Master Of Pumpkins
Tröegs Brewing Company

Master Of PumpkinsMaster Of Pumpkins
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From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #167
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,293
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 15.11%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
349
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 04, 2022
Added:
Oct 23, 2013
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  105
SCORE
82
Good
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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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of pumpkin, spices. Taste is the same as the aroma, a touch of vanilla as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
May 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 28, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Tröegs Brewing Co. "Master Of Pumpkins"
16 fl. oz. can "FRESHEST BY 03/22/2022 16:50 210920-301". Sampled on 03/18/2022.

Notes via stream of consciousness: I'm cutting it close on the freshness with this one but I got it for .89¢ so I didn't want to pass that up. It's poured a clear, deep reddish copper beneath a standard-sized cap of khaki colored foam. The aroma is gently spicy, lightly sweet and softly caramelish, and a touch floral. The spices are cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg and they blend equally. The same is true in the taste. Each of the spices is clear on its own, although the ginger lingers in the finish while the others fade a bit. The sweetish and caramelish malt supports the spice but is also balanced by it. There's even a drip of honey to the malt. A moderate bitterness balances it, as might be expected, as the spices do all the work of balancing and drying it. The alcohol doesn't show but it's probably helping to dry it in the finish as well. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled carbonation. All in all it's remarkably well balanced for a spiced beer.
Review #7,810
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by mpenske from California

Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pint can, poured into a standard pint. Pours a dark ruby color, almost brown. Creamy off-white head lingers a while, settling into a thin cap. Aromas of note clove, ginger and nutmeg. Flavor follows the nose, and brings along some vanilla, cinnamon, and black tea. Thinner body, slick on the palate, but has a boozy character at the finish. Very Belgian feel to this pumpkin beer, unique in its own right, and a nice change of pace.
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by parkwood from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
-optically clear, deep amber can pour with a thin cap of fine foam. The aroma is of candi-sugar, nutmeg and ginger.
The flavor follows the nose with the ginger most prominent.
The body is thin. In all this pumpkin beer is lower on the cinnamon scale and more refined than many.
Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
DATE: November 24, 2021... OCCASION: on the eve of Thanksgiving, we prepare with some Office and the first Spiderman, which eluded us somehow... pours a chocolate amber body with sparse bubbles that cling to the glass... its short, creamy head dissolves swiftly into a few off-white clumps... cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove are woven into cherry, tea, and tobacco... complex enough to engage the nostrils... its body is rather flat, forward, and medium-bodied... its finish is lasting, with light heat and reasonable tingle at the throat... by its finish, a deceptively strong weight... the clove and nutmeg evoke an earthy, smoked-out pumpkin, with a tea-like finish... this doesn't hit like most pumpkin beers, but its approach is uniquely a Belgian style, clean and slow-sipping...
Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Nov 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by edthehead from New York

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This pour into a clear glass Imperial pint mug came via a pint can. Just by cracking it open, there's plenty of pumpkin pie spices to be had by the nose. Clove, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg are all present in good measure. The pour is a lovely one, bringing a beautiful bright copper-amber color with an enduring creamy off-white head on top. Although it's toward the translucent side, it gives every indication that this will be rich and smooth to taste. It's neither as rich nor smooth as it appears, making the spices a little too biting. Clove certainly goes a long way and here it dominates the taste. The ginger probably adds a little more burn to the mouthfeel. The body isn't bad, it just doesn't hold up to the level of spiciness. It you prefer a spicy pumpkin beer, here it is. A little more subtlety and balance would have worked better. The glass lacing is nice and reinforces the false belief that this is one smooth ale. So much for the 2021 version.
Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Features pumpkins from PA, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg and a house wit yeast; 7.5% abv on the best by 3/23/22 canning... Typical pumpkin beer feel and presentation, balances between the sweeter and more earthy incarnations of the style - nice spark provided through the ginger and cinnamon...
Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into goblet: color is amber, head is off white with fine bubbles, head presents 1 finger thick, dissipating to thin top with lacing and ring along the glass.

Smell is pumpkin spice and lighter belgian yeast notes: spices are ginger heavy, cinnamon, all spice, cloves and belgian character is light banana and figs; malt is really well constructed with light caramel and toast.

Taste is similar with strong pumpkin spice blend - ginger, all spice, clove, cinnamon and then belgian yeast notes of banana, fig, and spice; malt is backing and just right with light caramel, toast, biscuit. With warmth the flavor is reminiscent of pumpkin pie mixed in a light belgian blond.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness/spiciness with drying.

Overall one of the more unique pumpkin ales I've had in the past few years - spice level is strong and belgian yeast sets this apart from most pumpkin ales - this brew inspires thoughts of what a pumpkin ale of old may taste like with the high spice and belgian yeast characteristics.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep amber. Thin foam. Clove aroma. Slightly sweet pumpkin body. Fades to cinnamon and cloves. The cloves linger. Spicy. Maybe a little too heavy with the cloves but a decent pumpkin ale.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Head doesn't last and the color is a murky brown but the nose is pretty special: a blast of spices with cinnamon and clove most prominent but nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin also detectable. A Belgian style yeast also is in the mix early. The taste starts with a similar blast of spices with earthier and herbal tones in the finish. Not a ton of pumpkin flavor, but cool as a farmhouse Christmas ale or something similar. Fairly satisfying, but maybe not up to the highest echelons of the style.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L - Dark amber with rich copper hues along with a light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind no real lacing
S - Traditional fall spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, allspice - along with notes of pumpkin
T - Follows the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, allspices, along with notes of pumpkin, but with a slightly mineral taste on the backend - some ginger in there as well
F - Medium bodied with light to moderate amount of carbonation
O - A very solid pumpkin ale that hits all the right notes
Oct 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.52 by Rainintheface from Florida

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Look – Dark amber color with a transparent body and two fingers of off-white head

Aroma – Heavy on the pumpkin and it smells genuine. Cinnamon is a close 2nd. Has almost a floral/potpourri smell to it.

Taste – The pumpkin is just as big here and the cinnamon has stepped up to compete on the same level. Subtle notes if vanilla add some sweetness to the mix. There’s almost a sap or maple presence I can’t seem to shake, but I am glad it is here. A bit malty on the taste as well, but it isn’t a hindrance to the overall experience.

Mouthfeel – The body is full, but the malty notes make it feel a bit dry at times. The sweeter flavors leave some stickiness behind.

Overall – Maltier and sweeter than a lot of other offerings, but had one of the most genuine pumpkin flavors out of the bunch (or patch…..rimshot). Tastes like a bigger beer than it is with a good amount of complexity.
Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by Khaack from New York

Aug 09, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Reviewed by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.96 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 17, 2020
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Rated by BigCohiba from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pumpkinhead would be proud.
Oct 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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
 
Rated: 3.88 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Oct 21, 2020
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Reviewed by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.68 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.79 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by TheSupremeAJ from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania

Oct 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.06 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.89 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Oct 08, 2019
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