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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 Ale

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
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: a copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, malts

taste: like pumpkin pie in a bottle

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very respectable pumpkin beer. glad I got to try it.


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Photo of lavellen
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good solid pumpkin beer. I've been tasting a lot of them again for the second season in a row and now I'm on the hunt for the perfect one, this isn't quite it but it's a head of many from this years crop. A brown/orange color with nice pumpkin spice notes in the aroma. Well rounded by a slightly malty base beer without a whole ton of bittering hops and the carbonation and head were good for the style. Overall good but not exceptional. I would drink this again.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a translucent light caramel color with a foamy off-white that shows good retention and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very good. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice combine with the pumpkin to give a nice pumpkin-forward aroma. Lightly sweet malt in the background.

Taste: The malt comes in a bit too soft. Slightly sweet but lacking enough punch, the pumpkin really dominates the flavor along with the spices. Cinnamon mostly, but a bit of nutmeg and all spice contribute to the pumpkin pie flavor. The end has an astringent grassy bitterness that is fairly off-putting. The finish is a little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little bit light for what I would like given the flavor profile. The malt really does not hold up to the strong pumpkin and spices. The carbonation kind of gets lost. It starts light sweet and sticky, but by the end there is a light astringency.

Overall: The aroma is by far the best part about this beer. The taste is a little bit off to me with the lack of balance between the malt and pumpkin and also the astringent bitterness that comes in at the end. There are better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color, not much head though. The lacing was no where in sight. The smell of this beer was a little sweet with brown sugar and had some spice on the nose as well. The taste of the beer was like the smell, sweet spicy and had a dry finish. The mouthfeel was generously carbonated and had a medium body to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, definitely not my favorite pumpkin ale, but might be worth trying.

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Photo of fear025
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Aroma:Smells a little spicy.

Appearance:Orange, good head.

Taste:The foretaste is sweet, spicy, and delicious. Very quickly the taste turns a little acrid in the midtaste. It's like the sweetness leaves the room and all you have left is some harsh spice flavor.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a light body, and good carbonation.

Drinkability:This pumpkin ale makes the same mistake that a lot of these do, and just spices it up too much, overblown.

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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 Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Color is a bright peach-orange color that is mostly transparent with a bit of light haze. Single-finger white head falls down into a bit of light lacing and a few large carbonation bubbles. Nose is some bright and strong pumpkin spice notes along with a strong nose of cinnamon and some sweet apple.

Taste is Apple Jacks with some cinnamon and green apple components plus a bit of nutmeg and some sweet pumpkin pie. Light sweetness. Light to medium body with low amounts of carbonation. Pretty sweet and slightly cloying. Not terrible, but a bit too sweet and slightly gimmicky.

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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 webmanspidey
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a light brown color with about an inch of foamy head. Smell is loaded with the typical spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and especially cloves. Awesome smell. Taste is again a nice mix of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very heavy on cinnamon. Pretty light bodied and easy to drink. A solid pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating review to a more recent tasting. Poured from the bottle.

Pours amber with a medium to thin white head, retains as lacing, some effervescence is visible.

The smell is mainly of cooked pumpkin with some cinnamon and nutmeg spice with a buttery addition.

Taste follows, pumpkin and autumnal spice with subtle grain malt and the tinniest hint of hop. Brown sugar and caramel round out the flavor.

Feels moderate with subdued carbonation.

This is the pumpkin beer to which all others should aspire. So delicious and decadent, embodies the fall season in every way. Do not pass this up.

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Photo of Lillenk
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is a nice browish color with a nice white head.

Smell is very powerful. Lots of cinnamon, allspice aromas going on.

Taste is great. It was described to me as "pumpkin pie in a glass" and it definately lived up to that. One of my favorites of the season.

Mouthfeel was good and this beer was light enough to drink quite a few but I don't know if I would enjoy the flavor after one or two.

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Photo of a74gent
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great pour with a thick head and nice color that is nice, light amber marzen.

The smell is very good, nice and spicy in a way that is concentrated without being overly intense.

The taste is very blah...no carryover of the nice spice notes that are on the nose. I just can't believe how empty this beer is on the palate. A big dissapointment.

The mouthfeel likewise is overly thin. Just not the nice creaminess that I like in a pumpkin spiced ale.

The drinkability is great if you never actually drink this beer. I really want to drink it after looking at it and smelling it, but after having it on the palate it is very average.

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Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> SA taster glass
02/29/11 screened on label

Pours a glowing amber with a thick 2 inch white head that appears to be unheeding. Thick chunks of lace, droop into spooky spiderweb lace. Carbonation is intense and steady.

Nose: Pumpkin. Bam in your face. Nutmeg.

Thick body. Tons of pumpkin and nutmeg. This is what i expect from a pumpkin ale. Strong pumpkin tones with gentle cinnamon and nutmeg adding more of a harvest feel. As the beer warms a bit the spices rev up a notch, but not overpowering the pumpkin.

A good pumpkin beer. I'm gonna save my second one for after Thanksgiving diner, as I don't like the pumpkin pie, but sure like this brew.

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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 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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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 KAP1356
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH pint glass..

