Smashing Pumpkin Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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The perfect brew for fall, our Smashing Pumpkin Ale recipe is clean and sweetly malty, with just enough hop bitterness to balance. A dose of select spices at the end of the boil imbues the beer with a complex, lingering spice profile full of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger that persists from the pour to the last swish in the glass.

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Autumn, and a homebrewer's thoughts turn to capturing the sensory experience of the season ... crisp nights, colorful leaves, and ripe gourds being turned into pie. We're often asked for pumpkin beer recipes at this time of year, and it's easy to understand why: sipping this spiced amber ale is like drinking a slice of pie. Smashing Pumpkin Ale is clean and sweetly malty with just enough hop bitterness to balance and no hop aroma to mask the spices. A dose at the shutdown of the boil imbues the beer with a complex, lingering spice profile full of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger that persists from the pour to the last swish in the pint glass.

If you want to incorporate actual vegetables in this pumpkin beer recipe, you'll need to purchase an additional 2 or 3 pounds of Rahr 6-row (#G002) and provide your own 8 to 10 pound pumpkin (winter squash like butternut or acorn will work if pumpkin is out of season). Cut up the gourd, discard the innards, and roast or microwave the pieces until soft and cooked through, then peel. Mash the peeled, cooked pumpkin flesh with the 6-row and the included grains at 152°F for 1 hour before sparging and proceeding with the boil.

Smashing Pumpkin Ale Recipe - Ingredient List & Instructions

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Amber Ale, Spice or Fruit Beer
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1054
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Nice Holiday Brew outstanding CS BY curtis Review by Chuck
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Had an issue, in the packing there was a slit in the extract bottle and it leaked out throughout the interior of my box. It also contaminated my Stout order. I called NB
Spoke to Curtis in Customer Service, next day both were shipped, no fuss no hassle. This gentleman is a pro's pro. Thanks for a job well done.
All my holiday guests liked the results, a definite for next year (Posted on 12/15/14)
3.5? 4? Review by Steve
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This one is very hard to rate. Like a favorite suit that just doesn't fit quite right. Brewed on 7/31/14 and is my 20th batch. Roasted 2-20oz cans of pumkin and added to the boil in a paint strainer bag. I also took the advise of adding 2lbs of Rahr 6-Row with the specialty grains and added another tsp of spices at the end of the boil. OG was 1.066 and fermented in the primary for 2 weeks. Put this in a secondary so I could free up a primary. Let it sit for three weeks, FG at 1.014, and bottled. At this time the taste was mediciny, tart, and spicy on the end. Now, it is pumkin spice spicy, is undercarbonated, but does have a wonderful clear orange-ish color to it. Compared to other pumkin ales I think it stands up to them, I guess I'm just not a pumkin ale guy. Glad I tried it, enjoy drinking it, probably won't do again. Never say never though! (Posted on 11/16/14)
Great Brew Review by William
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Great Fall brew. I added 3 lbs of no preservative pumpkin, doubled the pumpkin pie spice, and 3 lbs of 6-row. I covered the pumkin with brown sugar and roasted at 350 for about an hour. Steeped the specialty grains, pumpkin and 6-row for about 25 minutes at 155-165. Beer has a great mouth feel and an ABV of 8.5. Great Halloween brew! (Posted on 11/13/14)
Best Pumpkin Ale Review by James
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Like many others, I tried a bunch of pumpkin ales from various breweries with mixed thoughts. I wanted to do a seasonal beer for the family, and since this one got such good reviews, I had to try it.

I modded the recipe a bit - I spread 3 15oz cans of organic pumpkin on a sheet pan, sprinkled 2tsp of pumpkin pie seasoning on top, and baked for around 35-40 minutes. I then mashed with 2 lbs of 6-row (158* for an hour). I followed the recipe instructions after this point.

Primary - 1wk
Secondary - 3wks
Kegged/force carbed.

This is, by far, the best pumpkin beer I've every had. Nothing that I purchased from the store comes close. I haven't had anyone say anything bad about this one - I've even converted a couple people that thought pumpkin beers were gross. Get this kit. Nuff' said. (Posted on 11/6/14)
Good Until I Ruined It Review by Justin
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Well I had a great time brewing this and did a mini mash with a 29oz can of pumpkin and 2lbs of 6 row. Good aroma and flavor going to primary and the sample when I transferred to secondary was really good but then I made the mistake of thinking I should add cinnamon. I added a couple of small cinnamon sticks into secondary and wow...my pumpkin beer turned into cinnamon beer. Pretty unfortunate because it's pretty overwhelming and hard to drink. My fiancé says she likes it but she might just be saying that. I would like to try brewing this again but definitely without the cinnamon!

