Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings:
377
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
16.19%
 
 
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13
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i think this one is way underrated. one of the most flavorful pumpkin beers of the season, brilliant dark orangy rusty amber in color, rich off white head with great retention and ring lacing. a nose of squash first, honey for sure, and a funky yeast that doesnt exactly seem like saison, but definitely champagne like with complimentary fruity esters. nutmeg and allspice are there, roast, and caramel sweetness, its lovely aromatically. the flavor is just as good, with the spice profile balancing the sweet pumpkin very well. almost tastes more like acorn or butternut squash than pumpkin, but that works too. sweet in the finish, honey and malt together, very nice, but the yeast lets it not linger, and adds jovial carbonation that doesnt quit even at room temperature. i like the complexity here, and believe this one deserves a bit more attention. the yeast is so cool, nice to have a yeasty pumpkin brew, i think its a perfect fall beer, just fantastic from troegs.

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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a dark copper with ruby hues, some bubbles but almost zero head, and it what does build disappears to nothing quickly.

The nose is pumpkins, some rustic funk, definitely get the saison yeast backbone in the smell. It is very bready, pie crust, a little vanilla.

The flavor is balanced, not really all that sweet. Fresh pumpkin seeds, fall spice, a bit nutty, with just faint honey sweetness. The honey flavor is the only sweet part. The pumpkin is not too dominant and mixes well.

Mouthfeel is good, dry finish. I like this. It's a good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
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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3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +17%
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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3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Brewery Gift Shop, enjoyed chilled in a can shaped glass side by side with a growler filled in the tasting room.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with rust highlights and thick pillowy creamy beige head which setltles to a ring of tiny beads leaving lace on the glass. The smell is intensely spiced with lots of clove -almost like cherry pipe tobacco with a light cinnamon woodiness and phenolic yeast ester with mild alcohol aroma. The feel is the part I can't wrap my head around it is so spiced it is almost medicinal and astringent with lasting tannic warming almost bitter flvor like ingesting potpourri.

The taste starts caramel and gets medicinal with the potpourri qualities of clove and cinnamon coming forward rapidly. The malt provides little cushion since it is mostly dry from the saison yeastiness which adds a little more phenolic accent to the bevy of cinnamon and fireball type almost perfumy cinnamon woodiness with only a smidge of saison fruitiness in the yeast present. Overall I am glad I shared this bottle because the growler was not really much an improvement although it was not nearly as intensely spiced. It is like drinking a yankee cinnamon clove candle a sample would have been plenty.

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