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Captain Lawrence Brewing Company – Pumpkin Ale (2014)

NicAA: Clear, hay colored brew with a light head. Pumpkin puree and light spice aroma, both subtle. 7/10

NicTM: Malty, sweet pumpkin puree and the lightest hints of spice. Bright, citrusy hop profile, refreshing. Lighter body and smooth mouthfeel. 8/10

NicP: Flavorful and tasty smooth puree, accented by the fruitier, citrusy hops. 4p

NicO: A more citrusy, tropical feeling pumpkin beer, that utilizes spice but not in an overwhelming way. 84/100

AlexAA: Lightly orange w/slight haze, a mild sourness from pumpkin rises up in aroma but is then smoothed over w/nutmeg. 7/10

AlexTM: Brown sugar & nutmeg lead the way on this lighter bodied ale that stocks significantly sweeter pumpkin than you’d expect from aroma, dry finish w/ stronger hop presence cutting thru the caramel notes 7/10

AlexP: With spicing this subtle, you can trip over the vine into slightly too large a patch of pumpkins. 6p

AlexO: Nice. Fine. But when there are so many other options, this solid ale is easy to walk by and not notice. 76/100

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in 2014 Reviews

 

Rogue Ales – Pumpkin Patch Ale (2014)

NicAA: Burnt sienna with almost no head. Big, musty vegetal aroma, hints of cola and very light fall spice. 8/10

NicTM: Toffee, molasses and sweet, fresh pumpkin. Vanilla and biscuity malt make a light, beady “crust”. 9/10

NicP: Pumpkins are exactly what make this beer so awesome. Not just an addition, a refreshing main player. 5p

NicO: Not a pie beer, this is a true PUMPKIN beer. Fresh, rindy, the subtlest spice…it’s almost crunchy. And I love it. 89/100

AlexAA: Deep russet jewel tone, thick cinnamon mingles w/molasses, pumpkin, mild cloves & slight ginger 9/10

AlexTM:  Warm cinnamon opens into barley malt & gobs of fresh pumpkin, cloves decorate the pumpkins throughout the flavor 8/10

AlexP: You know what pumpkin is better than yours? The juicy one Rogue grew themselves. 5P

AlexO: Frankly, these pumpkins don’t give a damn. They went big, not home. 90/100

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in 2014 Reviews

 

21st Amendment Brewery and Elysian Brewing – He Said (Pumpkin Baltic Porter) (2014)

NicAA:Coal black with a thick mocha head and great lacing. Earthy, rich aroma with smoky hints, pumpkin cinnamon, and a hint of creamy vanilla. 10/10

NicTM: Fuller body, low carbonation. Nutty, bittersweet chocolate and decadent, rich spice. The smoky and bitter roasted malt keep the sweet pumpkin and spice in check perfectly. 10/10

NicP: Not overpowering, but that’s the best way for a porter. Fresh tasting, sweet and so well dressed it might as well be attending The Oscars. 5p

NicO: Earthy, musty, like stepping into a greenhouse overgrown with pumpkins, or petrichor, perhaps from the lager brewing. Unmissable. 94/100

AlexAA: Plummy black w/ coffee colored fluffy foam, anise-like aroma from the caraway seeds & slight, edgy cinnamon mix w/ the very present pumpkin. 9/10

AlexTM: Roasted malt, smoky pumpkin, a small fire from the Vietnamese cinnamon, with a bittersweet tapering 9/10

AlexP: The pumpkin is wrapped in a cloak of smoke, as those roasted over an open campfire – sweeter in aroma, fleshier in the mouth. 4P

AlexO: For the pumpkin naysayers, this smoky ball-buster is the trump card pumpkin that will change your mind. 93/100

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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in 2014 Reviews

 

21st Amendment Brewery and Elysian Brewing – He Said (Belgian Style Tripel) (2014)

NicAA: Pours a hazy gold with a thick, fluffy head. Yeasty, fruity aroma, with big banana, ginger and pumpkin along with fall spice. 9/10

NicTM: Medium body and carbonation. Taste mirrors aroma, with banana, peach, peppery spice, pumpkin, along with earthy hops and yeast funk. 9/10

