Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale | Michigan Brewing Company

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

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Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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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 zdk9
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Michigan Trip Beer #2

A- Pours a dark yellow color fading into orange. No head or lacing but I don't have high expectations because I'm drinking out of a highball glass (see Michigan Trip Beer #1: GI BCS).

S- Lots of spices- cinnamon, cloves, honey, touches of ginger. Really lots of sweet clove and cinnamon. I get some pumpkin flavor, but in a sort of sweet candy way.

T- Not nearly as sweet or spiced on the tongue as on the nose, but still sweet and spiced. More graham cracker malt. Also some hints of sweet corn, which is kinda gross- reminds me of a Shiner.

M- Light. Leaves touches of sweet candy pumpkin, but generally washes off the tongue.

O- Not the best pumpkin beer I've had. Too much spice for my taste, but I won't mark it down for that because it is in the name, but I won't be getting this again. If you're looking for a sweet desserty beer this would be a good choice.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Dave for this one. Had it on 10/8, from notes. (Note: I am a bit biased against Pumpkin beers. They are one of my least favorite styles and I am very critical of them.)

Pours a hazy burnt orange- brown color akin to autumn leaves. One finger of head fades to an off white foamy cap. Oddly large-sized bubbles.

Aroma starts with spices of the normal variety. Smells really hearty. Pumpkin and malt backbone are sturdy and make for a great aroma that isn't too spice dominant.

The problem with the taste of this beer is that the base beer kind of sucks. It's too weak to stand up to the barrage of spices that the aroma foreshadowed. The first few sips are good, but it gets to be too much after a while, especially once it warms.

Too thin of a mouthfeel, once again a product of the weakness of the base beer. I hate to say it, but the unbalance of spices here combined with a poorly crafted base beer, forced me to drain pour the 2nd half of the bottle. It smelled awesome but that was about it.

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Photo of danielharper
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours gentle orange-yellow with a two-finger white head that dissipates quickly. Very slight haze.

S: Strong pumpkin aroma, sweet but also slightly dry, with a bit of hop bitterness underneath.

T: Sweet pumpkin flavor, very clean, with a bit of a spicy aftertaste. Perhaps cloves? Some nutmeg, some other assorted spices.

M: Moderate thickness, low hops, low carbonation. Very clean, easy-to-drink.

D: Overall very drinkable, if uncomplex. An incredibly accessible beer for those new to the style or to those who don't otherwise drink beer at all.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall good beer, a little overpowering after 2 or three. Session beer it is not...

A- Orange coloration. Clear. Nice white head about an inch deep

S- Hints of harvest. Nutmeg, allspice, actually a little too heavy on the vanilla. This could be the agest that causes it to be tough to drink a lot of it

T- Spicy Pumpkin pie. Vanilla maybe a little too overpowering. This could be the agent that causes it to be tough to drink a lot of it.

M- A little thicker, but still smooth. I think that this is where this beer excells.

D- Overall, a good beer for the fall season. Great novelty beer for parties, but also fun for the knowledgable drinker.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had read a lot about this beer from the Michigan Brewing Company so I was "excited" to find this at Delock's Liquors in Munster, IN on a recent roadtrip. Poured into a pilsener glass (my other glasses were dirty) and I'm glad I chose this type of glass because as I drink this fall concoction, the lacing just hugs the inner parts of the glass. I had hoped to give this brew better scores, but it's just a notch above average. Minimal head, one-dimensional smell, so-so taste, and mouthful was just decent. This is the fourth bottle in the six pack and I've yet to figure this beer out. Oh, well, I'm glad I tried it. I might purchase other Michigan Brewing Co. brews in the future, but will pass this one by.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's.

Pours a clear orange, thin slightly off white head forms, drops to a thin ring rather quickly and leaves a few lace spots, real nice colour. Smell is awesome, very spicy, pumpkin, tons of caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, biscuit, honey, very rich and intense, amazing spice combo. Taste is similar, super spicy up front, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, biscuits, toffee, honey, graham cracker, pumpkins, crazy spice finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very satisfying, reminds me of Pumpking, how pumpkin ales should be!

