Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale
Erie Brewing Co.

Johnny Rails Pumpkin AleJohnny Rails Pumpkin Ale
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From:
Erie Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #194
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,581
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 13.29%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
135
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 07, 2022
Added:
Aug 03, 2013
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  27
SCORE
79
Okay
Johnny Rails Pumpkin AleJohnny Rails Pumpkin Ale
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.39 by CaptainMac from Pennsylvania

Jun 07, 2022
 
Rated: 2.92 by mpolewan from Ohio

Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got a single 12 oz bottle of this tot ry. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, medium copper color with a nice white head that's about an inch thick when first poured and that settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some spotty cluster swirls and spots of surface foam along with decent lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted, bready malt with slight hints of caramel sweetness that gives way to some cinnamon and pumpkin along with a hint of nutmeg and a touch of clove. Tastes like ti smells, with slightly toasted, bready malts with a bit of caramel sweetness that's immediately followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and definite pumpkin. Not really any discernible hop presence here, and that's okay. A solidly good and enjoyable flavor profile here. Has a slightly crisp, also smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a nice, slightly spicy and pumpkiny after taste. Not too shabby here.

Eric
Nov 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.37 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2019
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Oct 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by nickb0087

Oct 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
This beer is a watery mess with some mild pumpkin flavor. I've had a fair amount of bad pumpkin beers & this is up there with the worst of them. If you're into watered down pumpkin beers then this might be up your alley but it certainly ain't up mine. I'm sorry but this pumpkin beer does not deserve a good score. Cheers! C-
Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.44 by prototypic from Ohio

Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.44 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2018
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Rated by John-Richey from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Solid pumpkin brew, shout out Scott!
Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Sweet autumn type stuff.

T/F: Toasted malts... sweet grains and mild hops. Pumpkin and pie spice... clove and nutmeg, but mild. Doesn't drink like a pumpkin soda which is a positive... light bodied.

O: A decent pumpkin beer. Drinkable and not obnoxious, which is pretty much all I really ask of a pumpkin beer.
Oct 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by Beerme525 from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Sep 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Amber in color with an opaque look and a slight white head from tap. Another sweet caramel pumpkin nose with some slight spice. Sweet pumpkin flavor with some spice. Thinner feel. Ok.
Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a slight copper color with a slim white foamy to bubbly head that swiftly glided off to leave barely any lace.
The aroma had a pumpkin sweetness about it like sweet pie but without the pie crust. Then some clove and nutmeg.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an ample amount of spice from the clove and nutmeg laying down on the pumpkin portion. Mild aftertaste of sweet pumpkin, then clove.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a substantial sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Mild spices try to let in some harshness but honestly, they really don't play as much as I thought they would.
Overall, mostly a good pumpkin ale I could come back to.
Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.29 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.63 by classixIII from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2017
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Color is copper, with thin white head and no lacing. Main aroma from spices: cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is dominated by the spices, minimal malt background. Thin body. Okay to have once, but there are better pumpkin ales available.
Sep 21, 2017
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Rated by Navyman from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Cinnamon, Pumpkin flavor one of the better pumpkins. I live a 1/4 mile from the new facility nice place.
Sep 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Dmoot from Pennsylvania

Sep 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle, poured into glass.
Look: Dark amber, with no head.
Smell: cinnamon, pumpkin, bread.
Taste: Cinnamon and pumpkin, with malt at the end.
Feel: easy to drink considering the abv.
Overall: one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. It is not too overpowering like some of the other contemporaries. It still has a beer taste. I will buy again, and recommend.
Aug 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.3 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.64 by Satorn from Florida

Feb 04, 2017
 
Rated: 2 by mikr from New Jersey

Oct 13, 2016
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is an excellent pumpkin pie aroma. Taste has much more spices than the smell, lots of nutmeg, some cinnamon and ginger, pumpkin is in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.
Oct 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Copper colored and the head completely disappeared after about 10 seconds. It's carbonated as i see minuscule bubbles erupting from within. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. The spicing is a bit overwhelming with this one. Pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and perhaps clove are all in the mix. The mouth is a bit watery and otherwise hard to discern due to aggressive spicing.
Oct 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.24 by tfsimpkins from Florida

Jun 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a can glass

A- pours a clear Amber color wit ha small fizzy white head that disappears, leaving nothing behind

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin pie crust & some vanilla

T- vegetal flavor up front with notes of cinnamon and allspice. Some stewed apples, cola-like finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a biting finish

O- drinks more like a pumpkin soda, could use a bit more malt sweetness
Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Bottle into a snifter.

2.5 A: Mildly hazed medium orange color with a brown tint. Less than one finger of frothy beige head that falls almost immediately and leaves no lacing.

2.75 S: Very mild aroma. Pumpkin with cinnamon and ginger but not enough of any of them. Otherwise, not much going on. The malts are very mild and offer just a hint of caramel.

2.5 T: For as mediocre as the nose is, the taste is mediocre-er. Faint pumpkin and spice and otherwise watery and uninteresting.

2.25 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Watery without creaminess.

2.25 D: Pretty shitty.
Jan 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak – pumpkin and ginger
Head large (7.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to a two mm ring and layer
Lacing - none
Body light orange, hazy
Flavor odd – no pumpkin; melange of spices, all underwhelming and confused; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3, Overall 3. Worst pumpkin ale to date.
Nov 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.29 by imperialking from Illinois

Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.23 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Nov 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.68 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 13, 2015
 
Rated: 2.75 by rickklein9 from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2015
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Reviewed by jp32 from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours pumpkin orange in color with a crisp white head.

Aroma is of nutmeg, cloves, and sugar.

Flavor is intense of nutmeg with undertones of cloves, pie crust, and earl grey tea.

Nicely carbonated. The beer could stand to be heavier.
Nov 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.45 by Gaddabble from Ohio

Oct 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.41 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by BigRizz62 from Maryland

Oct 11, 2015
Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 171 ratings