OG was 1.064 and FG was 1.013 for an ABV of 6.7% so even if it isn't to my liking, it will still do the job. Still giving it five stars because up until the cinnamon it was really tasty. (Posted on 11/4/14)
Delicious Pumpkin Ale Review by Matt
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Baked 3 lbs Libby's canned pumpkin with brown sugar and cinnamon sugar at 350 for 45 mins. Did a partial mash with the pumpkin, 2 lbs of 6 row, 1 lb caramel 40L, and 1/2 lb biscuit. Added 2 vanilla beans split, scraped, and quartered in vodka for one week, added mixture to secondary fermenter one week before kegging. This beer turned out excellent! Mine finished at 7.5% ABV, nice orange hue, nice pumpkin flavor, very drinkable fall beer. Highly recommend to pumpkin beer fans. (Posted on 11/4/14)
Skip the Secondary and give it time Review by Affa
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This is my second time brewing this - first review. Last years batch brought out the neighbors and neighbors friends who blasted through the two case batch in record time. This year I began getting requests for it as early as Labor day.

As last year, I did the partial mash kit update with two cans of organic pumpkin and 2 pounds of Rahr 6-row. Added an additional tsp. of store bought "Marketplace" pumpkin spice at flame-out. Fermentation done in 6 days at around 70F and kept in the primary for another 2 weeks to let the yeast to clear things up, no secondary. Then went straight to the keg. Carbed at 15 PSI for 5 days for a taste test, OK clarity but retained some of the early pumpkin bitterness. Reduced down to 10 PSI for another 5 days and at another check, very good clarity and most of the bitterness gone. 5 days later and 15 total days in the keg it's "all growns up", coming into its own - already consumed by the neighborhood. Early bitterness aged away now blends into a malty and spiced glass of fall perfection - and excellent clarity.

Moral is secondary isn't required to get a great tasting, clear (for an extract) beer out of this kit. A bit of patience in either the keg or bottle along with a bit more pumpkin spice will grant you a wonderful fall beer. And if people you know find out what you've made - brew more than one batch if you want to keep around for more than a weekend. (Posted on 11/3/14)
Good, Not Great Review by Brian
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First off, I really liked this beer. It was fun to make and drink. I used canned pumpkin and did a mini mash. It had a nice flavor but I feel like the spice profile was a bit too far in the background. to clarify, I don't love super spicy pumpkin ales, but the spice was more than subtle. If I were to do this brew again, I would see if NB could provide the exact spice blend so I could add another 3rd of the spices. (Posted on 10/31/14)
amazing! Review by Michael
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So my first attempt at pumpkin ale was an epic fail! It tasted good. Just not like pumpkin ale...so not a total loss :). I read reviews and decided to try smashing pumpkin. I just kegged it and omg it was amazing! My wife is a huge pumpkin fan and she loved it. I will brew again for sure! (Posted on 10/21/14)
Fall never tasted so good Review by Ed
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I think in the dozen or so N. Brewer kits I've done I'm most happy with this beer. I followed their instructions about adding the canned pumpkin and the added grains. It made for a longer brew day, but I'm never in a hurry when I brew - we all enjoy it, right?

The flavor is amazing and I am proud to have all my friends sample this brew. It has been met by rave reviews by all who have tried it.