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Photo of Tee76
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a copper color with a red tinge to it.

The smell is exactly that of a Freshly Baked Pumpkin pie

It has a nice spicey pumpkin taste with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon

It's a medium beer with a good amount of carbonation.

I could drink this beer all day, it's not one of those "gimmick" beers where after 1 or 2 you've had enough. Great beer and very drinkable! Highly recommended.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another pumpkin ale in my ongoing taste test this fall. This one took the cake though (or should I say pie?) as it was freaking amazing from the open to the finish. I wish I would have picked up more, but sometimes too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing, as I could drink this one all day. Pour is from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pour is a very nice orange/coppery color; comes with a short 1 finger head that is a light tan color that fades quickly to a thin skim; body is clear and shows light carbonation; loose and oily spotty lacing is left clinging to the sides and sliding around a bit.

Smell: Very potent - comes pouring out of the bottle on the open and out of the glass on the pour! Smells strongly of warm cinammon and nutmeg, very much like a pumpkin pie that just came out of the oven. It's almost making me hungry just smelling this beer.

Taste: Great! Very robust spiciness as mentioned in the smell (warm cinammon and nutmeg); mild pumpkin flesh flavor is combined with a nice, smooth malty backing that adds some substance to the body and some to the flavors as well so it's not "all spice and no beer."

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth carbonation, a nicely formed body that is even a little chewy; mouth is left a little sticky and tingly - tummy is left feeling a little warm and this beer would freaking perfect for a cool, fall evening.

Drinkability: Amazing flavors and wonderful smells; solid mouthfeel -- this might be my favorite pumpkin ale as of now. I'm still waiting on the ST Pumpking as I've heard it is the best representation of the style, but this one is so damn good, I would easily recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice golden color with a spot of reddish tint. Small head, nothing worth noting. No lacing on the glass.

The smell brings about fall flavors of pumpkin pie. You can really smell the nutmeg with a small scent of honey and pumpkin.

The taste leads sweet and evolves into a nice pumpkin flavor with the spices rounding out the taste. It finishes sweet with a slightly pumpkin flavored bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with quite a bit of carbination.

A very easy drinker, one of my favorite fall/pumpkin beers!

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Photo of BierFan
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 letsgopens
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for pumpkin & spiced ales. Anytime I see a pumpkin or anything faintly reminiscent of Halloween on a beer bottle; I'm going to most likely try it. This year is no exception. My first one of the season is a new one for me.

This one pours a bright golden orange with golden yellow highlights. The head is light and soft textured, recedes fairly quickly and leaves some sparse wisps of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose is pleasantly familiar. Like most examples of the style, this selection boasts tons of spicy, bready goodness and pumpkin mash. Traditional cinnamon, nutmeg and clove along with sweet, biscuity, caramel malt. Like a big slice of pumpkin pie. Splendidly pronounced.

The flavor is a great deal like the nose suggested. More of the same pumpkiny tastiness, spice and a sweet, bready backbone. However the flavor is a bit milder than the nose implies and with a sweeter, honey-like finish that lingers over the spice a bit. The spice hits up front and is present throughout but the somewhat organic, clover sweetness is what leaves a lingering impression on the tongue.

Bright, cold, fine-textured carbonation makes for a refreshing feel and a lighter body. The finish is rather slick and supports the sweet finish. Glad I picked this one up to be sure.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color with a nice two finger head which gives way to very little lacing. The smell is of very strong pumpkin and ginger. The taste is very strong pumpkin however, it is very smooth. The taste doesn't overpower you. The mouthfeel is carbonated but not too harsh, there is a good mouthfeel. I think this is a top tier pumpkin beer. For a pumpkin beer this is very tasty and a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty light-looking clear copper with little to no head and doesn't seem very carbonated. Has a solid pumpkin smell with a flavor of even greater magnitude. Wow, it lingers! The body is heavier than it appears. It's got a low-medium body but the flavor is huge. It definitely seems like a pretty drinkable brew. This is one of the most flavorful pumpkin ales I've had. Quite a delight!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Some friends of mine searched all over for these. Glad to try one.

