Master Of Pumpkins
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #297
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,567
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
427
From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
83
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Master Of PumpkinsMaster Of Pumpkins
Notes: Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery at Strites’ Orchard, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining roasted pumpkins and traditional pie spices with a French saison yeast. This natural fermentation releases a palate of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and honey. In addition to 750mL bottles, Master of Pumpkins is also currently available on draft and for take-out growler fills in the Tasting Room. Taste it you will see. More is all you need!
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review 1475

I have an affinity for Pumpkin beer. Several I have consumed are run of the mill, yet there are the few that are superior. The reviews for this beer are mixed, unsure what to expect. I did receive this beer from a BIF, not sure who sent it, but thank you. The beer is 38 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a monster creamy and airy head that is two fingers thick. The light tan head left lots of lacing on the glass as it slowly dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM is 16, deep amber with reddish mahogany hues. The beer is clear to brilliant. A beautiful appearance for a pumpkin beer, high marks here.

The initial aromas in the beer are ginger, cinnamon, gourds, toasted malts, and nutmeg. Nosing further I get banana, figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, and a touch of molasses. Finally, I detect subtle spicy floral hops, oranges, earthiness, minerals, and roasted malts. To me, it smells like an elevated pumpkin pie without the crust.

The flavors I get first are cinnamon, huge ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Next, I taste toasted bread, roasted malts, banana, raisins, caramel, toffee, spicy floral hops, oranges, earthiness, molasses, and pepper.

The mouthfeel of the beer dry, coating, and a hint of bitter.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-low carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

This beer is a hit and miss for me. The ginger in this beer is potent. Reminds me of the Trip Through Wood with Ginger but more palatable. The baking spice push to the top followed by the pumpkin flavors, then the roasty toasty malts. Love the flavors in the beer, do not care for the overpowering ginger note. Solid Beer and a must-try for any pumpkin beer fan.

Feb 13, 2021
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Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2019 vintage can January 2021.
Crystal-clear, deep garnet color; with a good white head that quickly fades to a thin lacy collar.
Typical fragrant pumpkin nose, with nutmeg upfront, cinnamon and ginger supporting some saison notes and baked apple.
On the palate, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon bark and gingerbread leap out. Long aftertaste brings out malt and caramel flavors. Sweetness has a good balance with the spice flavors.
Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, very smooth and carrying a good depth of flavor. Has a nice warming character that is welcome in a winter beer.
A nice example of the style. Well balanced and very pleasant to drink without excessive sweetness or trending to a desert style.

Jan 14, 2021
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Perfectly clear tawny hued brew with good lacing on top. Smells of pie spice; Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, & cloves ... hint of alcohol as well in the nose. Tastes mirrors the smell and more with pie spice and a kiss of alcohol, then it leads to more beerish flavors with a caramel graininess, toasted bread, & then some mild earthy gourd meat. Very well balanced & I love that it is a slightly bigger beer as many of the smaller run-of-the-mill Pumpkin Ales are quite boring ... this is not.

Oct 21, 2020
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been drinking quite a few pumpkin beers this fall. Got a 4 pack of 16 oz cans. I really liked this beer. Great color and aroma. Flavor was good and smooth. Has a nice kick to it.

Oct 21, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep copper with a lot of foam. Taste is a little disappointing as clove and spices overwhelm the pumpkin. Booziness is well concealed though as it’s a very smooth easy drinker

Oct 11, 2020
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TheSupremeAJ from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The can says to pour into a chalice so I will
Smell: You can smell the Belgian yeast and spices.
Taste: Love the essence from the fresh pumpkin! The spices are subtle and balanced with the pumpkin and beer.
Feel: Bright

Overall: This is my favorite pumpkin beer. Experiences like Grandma's pie. Professional.

Oct 11, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can from what now, sadly, passes for a reasonably priced 4-pack (13 bucks... yeesh).

Pour is a dark, filtered orange-red with a respectable head.

The aroma is pleasant, if rather straightforward for an American pumpkin ale: firm, sweet malt and variegated pie spices: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and ginger.

The flavor is a bit more adventurous than most iterations of the style: the sweetness up front is more aggressive without being cloying, with nodes of honey mingling wonderfully with the malt. The spice takes over soon after with vanilla bean, cinnamon, and more clove, ending on a nice balance of sweet grain and pie spice. It's very refreshing and drinkable for a beer with a 7.5 ABV.

Oct 09, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a dark brown with a white head.

Aroma is spices with a brown sugar malt.

Taste is a nice sweet malt balanced with pumpkin spices.

