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Tröegs Master Of PumpkinsTröegs Master Of Pumpkins

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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!

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, creamy, long-lasting, off-white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, spices, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar and herbal hops. Body is full and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma, not much pumpkin at all. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mine is a 2014 vintage bottle, set aside & then forgotten until now. Forgive me, Master, as I got caught up in The CANQuest (tm) & neglected so many bottles!

From the bottle: "Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining traditional pie spices with French saison yeast to elicit notes of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and honey."; "Master of Pumpkins is highly carbonated. Hold chalice and pour into center of the glass to release the yeast's complex character."

I unwound the wire cage holding the cork in place, while keeping my thumb over said cork. The cork was solidly in the neck & gave me some resistance before relinquishing its grip and sliding out. The Pop! was not as loud as in some beers that I have had, but it was sufficient. The bottle suggests a chalice, but I went with a goblet for my very gentle pour. As such, I had to employ a swirl once in the glass to raise a brief finger of thin, light-tan head that could not wait to return to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22), closer to 17, though. Nose was a unique mélange with the saison yeast having had a chance to really impart its light funkiness on the spices, which were also highly evident. I also got a treacle-like bitter sweetness in the mix. Intriguing! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, with very limited carbonation. The taste was really different, commingling cinnamon and nutmeg with the funk of saison along with hints of vanilla and that treacle-like flavor that I noted earlier. The latter might have been borne of the honey, but it no longer had its traditional outright sweetness. The overall effect was one of drinking a liqueur or an aperitif. It was sweet-ish, but slightly funky and the lack of carbonation was giving it a solid mouthfeel. Interestingly, the haze seemed to clarify as it warmed, giving it a Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = 13) color, much akin to brandy or whiskey. I would be really curious to see what this would be like if it were to be distilled. A second decanting had none of the earlier haze, so it may have been the cold of my reefer that caused it. I prefer my beers closer to room temp, anyway, so it all worked out. I will say this - it is definitely a beer to be savored. As I have grown older, I tend to take my sweet time any more. The rush-rush that was a hallmark of my youth is in its ebb tide. The Navy inculcated the idea that "5" early is on-time, On-time is late and Past due is a world of trouble". I no longer subscribe to that as a hard-and-fast axiom & unless time is of the essence, I prefer a more leisurely pace. The finish was dry, not surprising, given the spices and the yeast. Very enjoyable.

And now ,,, it is time for the lees pour. I also subscribe to "Waste not, want not" as an axiom. I once almost wept as I watched Tom Baker, then of Heavyweight BC, dump lees on the ground! The late Charles Bukowski remarked that "Of all of my problems, constipation ain't one of 'em!" Ha! Sure, the lees can/may/do act as Roto-Rooter in my digestive tract, but when the average American dies with 5' of undigested red meat in there, I like cleanliness. Now, the spices were so intense that I reeled back as though I had been maced! I did a stint as a cop and before we were issued mace & pepper spray, we got a shot to see how it feels. I have never forgotten it. Ugh. The brown liquid in the glass looked like turbid Conestoga River water. One singular draught & it was gone, leaving me gasping for air and anticipating the coming aftermath.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber in color—to dark to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutmeg are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of nutmeg along with notes of cinnamon and other spices and hints of pumpkins.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pumpkin ale seems to be lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/7/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pear, apple, red grape, honey, brown sugar, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pear, apple, red grape, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pear, apple, red grape, honey, brown sugar, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some light dryness from peppery yeast/spice notes as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Telcocoffeedad
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much hop or barley. All pumpkin spices. Not a lot of pumpkin flavor. This is probably my favorite pumpkin beer I had this year. Very smooth. Lots of flavor without being cloying like pumpking.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/14...pours dark amber with fast fizzy foam that settles out. Clove nutmeg spiced nose with hints of pumpkins. Taste is a rich pumpkin malt taste, pulpy and spicy. Vanilla and notes of honey. Tasty.

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Photo of oberon
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a chalice a highly carbonated burnt orange with a very thin head atop.Mild yeasty phenols and some barnyard in there as well,very light roasted pumpkin but it's there.A sharp somewhat fizzy feel in the mouth that I don't particularly care for.Highly spiced on the palate between the yeasty phenols and pie spice,big nutmeg and clove...alot of nutmeg.I should have looked at the reviews before buying,disappointing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly murky mahogany in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate copper + garnet red + amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon) over the top of light to moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin and caramel + toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel + toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness and a moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin which adds an additional hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon). There is a hint of earthy hop bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just a hint heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming and dryness (from the spices) in the finish.

