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Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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Johnny Rails Pumpkin AleJohnny Rails Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
eriebrewingco.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Morey on 08-03-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
149
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
31.1%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
23
For Trade:
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 149
Reviews by DeFaz:
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3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a medium head that leaves pretty good retention. Smell is faint pumpkin and mild spice. Flavors of butter, pumpkin, cinnamon, and faint alcohol. Spice is on the lower end, with some cinnamon and brown sugar barely detectable. Pumpkin flavor is alright but doesn't really jump out at me. The mouthfeel, while on the thinner side, has just enough body to make this softer pumpkin ale go down very, very easy. While I prefer a thicker pumpkin ale, this seems to work, likely in large part because this tastes like a session beer with the alcohol concealed so mischievously. Overall, it's a good beer, one that won't appease those looking for strong pumpkin and spice seekers but one that will work well for a late August barbecue like the one I had today.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is, appropriately, orange, clear and bright. It's got a small, bubbly off-white head that shows above-average retention and decent spotty lace.
There's a good focus on pumpkin flesh here, countered by kitchen spices. The aroma isn't particularly sweet, and the flavor is slightly sweeter. The aroma holds well, but the flavor goes thin and flat at the end. Still, it holds fairly well and the components one should find in a pumpkin beer are here, if not simplistically.
The feel is crisp but not overly biting in a firm medium body with a pretty good smoothness to it.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wattoclone
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft during the Oktoberfest Tasting at the Washington House in Sellersville, PA.

Clear orange with a small white head. Mild pumpkin pie aroma with the usual spices and roasted pumpkin. A mild and very drinkable pumpkin with a nice balance of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, hints of brown sugar and buttery crust in the finish. No hops were apparent. A very sessionable pumpkin that goes well with dinner or dessert.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +9%

The appearance of this beer, well it pours into my chalice forming a slightly hazed copper amber body with a light beige head, which dwindles rather quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing.

Aroma, has caramelized malts with pumpkin cream character, and spice lingering with each sniff.

Flavor is a bit too buttery, the creamy pumpkin notes and mild spices are nice, but a heavy thick butterscotch component sends it over the edge for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied cloying sweetness lingers with mild spices that make you want to scrape your tongue to get rid of it.

Overall, I can’t appreciate something like this with that much lingering sweetness and abrasive spice notes, even compared to the other pumpkin ales out there it’s again in the middle of the road for me.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bdel34
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of mmink27
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of CAD22
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mobrockman
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALLISON01
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of DrDietz
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
3.44 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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