I used dry yeast and went 2 weeks primary and 3 in secondary. The beer is killer. The hardest part will be making this batch last until Thanksgiving - good thing I've got other brews lined up! (Posted on 10/8/14)
delicious but if you want to use pumpkin add to your order Review by David
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This is one of my all time favorites. ONE NOTE!!! If you want to make it with pumpkin, the instructions say to add 2 or 3 pounds of Rahr 6-row. I have used that in the past and had good luck. I just ordered and forgot this time... (Posted on 10/8/14)
Great Fall Beer. Review by Thomas
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I have been brewing for a year I have made this twice One for a Halloween party and again for Halloween 2014. Tasty beer great flavor. A few extra weeks seems to add a more balanced flavor. I added a little more spice in the 2nd stage. A tasty, easy going beer that goes well for the fall weather around a fire pit and friends. (Posted on 9/21/14)
great beer Review by Jonathan
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great beer i do this one ever year the only thing i add is fresh pumpkin to the boil and add more pumpkin spice when i bottle (Posted on 8/14/14)
OMGoodness Review by Michael
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My most favorite time of the year is Autumn and this means pumpkin beers! I brewed this one about a month and a half ago and it turned out great. I did roast two cans of pumpkin on a baking sheet in the oven before I put the pumpkin in the BK. I also added more pumpkin spice to the recipe at flameout. I over shot the OG by a few points, but that's mostly because I'm still working kinks out of my system. But, I got a good tasting beer with a really nice color. I will definitely be brewing this one again, but as all-grain next time. (Posted on 7/24/14)
Good Beer Review by Clint
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I bought this for my wife because she likes pumpkin beers. We tried a couple about 2 weeks after we bottled it and it was very good, we cannot wait to try them in October. (Posted on 5/1/14)
Surprisingly great beer! Review by Scott
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This was my first attempt at a pumpkin ale. I did a mini-mash with a few cans of pumpkin and some extra malt. I did not add any extra spices. Strong ferment - definitely needed a blow off tube!. Racked to secondary and bottled. A few weeks later (we missed Thanksgiving, but it was ready for Christmas), it was gone! People were fighting over the last few bottles at my Christmas party! (Posted on 2/25/14)
Awesome beer Review by steven
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Second time I have brewed this beer. I added 3 cans of pumpkin the last 10 minutes of the boil. 2 weeks in Primary and 3 weeks in the secondary. For two of the 3 weeks in the secondary I added french oak chips and 2 vanilla beans. (Posted on 2/17/14)
Awesome Review by Justin
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Brewed this a couple of months ago with 2 cans of pumpkin. Turned out very full and smooth. Just finished the keg last night. Will definitely brew this again. (Posted on 1/29/14)
Brilliant with fresh pumpkin Review by Jared
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I made this with ten pounds of roasted pie pumpkin and the extra grain in the recipe. The sweet pumpkin character is perfectly balanced by the extra kick from the 6.4% alcohol. If you prefer a sitter character, double pitch to jack up the alcohol even higher. (Posted on 1/25/14)
Very nice Review by Ruckus99ss
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I am a fan of pumpkin beer and despite being the end of the season I decided to make this as my first brew. Very happy with the results and taste. I did add a hint more cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg since I love the "pumpkin spice" mixture. My dogs even loved the peanut butter dog bones I made with the specialty grains. (Posted on 1/14/14)
One of my best seasonals Review by Darrin
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I couldn't keep this beer away from anyone. I may have a couple bottles stashed somewhere. This beer is malty and mildly spicy. I added 2 cans of organic pumpkin(that I roasted) to the mash. The beer is rich, dark and the slightest shade of orange, a definite crowd pleaser. I will have to do a double batch next year for the season. (Posted on 1/9/14)
Good brew Review by Ryan
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This is my first review...about 13 batches in...every one of my northern brewer batches have been descent. But I've noticed one thing, the longer you let them sit in the bottles the better. Tonight, I drank one of my "smashing Pumpkin Ales" (I tweaked the recipe a bit by adding a little more cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and canned pumpkin)..and I gotta tell you...this became a quality beer. I planned it so it would be ready by Halloween...and when I tried it..it was descent. But now, almost new years eve now...tried another one and it's no lie one of the best pumpkins I've had. Patience is a virtue...especially with home brew is the lesson I've learned from this. (Posted on 12/29/13)
Fantastic brew Review by Colin
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I brewed the smashing pumpkin ale to be ready just after Halloween and it was a huge hit. i added some real pumpkins for the extra flavor with no regrets. wonderful color and nice. aroma of pumpkin. flavor was spicy without overwhelming the pumpkin or grains. definitly will brew again (Posted on 12/28/13)
Fantastic Review by Michael
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This NB Pumpkin Spice ale beats all store-bought pumpkin ales hands down. My friend drank some and loves it. He wants more, but I need to keep a few to have on hand through the winter months. I will probably brew this at least twice each year, if not more often, Great job, NB! (Posted on 12/25/13)
Great Brew Review by Kevin
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Easy to brew and tastes great. Definitely will brew again. (Posted on 12/16/13)
Exceeded Expectations Review by Richard
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I'd never even tried a pumpkin ale, but wanted to try something new- and all the reviewers seemed to rave about this. So, I ordered it, and then bought a couple of different commercial pumpkin ales to sample. Tried New Belgium's PumpKick ale, and didn't like it at all - it had lemongrass, and other things that made it too tart. Then, I went to my local growler store, and asked for the "standard" of pumpkin ale. He gave me PumpKing, his most popular. I couldn't even drink it unless I mixed it half/half with some ESB I had on tap - overpowering spices and very high alcohol. It tasted like someone dropped a shot or two of whiskey in my beer. I was afraid I'd wasted my money (like when I got the Apricot Blonde). Couldn't have been more wrong.

