Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.6/5
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385 Ratings
Tröegs Master Of PumpkinsTröegs Master Of Pumpkins
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by orangesol on 10-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,587
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
385
pDev:
15.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
94
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 385 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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?

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of socon67
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of bshiban
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jbalintjr
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bob_roberts
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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;

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Photo of gbw5009
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmeehan
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of scott2269
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, almost brown. There is a wispy grayish head that settled into a slight ring.

The aroma is big on the pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg are strong. Extra clove punch from the saison yeast. Notes of brown sugar and vanilla.

The taste is complex. Nice bready flavor from the yeast and noticeable pumpkin flavor. The spice is strong in this beer. Big cinnamon and allspice. Double whammy of clove from the pumpkin spice and the yeast. Has a cola like flavor. Brown sugar sweetness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, burns a bit. Sweet on the palate but the beer finishes dry so it balances. A bit of ABV presence.

A good complex pumpkin beer. Very spicy. I like how the yeast cuts thru the beer but it does add to the spice profile. A notch above the majority of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is poor, partly thanks to the thin texture and seemingly vibrant carbonation. No lacing really sticks to the glass.

The first whiff of the aroma yields lots of pumpkin spices - namely cinnamon and nutmeg. When allowed to open up, the saison aspects show up with grass, black pepper, and flowers. As someone who generally prefers a defined sweetness in their pumpkin ales (if at all, frankly), I'm a bit disappointed that the malt backbone skews more toward mildly bitter toffee and toasted bread instead of sweeter caramel. When combined with the powerful spicing and the farmhouse yeast, it simply comes across in an excessively spicy manner.

It definitely tastes like the aroma suggested - it's a dry, spicy brew. Opening up with a huge amount of cinnamon and nutmeg, the farmhouse yeast shows itself around the middle. Plenty of black pepper, flowers, and fresh-cut grass gives way to a *slightly* sweet and malt-laden finish. It also finishes with some ginger notes. Plain and simple, the spicing runs roughshod over the flavor profile - the saison yeast exacerbating it even worse. It improves *slightly* as more is consumed, but remains poorly balanced throughout.

I'll give this credit for being as dry and drinkable as it needs to be. It's a bit thin, however. While it goes down quite easily, the heavily spiced nature makes it feel papery and rough. This is very well carbonated as a farmhouse ale demands.

The average score was worrying, but I like Troegs, so I got this anyways. Wasn't the smartest decision I made - it could have been a good farmhouse ale or a good pumpkin ale seperately, but combined, the end result doesn't work. Give this one a miss.

2.65/5: TOO MUCH SPICE!

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Photo of Corburk
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 385 ratings
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