Baked Pumpkin Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Baked Pumpkin AleBaked Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Have your pie and drink it too! Bold flavor with a deep amber color, our big Baked Pumpkin Ale is sure to remind you of Grandma's home made pumpkin pie.

Added by Cylinsier on 09-28-2013

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of drtth
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear dark amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” foamy ivory or light tan head that begins to recede visibly while leaving no lacing and soon there is only a thin irregular island of foam on the liquid and a ring round the glass. Sipping creates only a couple of arches and several patches and legs of lacing some of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas are filled with the pumpkin pie spices, e.g., the nutmeg, and allspice along some clove and cinnamon. In the background there’s also some noticeable pumpkin and some nutty slightly toasted breadiness from the malt.

The flavor is much as expected from the nose with the pie spices up front, particularly the nutmeg, but noticeably backed up by the toasted bready malt sweetness and some pumpkin which makes it’s important contribution to the flavor profile There doesn’t seem to be very much hop bitterness but the sweetness does not cloy with the pumpkin and spiciness to balance it.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly crisp with the persistent moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the whole flavor package begins to slowly fade to a dry ending that still shows a light mix of the malt, the pumpkin and the spices that eventually become some spicy bitterness in the semi-dry vanilla tinged ending.

On the whole I’ve enjoyed this pumpkin ale and would be willing to have another, if I want another pumpkin ale during pumpkin season. The flavor/aroma profile is a bit different than some in that while the nutmeg is a bit forward, the baked pumpkin is a noticeable part of the background. Worth trying if you enjoy pumpkin ales and actually want some pumpkin pie flavor rather than just pumpkin spices. The beer is also fairly temperature sensitive in that the aroma/flavor profiles become more tightly integrated as the beer warms.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lukaspodolski
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very frothy thick head.
Golden brown color.
Good lacing.
Strong nutmeg, cinnamon
Sweet, pumpkin spice flavor. Alcohol taste is very noticeable.
Bubbly, carbonation feels more like a soda than beer

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Dark copper colored pour with frothy white creamy lacing and steady carbonation.

S - Pumpkin spice aroma, brown sugar, pumpkin pie and bread crust. The aroma is a little artificial on the nose.

T - Pumpkin and spice all the way through, cinnamon, some brown sugar, and ends more towards the sweet side with very little bitterness. A little bready.

M - Thick and viscous with some prickly carbonation. Very sticky on the lips.

O - A local beer and finally able to try this.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RacerX5k
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not of fan if anything pumpkin but I don't think of this as pumpkin at all. I actually like the light hoppiness and ginger flavor of this beer. Look's pretty, smells more of ginger and maybe, anise? Maybe a little cinnamon, which is a favorite in beer. When it comes to spices, i cook with garlic and pepper, and not much else. But this is good, light, appropriate for 7.5 ABV I guess, and overall, not bad.

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Photo of jgiordano88
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lastmango
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured amber copper with a white one finger head that dissipated to nothing rather quickly. Little lacing. Not sure why, but it has a watery look to it. Faint aroma of pumpkin pie spice, bread crust and grass. Caramel and strong pumpkin pie spice with a lingering ginger bite. Slightly creamy feel and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of EMV
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a sick-n-twisted tulip

L: Clear copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie and spice... just like the label says.

T/F: Caramel malts and toasted grains. Pumpkin puree and pie spices like ginger and nutmeg. Sweet with some hopping for balance. Light bodied... well carbonated.

O: A solid pumpkin beer for those that go in for them. Higher ABV than I would expect from the style but still reasonably drinkable. I wouldn't want it often but I enjoyed the pint.

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Photo of chadbweiner
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CoasterGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMike
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dark orange with a good clarity reveals a moderate density of macro-bubbles rising at a quick pace. A solid foam, light beige head of one inch provides a lasting impression with a thick coating of lace on the vessel.

S: Spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, powdery and dry, are first on the nose and very aggressive in nature. Some pumpkin pie and bready crust also ring through. Cloves are another dominate spice that really comes through. Highly spiced with some toasted munich and toasted pumpkin finish.

T: Big pumpkin pie spicing comes through on the flavor, dry powdery nutmeg and cinnamon with some toasted pumpkin. The spicing here is very aggressive, as with the nose, the cloves are dominate and a background of toasted pumpkin pie and bready crust.

M: Creamy malty mouthful, tingly carbonation, with a big helping of powdery dry spicing of nutmeg and cinnamon dusts the tongue.

O: It's been awhile since I last visited Lancaster. The spicing is a bit more aggressive then I generally like, and over-shadows what could of been a very nice natural toasted pumpkin backing. A more dessert style beer, with noticeable alcohol content, where one bottle surffices, can not see this in a multiple atmosphere. It comes down to personal preference as to whether you would ultimately like this based on your taste for the abundance of spicing present. I would of preffered it tone down a bit but hey, every pumpkin beer needs to be expressed as everyone's personal taste and desire is different so i can't take away for that.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 12, 2017... OCCASION: watching Thursday night comedies with Shan... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... a beautiful brown amber body with tangible effervescence.... the head is white, half-finger thick, and creamy smooth--almost like whipped cream atop a pie... pumpkin, hazelnut, cinnamon, and vanilla make for an alluring scent... an instant spark with the first sip, lively at the throat with enough action at the teeth to balance a beer at 7.3% ABV... creamy body, this one, with a strong central weight... thick splashes of lacing stream across the glass... the strong pumpkin and hazelnut are eased by the vanilla ending, making this a dessert as much as a drink... this is drinkable, though its strength pushes the profile at times... malts are doughy and filling, with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg... a beer I would seek out again for the weekend, strong as it is...

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Photo of muchos
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L. Brown to ruby red and clear. Slightly off-white head.
S. Toffee and cinnamon sweetness from a few inches. Getting in close reveals ginger and nutmeg, graham cracker, roasted pumpkin, brown sugar.
T. Spicy up front in just the right amount, ginger, nutmeg, bready, kinda crackery, light brown sugar, roasted pumpkin comes through in the middle. Quite a bit of grassy earthy bitterness and ginger in the aftertaste with some caramely pumpkin and a hint of graham cracker.
F. Medium feel, light carbonation, bitter in the end but not dry.
O. What stands out for me is the level of bitterness and having more ginger flavor than most pumpkin beers that I've had. It's not totally unbalanced by any means though and has a good roasted pumpkin flavor in there. Cheers!

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Photo of Sharp07GT
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This seasonal favorite is by far my favorite of any fall beer I've tried.

I usually don't care for pumpkin anything, but this selection is very good! It's got a great dark amber color with a very pleasant aroma.

It hits the palate gently and goes down smoothly with a subtle yet noticeable aftertaste of pumpkin and a very subtle cinnamon flavor.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from PA.
Clear ruby-copper body with a good head.
Moderately strong, spicy aroma with a stronger flavor.
Mouthfeel: medium+ body with light alcohol heat.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster Brewing Co. "Baked Pumpkin Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "23317 1449 OK+"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Clear deep copper body beneath an already dissipated head - what?, that was too quick, and it's not my glass, I just reviewed a beer with it and that one had a good head on it. Disappointing. The aroma is better. It smells like pumpkin pie with cinnamon, nutmeg and sugary and toasty notes. The flavor follows, and it's nicely balanced and not too spicy. Nor is there too much cinnamon which is often a problem. It's lightly bitter and the caramelish and toasty malt leaves it semi-sweet in the finish, which is OK as the spice helps to dry it. Medium to medium-light in body and gently crisp. Certainly worth trying for fans of pumpkin beers and spiced ales.

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Photo of Cunny123
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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