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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced AleMichigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marburg on 09-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 97
Reviews by BigDoug:
Photo of BigDoug
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a brilliant copper orange. Looks like a pumpkin beer for sure. Fluffy creamy white head that stays surprisingly long considering the style. Above average lacing left on the glass. Very nice.

Smell is where this one took me in. Aroma is super inviting. Pumpkin pie (first pumpkin ale I can honestly say that about). Clove comes to mind. Pinch of cinnamon and allspice in the back. Very Halloween smelling. Like the best pumpkin pie candle ever. Light roasted malt in there too. Mmm mmm

Taste is like the smell, very good. A pinch more bitter would make it a 5. Very balanced unlike other pumpkin ales I've had this year. I want a keg of this for a Halloween party cuz it's just that good. Tastes like

Mouthfeel is too light and watery for this beer. If it had a medium body it would be a lot better in my opinion. Carbonation is almost spot on. Nice smooth carbonation without being too fizzy and not flat. More body would make this nice and creamy.

Drinkabikity is up there with the smell. Would be a 5 if it wasn't for being a little on the sweeter/spicy side. After 2 or 3 I think I would get kinda tired of the spices. Great beer overall cuz the smell and taste is awesome.

Thanks to my buddy Murph for the bottle!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby caramel amber hue forms a large off white head, good retention lacing is thin and uneven with each sip. Aroma yes folks pumpkin pie, oh my god my beer smells like pumpkin pie. Is this trend good for beer probably not but does it sell probably so. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice oh joy a touch of caramel maltiness and bam a bit of gourdiness. Flavor, really this one is even has the whipped cream effect going on they made liquid extract pumpkin pie this is a beverage of the future fuck the bubblegum in willy wonka that tastes like a four course meal and give the beer that tastes like our favorite autmuninal dessert. It works that's crazy I can act like I don't want pumpkin pie in my beer but it actually works it tastes good. Spicy, creamy, whipped up sugary pumpkin flavor this is solid and not cloying during a whole glass that surprises the hell out of me. Usually I'm not feeling something like this but Michigan brewing has done it one of the better pumpkin ales I've come across still I like the stronger alcohol ones like Weyerbacher and DFH but this one tastes so good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a little stick with residual sugars and a tad heavy on carbonation other than that no complaints although the spices do lie heavy on the palate. Drinkability for dessert like I said but damn it's hard to not had on the whole pumpkin ale transition but this one is tasty, fuck beer trends go the best of me.

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Photo of goast8127
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/21

The beer was slightly amber and translucent. I picked up nutmeg and pumpkin spice immediately. Despite the light appearance, the aroma led me to expect a warming sensation in the mouth, but I wasn't disappointed that I was wrong. None of the flavor was overpowering and I found it very drinkable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes are 2 nights old.

This beer is a bright, completely clear coppery orange with burnished gold coming all the way through in the light. The head pours dense and fades within a minute, remaining one finger high and solid when it does. Good lacing is left initially, tapering off as it goes to leaves some thin spots of lacing. There's lots of bubbly activity the whole way through.
Spices are up front on the nose, consisting of nutmeg and cinnamon, while pumpkin is not so detectable lingering underneath. For whatever reason, the spices also overpower the malts on the nose.
The flavor is the same: the spices are the feature in this one. Fortunately, it's neither overspiced nor harsh, opting for softer more flavorful spices without overusing them. This is tasty, but I think it needs more of a malt backbone to support it and give it a bit of beer character. This would be sort of a guilty pleasure, and a great holiday drink, but in good conscience I have to deduct a point for the beer aspect itself. Otherwise it hits the balance of proper sweetness and spiciness and it does have a touch of breadiness. It goes a touch sour in the finish.
My first impression is that this seems somewhat thin at first, but it really thickens out to a rich, smooth brew with a bit of body to it. My only concern is that the carbonation is kind of going wild here.
I'm a bit conflicted about this one. I'd certainly have more.

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Photo of GRE680
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Magpie14
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mild golden hues fuse with orange for a glowing copper tone. A soft and dingy white head formed and is lackluster at best. Some lacing, nothing to brag about

S: nutmeg, cinnamon, malts, and caramel. The nose is in a good way with mild and crisp smells. More spicy than pumpkin-like. I like what the nose is offering up.

T: the malts keep things balanced evenly between creamy and sweet nutmeg and snappy cinnamon. I doubt any actual pumpkin was used in this brew. Maybe a hint of crushed cloves is poking through. I feel that some noble hops gather force within, very light but grassy in character. Some very good spiced flavors moving around

M: light body with zesty carbonation. Feels nice and has some good dimensions

D: easy to drink. However, better pumpkin brews exist. I like them a little bit meatier and reeking pumpkin. Good brew

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Photo of dmorley21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of sullysbeer
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

roma: HUGE Nutmeg and cinnamon aroma that dominates. Potpourri like.

Appearance: Deep golden and very clear, has a slight off white head that rings the glasses sides.

Flavor: All Spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, wood-like flavors. Perfume. These flavors dominate the beer. The swallow finished relatively dry with a slight bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall Impression: Just ok. Kind of like an All Spice, Cinnamon, and nutmeg tea. Very clean fermented. Not one of my favorites, but I'm glad I tried it. Probably wouldn't buy another sixer of it.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I had it at MBC, it was called "Pumpin' Pumpkin, so whther it's the same recipe or not, I can't say...