A - Pourd a slightly hazy, light orange-amber color. Nice and fizzy with about a .5 finger eggshell whit head that recedes to a slight film on top

S - Nice mixture of spices and actual pumpkin. Not overly sweet and not overly spicy. Almost smells of chilled gingerbread or perhaps some molasses based cookie or biscuit. Great aromas coming from this one.

T - Sweet flavor profile in addition to the spices. Theres a great pumpkin presence and the spices mix in quite nicely. I am not sure why, but I am getting a big taste of honey in the aftertaste; almost a honey/cinnamon mixture. Really nice balance here.

M - Medium body with a slight carbonation, more than I was expecting. A clean, almost crisp beer for this style.

D - Easy to drink beer. The sweetness and spiciness balances pretty well. All in all, a nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got one of these to try from a buddy who really likes this brew. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice light orange color with very little white head and no lacing.

S- There's alot of different spices that combine to form that spiced pumpkin smell that you get from a fresh piece of pumpkin pie.

T- Pretty similar to the smell just not as strong, the spices are blended and balanced well with some pumpkin and maltyness in the background.

M- A little over carbonated but other then that its right where it should be for its style.

D- One went down so smooth i just had to have another but by the time i was done with my second one i was over the flavor and ready for something lighter and crisper.

Overall i thought this beer was pretty good, The best pumpkin ale i have had to date. My friend told me this beer tasted like pumpkin pie and he was right, going to pick up some more soon.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a decent foamy white head with decent retention. Tiny specks of lacing too.

(S)- A good combo of pumpkin and spice. Not overly sweet or spicy either. Rustic in character. Great balance of pumpkin and spice.

(T)- Same as the smell. A good rustic-like earthy pumpkin and spice profile. Let it warm up if chilled; it only gets better.

(M)- A good if not a tad bigger than expected carbonation level. A great balance though for the style; it is spot on.

(D)- A solid to great example for the style. Everything is right where it should be. Great stuff for the season.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker: Pale golden-orange body, pretty clear with light nucleation undera thin but foamy flour-colored head. Leaves no lacing.

Smell starts off pretty weak, but soon grows into a medium-strength aroma that's a little like pumpkin but more like ginger snaps or molasses crinkles. Adds up to a very inviting pumpkin cookie, not real strong but very tasty. Good, good, good, then all of a sudden -- where'd it go? Replaced by, like, straight orange. Huh?

Taste is somewhat reminiscent of smell, with baking spices, brown sugar, good stuff. At first harshly surrounded by a bitter, musty character, then mellows out & again, not real prominent, but tasty. Nice cookie aftertaste of caramelized dough. Yum. The highs of the taste are not as high as those of the smell, but they don't suffer that disappearing act, either.

Mouthfeel is a little too active & bubbly at first, then smooths out with a nice medium body. Just a little kick.

My expectations were definitely defied, this was really good. A few ups & downs, but overall good show. Low-ish ABV (I'm just guessing here) & tasty is a winner in my book.

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Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard good things about this one so I had to try it. It poured a watery copper with very little white head. It appears thin and is completely translucent. The smell is amazing. It features a nice blend of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices with a slight sweetness. The flavor is excellent as well. It's barely sweet but has multiple flavors going on at once. The pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon are the most apparent. The mouthfeel is very light and somewhat watery, but doesn't take away from the beer. This is an excellent pumkin session ale. It's probably my second favorite pumpkin ale behind Pumpkinhead, absolutely delicious.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
1.93/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Let me start by saying that I do indeed like pumpkin ales. This one starts out looking just ok. Not much head, a little lacing, looks thin. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, quite a bit of spice. No malt to speak of. Tasting it is like drinking a candle. Just spice, no malt. Mouthfeel is thin, and this just isn't a drinker for me. Drain pour time, because with every sip I take I feel compelled to mark it even lower. Some may like it, I do not.

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Photo of cetherid
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass


pours a beautiful orange/amber color. a minimal white head.


the best thing it has going for it. smells of pumpkin pie. mainly pumpkin spice with cinnamon and clove. a hint of pie crust smell.


similar to smell. a nice pumpkin flavor to it. I agree with some of other comments that the beer "base" is a bit lacking. tastes like its just a coors light with pumpkin flavor.


not enough carbonation for me. taste like flat beer...this is my 2nd one I've had and both were a bit flat tasting. As stated above, the beer 'base" is lacking. its too light for my mouth. no bitterness on the tongue. too much like water.


an average brew. could easily pound this beer, but I doubt I'd be craving a pumpkin flavored beer enough to have more than 2.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange in color with a good amount of head.
S - Smells of liquid pumpkin! Honey, cinnamon, ginger, and other pumpkin smells. Very sweet.
T - Easily made one of my tops on flavor for pumpkin! Overly sweet but dangerous in large quantities. Full (not slight but overpowering) flavors of cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice, and honey hit the tongue in what I assume to be perfection.
M - Tin but hearty for 6 ABV
D - Pretty much my go to pumpkin beer. I now dream of fall but dread the winters after because of this beer. It's a love hate thing.

Edit: This was the 2009 version the 2010 is way less spicy yet people are still bitching! Where is my spice?

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