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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Country Pumpkin is our medium-bodied harvest ale brewed with a medley of flavorful malt, pumpkin puree, Magnum hops and a touch of seasonal spices.The masterful blend of 2-Row, Vienna, Munich, Caramunich and Honey malt with Magnum hops balances the sweet pumpkin with an aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice to create a rich, malty ale for the autumn season.Delight in the deep golden-orange glow while savoring the complex, malt-forward flavors and surprisingly dry finish of our new curcubitaceous ale.

Added by sliverX on 09-13-2012

BEER STATS
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79
Ratings:
399
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
It has a nice bright burnt orange color body with a small white head that quicly goes down to a very thin lace. The smell has a nice malt and allspice aroma with a hint of cinnamon in there also. The taste has a sweet taste up front then the spices and the pumpkin come in to play on the middle and the finish, leaving a nice like spice film on the tonuge. The mouth feel is really good and overall a good balanced pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright burnt orange. Head it tiny, bright-white, and drops to a tiny collar almost instantly. Moderate carbonation. So pretty. A little less burnt than I like to see, but still comes close to perfect.

Smell: Big hits of pumpkin pie spice. The usual suspects are there, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a touch of clove and vanilla. Cinnamon is more pronounced. Canned pumpkin sweetness coupled with some intense malt sweetness. Smells like a pie. Some toasted edges as well. There's some crust. Sharply spicy. Some minor hints of real pumpkin when it warms, but the spices jump as well.

Taste: Fresh pumpkin flesh up front drops quickly and gives way to the spice compliment. Big hits of cinnamon. Nutmeg and clove pick up some of the slack. Hints of vanilla on the back. Allspice all but disappears. Raw, squashy pumpkin flavor re-energizes over the middle. Almost no aftertaste, incredibly clean. Flavor drops a bit too fast off the tongue. As it warms the spices become a touch too aggressive as the pumpkin backs off a touch.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and underwhelming. Nice carbonation. No aftertaste.

Overall: You could do a lot worse for a pumpkin beer.

Nice overall, with some solid pumpkin influence. Falls apart as it warms, but it's still drinkable and worth checking out.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice reddish copper color. Malty smell with bread notes and subdued pumpkin spices. Nice sweet malty taste with hints of allspice and a yeast flavor reminiscent of pie crust. It is a very solid pumpkin beer that is easy drinking .

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet, color is copper, head is off white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a ring and fine bubbles; some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is somewhat average for a pumpkin ale of this strength and style; muted spices and light pumpkin flesh are noted, malt is neutral and not distracting.

Taste is very pleasant, simple flavors but great balance; malt is light toast, biscuit, hints of caramel and pumpkin flesh; spices are well balanced and not overpowering, presenting as light cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, ginger.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, no off putting flavors or spice levels. Appropriate carbonation level and hop dryness.

Overall, a very good pumpkin ale, well balanced in the spices with some pumpkin and malt presence.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear orange amber color with a fingers worth of white head

S-cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin and sweet pumpkin pie

T-taste has more vegetable pumpkin taste than sweet pumpkin pie, but there is still plenty of cinnamon and other spices

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall this is a nice beer for the style, I like that it's not overly sweet and you can actually taste the pumpkin.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler with the first taste poured into a traditional pint glass. Sampled earlier at the Ithaca Ale House also.

Appearance: A nice copper and slightly hazy orange color to the body of the brew, with a decent off-white head that does fade a bit quickly, probably due to the transport and the wash-out of the growler before the fill. Hopefully the haze is due to some of the pumpkin and spices -- I'm glad to see that it's not too clear.

Smell: A nice balance of malt and hops initially, with the spices coming through as it warms, especially the cinnamon and nutmeg. And there's some nice pepper and vanilla going on too. A good balance of aromas all around.

Taste: A little hoppier than I'd originally anticipated, with a nice sense of sweetness from the malt, balanced by the nice combination of spices, especially the cinnamon and nutmeg, and you do taste some of that pumpkin puree and it doesn't seem at all fake. Nice lingering slightly hoppy finish with spices that go on for a while.

