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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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354
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
41.67%
 
 
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Photo of nmann08
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of Cylinsier
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz corked bottle

Pours a hazy amber orange, yellowish white head is fine and dissipates to a thick lacing.

Smells of rich brown sugar malts with pronounced spices: cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Tastes of sweet pumpkin pie, graham cracker, cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Any hop presence is subtle and blends with the bitterness of the clove.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

One of the most heavily spiced pumpkin ales I've had, I can see how this beer might be divisive even among fans of pumpkin ales, but for my money it is quite good and maybe even fantastic. Certainly a dessert beer, and only for those who like the presence of cinnamon and cloves. If that sounds like it is up your alley, this could easily be a top 5 pumpkin ale.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Date: 10/29/14
Location: Beer Culture
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark Amber/Orange closing in on a light brown. Off white colored head that produces little cling of any kind. Retention is below average.
Aroma: Pumpkin spices are the primary aroma with clove hitting extremely hard then some flavors of sugar, both brown and white. Slight pumpkin aroma in the back.
Taste: The clove hits harder in the flavoring but I get more pumpkin as well. The beer is again slightly sweet with sugars. I pick up ginger now. I also get some malts providing an earthy/hay even dirt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. I get no alcohol warmth despite the 7.2 abv. A little dry to finish.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some ginger. Lots of carb. Picking up some Belgian - like yeast flavor. It's ok......................................

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Photo of sprat1960
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Deep copper to auburn in color. Small creamy head when poured that disappears quickly with almost no trace of ever being there. Appears kind of flat.

Smell: Smells delicious - pumpkin. nutmeg, and spices. Made me want to drink the beer.

Taste: Pumpkin pie-like. Tastes likes it smells. Clove flavored, slightly dry finish. I really liked it for what it is.

Feel: Kind of thin. Mild carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer for what it is - a specialty Fall beer. I thought the smell was awesome and the flavor of pumpkin pie very good. I would gladly drink this again when I was in the mood for a pumpkin flavored beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

Bottle dated best by ??? 2015:
Beer poured a slightly reddish auburn with very little head in a medium-light pour. Head does remain around edges in about the same level as shortly after the pour. Agitation brings back a thin amount of head. The nose is the darker spices of pumpkin pie - nutmeg, maybe some clove. The beer also smells a bit like an amber ale.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, which isn't a strong point. The taste starts a bit on the English bitter end, with a tartness (presumably from any pumpkin used). The spice comes through a bit better as the beer warm, but has a bite to it, also - almost like they used spicy cinnamon (the bite is similar to a fresh ginger bite). I am missing a bit of maltiness in the front that I would enjoy in the style. The feel is pretty light, perhaps because of this. The lack of carbonation is noticeable, but the beer does not taste flat.

The spice is a tad too strong on top of a beer a tad too weak. Two minor infractions that when paired with seeming like a style I am not a huge fan of leads to a lower rating for me.

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Photo of dodge408
3/5  rDev -13.8%

I wanted more of a sweeter taste. I noticed a clove taste that was just too pungent. The spice notes left too much of an undesired aftertaste. But if that's what the brewer was aiming for then they accomplished that. I would try again though.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%

Had this on 2014-10-25 at the brewery.

Very aromatic and tasty. Heavy on the pumpkin spice and graham and pretty sweet. A bit of a saison thing happening too. My wife and I really enjoyed it with the delicious pumpkin roll from their kitchen. A desert beer for sure. Like it for what it is.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz corked & caged bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours burnt golden with a subtle haze; nice fluffy white head that fades and leaves decent retention and little lacing. The aromas are subtle with hints of caramel malts, cinnamon and anise. French vanilla is there. The Belgian yeast is definitely present as well. The flavors are very nice. Tons of clove. Cinnamon and ginger is there. Lots of apple. It definitely has that spicy black pepper vibe going on, which you would find in a saison. More vanilla in the mix. The yeast is always there, but it's balanced and not overwhelming at all. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's highly carbonated and extremely smooth; medium-bodied. Dangerously drinkable. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a nice unique take on the style. They deliver what they advertised. I think they perfectly balanced the mix between a Pumpkin Ale and a Saison. It can become redundant at times, but it's a really fun beer to drink. The craftsmanship that Troegs has perfected gives it extra credit. Not sure why people seem so down on this beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a corked 12.7oz bottle into glass. abv not shown on bottle but listed at 7.4% on here.

Appearance- Pours a dark orange with a two finger off white head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Belgian yeast over-rules along with hints of fresh pumpkin and very mild spice notes.

