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Pumpkin Ale | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Tennessee, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sommersb on 10-21-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
65
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
29.92%
 
 
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4
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18
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 65
Photo of Franziskaner
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper colored with a fingernail of brilliant white on top. There's a serious amount of moderate sized sediment suspended within. Nose of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The flavor is aggressively spiced with pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The mouth is moderately carbonated and there's a burn on the tongue from the heavy spicing.

Best before last week of January this year. :(

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Photo of jmv0009
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Amber/orange. Very cloudy, cannot see through.
S- lots of festive spices.
T- Nutmeg and pumpkin. Tastes like fall in your mouth. The best thing is that the pumpkin flavor is not obnoxiously overpowering.
F- Good mouthfeel. Not too heavy, very drinkable.
O- Finally! A pumpkin beer I can enjoy! The pumpkin isn't too much. Beer is sweet but not as much as other pumpkin beers. Again props to Blackstone.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fairly grainy until the nutmeg and clove kick in, giving a perception of sweetness.

Flavor is slightly sweet throughout, with an upfront squash and nutmeg character that fades to a lightly tangy note and clove in the finish.

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Photo of EEscobar
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: orange and yellow with a very thin white head.
Smell: some vanilla light pumpkin and honey
Taste: sweet upfront light vanilla and pumpkin with a slightly bitter finish.
Feel: thin body
Overall: not a bad beer. Decent flavor here but if I was ranking pumpkin beers this would be in the lower 25%. One and done

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Photo of greenhousedrummer
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had many good beers from this brewery but this one missed the mark for me. It was promising as it looked and smelled quite nice, but disappointed with a harsh and bitter nutmeg taste. The spices are way overdone and there's not enough pumpkin here. Not very well balanced.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy burnt orange color with a generous white head. Aroma full of pumpkin spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste was similar, but not cloyingly sweet like some styles.Flavors were balanced. Nice dry finish. Overall a very good pumpkin ale.

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Photo of n2185
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of cream-colored head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Pumpkin spices with a bit of squashy pumpkin underneath along with light aromas of caramel and vanilla.

T: Pumpkin spices here as well but with a nice undercurrent of actual pumpkin along with vanilla and caramel malts.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this pumpkin ale just avoids being watery.

O: An enjoyable pumpkin ale, overall. It could use a bit more pumpkin and vanilla presence along with a creamier body, but is still quite nice.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Orange and brown pumpkin colors really shine through as this Crystal clear ale is topped with a light layer of tightly knit foam.

The aromas are heavy on the cinnamon, with a light pumpkin spice and nutmeg.

The flavor is more to the pumpkin spice, lightly topped with cinnamon and nutmeg. There's very little malt or pumpkin flavor but it's spicy enough that it's good.

The feel is so light and almost lacking in carbonation, that it feels like water. Light on the tongue and slips down the palate with utter ease.

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Photo of vig180
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance--Pour is a lovely orange color with very little head retention and only small amounts of cloudiness.

Smell--All spices on the nose. Little pumpkin, just spices.

Taste --Complex, starting off with a hint of pumpkin, diving into the cloves and nutmeg, and then finishing with a touch of hops that unfortunately comes across as soapy about halfway through and leaves a strange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel--More carbonated than I thought it would be based on the appearance. Not sure, again, if that works here, especially with pumpkin.

Overall--It's all right, but once you taste them the soap notes really diminish the rest of the palate here. A pity, since this is otherwise an excellent pumpkin ale.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A new offering from Blackstone. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Light orange and amber in color; clear with a thin head. No lacing, head recedes quickly. Mild scents of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, various spices. Good flavor, a nice mix of pumpkin and spice with neither particularly overbearing. Slightly sour with mild hop bitterness. Light and thin, medium carbonation, very drinkable. Overall another nice beer from Blackstone. Everyone is doing pumpkin ales now so there are alot of bad examples of the style out there; this isn't one.

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-20-2012
Freshness: Best by 4th week of 12-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Blackstone shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance: Clear and bright copper-colored beer, with a nice sized off-white head. Both lacing and retention are good.

Smell: Pleasant sweetness of pumpkin fruit and pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Bready malts with sweet pumpkin pie favors. Rounded out by spices and a slight earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and moderately carbonated. Aftertastes are of pumpkin and spices, with a light sweetness.

Overall: Very delightful pumpkin ale from local brewer Blackstone! Reminds me of a lower gravity version of the Schlafly pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Ale from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.
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