It looked like a typical, good dark porter.

Smell: It's a pumpkin beer so the spice is the first thing that hits you. A couple more sniffs and you do smell that heavy maple syrup they mention on the label. The pumpkin is evident as well. Smelling this beer is pretty great. You feel like something is being baked in your oven.

Taste: Again, the spice hits you hard at first. All the nutmeg, pumpkin spice, etc. It feels great in your mouth. Not too carbonated, not coppery but a little metallic if that makes sense, and it is a very smooth swallow. Very easy to drink. After a couple sips you really start getting that deep maple flavor and I love it so much. It balances this beer out so well. Now, as far as being a porter, I can taste it, but it is VERY subtle. Typically I compare porters to a glass of red wine, a steak and a potato all in a beer bottle, and that's why I love them. This tastes a lot lighter and less rich than a lot of porters I've had. And less bitter as well. That's not to say this beer ISN'T rich though, because it is. I just find that you might have to dig a little to really notice the 'porter' over all the spice and heavy, smooth maple flavors.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%

Love the name. Love the bottle. Had to try it.

Serving style : [email protected]$$ 12 oz bottle poured into glass for appearance

Appearance (4.5) : Ohh man! Dark chocolate color with deep opacity. Head is two fingers high and shows no sign of receding. I like it!

Smell (4.5) : Beautiful and intense nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice mix graciously with roasted malts and roasted coffee bean. I almost get a hint of what seems like a "pumpkin cinnamon applesauce". That's the name I would give this smell. Yup.

Taste (3.75) : Easy drinking and smooth. Hard hitting metallic pumpkin swings through as nutmeg and light hop tag along. Some soft citrus. A little diet rootbeer in the background. It actually drinks a bit like a root beer. Out of the bottle it's like guzzling coca cola. Pumpkin coca-cola. Interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Plenty of bubbles. Coke-like. A creamy finish. Ends slightly dry and spiced.

Overall (3.82) : This beer isn't half bad. The scores may not reflect how I feel entirely but I think I'd be up for buying a six pack of this beer. It's cool, has a supreme drinkability, and tastes like nothing I've had before. I'd recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottled on: 7/9/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, earth, and some pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, char, and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with pumpkin pie spice qualities in the aroma, but all I am getting in the taste is earth and char flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle (revisited with a 2015 bottle in March 2016)

Dark, opaque, red-brown body with a decent or weak (2016) head.

Good bitter/sweet balance but pumpkin pie spices dominate and mask the malt base.

Overall: average or a bit better for style, but yet another overly spiced ale. Improves quite a bit with warming.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Sampled last night on 9/4/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer color and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours a deep chestnut brown in color with a small beige head. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. The aroma is heavy on the 'autumn spices' with just a mild hint of pumpkin and roasted malts. Pretty much sums up the taste as well. Wish it had much more pumpkin taste to make this a really good brew. No harsh or bitter aftertaste to mention really. Perfect carbonation and medium bodied. Overall, it wasn't bad though.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Now, this is a nice twist on the usual pumpkin ale. Melding the pumpkin and Fall spices with a dark and roasty porter, rather than a regular ale, Red Hook’s Pumpkin Porter also adds maple syrup for an added dimension. And at a relatively light 5.8% ABV, this is a drinkable and session-worthy seasonal.

My tasting begins with the pouring, and Out Of Your Gourd pours an opaque black with slight ruby highlights. I get a thick head of tan suds, giving way to cloudy tree-line lacing.

The aroma is definitely heavier Wintery spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice), with only a token touch of pumpkin on the palate. I would’ve liked a little more of the pureed pumpkin to show itself here.

Taste is rich and spiced, with, again, the pumpkin not being as prominent as I’d like. The maple syrup also seems a bit submerged, though I do get a nice roasted element from the porter underneath all the spices. Overall a solid Fall/pumpkin brew, but not one of the best.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Charcoal black. Half finger of light mocha head. Beer has a clean look about it. Looks more like a stout. (3.25/5)

S: Pumpkin and maple. Generous autumn spices. (3.75/5)

M Lighter bodied relevant to color, etc. Aggressive carbonation, but not fizzy in the least. (3.25/5)

T: Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in about that order. Lacks sweetness from maple syrup and the pumpkin comes across as deep roasted, though that may just be the chocolate malts. In the end it tastes like o.k. coffee with a dusting of cinnamon. (3/5)

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Photo of notabeersnob
4/5  rDev +14.9%

