Master Of Pumpkins | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Master Of PumpkinsMaster Of Pumpkins

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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!

Added by orangesol on 10-23-2013

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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 -26.6%
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.


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Photo of Corburk
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 mike22ne
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MouldyCrow
4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Waveoff
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TerryAcker
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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 thampel09
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drh88
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.19/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at blend.
4 of 4 in Pumpkin flight. More Apple than pumpkin. A bit. Too tangy.


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Photo of JNPIII127
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 smithj4
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +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 Roberto11232
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bwise73
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OGShotzy
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Telcocoffeedad
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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 +11.1%
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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Master Of Pumpkins from Tröegs Brewing Company
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