Nov 11, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(375 ml bottle, 2019; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, deep garnet almost ruby-colored liquid; tall, spongy, aged-white foam... head pulls away into thin, messy collar; flecks of lace stick, but not much

S: typical pumpkin ale aromas, with nutmeg apparent on pour, hint of cinnamon too; upon closer sniff, ginger and the saison spice leap out, with the clove perhaps sneaking up in the background... actually a lovely blend of aromas, rather potent overall, with the nutty malt slowly coming to the fore

T: clove, nutty grain, ginger snap cookie malt foundation on first sip - very ginger snap... second sip confirms that clove-forward note, however, its merely an odd semi-accent on the underlying toasty malts... cinnamon and nutmeg eventually pull forward in the aftertaste, which also sports a mildly peppery booze flare... overall bold flavors in malt and spice, with only a mellow, toasted caramel sweetness

F: light-medium bodied, on the lighter side, lacking round syrupy viscosity, the alcohol cutting through that a bit... has some latent gassy carbonation, which maybe lifts it a little across the palate... almost a glassy, lager-like mellow smoothness; bit of sedate boozy warmth

O: is it the clove that throws people off with this and/or the dark malt character? - it's really a rather fine take on a pumpkin beer - full-flavored, malty, restrained sweetness, wonderful definition of component ingredients... short of dessert-like, which is preferable... $3.99 wasn't bad for this; I'd easily get another (1598)

Oct 31, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap. Pours a clearish amber with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor are amber ale with plenty of spices and a hint of roasted pumpkin. Spices are front and center but not off-putting. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. Overall a solid pumpkin beer.

Oct 18, 2019
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Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely underrated pumpkin beer. This is the only pumpkin beer I like and look forward to it every year. I could drink this year round, not sure why it doesn’t get more hype!

Oct 08, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (after struggling with the cork) into a snifter glass. Maybe a finger of head that faded soon after. Deep orange, almost brown color and clear. Smells mostly of saison yeast, maybe a little bit of pumpkin. Taste is far too much saison yeast with a background of pumpkin. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Not a fan as far as pumpkin ales go.

Oct 06, 2019
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Troegs 'Master Of Pumpkins' is a visually appealing beer. The bottle is a slightly oversized, 12.7oz beauty, capped off with a wire sealed cork. I bought a 4 pack, figuring a good brewer like Troegs wouldn't put such care into presentation unless the beer was truly fine. Sadly, however, the brew does not live up to the packaging. It pours a lovely orange. You can taste the pumpkin, there is a decent base of pumpkin mash, and there is appreciable fermentation, all of which seems a promising start. The real problem however, is the spicing. It is heavily balanced toward nutmeg and clove, which renders a peppery and bitter taste. The sugar and cinnamon side of the spice component seems underdone, which spoils all the potential goodness. A disappointment, for sure.

Oct 05, 2019
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atr2605 from New York

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a murky amber/brown color with an off white head with average retention
S-lots of pumpkin pie spice, subtle sweetness, peppery spice from saison yeast
T-more pumpkin pie spice, caramel, vanilla, and tons of clove throughout and in the finish
M-medium bodied with average retention
O-really tasty pumpkin beer with loads of spices. Wouldn't want more than one, but definitely a nice brew for a cool fall day

Oct 28, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color with a brownish hue and slightly murky appearance. Poured with a short, creamy, light beige foam with medium low retention. Pumpkin and caramel malt aromas with hints of spice and nutmeg. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Assertive carbonation is followed by pleasant spicy warmth. Malt, pumpkin and caramel malty flavors up front with expanding spicy coriander around the edges. Medium spicy, slightly acidic hop bitterness interrupts the malty and spicy flavors momentarily. Malty and pumpkin flavors with light peppery notes from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with pleasant coriander and nutmeg flavors that slowly taper leaving light, dry, peppery notes. I was expecting this to be a disappointment, but this is really a solid pumpkin ale. Flavorful pumpkin that isn’t too sweet with a nice malty base. Tasty, spicy character that isn’t overwhelming with lightly effervescent feel.

Oct 24, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt chestnut brown with lighter edges and a thick, fluffy dense head with a slight ridge around the glass.

Smell is quite spicy, but it's not one of those pumpkin ales where one spice sticks out over all the rest, but instead a good blend of pumpkin pie spices, while an aroma of toasty pie crust is also present.

There is more squashy pumpkin in taste, as well as a softening vanilla cream dollop, but it also has a good woody bitterness and a dry toasty finish via the medium-light, crisply carbonated body.

