Baked Pumpkin Ale
Lancaster Brewing Company

Baked Pumpkin AleBaked Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #81
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,354
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
252
From:
Lancaster Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  15
Gots
  69
SCORE
86
Very Good
Baked Pumpkin AleBaked Pumpkin Ale
Notes: 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.
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Ricochet from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: I knew what this beer was when I opened the bottle. Pumpkin and spice. After the pour, green banana and baked crust. Was I burning a pumpkin spice candle?
L: My friend remarked "That's a pumpkin ale all right." (Sight and smell.) Amber/orange, like a watery yet clear pie filling. No head other than a ring of lace.
M: Creamy all the way to the end. Lots of burn. Cinnamon aftertaste.
T: They caught the base of a good pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and nutmeg with vanilla and crust, but the alcohol of this over powers the enjoyment. This is a strong ale.
O: I'm still searching for the pumpkin pie in a glass. This is pretty close to it, but it's so strong that I don't want to have a second and a third.

Feb 13, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I stayed away from pumpkin beers for years but decided to try a local take on pumpkin brew. Poured from a 12oz can, a strong copper color emerged in the glass. The head had to be coaxed along, but was impressive at first and quickly dissipated. The aroma was a bit overwhelming but not surprising given the brewer's description of bold flavor, etc. There was spice, caramel, and bitter herbalness. Kind of a smooth mouth feel with little to no bitterness on the tongue. The taste was strong overall and full of all that spice, caramel, and pumpkin flavor, followed by a strong alcohol influence at the end- maybe this is why the ABV was not listed on the can. It seems as though the amped up ABV is used to kill off the strong up-front flavoring of this beer. Overall, this was an ok beer.

Oct 17, 2020
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper with a moderate head that dissipates slowly.

Sweet on the nose with the requisite baking spices taking centre stage. Pumpkin flesh hides behind the spice but pokes its head out enough to let you know it is there.

Sweet first sip. The spices and the pumpkin blend together on the tongue and the sweetness finishes the swallow. The sweetness is pleasant and the spice and pumpkin levels are perfect.

Light body with unexpectedly strong carbonation.

Good stuff.

Oct 11, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Baked Pumpkin Ale (Lancaster Brewing Co.) $ 21.00 (Including tax)/12-pack of 12 oz cans ($0.146/oz). Purchased 10/03/20 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 10/06/20.
Can stamped on bottom “23520”, on shelf at store. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 58 degrees.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Deep gold (SRM 6), clear.
Body – Deep gold (SRM 6), clear. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), almond, medium density with a few rocks, short duration, diminishing to a three mm crown and a thin complete cap.
Lacing – Poor - a few tiny islands of extremely tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 4 – Initially a burst of allspice followed by weak nutmeg. No malt, hops, no yeast, no pumpkin.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with a slight pumpkin taste, lightly spiced with little allspice and nutmeg, just a bit of cinnamon and clove. No alcohol (7.5% ABV, NOT marked on the label, as listed on BA) taste or aroma. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide. A slight gastric warming occurs.
Palate – 3.25 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 (Minus 0.25 point for not having ABV on can) A pumpkin ale with the spice under control. While the pumpkin is a bit subdued for my taste, so are the spices which is an absolute boon. While cinnamon and ginger are two of my favorite spices, the allspice and nutmeg are allowed to shine here, to the benefit of what pumpkin is present. This is better served on the warmer side, around 60 degrees.

Oct 06, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I baked you a pie! Oh boy, what flavor? PIE PIE PIE. Okay maybe not like the Muffin Time song, but does Lancasters 'BAKED' Pumpkin Ale stand up to the Scafly or Southern Tier?

Based on looks this is a clear, pumpkin orange, highly carbonated with a long last creamy head ale coming in at 7.5 ABV - I tried really hard to find the ABV on the bottle and packaging, nothing could be found.

Ok, overall the beer in itself is a bit, beer. Is that bad? Well, no. But when you're comparing beer to the likes of world-class pumpkin ales you really need to think of this as a different take. There is an ultra-soft water mouthfeel that really makes the ABV unnoticeable at first, with a hoppy finish in the rear, though that doesn't last throughout the entite tasting.

Spicy hop notes, pumpkin, a bit of allspice/ clove/ and the usual pumpkin flavorings, but there is something else and I am unsure if it is me; however, this finishes a bit harsh. The alcohol is really apparent in the endnotes. The sweetness is a bit clawing and becomes harsh as the bubbles swirl throughout your mouth. I am torn between good, or just barely good.

Sep 03, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice off-white, creamy, and bubbly head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a clear orange that looks nice.

The smell is average with a strong yam smell upfront and through it all are notes of cinnamon with a bit of clove to it towards the end.

The taste is average. It starts off with yam and spices such as cinnamon foll,owed by alight bitter and earthy hop note to it.

The feel is average. It has a medium and smooth body with very light carbonation to it.

Overall, this an average pumpkin ale that looks nice and has a good note to it. It's nothing special but still worth getting.

Dec 01, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Around medium carbonation and body
Aroma is malt,sugar, molasses, pumpkin and spices. It really smells like pumpkin pie
..taste is sweet but not sugary or cloying. It does taste just like pie in a beer bottle without overpowering it with spice which happens with a lot of thes.
It delivered what was advertised, would try it again next year

Nov 04, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-amber color with a lot of head that takes a while to fade. Not a strong smell, but smells faintly of pumpkin and sweetness. Tastes pretty similar while cold, so a mild "pumpkin pie" ale flavor. Spices come through more as it warms. Pretty solid flavor for a pumpkin pie ale.

Sep 12, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich reddish amber with a cream colored head.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fermented grain.

Pumpkin pie with all the spice backed by roasted malt and bitter herb.

Sep 11, 2019
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GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

hmmm, the taste was not what I was expecting after the "look & nose". Strong carbonation fizziness and a somewhat dry and bitter finish (too much clove?) was not at all what a drinker would anticipate from this good looking pumpkin. Thought it would be better, not that enjoyable for me

Aug 22, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some Pumpkin aroma to this brew but overall pretty mild taste. Body is thin and mild. Beer is definitely fine and enjoyable but would have preferred a bit more unpff.

Aug 19, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Oct 14, 2018
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lukaspodolski from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Sep 21, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Sep 11, 2018
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Sep 08, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Aug 24, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Aug 20, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Oct 18, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

Oct 13, 2017
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muchos from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Oct 07, 2017
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Sharp07GT from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Oct 01, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Sep 18, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Sep 11, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a dark amber color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. The foamy white head swiftly dissipated to leave no lace. The aroma had some pumpkin puree’ type of sweetness, some cinnamon, pie spice, allspice and ginger and a decent caramel/toffee malt base. Also noted some nuts, and a little bit of biscuit/sweet cookie/dark breadiness. The flavor was moderately sweet with the spices somewhat there. Aftertaste was fully blended between the malts and spices. Finish was quick with a sly maltiness. The palate was just under medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good and wanted to balance with the spices. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, now that’s a fairly nice pumpkin ale. Too bad these guys don’t send to Vermont, guess I need to spend more time with my parents during the Autumn to get more of this.

Jun 06, 2017
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madnkrazy from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. I have had a few pumpkin ale's in my day and this one is decent. It's not too strong, which makes it better. It's also not weak either. You don't taste the pumpkin pie right away. At least I didn't. The 2nd night i drank my first one it taste just like pumpkin pie. Maybe sitting a little longer brought out the flavor more. Either way it was good. It's a thick beer as most are. The art work is awesome too on the bottle. If you like pumpkin ale's this is one you should get. It's def one of my top 5 from what i have tried.

Oct 30, 2016
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