Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale | Michigan Brewing Company

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

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Pumpkin Beer | ABV not listed

Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced AleMichigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 131
Photo of BeerTruth
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich dark copper hue with a nice light tan one finger covered head that dies down to a thin layer that lasts. Stickiness is pretty good, spotty here and there. Smell is of what else, pumpkin and spice. Lots of cinammon, nutmeg, and cloves. Somewhat artificial flavor, but not bad. Pretty creamy and full with a mild amount of carbonation. My first try for this style and I must say I'm surprised. I have quite a few more pumpkin ales I look forward to trying but I definitely couldn't have more than one of these styles in one sitting.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange triaminic color. Dishsoap head. Hazy. Not much lace.

Spicy and with a nice (ok obviously) pumpkin scent. Very nice and quite rich. Has a cake-like sugary sweetness.

The spicy pumpkin pie flavor is really delicious. Has a very spicy aftertaste. A bit out of season, but warm and fuzzy nonetheless.

Milky and thick. Leaves a nice spicy film. A tad dry in the finish. Spicy and tastes good. Perfect for a chilly autumn night.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

Appearance: Amber color in body with an off-white head

Smell: Spicy and just like a pumpkin pie

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and almost anything that goes into a pumpkin pie. Also, a little spiced cider tasting. Behind the malt, the ale has a [very] slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is my first tasting of the Pumpkin Ale style. I like the taste of Michigan Brewings Screaming Pumpkin Spiced Ale, however, I think I prefer to get my pumpkin taste from real pumpkin pie and not from a liquid/beer – just my opinion. I would recommend this ale to anyone that enjoys the style.

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Photo of malcontent
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

About one finger of head that winds up being kind of sloppy lacing. The body is a medium amber. About par for the course.

Whoa! PUMP. KIN. PIE. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, etc. are so dominant that I almost can't smell the maltiness underneath.. Almost. However, it smells so good that I don't care.

Really restrained flavors considering how strong the aromas are. A surprising mildly-spiced malt taste finished with just the slightest hop bitterness. Very in control.

The beer really suffers here as it is pretty damned watery. Yes, there is carbonation but it is just so thin that it disrupts the drinking experience. Still, for the great job combining delicious scents with subtle flavors this is a very drinkable pumpkin ale.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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 emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Applesauce1
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this at the Holiday Market in Royal Oak. After drinking a few from the six-pack, I realized I'd need more of this before heading back to Ohio. I haven't found many good pumpkin ales in Ohio.


Appearance: copper color with a thin white head that dissipates pretty fast; decent looking
Smell: spices; cinnamon, pumpkin pie
Taste: pumpkin pie is the most dominant flavor; some cinnamon in there too; a little sweetness from the malt (great tasting if you like pumpkin pie)
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: good; could have a few of these in a night

This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've had before. If you're a fan of spicy winter warmers, you will love this beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Purchased at the brewbpub for $8 a sixer.

This pumpkin spiced ale pours a very clear, orange, copper color. A half inch thick, off white head forms, but fades quickly. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Best smelling pumpkin ale by far. Tons of all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg aromas. Almost smells like some kind of autumn potpourri. Very nice! Tastes pretty much mimics the smell, with some malty and pumpkin flavors added to the mix. Medium to light mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation, maybe a little fizzy. Finishes kinds dry, with some bitterness left on the tongue. Maybe from the pumpkin or the malt backbone. Not overwhelming to me. And after a few of these brews, you don't even notice it. Fantastic drinkability, not filling, good taste, and my favorite pumkin ale by far. A great seasonal brew from Michigan Brewing Company, even bettter on a cold, rainy, fall day. A must try!!

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Photo of xav33
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Michigan Brewing Company Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, carved into 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured copper with a whiteish fizzy quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of pumpkin pie! Mostly cinnamon, some cloves and pumpkin.

Taste was upfront cinnamon with a light pumpkin sweetness, followed by the moderate cloves taste and some nutmeg, with a tinge of pumpkin sweetness, on a medium length finish that finishes with light spice aromas and an awkwardly bitter aftertaste, like pumpkin rinds/skins. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, fizzy, slightly dry and some moderate/harsh astringency.

