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 Ale

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.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 203
Photo of madnkrazy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a custom glass: color is amber, head is light tan with fine bubbles, some lacing on the glass. Nice color and clarity.

Smell is probably the best part of the brew: nice spice character, cinnamon spice and nutmeg stand out, maybe some clove, then some graham cracker or pie crust like notes.

Taste seems thinner than the aroma would lead to believe, less crusty/bready character than noted, but the spice profile seems to follow the aroma - heavy nutmeg and cinnamon, subtle clove and allspice; some hidden fruitiness from the fermentation seems to come through as well.

Mouthfeel seems to further the lightening presence of this beer - would like to see some more biscuit/wheat character from a beer that leads with a pie crust like flavor; mouthfeel is crisp and light.

Overall a good pumpkin ale among the masses, spice heavy with solid strength but want the pie crust flavor to follow through in the flavor and mouthfeel if it presents in the aroma.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells like standard supermarket pie that edges on an artificial vanilla sweetness with a crust that is both burned and raw at same time. Sweet potato, not pumpkin really comes to mind. Not sure if it's subliminal but I just get a bunch of whipped cream flavor on top of light pumpkin, some browned cinnamon sticks, and sturdy malt body. There is a certain vegetal/bitter root character to the beer that's an enjoyable contrast to the sweet start. A rather okay seasonal in a crowded market.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid addition to the pumpkin beer parade. Derives most of the spice from nutmeg. The rest of the beer is pretty standard (medium German malt, good body)

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Photo of gchristner
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always looking to try new pumpkin beers each year. And this is the first one of the season for me. Pours a dark amber color with a smooth white foam (very little bubbles). Smells like a pumpkin beer, but not as strong as I expected. Very light pumpkin smell, did not smell spices. Sure do taste them though! Flavor is more spice then pumpkin. In fact, I don't really taste much pumpkin, perhaps the spice is just overpowering it. More alcohol tasting towards then end, but generally not noticeable. Overall an enjoyable beer. Can't wait to try the next one!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/27....pours deep amber copper, very fast white foam that settles out fully. Light gritty pumpkin malt nose. Sweet pumpkin flavor. Pushed aside by a spiced bitter - clove, nutmeg, pepper. Cinnamon too. Pie like, as advertised. Just ok though.

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Photo of ajilllau
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasted more like an Oktoberfest than a pumpkin beer. Had a slight sour taste to it as well which was unpleasant. I expected loads of tastes from a pumpkin pie like spices but was underwhelmed. It was a bit too carbonated with a flavor that dissipated quickly.

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Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh baked pumpkin pie. Taste is the same, a good bit of nutmeg, a light sweetness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a fine example of this style.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another nice one: Almost smelled liked a yankee scented candle, which I was chastised for saying! The same light copper color of many in this style, with a reasonably attractive-full white head. Taste was pure "pumpkin-spice" upfront, which then transitioned to more of a middle-of-road ale, in both the mid-finish. Overall a decent / enjoyable pour, which really fits the profile of a "seasonal," with respect to something fun-different, but still drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A modest, less than one fingers worth, head that is crisp and light khaki in color... Minimal retention gives way to a slightly lopsided crisp lacing... Audibly fizzy... The color walks a fine line between dark rich amber and light crimson... Loaded with a moderate bit of small bubbled quickly paced carbonation...

S - All the usual suspects... A slightly sweet pumpkin / squash puree... Graham cracker crust... A modest spice contingent - nutmeg, cinnamon and very subtle hints of clove and all spice... Wonderful balance makes this aroma rather enjoyable...

T - The palate is dominated by the pie crust and spices... The all spice and clove are dialed up a bit... There is a subtle caramel sweetness... This all sits a top of the subtle pumpkin base... Limited sweetness... There is an ever so faint metallic presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Fairly dense... Brisk carbonation...

D - Not outstanding in any one area, but this is an all around solid Pumpkin Ale with exceptional balance... Not too light nor too sweet... Not too sweet nor too spicy... This could be an autumnal staple in my fridge... Opens up nicely as it warms revealing significantly more nuance and complexity...

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally not a fan of any beer that has the word pumpkin on the label. Got this beer in a mixed case of Fall beers from our beer club. Reluctant to even try this one but was very pleasantly surprised. More of an Oktoberfest style beer with nice but not overwhelming baked pumpkin pie flavor in the background. Would highly recommend. Give it a try.

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Photo of Budlum
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't know that any other pumpkin beer has the taste to match the description quite like this. The flavors perfectly mimic a slice of pumpkin pie mixed with a sugary cream sweetness just like a dollop of whipped cream.

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, orange-brown with 1/3 inch head and medium-high carbonation. Taste is pumpkin pie spice--cinnamon, clove, toasted malt, booze, and pumpkin pulp. Above average for the style, but there are others that I prefer. Worth a try though.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into glass. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a Copper orange, with a two finger head that dissipates fast. Great clarity.

Smell- Very spicy, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Pumpkin.

Taste- Pumpkin along with some sweet caramel malt come through first and are quickly led up on a strong blast of pumpkin pie spices. The spice dominates and finishes dry. Some alcohol burn.

MOuthfeel- Medium in body, light carbonation.

Overall- A decent pumpkin ale. This one is on the spicey side. Almost hot in a sense there is that much notes of spice. Still has good smoothness to it.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Pours a clear dark amber with white head. Aroma is similar to freshly baked pumpkin pie. Taste is sweet pumpkin pie with crust. Superb. Extremely smooth and delicious. Will be looking for this in quantity.

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Photo of JWU
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

growler fill straight from the brewery in Lancaster, PA

A- a crystal clear amber, with an off white head, nice lacing.

S- A nice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, with a hint of vanilla, yeasty esters, and pie crust.

