Brown's Pumpkin Ale | Brown's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Brown's Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TheJudge on 10-12-2004

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 19
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Deep amber. Poured with almost two fingers head. Dissipated fairly quickly but left some lacing.

S: Cinnamon and spices. Pumpkin barely noticeable.

T: Cinnamon and spices but the pumpkin is easily recognizable.

F: Chewy. medium bodied to thick.

O: A rock solid pumpkin beer. One of my firsts of the season.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep orange, no head

S-Pumpkin, cinnamon, spices.

T-Very pumpkin heavy, spices are there but not over powering. Clove is there.

M-Medium bodied, smooth.

O-A solid pumpkin ale. Only on draft for a limited time, was happy to go while it was available.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer has a rather impressive and surprising cascade for the style. What starts as a dense, orange-tinted, thick head of about an inch and a half settles rather quickly into a film covering. The beer itself is a rich, vibrant, slightly hazed copper-orange coloring. Looks great. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin all over the nose, like pumpkin pie or pumpkin cookies. Smells just like a pumpkin ale should. Flavors are a little watered down initially, followed by a bolder blast of molasses and burnt caramel malts, with a char and smoke characteristic. There is some pumpkin and spice highlight, but greatly overpowered. The sharp contrast of flavors on a light to mid-body and a slightly cloying, resiny body make this a rough brew at the end. It had so much going for it at the beginning, too. The finish returns to the watery feel, with a slight linger of smoke and spice. It definitely has some strong points, but a big let down where it counts for me.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy amber-orange color. Very little head, but there is a little bit of lacing left behind.

S - The smell is more of pumpkin pie spices than it is pumpkin smell. Mostly the spices related to pumpkin pie like nutmeg and allspice.

T - The taste is mild and contains mostly pumpkin pie spices. There is also some malt flavor that comes through. Unlike the smell, the pumpkin is part of the taste, but could be a bit stronger compared to the spices. The aftertaste is fairly pumpkin-filled though.

M - Very smooth and very crisp. Just a bit of carbonation. Pretty medium-bodied.

D - Very drinkable beer. The pumpkin and malt flavors are a bit subdued and the overall taste is of the spices. Though, the beer could taste a bit more balanced.

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Photo of drseamus
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque orange/amber body. No head.

S: Not as strong as other pumpkin beers but decent. Mostly spice and pumpkin which is no real surprise.

T: The spices are more subdued than others and the pumpkin steps forward. Kind of muted though and fades almost completely although it does come back during a burp.

M: Moderately thick but not chewy.

D: Not bad but not great.

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Photo of Stimack
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this brew the other night when I was out for dinner at Browns. It was the first time that I was there since the birth of our son and a normal the food and brews where good. I will say that this version of a pumpkin ale was not one of my favorites but was not bad. Had a amber color with a smallish off white head that had at best mild retention and really did not leave much of any lacing. The aromas did not really remind me of a pumpkin ale, more of just an amber with some faint spice scents. The taste is where the spices really came out, did not really remind me of pumpkin as much as it had more of a cinnamon and nutmeg flavoring. After about 1/2 of the brew I will admit that I started to get sick of this brew but did finish it. Overall I feel that Browns has better offerings but it is nice to try the seasonals.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a really nice amber color with a short white head. The smell was very sweet like a pumpkin pie. The taste is excellent for a pumpkin ale with sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon flavors that actually do not overpower the flavor and the malt flavor is able to come through. The aftertaste is excellent but a bit sweet which is why I gave it a little less in the drinkability area. Overall a really good fall beer and worth a try if you're in the mood for a pumpkin ale in the Troy area.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first of several beers I had at this place. The color was very ncie, a deep orange/amber. Would have scored higher on this, but for the absence of head and lacing. More on that below. The smell was that of pumpkin pie. I nice homey smell that made me hungry. Tastes good too. The pumpkin does not overwhelm, it is not too fruity, nor too sweat (despite the pie smell). I thought this could use a little more carbonation (see lack of head above). Despite this, it does not seem too heavy. I think with a bit more fizz, both the mouthfeel and the drinkability numbers would rise. The pumpkin seeds on the bar were a nice complementary touch.

A good effort. Could be better.

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Brown's Pumpkin Ale from Brown's Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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