Taste- Candy sugar yeasty sweetness typical of your Belgian styles. The pumpkin is there but only slightly. Minimal spices to the taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body, active carbonation.

Overall- I was a bit dissappointed since the pumkin taste was lacking but this beer is full of Belgian flavor. I'd be more satisfied if this was called a pumpkin flavored saison, since that is what it is. "Master of Pumpkins" is a strong solid name and is a tad misleading since I thought I was going to get a pumpkin blast. The yeast flavor still is superb in terms of a saison.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I hate to say it but troegs blew it with this one- I normally like them and thought I'd give this a try but In the end down the drain it goes.

Color is rather pretty however; clear Amber mahogany with minimal head lace retention.

Smell and taste are extremely spice heavy- particularly a lot of clove but pretty much everything you'd expect like nutmeg and cinnamon. A little pumpkin but the spices are pretty brutal. There is some saison yeast but it's hidden.

Mouthfeel is fine- medium body, well carbonated. Don't get this beer- I rarely say that. If you love clove cigarettes this may be your jam however.

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Photo of MJLSr
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Pouring straight down the middle of a pint glass @ 44F =] (glass is room temp, MoP @ 44F)

(A)ppearance – Amber base with dark orange hues. a little foggy with a minimal head that although is thin, never seems to break up - it stays with the beer throughout the experience. The head sticks to the glass, receding evenly.

(S)mell – Sweet roasted pumpkin with cinnamon and other seasonal scents (the usual suspects - nutmeg, clover, and honey and evident among others)

(T)aste – Real pumpkin taste with cinnamon, nutmeg, and yeast (yeast… similar to other Troges brews I've had?). Very even on and pleasing to taste with no notable aftertaste and no overage of any flavor or spice in particular, as I have found common in pumpkin beers. The yeast has enough presence you can close your eyes and almost taste pumpkin pie and/or bread - you get to choose!

(M)outhfeel – Medium thickness with slightly lower carbonation than other comparable brews. I've had thinner and thicker - it flows evenly but not too quickly. I like this a lot! This is an absolute pleasure on the palate! The flavors blend and balance evenly.

(O)verall - Coming from someone who does NOT like pumpkin beers in general… This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. I do recommend chilling this one a little more than you may others (42-44F?) as it accents the fog/haze nicely and the chill compliments the balance of flavor. As Master of Pumpkins warms to room temperature the experience changes, providing a full spectrum beverage experience. The only downside is the price, but in this case I believe you get what you pay for and I am glad I got it!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep burnt orange color with a little bit of haze and a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a nice roasted pumpkin smell along with some sweeter aromas of caramel and brown sugar. Some standard pumpkin spice aromas of a cinnamon and nutmeg are there as well, overall producing a mid-level in intensity pumpkin pie smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted pumpkin flavor with a good deal of a caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Along with these flavors comes notes of a lighter spice profile of a cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a little bit of allspice. The spice flavors remain at a more subdued level however and just add a nice complement to the brew. Some more bready and doughy flavors as well as some more sweetness of a brown sugar nature come to the tongue, leaving a rather pleasant and slightly sweeter pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker to average side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the pumpkin flavors of the brew and with the lack of super heavy spice create a rather nice drinker.

Overall - A quite nice easy drinking pumpkin ale that is on the sweeter and not overly spiced side. A good brew.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper with a richer amber tone. Burnt orange like falling leaves. Fast rising 1 finger beige head. Fades to film.

S: Buttery crust, pie spices prominent. Earthiness of squash lifted by typical perfumey aroma of saison yeast, which also compliments the malt base nicely. Honey florals.

M: Slick and oily. Moderately-high carbonation. A tad dry on the finish.

T/O: Roast pumpkin mid, finished with ginger, heavy dosage of cinnamon, and quite a lot of clove. Overall herbal sweetness reminiscent to Pumking to an extent. Honey nectar and vanilla lavender. Nice interplay b/t spice and sweet. I guess this would be a 'harvest saison.' While having the same bones as Pumking, the experience isn't nearly as decadent, and a deal spicier.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Dark amber with heavy bubbles. Off-white head, thin which settles after a sip. He'd initially rose to about a finger's length.

Smell: strong nutmeg. Heavy pumpkin, dissipates a bit but it's to lust for.

Taste: Pumpkin of course. But could be more complex. Heavy yeast, seriously. Little different than most pumpkins.

Mouth: Medium stickiness, a bit dry.