Got the standard kit with extra 2 lbs of 6-row, and bought a large (29 oz?) can of pumpkin. I'd read that pumpkin itself doesn't really add flavor to the brew, so I spread it out on a cookie sheet and roasted it for about an hour, until the surface was pretty evenly browned, to carmelize the sugars. I also added 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. I know many people add more, but I'm not a big fan of spices being in the forefront. And, I figured I could always add another tsp. or so to the keg if necessary. I actually forgot to strain out the pumpkin, so it went into the primary for 2 weeks. Secondary for another 2 weeks, then kegged.

It couldn't have come out more perfect! Very smooth and full bodied, without being too "heavy." For me, the extra 1/2 tsp. of spice was right on the money - it's not "in your face" but definitely recognizable, more as an aftertaste. This is an extremely drinkable ale. Out of all the brews my light-beer drinking friends have sampled, this is the most popular, even among the women. I'll be brewing this one again, even in the "off-season." (Posted on 12/8/13)
GREAT Pumpkin ALE Review by THOMAS
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USED herbert squash pumpkin Around 15 lbs SMELLED AND Taste GREAT WHEN I bottle IT!TASTED GREAT ON THANKSGIVING EVE! WILL MAKE AGAIN NEXT YEAR FOR Halloween and ThANKSGIVING (Posted on 12/7/13)
just opened second bottle. Review by Travis
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So I already reviewed this beer kit a couple weeks ago but I just tried a bottle after letting them condition for 2 weeks and I gotta say its a solid pumpkin ale. the spices are in the nose along with the pumpkin and the taste is just super smooth and lightly spiced with a hint of pumpkin. will def be brewing this again next year. (Posted on 12/6/13)
Wow, just Wow Review by Scott
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This beer came out amazing! Easy brew with the added grains and pumpkin. Doubled the pumpkin spices at flame out. This brew lasted a couple of weeks because everyone wanted it. This will be my go to beer for events. (Posted on 11/27/13)
Awesome! Review by Bradlee
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I just tried this brew last night to make sure it would be ok to share with my family on Thanksgiving. I will have to say that I am pretty proud of this brew. I added one more teaspoon of pumpkin spice and racked to secondary, and it is very good. I cant wait to see what my family thinks. I Definitely recommend for this time of year! (Posted on 11/27/13)
Easy Recipe Review by Heather
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For a novice brewer, this is an easy beer to make. I started the process an hour earlier so that I could boil 3 cans of pumpkin and two pounds of 6-row malted barley in a reusable mesh bag in three gallons of filtered water. After I removed the pumpkin and barley, I followed the straight-forward instructions in my kit. I should be able to bottle next week! (Posted on 11/23/13)
Smooth, flavorful, would recommend Review by jack
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Brewed with 2 cans of pumpkin and 6 row, as suggested by NB. I followed all other instructjons as given. The longer in the bottle the better. Very smooth and flavorful. The spice package didn't look like enough, but it was. Will be a fall seasonal staple. Impressed friends who appreciate a good ale, and I even impressed a few yellow fizz drinkers! Every batch I make from NB makes me want to try another. (Posted on 11/23/13)
Outstanding! Review by Chris
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Turned out great, will brew again and again. Arrived quickly and the instructions provided were spot on and explain how to add your own pumpkin if you like. (Posted on 11/22/13)
Just Bottled Review by Scott
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I have 1 more week before I can try this, but I am really looking forward to it! (Posted on 11/21/13)
Second run with this kit Review by Peter
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Good product. Tried a variation found on this site and tried it with a mixed result. Will stick to original recipe next time round.
Yes, there will be a next time. (Posted on 11/19/13)
Northern Brewer Rocks and so does this beer. Review by Travis
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This was the first Northern Brewer kit I have brewed. i have previously done partial mash clones and brewers best kits. I read online that Northern Brewer kits were by far superior to their counterparts. I must say I like that they haveoptions for swapping yeast and whatnot. very cool. I took the wyeast and as it was mid october when i brewed this i went and picked a 20lb Cinderella pumpkin which i baked and prespiced. wound up with around 11 lbs. my o.g. was a little low but im accounting for that by not sparging the grains and pumpkin.. seems fair i figure. it fermented like crazy for like 4 days. left it in primary a little over a week and has been in secondary for 3 weeks now. i plan on bottling sometime in the next couple days. (Posted on 11/19/13)
Can't wait to drink it at Thanksgiving! Review by Todd
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We brewed this several weeks and ago and bottled it last week. The aroma and pre-cooled and carbonated flavor was out of this world! I am looking forward to sharing it with friends andfamily at Thanksgiving. (Posted on 11/19/13)
First brew Review by Ryan
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This was my first brew and everything went smoothly thanks to this easy to follow kit. I had a blast making this kit. My friends and family were very impressed that I had made a beer of such quality. I even was able to make bread out of the spent grains from the kit. It was delicious. (Posted on 11/19/13)
my first brew kit from NB Review by Liam
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wow! this beer was friggin awesome. I only made the base kit with nothing extra and it was fantastic. everyone who drank it said it was better than ANY other pumpkin beer they had.. I kegged it and it was gone in one night!!! (Posted on 11/15/13)
Could not imagine anything easier Review by Jason
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While i consider myself to be a novice brewer, I look at a lot of recipes and after using this one, I don't think I would ever use another brand or vendor. These instructions were incredibly clear and detailed without being overly wordy.