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy apple cider like appearance with a slight head.

S. Nose is of pumpkin, all spice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some malt sweetness as well.

T. Taste is full of pumpkin pie. Wonderful real pumpkin mash and a generous helping of spices, and these intensified as the beer
warmed. Nutty at times, not overly sweet and pleasant to imbibe.

M. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth overall and medium to full bodied.

D. Overall this is a damn fine pumpkin beer, not shying away from using a real pumpkin mash, and also not overloading the spices. Great for sessions. Reccommended.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard good things about this, can't wait to try it.
Pours a reddish brown color with about half inch of head. Looks nice. Smell is pumpkin, vanilla, some spice and some underlying malt.
Taste is exactly what I'm looking for. Liquid pumpkin pie. Not overly spiced and vegetal like others. Very sweet and dessert like. This is right there with Schlafly's Pumpkin beer.
Near perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy beer to enjoy.

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Photo of johnd513
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Upfront & Co in Marquette. This beer pours a clear copper color with a decent size head that quickly disappears. Smells of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is similar to the smell, huge pumpkin pie spice taste. The mouthfeel was a little thin but smooth. Drinkability was good but I can never drink more than one pumpkin beer. Overall a great choice for a pumpkin beer, my second favorite next to Southern Tier Pumpkin.

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Photo of darkwise
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first pumpkin ale of the season, not bad. Smells like a pumpkin alright when you pop the top. Pours a deep redish/brown color, decent head. Yep, you can taste the spices alright. A tad sweet, not overly so though. I've had a few pumpkin ales, this one is better than the others I've tried. Basically tastes like a spicey pumpkin pie, with some cinnamon undertones. After the 3rd beer or so you start to get a tad tired of the beer, its a bit sweet for a full drinking session, you may want to mix it up with something else during the night's adventures. If you are in the mood for a pumpkin ale and having a hard time choosing which one to get, I would go with this one. I doubt it will dissappoint.

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Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed six pack option. Not too keen about the label - for some reason labels have been a good indicator for me. However, I am a somewhat a fan of Michigan Brewing Company so I needed to try.

Pours a light amber with small head. Pumpkin pie aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice etc.

Taste is nice, cinnamon seems to dominate - nutmeg is nicely kept in check. Caramel maltiness works well in the mix.

Good carbonation, good drinkability. Second pumpkin ale (favorite is Short's Brewing Co.) that I could probably drink up to 3 at a time.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best before 02/04/09

A: Pours a clear pumpkin orange color (duh). With a creamy, off-white, one-finger head. The carbonation is pretty lazy and the lace left behind was splotchy.

S: Inviting aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, toasted malt, cardamom, roasted pecans, pumpkin pie spice, and freshly baked pumpkin pie (including the crust!).

T: See above. The earthy spice, roasted nut, and toasted malt flavors do a great job reigning in the potentially over-sweetened pumpkin pie flavors. Also, the more I drank of this the more I noticed a spicy hop flavor and a slightly lemon-y hop flavor.

M: Full and creamy at first with things becoming noticably more dry, toasty, and spicy as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass. Only a trace of sweetness and not cloyingly so.

D: Overall, this is a great Pumpkin Beer. I found it to show off excellent balance and it was a joy not a chore to drink.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A organgish/brown color with a small and thin off-white foam head.

S: The pumpkin is the main flavor noticed first. Mixed in with some cinnamon, clove, all-spice and nutmeg.

T: The flavors blended well and were a little bit more balanced then the smell would allude to. A good malt base. Tastes just like the smell.

M: A nice peppery and smooth taste left on the palate. Nothing over the top.