Mouthfeel: Nicely medium-bodied with carbonation that could be maybe a little more charged, but it works well, and is more than adequate and keeps the flavors in check.

Drinkabiltiy. Not so surprisingly, a very good one from Ithaca. I hope this becomes a fall staple. Not very expensive, and a lot of flavor that could easily turn into a session brew. Seems like this is going fast -- not sure how much they made, but get it while you can.

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Photo of sliverX
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich clear copper, thick white foam a good 3/4" that took a while to fade down to whisps.
Smelled of typical pumpkin beer spices with a touch of pumpkin meat.
Taste followed the noise, very balanced spice profile which was very drinkable and no where near over the top.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, it had some weight to it but was very drinkable.
Overall a very solid entry from Ithaca, not a game changer but a perfect fall option.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright orange color with a thin wisp of foam that fizzles away quickly. Aroma is strong of pumpkin pie spice... clove, allspice, cinnamon.

First sip is medium bodied with a strong cinnamon flavor and enough sweetness to hold things together. Actually, this is quite sweet, and in turn has a few layers of flavor between the crystal malts, and various spices. Mouthfeel is viscous, but it also is a bit fizzy.

One of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Glad I took a chance and bought a 6 pack.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours an orange amber color with a small white head that disappears rapidly and leaves no lacing. The smell is very subtle. Hints of pumpkin, bready malt and spices. Taste is very similar. There is very little pumpkin flavor to speak of, really there is very little flavor to this beer at all. Reminds me of a less flavorful Yuengling with the smallest hint of pumpkin. Feel is light with little carbonation. Overall pass. I will not be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of sleazo
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A_Pours a deep copper with a one finger tan head.

S_Mild graham cracker aroma with vague hints of spice. Doesn't bludgeon you over the head with the spice but smells nice.

T_Dry biscuity malt mixed with caramel up front. This is follwed by a nice mellow spice hint of cinammon and clove, maybe some allspice. Mostly dry.

M_Lighter bodied for the style with an aggressive tight carbonation.

O_An easy drinking pumpkin beer. Not too heavy handed with the spices but with enough to let you know it is there.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mini pilsner glass. Best by December.

A: Clear golden color with a 1 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Pretty strong pumpkin and spice aroma. The usual allspice and nutmeg.

T: Loads of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Still a fairly full pumpkin taste. The malt background keep this thing well balanced. Loses some of its flavor as it warms.

M: Lots of carbonation. Light to medium body. Crisp finish. Very drinkable. Slightly watery.

Overall a great new pumpkin beer. Certainly worth a go-round and I will look for this again in the future.

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Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice, golden hue, seems to glow. Illuminated. Small off-white head with a yellowy tint

S- Pumpkin spices, pumpkin flesh on the nose

T- Slight clean hop taste, melds well with the crisp clean pumpkin and spice taste. Very well balanced, great tasting pumpkin ale. Sweet, but not over the top.

M- Crisp, clean, enjoyable with a slight carbonation prick. Very drinkable. One of few pumpkin beers that I could sit down and spend an evening drinking

O- Great tasting well balanced bold flavors. A nice, drinkable beer that represents the style well.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin ales are so common these days, and I tasted this one after drinking Dogfish's Punkin, so needless to say my expectations were high. This isn't quite as flavorful as Dogfish's brew, and certainly did not have the pumpkin flavor that I look for, but it did have a nice mouthfeel, with a medium thickness and carbonation just low enough to allow for the flavors to shine. This is more on the spicy end of the spectrum, with the smell reminding me of pumpkin pie but the taste being more complex and more centered on the spice than pumpkin. Overall, I consider this to be a good but not great pumpkin ale. It's definitely above average and is a good example of the style, one that is likely to be enjoyed for someone looking for a more spicy taste.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Six Pack.

A: A standard deep orange, light brown, clear/filtered, decent head, nothing too crazy here.

S: Smell is pretty pungent, standard pumpkin pie spices, some bready yeastyness, some true pumpkin/gourd smell too.