Overall: Good brew worth trying. I would pick it up for sh*ts and giggles but there is better factoring in the price. Salud!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a light and white bubbly head that dissipates after a while. The beer itself is a deep hazy and dark orange. The beer has very strong notes that dominate the other smells. The pumpkin is noticeable and mixes with the clover such that it's hard to distinguish the two. Other notes include light hints of cinnamon on the edge of the clove and pumpkin. The beer taste is a bit different from the smell. The clove is still strong but weaker when compared to the other notes. The pumpkin is much stronger in the taste but still struggles to distinguish itself from the clove notes. The cinnamon is more pronounced and provides a nice last in the aftertaste. The ale is medium bodied with very little carbonation and the lighter side of the medium bodied spectrum. Overall, a decent pumpkin ale and worth getting at least once.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Pour is reddish copper with a thin tan ring. Nose is light pumpkin with fair bit of spice. Some grain balance and a touch of banana bread. Taste is heavier pumpkin spice with a hint of apple cider and a touch of banana bread. Fairly strong carb with a medium to full body.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Im drinking a 750 ml corked and caged bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is clear chestnut color with a beige fluffy layer of head that fades quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is sweet malt with caramel and some brown sugar. Mixes with lots of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon primarily. I also get a little bit of cloves. Sweet and spicy nose on this one.
First sip reveals average body, fine carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar and some toffee, a little bready yeast and this rolls to lots of spice.
Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate with a little bit of clove and general sweetness. The beer is pretty typical for a pumpkin beer. Nothing mind blowing but a solid example for the style. I think it is just the style that doesnt wow me as this beer certainly has no flaws.

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Photo of ChipMurray
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into an SA glass.

The appearance is a nice brown fall beer colour. Lots of carbonation bubbles but minimal head with slight lacing.
Smell is a bit weak for a pumpkin beer, but I think it's intended that way here. Not unpleasant.
I like the choice of saison yeast very much, it's different in a good way. If only the cinnamon was dialed back a bit, this would be a contender.
Too light for the style, but okay.
A worthy brewery that was too free with the cinnamon this time, I think.
This is not a bad beer, worth a try if you want a different take on pumpkin beer.

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Photo of mfunk9786
1.54/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow. This one tastes like Big Red gum. A huge miscalculation on the part of Troegs here, far too spiced (especially with cinnamon) without the sweet malt backbone that'd be required to provide balance to that level of spice. I get that you might make a small batch of this as an experiment, but how can you possibly brew it twice, and release it in bombers? Oof.

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Photo of raveskdr
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Shared at our tasting at a predators house. He will go unnamed. Thanks a bunch to yourefragile for sharing this. Coming into this with an open mind regardless of his lambasting.

A - Dark amber with light caramel head. Carb recedes to the edge of the glass.

S - if you dumped a Christmas wreath into a hollowed out pumpkin and then sprayed with a cinnamon gun.

T - the taste follows the smell, except with a shotgun blast to the face of clove. Did I eat a clove cigarette?

M - Unbelievably far too thin for the incredible amount of spice in this beer.

O - this beer just...misses the mark. I had an ounce and a half and had to dump it.
Now, I don't dig on most pumpkin beers. This beer is just way below average even for the style.

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Photo of starrdogg
1.93/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells like potpourri, it's like I'm in my parents' house at Christmas. Flavor is way too heavy on the spice, and the combination of spices don't work properly together, and there's way too much cinnamon. Way too carbed. Why does this beer exist? Fuck you Moll for bringing this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thank you Michael.

The beer is copper to amber hued with a small, broken, off-white head. The aroma highly potent dose of pumpkin flavor. Perhaps a note of brown sugar. Incredibly sweet and forthcoming. Nothing subtle about this one. Overly abundant spice with an excess of cinnamon. Only a few ounces is needed. Sweet and cloying after only a couple of drinks. Good idea, but this is certainly best in small samples.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Super excited to pull the cork on this and see what Troegs has conjured up. Note, Troegs must still be working out the kinks in their corking machine, cause this thing was damn near impossible to remove. I was actually considering pulling out the wine opener.

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color, with a small thin head. Smells of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of clove. There is something in there as well that is crust or bread reminiscent.

Taste is pretty dang solid. A blast of spices fades to a bready caramel like sweetness, then the spices come back on the finish. Cinnamon and nutmeg hold the stage for the spices, but I’m almost certain there is some clove and or allspice going on as well. The back and forth between the spice and sweet is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is spot on. I had heard rumors of excessive carbonation and thinness, but I experienced none of that. It doesn’t have the oily slickness that pumking has, but it certainly has a mouthfeel that is on par for the beer.

Another Troegs offering that I think is worth picking up. I wouldn’t buy a case of it, but I would certainly drink a few over the fall season.

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