D: A really well put together spicy pumpkin beer. If you enjoy pumpkin ale's, this is a must try.

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Photo of steelcutoats
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screamin' Pumpkin Ale

This is the 3rd pumpkin ale tonight and this one looks and smells promising. When first poured into my snifter the color was a deep orange-ruby with a nice foamy head. The aroma was very intense, lots of pumpkin spices. The taste was pretty good too...lots of pumpkins and spices to go along with it. The aftertaste lingered a bit in the background, and there wasn't that watered down taste with the previous two samples. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who wants to try a solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pretty much a strong blast of spices like nutmeg & cinnamon, with some caramelized malt in the back ground. It provides a very pleasant smell in the same way that candles do because it has that sweet pumpkin pie essence, but from a beer standpoint, I’m not detecting too much which is the norm for this style.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg & cinnamon. The malt character is quite hearty and neither that nor the spicy sweetness fade very easily. There’s a very mild hops presence that tries very hard to exert itself but it’s not strong enough to overcome the sweetness. I remember a post a while back that asked what the sweetest beer you’ve ever had was. At the time, nothing I had had jumped out at me, but this beer certainly takes that title for me.

M: As smooth as a tremendously sweet beer can be, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: After all the spicy sweetness it’s still tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, mild kick. Despite the fact that I’ve focused on the strong sweetness of this beer, if you look at it for what it is, which is a spiced pumpkin ale, it hits the mark rather well. I expect a pumpkin beer to be sweet with strong spices and breadiness and this beer does all of those to the nth degree. So for the same reason that I like 2IPA’s for being “over the top” I like this beer within its style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Autumn leaves orange with bright pumpkin skin edges. The creamy cap is pale orange-gold in color and is sticky enough to maintain contact with the glass in spots as it melts. A few ghost-like blobs of lace maintain the spooky, Halloween theme.

I could tell on the pour that the nose would be incredible. It might be a case of spice overload on the palate, but it sure as hell works here. An abundance of cinnamon and nutmeg blast out the glass, covering up any pumpkininess that might be present. This is, without a doubt, the spiciest pumpkin ale that I've ever smelled.

It isn't the spiciest pumpkin ale that I've ever tasted, but it's really, really close. With a great name like Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale, the brewers had no choice but to crank the flavor knob up to '11'. That is exactly what they've done, although the beer would make even more of an impact if it was a little bigger (read: maltier).

Forget being able to appreciate the actual gourd, assuming it was even used. There's such a whirlwind of zesty cinnamon and sweet nutmeg and... who knows what else... that no other flavors have a chance to impact the taste buds. That includes malt, by the way. This is good stuff, but one bottle goes a long way.

As I've already alluded to, the body/mouthfeel is on the skinny side. I like my pumpkin ales to be plumper than this. Actually, I like almost all styles to be plumper than this. A little more energy in the carbonation department would be nice as well.

If you like your pumpkin ales to be spiced to the hilt, MBC Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale has the goods. For that very reason, it isn't very sessionable, but I sure did have a good time with the single bottle. And the award for 'the best brewery in Michigan that no one has ever heard of' goes to... Michigan Brewing Company.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this beer.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Crystal clear amber colored beer with rust colored highlights. Off white head, minimal in size, turns into a ring around the edges of the beer. Small amounts of checkered lacing.

Plenty of pumpkin pie spice in this one. Mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, but perhaps some clove thrown in there as well. Smells a bit overspiced to me. I like pumpkin pie spice in beer, but with a little more sublty and tact.

Nice flavors. All the pie spices come out in full force. Peppery spice greets the toungue. Cinnamon comes out hard and then some nutmeg. Flavor hits you at once but isnt too over the top. Vanilla flavors toward the back. Nice.

Almost a medium bodied beer, but falls just short. Dry in the finish with no lingering effects. This was a decent beer. The spice profile in this beer seems to be about the most without going over the top. A real treat for the fall season.

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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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