T: Yum. A great blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Not overwhelming. Theres also a great pumpkin flavor that so many of these pumpkins lack. Theres enough noble hops in there to remind you that its a beer/ale, and its got a plesant english yeast/bread taste as well. Delicous.

M: Pretty sessionable, not cloying, or overly seasoned. I could have a couple of these. Has a full/rich body though.

O: One of the best 6pack pumpkin ales I've ever had. Definitely the best I've had this season. Similar to Smuttynose's with a little more spices. If you like pumpkin beers you wont be dissapointed.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a copper/light amber color with a white head with average retention
S-good amount of pumpkin with spice
T-More pumpkin and spice followed by a good hop bitterness, not a huge fan of the hop selection itself though, leaves a bit of an off aftertaste
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad pumpkin ale, if it wasn't for the aftertaste I would say its a pretty solid beer. Don't regret trying it but won't make it one of my regular fall beers

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay at first pour and taste was okay let sit came back to it later and the smell was better nut what was odd was it tasted more like an imperial pumpkin ale it was poured from bottle in my gdb Cervoise Glass L just like a pumpkin pie out of oven S lots of spices some bread t eah had better f thin at first but thinkend as it warmed O drinkable

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Photo of Danno48
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Another pumpkin ale and another issue when rating them. Is it different and is it tasty? Well this one is tasty but not different. Good use of spice and just the right amount of sweetness. Great hop usage that really accentuates the spices. The real winning feature is the smell. Sweet and delicious pumpkin pie. Not very different but it stands out because it's well done.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated best before December 2013 into my Duvel Nymph Tulip glass.

A- Attractive and seasonally appropriate dark orange/copper body with foamy, off white, one finger head that dies down to just a bubbly film before I got through the song Colossal by Wolfmother. Almost no visible carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S- The aroma is sweet malty and nutty pumpkin at first. Then the classic pumpkin spices kick in. I'm mostly getting ginger and allspice, but also some cinnamon.

T- I think the nutty pumpkin flavors are not as noticeable as their aromatic counterparts at first, but it comes out more as the beer warms. The ginger, allspice, and cinnamon certainly compliment the luscious malts. A certain balance between sweetness and the spices along with some earthy hops is struck here. And quite striking it is indeed.

M- Mid to full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a spicy, dry finish. Pleasing combination of chewiness while maintaining crispness.

O- This is my first pumpkin ale of the season, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It is almost like eating the bottom of a pumpkin spice muffin with some hops along for the ride. There is nothing artificial about how it smells or tastes. No flavor is dominant. They all get their turn to shine, and that is how I like my pumpkin ales.

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Photo of mackeyse
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: While the bottle sounded super carbonated when I cracked it, and I poured this pretty hard, the head dies super fast. Amber/orange in color. Good looking beer. No lacing to speak of.

A: Mild pumpkin spice aroma. Faint —just hints at pumpkin spice.

T/F: Nutmeg, allspice, maybe maple. Still trying to get my pumpkin spices in order when I taste these things but a very light taste of pumpkin. Taste is almost effervescent. You can feel the fizz but the body really lightens up. Spicy, and has a pilsner like feel to it.

O: The pumpkin tastes so-so faint in this. On the plus side that means nothing artificial smelling or tasting. It’s a well-done beer as far as crafting it goes. Almost too clean if that’s possible. “The “touch” of seasonal spices is ever so slight. I probably wouldn’t go for this again, and I don’t know if I’d recommend it for pumpkin beer connoisseurs or newbies. Smuttynoses Pumpkin Ale probably takes the cake for a “light” pumpkin beer that still tastes like pumpkin and there are a ton stronger/imperial ones out there I like better than this. Maybe there is an appeal here for someone who wants a Pumpkin Pilsner?

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Photo of Slack
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Medium to deep amber in color with a small amount of head and minimal lacing.

Pumpkin spices along with sweet malt on the nose but all toned down.

Malt, cinnamon, vanilla, and a hop note on the tongue.

Mouthful is a bit thin but a bit crisp with lower than average carbonation. Finish is a bit dry with lingering spices.