I wouldn't consider this a porter or a pumpkin beer. It's just a nice easy-drinking tasteful beer. subtle taste of pumpkin, some smoke, and the nice smooth porter characteristics. It's a little flat like a cask ale. all said I think it's a great fall beer. I will enjoy this much more in October.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours out a deep ruby, almost black. Head is a light khaki. Smells of pumpkin pie spice, anise, and roasted malts. Flavor is light on the pie spice. Burnt, ashy grain and anise stand out above all else. I don't pick up much pumpkin or maple syrup. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and medium bodied. Too much anise for me. Not sure if it was actually used, or if it's just what I'm perceiving.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Light pumpkin pie taste and cinnamon on a sweet light porter body. The spice notes are present without being overwhelming and the porter mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

It needs more pumpkin, Jack! This sounds so good on the bottle but it's lacking in the pumpkin department in both the nose and taste. Warm the flavors become more pronounced, definitely get the nutmeg and maple and some pumpkin. Cold, good luck getting more than a slightly sweet light porter. Overall, despite not living up to the description it's still quite drinkable. Not something I'd see myself buying maybe, but love to see at a fall party.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%

Picked up a single and did a double take at the bottled on date, 7/9/14. Pretty friggin early in the season for a fall beer to be bottled.

Appearance: Very dark brown and opaque with a thin film of tan froth that leaves good lacing. (3.75)

Aroma: A lot of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of ginger. Not really getting any straight up pumpkin in the nose but it’s still pretty obviously a pumpkin beer. If I was reviewing this blind I wouldn’t even suspect that it’s a porter as nothing in the aroma stands out past the spices. (3.75)

Taste: Starts somewhat bland until the pumpkin pie spices kick in. It isn’t until the finish, however, that the charred malt flavor starts to come through. The hops are mostly up front and only contribute a bit of bitterness, which works well enough because the spices are really making up for the lacking hop presence here. It’s not until the aftertaste that the pumpkin spices and charred malt flavors combine for an ebbing bitter/spicy end to each sip. The main downside to this beer is the somewhat watery consistency. It may be easy to blame the 5.8% ABV for this weak flavor but there are many porters on the market of lower alcohol content that are incredibly full flavored. Not sure what happened with this one but I expect a little more malt presence when I reach for a porter. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with somewhat excessive carbonation. Decent drinkability until the spices get to be too much on the palate. (3.25)

Final Thoughts: I was pretty excited to see this pumpkin porter on the shelf since I’ve rarely seen this combination of styles. Unfortunately this one’s let me down a bit. I was hoping it would give me some incite into my own plans for a chocolate pumpkin porter homebrew. I’d recommend it to anyone who like pumpkin beers or is just in the autumn mood. Would I drink it again? Maybe when it’s actually October. (3.75)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, roast malt, pumpkin, and quality coffee. Flavor does not disappoint, providing nice coffee, chocolate and spiced pumpkin notes with a smoky hint. Texture is firm, smooth and rather fizzy. Porter that pumpkin, and happy wherever holiday you celebrate!

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Photo of aleamericanreject
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: brown, soda- like look. Small brown head not overly thick or impressive

Smell: roasted malt. Very slight hint of pumpkin

Taste: strong roasted start. Dry bland finish. Not as much pumpkin as hoped

Mouth feel: Crisp beginning but lingers and sticks passed finish. Not overly pleasant

Overall: Disappointing. Flavor doesn't cut it or keep me wanting more. None of the other qualities pick up slack

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aroma: Nutmeg and cinnamon up front. Some roast malt is present, but not extreme. Some sugar and sweetness noted. No esters or hop aromas.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown to nearly black in color. Has a fine tan head that is easily roused.

Flavor: Roast malt and a hint of sweetness up front. Fades to a ginger and nutmeg finish with a slight astringency. Not a lot of malt in the flavor, and the body seems thin. No real pumpkin flavor.

Overall: I like the concept of pumpkin porters, but this one falls short to me. The spicing is not heavy handed, but the astringent finish and light body hurt this one for me. I'd like a bit more residual sweetness and mouthfeel out a porter.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly murky dark rusty brown.

Baking spices and light pumpkin sweetness.

Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, sweet, spiced.

Overall, decent but not worth a second try.

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Photo of Brad007
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown hue with a thin brown head. It's burgundy when held up to a light.

Nutmeg..in a porter. Hmm. All the usual pumpkin pie aroma but without much substance underneath.

Nutmeg with a hint of caramel and cocoa from the porter itself. Basic, yet drinkable. Ditto for the mouthfeel.