NicP: The pumpkin meat works well in the tripel background, with the fruity yeast and earthy hops bringing out the best of the gourd. 4p

NicO: Eureka! Unique takes on pumpkinbeer that really work are a welcome addition to the style. Killer cans too, SHe said. 91/100

21st Amendment and Elysian Brewing He Said Tripel21st Amendment and Elysian He Said Tripel 2014
 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in 2014 Reviews

 

McKenzie’s Hard Cider – Pumpkin Jack Hard Cider (2014)

AlexAA: Slight orange tint to this champagne colored cider, caramel, cinnamon and apples greet you when you take a whiff. 7/10

AlexTM: Thick cider with a wall of caramel, sweet apples, & mild cinnamon all overpowering the pumpkin, not crisp in the least 6/10

AlexP: It’s the Where’s Waldo of Pumpkins. 2P

AlexO: Cloying. Difficult to smack your way thru any other flavor than the carny amount of caramel. 63/100

NicAA: Canary yellow, appears still. Big whiffs of cinnamon and clove, with hints of ginger. Sweet, sugar coated apple. 7/10

NicTM: Light body and very subtle carbonation. Big, BIG clove hit. There’s a TON of spice in here, almost making it bitter despite the sweet apples. 6/10

NicP: Probably behind the mountain of cloves. 2p

NicO: So much going on it tastes like artificial applesauce. It’s like eating a candy apple while being repeatedly smacked with a spice rack. 65/100

McKenzies Pumpkin Jack Cider 2014

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in 2014 Reviews

 

Mendocino Brewing Company – Pumpkin Ale (2014)

NicAA: Brick red with a sticky, whipped foam head. Whiffs of big cinnamon and cocoa, hint of rum. 8/10

NicTM: Medium body and carbonation. Starts out like a traditional pumpkin with the usual compliment of fall spices, then moves into an almost chocolate milk finish. 8/10

NicP: It’s a patch in the massive granny quilt that is this beer. 2p

NicO: A multiple personality beer. This beer IS like riding a unicorn through a thunderstorm. And it’s terrifying. 79/100

AlexAA: Blood orange w/ 1/4 inch tan foam, cocoa covered pumpkin and cinnamon carry the subtle aroma 8/10

AlexTM: Medium bodied ale w/pumpkin seasoned well in nutmeg & cinnamon, gentle warmth from cocoa, then ginger takes over in a mildly bitter hop finish 9/10

AlexP: Pumpkin is not only balanced here but is the mutual friend of all the flavors – without it, this wheel would be hub-less. 5P

AlexO: So late in flavor to the pumpkin party, that it’s almost a month early to the office holiday one. But when you’re this sweet, yet edgy, both work. 89/100

Mendocino Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2014

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2014 in 2014 Reviews

 

Long Trail Brewing Co. – Pumpkin Ale (2014)

AlexAA: Tawny russet pour w/cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and warming brown sugar combine in the delicious aroma 9/10

AlexTM: Brown sugar & pumpkin is heavily doused in ginger & cloves, and lightly sprinkled in nutmeg & cinnamon w/ a mildly bitter tapering off 7/10

AlexP: Pumpkins are all jumbled and lost in the laundry in the conflicting spices and sweet malt. 4P

AlexO: Spices overpower here as Russian stacking dolls, but not in the order you want: Cloves>ginger>cinnamon>nutmeg 78/100

NicAA: Rusty, thin white foam that fades quickly. Cinnamon and nutmeg on top of clean, puree pumpkin aroma. 7/10

NicTM: Light mouthfeel, fairly flat. Quite bitter with a touch of sweet molasses, lots of tannins, light spices. Banana-pumpkin aftertaste lingers. 8/10

NicP: Plenty of it, but not particularly flavorful. 4p

NicO: As a safe, middle of the road pumpkin, it’s perfectly drinkable. But sometimes you just want a pumpkin that feels like riding a dinosaur in a thunderstorm. This is not that beer. 72/100

Long Trail Pumpkin Ale 2014

 

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in 2014 Reviews

 
 
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