T- Follows the nose nicely, but also has a bit of alcohol sweetness. It's oh so close to DFH Punkin', which I love.

M- Medium body, amble carbonation

O- If you like DFH Punkin', get this one. It's oh so close, and much more readily available (at least int his area!) Great stuff.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Deep garnett orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short light beige foam that quickly disappeared. Fresh pumpkin pie aroma, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices...very holiday-like. Medium bodied with rich, tangy carbonation through the middle. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg up front followed by tangy herbal hops through the middle. Sweet malty backbone throughout. Finished semi-dryly with lingering pumpkin, sweet malt and coriander notes. In my opinion, the perfect pumpkin ale - superb balance of sweet and spicy. This will be my traditional Thanksgiving brew from this point forward.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.6%

I paid $3.50 for the single always love trying new pumpkin ales regardless of already having a favorite (Night Owl)

A - Pours a very deep amber brown hue, clear with a solid 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that doesn't fizz out in seconds so yeah!
S - Smell is balanced no overbearing cinnamon or nutmeg, smells rather sweet with a vanilla dough like sweetness. I taste.
T - Quite good the cinnamon is a bit heavy but it masks the vegital bite of the pumpkin pretty well. Its sweet but not Pumking sweet giving a bit of malty crust like body and vanilla like dough.
M - Medium bodied sort of chewy really digging that its not overall bitter.

Overall it meets my expectations of balanced malt to spices and its doesn't have a super heavy hop profit (malty like it should be) I would have this again if approached with a six pack.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Looks pretty clear caramel amber deep dark roasted notes as well with a cream khaki tan head forms nice and thick even speckled lacing is left behind.

Aroma rich pumpkin spice, caramel malts, pumpkin flesh a bit of crust notes…really works well together.

Flavor a spicy mix of booze and all spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg that all overshadow the pumpkin additions. That harsh perfume like character is out of balance here and makes it much more difficult to enjoy than some of the better versions that have more balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh heavy spice notes really kill the palate and basically fatigue sets in after a few different versions of this same pumpkin ale style the good wants stand out and the bad and the average kind of run together.

Overall impression is it is drinkable but not stand out amongst the group of pumpkin ales I’ve had this year.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Dated 21414.

A: 4.0 Rich amber-orange with good clarity. 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: 4.25 Sweet pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Smells very much like pumpkin pie filling. Vanilla. Brown sugar.

T: 3.75 Hop bitterness intermingle with pumpkin pie. Interestingly, there is not much of a progression with a beginning/middle/end, but more of an on/off. That being said, the malt notes do somewhat build and taper off. Semi-dry finish. Surprisingly clean. Slight alcohol presence. A bit more bitterness than expected.

M: 4.0 Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Decent creaminess that is well suited to the flavor profile.

O: 3.9 Pretty nice pumpkin ale. The spices are there and there is a nice amount of actual pumpkin flavor as well. Good body. Perhaps slightly over-hopped and the taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but overall it is well above average in the typically under-performing pumpkin ale classification.


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Photo of EvoRich
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Look: Poured into a tulip, it's a deep, orange, copper color. Pours with a white fluffy head.

Smell: Sweet pumpkin spices, cinnamon, wheaty malts,

Taste: Very sweet Pumpkin spice flavor upfront and it follows all the way through to the end. You can taste the malts, but pumpkin is very upfront and dominates the taste of this beer. Excellent stuff!

Feel: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Just right.

Overall: This rivals Southern Tier Pumking. It's not quite as sweet and spicy as Pumpking, but it has more of an authentic pumpkin pie flavor. I didn't expect to like it this much. The steaming pumpkin pie lable is spot on to how this beer tastes. It's excellent!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Orange / amber with hardly any head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, pie crust, pumpkin, and light spices.

Caramel and toasted pie crust with additional candy sugars. Pumpkin guts and puree with light spicing. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Medium bodied, smooth, balanced, and refreshing.

Very pumpkin and malt forward. Lighter spicing than most Pumpkin beers...thank God.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I initially tried this beer on-tap at the brewpub, but I prefer not to geek out and write reviews at the bar if I can help it, so this review is for the bottled version.

This is a very dark pumpkin beer! The two-plus fingers of dense, foamy head were tawny, but with an orangish tint. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to peer into the future where I saw my 30-year high school class reunion on Saturday. Nose had an odd eggnog-like smell, putting it squarely in the nutmeg realm, which is different. I have had some that were overboard on cinnamon before, but not nutmeg-forward. The sticky lacing that began to appear was going to require a jackhammer to remove. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was very nutmeg-forward and this reminded me more of an eggnog-type of beer than of pumpkin pie. That said, this was better than many that I have drank during this year's pumpkin ale season. Finish was dry, thanks to all of the spices, but not gaspingly dry.

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Photo of MCain04
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottled 9/25, poured into a Crooked Stave goblet.

Pours an amber clear body with minimal white head which quickly diffuses to nothing, no lacing.

Smell is pumpkin forward with cinnamon and brown sugar akin to a pumpkin pie, as the name might suggest. Some nutmeg and ginger, with other assorted fall spices.

Taste really falls short of the nice aroma. Little pumpkin taste is present, much more stale, bready, with unpleasant bitterness. Not much spice flavoring either. Lingering bready taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium but leaves a heavy and dry finish on the palate. Moderate carbonation. Not very smooth.

Overall, A great smelling beer, but that's about where it ends. There are better tasting pumpkin beers easily accessible.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has copper color body with a small fizzy head. The aroma is strong of spice, and brown sugar. The taste has a sweet taste to it, with some sugar and pumpkin coming through but not spice not like the aroma. The mouthfeel i think is perfect, smooth and not overly heavy. Overall it is a good pumpkin beer.

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