O: An interesting pumpkin beer with a slightly different take on the mixture of pumpkin pie spices (definitely more ginger centric than most of the others). Enjoyable but a touch more spice than pumpkin flavor. Something about the mouthfeel makes this one not that easy to drink.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium amber with a garnet cast (copper with red). Normal head volume and retention, poor lacing.

Almost world class nose of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg with a subtle pumpkin over a rich base of toasted biscuit with a strong caramel influence.

Heavy light body that is smooth. Perfect carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Had the alcohol been completely covered, it would be world class. Intensity is spot on, but balance and complexity is where this beer shines like a jack-o-lantern on a cold dark witchy night. It begins with a blended spice flavor over a rich toasty malt base that comes just to the sweetness threshold. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg lead. By the middle, clove arrives and becomes dominate over the malt base that now has a caramel influence. The middle also provides the strongest pumpkin influence which had been creeping to the forefront. Bitterness is more of a tickle that provides balance. The finish allows alcohol to be noted as the slow fade of mostly clove lingers. As the finish lingers, dryness is quite evident and ginger provides it's strongest influence.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Meaty pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, caramel, and toasted malts

Taste: Got to love the nice blend of above aromas. Some chewy notes in the rear too. Finishes s little dry slso.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and medium bodied.

Overall: Have to admit that I really enjoyed this pumpkin beer over others. Will look forward tk this every year from now on.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Amber; reserved head, decent lacing.

Smell: Complex - vinous fruit and spice; perhaps vanilla

Taste: Starts out with some vinous sweetness, following by spice-pumpkin and finishes somewhat tart.

Feel: Round: peppery. Not as carbonated as expected.

Overall: Certainly points for uniqueness if nothing else. Some fair residual kick to it as well. Wouldn't mind another: (Not sure I'd want a six.)

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Photo of utopiajane
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fiery copper orange with a just tan head of creamy foam that lasts and wants to outlast the drink but can't. A plume, a stream of effervescence form the center. Clear and brick color reds mingle with rust color oranges for a lovely fiery hue.

Nose is buttery pie crust that has become toasty and sweetened as it became browned. Woody and very herbal hop. Dried herbs, citric tang. pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and a bright bit of ginger. This malt is full and breaddy and gives a soft supple feeling to the mouthfeel. The pumpkin is raosted. There is a lovely hop pepper int his. the saison yeast makes this beer. it augments the dryness of the malts, the toastiness. You are never sorry that the malt is a bit fuller with this yeast. A bit of stickiness finishes this beer as the hop herbal comes bitter to the finish. Dry toasty and spicy. Outstanding!

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Photo of tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear, orange-brown with 1/4 inch head. Taste is cinnamon, clove, earth, and alcohol. This is a big beer that seems to be average for an imperial pumpkin. Not a bad beer, but I prefer others with more depth.

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Photo of Slack
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber to deep amber in color with no head or lacing.

Aroma is floral with some cinnamon.

Taste is cinnamon, ginger, clove with yeast throughout. Finish is a bit spicy.

Thin with higher carbonation. Finish is dry.

Idk. Too much spice imbalance and not enough sweetness. YMMV. Try it with other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had tonight at Walrus + Carpenter on draft, into a tulip glass. Pours a clear copper/rust color with a small head that fades fast, minimal lacing. Quick blast of spice and sweetness on the nose, very mild, notes of clove. Taste is initial malt sweetness which is knocked out by a big wave of spice, too much. I get hints of vanilla and clove. Seems spiced wrong for a pumpkin beer. Medium bodied and gets a little difficult to drink at the end.

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Photo of dar482
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer offers allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, as advertised. Waves of gingersnap cookies for days. Lively carbonation as the base saison comes through with bready sweetness and a dry, spicy finish.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz cork top bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a clear dark copper color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- heavy on the nutmeg with underlying notes of cinnamon, clove, cola, vanilla cream and some spicy/fruity yeast

T- nice blending of all of the pumpkin spices with notes of vanilla whipping cream and some earthy vegetal notes, the yeast addition adds some nice earthiness, Increases the clove flavor and adds some banana notes to the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a slightly different take on the style, the addition of the yeast works well

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

Pours a deep copper color. Smell of pumpkin soup, malt sweetness, slight spices. The taste has pumpkin, crust, clove and a slight earthiness. The pumpkin has a distinct taste, all I could describe it with would be "gourd". Smooth, good level of carbonation. A unique pumpkin ale with earthy and spicy flavors.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Realized I still had some pumpkin beers to get through, so hopefully this isn't too bad. Lots of empty space in the beck of the bottle, for a cork and cage that's a little dicey...
Pours a light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, light spots of lacing, hazy sediment laden amber orange red color.