Not bad if you like pumpkin in your porter.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark, almost totally opaque. A little bit of light shining through shows a red tint. The head is about 1/2 a finger, tan. A tiny bit of lacing.

S: Dark, roasty malts. A little bit of clove and allspice, and pumpkin. Smells warm and comforting.

T: Burnt sugar and deeply roasted malts pair nicely with the warm clove and allspice flavors that the nose promised. A Little bit of vegetal flavor, but not as much as I had hoped from the nose. The finish brings back the charred malt bitterness to balance it out.

M: Fairly moderate body, and a decent amount of carbonation to lighten it up further. A little viscous-feeling on the back of the throat.

O: I went into this beer with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. It actually has evidence of being brewed with pumpkin, rather than a decade old, dried pumpkin pie spice mixture which gives so many "pumpkin" beers their flavor. Not the best pumpkin beer, but far from the worst. Good for a cold fall night.

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Photo of watermelon
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12ox bottle poured into a pint glass The date on the bottle says August 10th 2013

A: Poured a very dark brown, when held up to the light there was a reddish glow. This beer had a very small mocha colored head which dissipated almost instantly.

S: Lots of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose. I can smell pumpkin but its a little more faint then I would prefer. Molasses scents became more pronounced as this beer warmed up.

T: I can taste all of the spices mentioned above. The taste seems to have roasted/smoked flavor to it almost coffee like in nature. Molasses is also quite present. I noticed faint chocolate flavors as well.

M: This is the beers one major downfall, for a porter this is much to watery. I also feel that it could use less carbonation. For being only 5.80 ABV the alcohol in this beer is quite present, I can feel a fair amount of heat of this one.

O: This could be a really excellent beer if they tweaked it a little bit in terms of mouthfeel. I also wouldn't really call this a pumpkin beer there were very few traces of pumpkin smell and none in the flavor. I would definitely drink this again but I probably wont buy it again. If your into pumpkin beers this is worth a shot.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After being turned down by most "dark" pumpkin ales I set the bar low for this one. Into a pint glass $3.50 for the single at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Hard pour resulted in a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head. Beer itself is a fairly dark brown almost pitch black with some red haze toward the base.
S - Somewhat easy on the nose mild ginger, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. Not much roast or chocolate as experienced with other dark pumpkin ales.
T - Not terrible mostly molasses and some licorice which leads to a drying of the palate as experienced with porter or maybe with some spice. Does have a hint of cinnamon which is nice but overall not much different from a porter.
M - Light to medium in body but for the ABV pretty on par.

Overall for the price I would skip it again, for the style I would also skip it, and for overall it's not a bad spiced porter so yeah not bad.

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Photo of alphagnome
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance:
Incredibly dark brown in color - reminds me of tar and allows next to no light to pass through. A soft, tan head keeps the beer from escaping, leaving trace lacing.

Aroma:
Nice layers of cinnamon and molasses are the most dominant while maple is noticable towards the end of the nose. Welcoming aroma at first... After a while black licorice started bleeding through... and I'm not a fan of that character.

Taste:
Roasted grains are quite prevelant here, as is the unfortunate taste of black licorice. Molasses and pecans are noticable. A very bitter, roasted coffee is also detectable. All of this flavors cannot distract you from the black licorice however.

Mouthfeel:
Surprisingly light body for a porter and very uneventful in the carbonation department (practically flat). Refreshing if you can look past its flaws.

Overall:
I was dissappointed with this one, once I noticed the black licorice, it was incredibly hard to notice much else. I applaud Redhooks approach, but I can't recommend it.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black color, with garnet red hues when held up to a bright light. Thin beige head.

Smell is a dark sweet aroma like licorice.

Taste is a lot like the smell, charcoal and maple syrup flavors combine for s black licorice flavor, with a spiced mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but not cloying.

Overall a nice porter. The spices get a little tiresome after a while. An un-spiced version of the beer would be better.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a minimal head, dissipates to a minimal cap and sticky lacing.

S - Molasses is the vast majority of the nose, you do get pumpkin and nutmeg in the background, but just barely.

T - Relatively sweet at first, brown sugar and dark malt, light sourness and just a hint of bitterness on the swallow. Very little pumpkin flavor.

M - Light/Medium body with heavy carbonation, needs less fizz.

O - Not a bad beer overall, but not a great pumpkin ale. Pumpkin almost seems like an afterthought in both flavor and aroma.

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Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter from Redhook Brewlab
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 515 ratings