Oct 15, 2018
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CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When this pumpkin beer first came out it was available on tap only at the Troegs Brewing tasting room. At $5.00 per glass, that was a bit much for the amount received (a small brandy snifter size glass). I drank half the glass then left. Not very good. I contacted the manager about it and made some suggestions on how to make this a better brew.

The following year, it was made available in the large 750mL bottles. So I gave it another try. The first half of the bottle was excellent and I thought they greatly improved on the flavor. Tasted just like a freshly baked pumpkin pie. However, I'm guessing sediment stayed in the bottom of the bottle and the second half of the pour had a distinctive taste of cloves over the pumpkin taste. Troegs is using WAY to many cloves in their recipe. If they would simply cut back on them by around half (for example), this would be one of my favorite pumpkin brews.

Sorry, but this is just an above average seasonal beer for an over priced ($13.95) 750mL bottle. As it is now, "Master" of Pumpkins is a rather arrogant name to call this pumpkin beer when there are many others that better.

Sep 02, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 corked & caged bottle into a tulip. 2017 release, best by 8/14/17

dark reddish brown body, slightly hazy amber when held up to the light. small creamy white head which persists, initially leaving excellent lacing.

you get the aroma of this beer without being anywhere near the glass. cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin.

taste follows the nose, though the spice is dominant.

mouth is below medium, finish is a combination of pumpkin spices.

overall, it's a decent enough pumpkin beer, it just seems to lose a little on each category after the look.

Dec 22, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this a Pumpkin Beer? It doesn’t taste like your typical beer in that style. At first, I thought that it tasted like a Belgian style ale. But the brewery uses a French Saison yeast and Northern Brewer hops ( English)

Semi-clear brownish color with a 4 finger head in a Tulip.
Quick resolution.

Spice, especially clove and cinnamon in the aroma. The pumpkin is melded in the aroma and taste.

Excellent taste: spice, pumkin, cinnamon, clove. Good bitter finish with tastes of spice.

Overall, one of the best pumkin ales around, is it a true pumkin ale?

Nov 14, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker brown / copper, nice fluffy cap. Aroma is very Belgian - pepper, clove, Belgian yeast. Not many pumpkin smells. Taste is good - pumpkin is there but not very assertive, it leans just a bit too heavy on the clove spice (or perhaps that is just accentuated by the Belgian yeast) but those more festive flavors are there just not as well highlighted.

Oct 30, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip and treated as a Belgian ale with pumpkin flavor added, the appearance was a dark muddy orange color with a sustaining finger and a half’s worth of white foamy head. Lacing moves in a sly sticky fashion roaming around the glass nicely. The aroma starts off with sweet pumpkin flesh, Belgian spicy yeast, gentle sweet bready to toffee malts and a warming boozy raisin smell underneath. The flavor balances exceptionally well between the sweet of pumpkin to the Belgian bready/yeastiness. Spices slyly move in. Some ginger, allspice and cinnamon help to provide a nicer cozier balance and everything seems to combine wonderfully in the aftertaste and leaves a quick semi-spicy to sweet malty pumpkin sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping to sly sessionable moveable sort of feel. Spices hit in the harshness but the carbonation also helps to balance and not distract. Overall, because of the yeast strain Troeg’s uses for this beer, I believe this is a Belgian ale that has a great amount of pumpkin in it. I would love to have this again.

Jun 10, 2017
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bob_roberts from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you like saison, and you like pumpkin, you'll like this. it's a dry, pumpkin spice beer. it's what you'd expect from troegs given it's a pumpkin saison, quality beer.

Dec 01, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a clear copper orange color... 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Modest lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie... cloves, nutmeg, an autumn spices. Cinnamon and sugar.

T/F: Lots of pumpkin pie spices... follows the nose pretty closely. Good pumpkin flavor, and rich/flavorful. Vanilla, ginger, and lots of cinnamon. Somewhat sticky in mouthfeel... well carbonated. Finish is sweet and a bit of spice lingers at the back of my tongue.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers out there. If you're a fan of the style then you won't be disappointed.

Nov 23, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1+ finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: nutmeg is predominant; cinnamon is also very evident;

T: cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice from start to finish;
very little bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: no pumpkin flavor;

Nov 20, 2016
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best pumpkin beers you can get your hands on, but it's not very pumpkiny compared to most pumpkin beers. It's got a rich color and flavor and has a nice sweetness that pairs with its spiciness. If you can get it, get it.

Nov 07, 2016
Master Of Pumpkins from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 427 ratings