This is a simple pumpkin beer. Nothing special.

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Photo of emyers
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color with a one-finger white head.

Smell: Nutmeg and clove with faint pumpkin. Wheat and some biscuity notes as well. This one is definitely more spice than actual pumpkin, although honestly it's a little underwhelming as a whole.

Taste: Unfortunately the trend of underwhelming continues here. Comes off like a lightly spiced pale lager. There just isn't a lot going on, and I get little to no actual pumpkin flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but there just isn't enough going on to keep it interesting. Where's the pumpkin?

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy honey-orange. No head to speak of, even after an aggressive pour. At best I get a thin layer of fizzy bubbles. Nice amount of carbonation

Smells very close to pumpkin pie. Sweet caramel, notes of vanilla, typical spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, ginger, clove. Lots of really nice aromas. Oh yeah, and pumpkin. Smells spicier than sweet. One of the best-smelling pumpkin beers I've had

Taste follows the nose. Dry biscuity malts and sweet caramel malts blend together nicely. Pumpkin throughout. On the mid-palate come the spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg at first then the rest of the aforementioned spices come out. The end result is a nicely-balanced, slightly drying, tasty pumpkin brew. Ends on a sweet note with a hint of vanilla

Feels dry and crisp. A little spicy

Overall I'm impressed by this moreso than any pumpkin beer I've had so far this year. Well-balanced with lots of flavor. Highly recommended

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Country Pumpkin has an awesome eye-catching label with great colors and graphics. Label gives a bit of brewery info, best before date of 11/17/2013, states “the spirit of the Finger Lakes”. Cap has Ithaca logo, a bit of brewery info, web info, states “the spirit of the Finger Lakes”.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint led to a 2 finger golden off-white head of a medium density atop a hazy orange/copper sediment laced beer. Head retention was 3min before fading to a thin coating and ring with OK lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very sweet with hints of nutty malts and pumpkin along with hints of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of ginger, nutmeg, and all spice with hints of pumpkin on the front-end. Mid-point is dominated by a cinnamon bite and an ever more prevalent pumpkin flavor with a bit of sweet malt coming through for balance. Back-end is heavy on a sweet nutty maltiness and pumpkin flavors with a slight bit of bitterness. Aftertaste is of a nutty pumpkin.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Country Pumpkin is on the full side of medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation giving it a smooth finish. This is extremely drinkable and thirst quenching.

Overall/Comments: Country Pumpkin is one of the better Pumpkin Ales that I have had the pleasure of trying mostly because it is not overly sweet and not overly spiced making it very sessionable and easy drinking. I highly recommend trying it out! Classified as a Pumpkin Ale at 6.3% ABV. Consumed 12/12/2013.

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Photo of mattbk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Naturally carbonated, I spilled a bit of yeast into the bottle during the pour. This makes it a bit cloudy. I suppose it's possible the pumpkin is contributing to the cloudiness. The beer is only lightly carbonated. It is orange-brownish.
S: A familiar pumpkin aroma, nutmeg, clove, cinammon maybe, a bit of brown sugar. Fairly typical for a pumpkin ale. Good, not especially interesting.
T: The taste is far more beery and less spicy. Mild maltiness, some yeasty esters coming through, the spices are very faint, a bit of cinammon maybe. Not much of a pumpkin taste. A bit minty from a hoppy finish, which comes out as the beer warms (English hops? Northern Brewers maybe?). This is my favorite part of the beer, a nice finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation, just enough for this beer. No head apparent on the beer by this point.
O: A slightly above average pumpkin beer. Not bad, I've had better.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on the darker side with a rather rustic amber color and a nose of pumpkin pie.

Smooth and clean on the start with a big rush of pumpkin flavor. A stark pumpkin taste dominates with tones of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mouth feel is solid with a kind of brown sugary quality. A bit on the sweeter side for the style.

Overall, a pretty solid example of the style. I really liked the genuine pumpkin taste and found the spices to not be overpowering.

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Country Pumpkin from Ithaca Beer Company
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