Well, ya either like pumpkin or ya don't. And I do like this one. This has everything a pumpkin pie has except the Crisco. Has a strong pie taste, but not unpleasantly so. This 2003 edition (listed as 5.0% ABV) nicely balances the pumpkin and spice aspects, though at the cost of the beer flavor. Certainly would taste best fresh at the brewery.

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Photo of mzeld
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of nortmand
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this in my cellar since fall '03, aged OK, but won't probably save again.
Pours orange-red with two fingers of white foam.
Smells is very pumpkin pie-like, spicy, rich smelling.
Very spicy, nutmeg, pumpkin pie flavor, supported by a firm maltiness.
Mouthfeel is very big and rich, but the beer is still extremely drinkable.
Because of the flavor and richness of this beer, it is very satisfying, like a piece of pumpkin pie.
Although, if you are looking for a beer that tastes like pumpkin, sans pumpkin pie spice, try New Holland's Ichabod.

Opened a bottle last night that had been sitting around for 2.5 years. Absolutely fantastic. After ~ 1 year it was quite metallic, but after the additional aging time, the beer was smooth and creamy, slightly sweet and with a nice subtle punpkin spice. Buy a case and put it away for awhile!

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Photo of stouty1
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/red with a small creamy head that quickly filtered to a small bubbles clinging to he side of the bottle. Smell's like a pumpkin pie. Tastes like a pumpkin pie. Spices of cinamon and nutmeg throughout with a slight bitter aftertaste. Of th ethree pumpkin brews I've had, this is by far the best.I bought a sixer of this on a whim and that turned out to be a good thing!

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Photo of OldBill
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up while visiting Michigan for the CBS release.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a haze orange color. About a finger of slowly dissipating off white head is achieved. Many bubbles can be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell – Lots of nice pumpkin spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, malty backbone, vanilla, and clove.

Taste – Wow, this tastes pretty damn good. I wish I would have picked up more of these. It has wonderful pumpkin flavors that taste REAL and not fake. Pumpkin pie crust, great cinnamon and nutmeg intermixed, a hint of ginger, and finishes with a bit of vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy, spritzy carbonation which in my opinion makes it easier to drink.

Overall – Not only is the packaging sweet looking, but the beer itself was a pleasant surprise. A fantastic pumpkin beer, one of the best I’ve had.

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Photo of brewpubmellon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber. Modest visible carbonation. Fluffy foam rises and falls to a skim that rings the glass.

Spicy aroma of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Pretty inviting actually, not too overdone.

Lightly malty and bready, accented by the above spices. Bittersweet clove finishes the taste. It's pretty well balanced and easy-drinking. I'd agree with other reviewers that two in a sitting is about right. Thanks to my MI friends for bringing some to IL!

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think I'd drink this beer again after 2006's batch was spiced beyond all measures of sanity. A bottle was given to me though, so I couldn't let it go to waste.

Fantastic brown color with a swelling foamy head. Impressive. Smells like pumpkin pie -- good from-scratch, spicy pumpkin pie. Tastes the same, and has enough hops to balance things out, and powdery cocoa on the finish. Nice thick liquid -- very drinkable. Delicious!

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Photo of BierFan
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 2/16/10.

Appearance: A hard pour gave a thin tan head. Clear coppery body.

Smell: Tons of pumpkin pie spice. Really phenomenal.

Taste: More pumpkin pie spice, but not as strong as it was in the smell. Finishes with a real nice bitterness.

Great example of the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves is quite strong with light pumpkin notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some strong notes of cinnamon and cloves with light pumpkin and some semi-sweet caramelized malt. Body is average with good carbonation. Well brewed with just about right amount of spices.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing a bottle of this back from MI for me!

A - Brilliant clarity shows off the golden yellow color and nice carbonation rising out. A thick bone-colored head rises to three fingers then lowers slowly leaving superb collars of dense lace on the glass.

S - Mild real pumpkin backs up an equally delicate spice aroma. The classics give it a spice hint but it's rather bland in general. Not a lot of malt to it either. Pale malt hints but that's about it.

T - The taste certainly kicks it up a notch! Nutmeg is huge here. Traces of cinnamon, sugar, and molasses also come out with pumpkin being secondary and pale malts providing a decent backbone.

M - Spice-centric on the tongue with a medium-light body and highly carbonated finish. A touch dry and nice lingering spice flavor sticks for a while.

D - Get past the less-than-stellar aroma and you've got yourself a spicy, decent pumpkin ale. Texture and aroma/flavor make it seem a little bit more like a lager with it's crispness though. Body could be brought up just a bit.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Salacioussiren
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so we will get our first frost this night might as well bust out something special right? served cold and poured into a pint glass, enjoyed on 10/28/2010.

really a nice orange color here with a clear and nicely carbonated body. nice tight head of white comes up quickly and cleanly leaving a small residual head around the edges.

aroma is right up in the face with full on spice. lots of nutmeg and pumpkin notes really coming through now. warm with apples and hints of all things fall dropping into place now. really just exactly what i want in a pumpkin ale. light body with spot on carbonation never lets it get too heavy or out there, really just very nicely put together with nice notes of spice, maple sugar, cinnamon and a really nice crisp, and very clean finish.

overall one of the better spiced ales i have had. no doubt in my mind i would do this one again.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this beer a week ago and it is not on here. So here we go again . . .

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head. It is orange in color and clear. The smell is dominated by nutmeg. It has nutmeg in the taste as well along with some pumpkin spice. It is a way better than expected beer. I would love to have this again. I should have bought more than two.


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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 131 ratings