Nose is about what I expected, lots of pumpkin and gourd like earthy aromas, some biscuit malts with caramel and toasty reddish malts, some spices in the background thankfully lighter side, like cinnamon, ginger and others, a sweet syrupy like note in the aroma as well.

Taste brings a big holiday spice flavor, tons of ginger, like I just bit a gingerbread cookie so much ginger, some cinnamon and plenty of clove as well, others perhaps, a lot more spices on the flavor than on the aroma. Mild pumpkin in the background, hints of a gourd like pumpkin, mixing with the sweet malts, not really syrupy thankfully, a little caramel and biscuit, mild doughy toasty biscuit pumpkin pie crust. The gourd flavor gets vegetal and almost rancid unfortunately. Finish is semi sweet, a touch of warming booze and a little pumpkin gourd flavor as well as plenty of ginger and spices lingering for a while.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bod, a touch of warming booze, decent carb.

Overall mixed, it has some nice characters, nose wasn't bad, but the ginger and spice level of the flavor was way too much, and the vegetal gourd flavor was a little icky, thankfully not too sweet or syrupy though. So still a bit enjoyable.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.

A: hazed red/orange color. Tight, fine-bubbled off white head retains at a quarter inch. Spotty lacing.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg. Perhaps brown sugar too. Musty yeast. Tart but indistinct fruitiness. Toasty and a little gourdy.

T: Follows the nose. Musty yeast and pie spices mingle on the front. Toasty malt base. Mild tartness. Perhaps a hint of vanilla. Lingering spices on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Airy and creamy. Very effervescent.

O: A very different take on a spiced pumpkin ale. Not a bad beer, but I'm not quite sold on the combo of saison yeast and pie spicing.

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Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +14.6%

2014 release, poured into a Troegs MadElf tulip

Poured into the center of the tulip as instructed, nice white head that quickly fades away. really strong amber colored beer

Getting some nice cinnamon on the nose. Really pleasant smelling. Also picking up vanilla and honey, along with pumpkin..

Medium bodied beer

Getting a lot of carbonation, nice vanilla and honey is coming through. love the use of French saison yeast. It doesn't leave the same mouthfeel or taste/aftertaste you usually get with a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

From the corked, caged 375 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Sampled on November 30, 2014.

The pour appeals to me with its medium to darker amber color and lingering off-white head. The head fades eventually but it is pleasing to look at.

Cinnamon! That's the main thing I pick up from the aroma. Some muted pumpkin spice and sweet malts but cinnamon really takes things over.

Medium body.

A touch of roasted malts in the taste but again the cinnamon is forward and almost quite burning, giving this a biting finish. Not a bitter finish but a cinnamon finish. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish copper color. Nose has a little spice and a tart essence as well. The spices are more upfront in the flavor profile than the pumpkin.

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Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint

A - Clear amber with half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Nutmeg, cinnamon, light clove, floral hints, allspice, pumpkin roast
T - Slightly sweet, cinnamon, big nutmeg, a little cinnamon, slight tartness, ginger, some spice bite, bready malt.
M - Medium feel, a little warmth in the end of it.
O - Decent, good attempt, the slight bubbly tartness of the saison yeast is neat with a pumpkin.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Not sure where the 750ml bottles went but I found this 375 ml bottle for a final cost of 5 dollars which is fair for such a limited release. Into a pint glass.

A - Glad to report the Saison Yeast didn't make for huge carbonation just a 1/2 inch that seems to fade out rather fast. Color is a hazy deep brown yet clear.
S - Not too vegital which is nice mild notes of pumpkin spices mostly cinnamon and nutmeg greet and meet. Slight ginger spice and some sour notes seem to be their as well.
T - Interesting the Yeast seems in fact does bring some vanilla to the table. Vegital bitterness is their to keep it interesting with some hop twang and the cinnamon/ all spice to is their to compliment. Good!
M - As expected for 7% its right in line medium bodied yet thick enough to be an end of session offering.

Overall WOW I was actually impressed they could pull this off! With the addition to Saison yeast is always tricky to be carbonated right and even more so to give the beer an extreme sour note this beer is exceptionally well crafted! I actually liked this better than the Triple offering I really hope they keep brewing this! Made my top 3 for best pumpkin ales of this year!

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