Overall, the aroma is wonderful, the flavor is almost there, but the harsh bitter finish leaves you afraid to take another sip.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice seasonal offering. Pours out to a burnt orange to bright brown in the glass with a nice aroma of malt and spices. The taste brings forth a myriad of spice tastes, with allspice and cinnamon coming to mind. I drank this on a crisp, cool evening standing outside with a pretty good breeze that said that fall was in the air. Michigan Brewing is starting to impess me.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice example of the style. Not the best I've ever had, but as usual ymmv. Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with a frothy off-white head with good retention. Nose is nice and spicy, like a pumpkin pie, very inviting and pleasant. Taste is well balanced with good flavor cohesion. Nutmeg and cinnamon, fresh pumpkin. Mouthfeel is thicker than you might expect, not heavy by any means but a good amount of body. Well crafted and fresh. Unlike other drinkers, I prefer my pumpkin ales well spiced and robust not watery and delicate. This one leans more toward the former.


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Photo of stouty1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, picked up at Merchant's Wines in Dearborn. Smelled like pumpkin pie, tasted like pumpkin pie beer. Easy and smooth overall, maybe a little bitter in the after-taste.

In my limited experience (maybe 6 pumpkin beers), this is above average. Recommend this one if you're into the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head above the golden amber brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with sticky foam lacing. Aroma is super-spiced pumpkin sweetness, definitely not the more sedate brew I look for. Taste is more of that the nose indicated, gingerbready, sweet pumpkin, with not much room for anything delicate to shine. Mouthfeel is just tough for me, and drinkability is even worse. I'm not that wild about this style firstly, but a delicate, flavorful one will impress me. One like this that's overpowering with sweet spices is not going to be revisited.

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Photo of sopor
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

lear brilliant amber and gold with fizzy cola head that leaves a large splat of uneven thin film. Smells strongly of pumpkin pie and spices with some buttery notes.

Strong spices, cinnamon and nutmeg among others, with buttery and biscuity flavors and strong pumpkin sweetness. Probably the most pumpkin flavor I've had in a pumpkin beer yet. Light body and stinging carbonation is pleasant. Definitely the best pumpkin beer I've had yet.

Drinkable enough that I took a growler home after trying a pint at the brewery. But not drinkable enough to finish the growler that night (trust me).

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good pumpkin ale. This really hit the spot. Orange amber appearance, with a nice cream colored head. Some lace noted. Medium low carbonation level. Aromas of cinnamon, spice, and pumpkin malts mixed very well. The flavor was robust and slightly sweet, reminding me of sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and spiced cider. Very nice. Mouthfeel was good, not too thick, and not too heavy. Not at all syrupy. High drinkability. This could easily be my pumpkin ale of choice when it comes to local selections. Recommended.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat subdued amber color-a tad pale thru and thru. Big pumpkin pie spice aroma-though not overly cloves or cinnamon like some. Great flavor-nice malty presence with just the right level of spiciness. Body is good though might be just a tad thin-never the less its damn close to what you want. Overall a very nice beer I'm impressed. I hate the use the terms or phrases that a beer has changed or "remember last years" However-that being said-this is eerily similar to the old Harpoon Xmas beer. No real pumpkin flavor but it has a great "holiday" spiciness that I find can be quite addictive. Thanks to deejaydan for the sample.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear clean amber color, okay head rentention on this. Aroma is Strong spice, nutmeg, I think. Taste is straight ahead spices, some malt to balance the spice though. Mouthfeel is nice, a solid beer, and probably one of the better pumpkin/spice beers that I've had.

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Photo of granger10
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the more spicier pumpkin beers I have tried. Lots of spices, esp in the aroma. Notes of ginger and nutmeg dominate but there also seems to be cinnamon in there. Pumpkin flavor is stronger in the aroma but lacking a bit in taste. The body is slightly thin which detracts from mouthfeel and drinkability. I think I could only have two max. of these in a sitting. But overall, it's a solid attempt at the pumpkin style.

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Photo of nortmand
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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 DrunkMcDermott
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
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 marburg
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, I can't guarantee that this beer isn't the same as MBC's previous pumpkin ale offerings nicely packaged in a new label.

Second, I have to imagine that folks will either love this beer or hate it. It's far from flavorless; so I think it's a matter of whether you dig what they've put together in the flavor profile here. My fiancee and I happen to dig it.

Pours dark orange -- rusty, burnt orange. Smallish cream-colored head adorns the top. Immediately noticeable are strong spiced aromas, like mom's pumpkin pie. As expected, the flavor carries these forth to the palate. Everything under the sun. Nutmeg, a little cinnamon, cloves, some nuttiness, perhaps even a little ginger sweetness. In some ways, this reminds me of a low-key Christmas Ale. Regardless, it's chock full of a potent, spicy fall flavors. It's limited in some ways by its own potency. Depending on my mood, I might not be able to make this a session brew. But then again, perhaps I could.

I can imagine perhaps having this with some sort of pie -- apple perhaps?

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Michigan Brewing Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 131 ratings