Can't wait to drink my brew. (Posted on 11/14/13)
Holiday Must! Review by Bradley
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This is probably the best Pumpkin Ale you'll ever have. Rivaled my friends all grain versions. It was ready to go in only 4 weeks for me. For sure a big hit on the block. (Posted on 11/11/13)
Repeatably good Review by Casey
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I've brewed this a few years now, and each year it turns out well. We use 60oz of pumpkin at 60 and a bit more spice. It turns out wonderfully. (Posted on 11/10/13)
Love it! Review by Amy
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This is my 4th year making this brew and it is one of my most asked for beers. (Posted on 11/9/13)
First Kit I Made Review by David
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Great kit. Even my first which I screwed up in many ways tasted great. Made it again on my third attempt and can not wait to partake! (Posted on 11/8/13)
Good brew!! Review by Alicia
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This is a good brew, but next time I will add more pumpkin spice and add real pumpkin. Everyone we shared this with enjoyed it! I have never gone away from the recipe when I brew, can't wait to try this one again! (Posted on 11/8/13)
Great smell, can't wait to taste it Review by Kevin
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I brewed this up just over two weeks ago and it is currently going through a secondary fermentation stage. I did modify it some by adding a can of pumpkin filling, additional spices and additional sugar (powdered in this case). It came off the boil smelling great. Went I moved it into the second carboy it smelled even better. Next week I will bottle it, let it condition for a month and then taste test it right before Christmas. This is not my first kit from NB and I have to say I am always impressed with the quality of the kits and the ingredients put into them. Keep up the good work NB. (Posted on 11/8/13)
Perfect Review by Ryan
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I brewed the kit as-is. Didn't up the spice, add pumpkin or anything. I think this is a great kit. My go to pumpkin beer is Saranac Pumpkin Ale and my wife and I both liked this better. Mild enough to drink a few without the overpowering flavor of some. Exactly what I was looking for. Will definitely buy again. (Posted on 11/5/13)
Crowd Pleaser Review by Brendon
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Everyone at the party liked this beer. Brewed with 3 pounds of pumpkin and 2 lbs 6-row. Beer turned out with definite pumpkin flavor yet not overwhelming. The spice is less defined in this brew which I look at as a positive. A lot of pumpkin spice beers on the market, in my opinion, are over spiced to the point that its all you get in your flavors. (Posted on 11/2/13)
Liquid Pumpkin Pie Review by Steve
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We just finished making our Pumpkin Ale (2nd homebrew ever) and it's amazing. Even for an extract malt kit, the beer has great taste, complexity in flavor, and even the lingering aftertaste is just right... enough to linger but not overstay it's welcome. It's like liquid pumpkin pie (minus the whip cream). I highly recommend it. (Posted on 10/28/13)
Improves with Age Review by Aaron
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I roasted about 10lbs of pumpkin, and added 3lbs of the Rahr 6-row. It tasted amazing out of secondary (2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary). It took it a while to develop appropriate flavors with carbonation (about 1.5 weeks kegged). Has great balance of spice, with enough pumpkin to not make you guess whether it's an Octoberfest or Pumpkin Ale. Enjoying it more every pint that comes out of the keg. Will brew this yearly, hard to decide if the next batch will need to be messed with at all. (Posted on 10/26/13)
Easy brew Review by Sean
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Added real pumpkin to this recipe and it came out great. (Posted on 10/25/13)
Pumpkin Pie in a Bottle ! Review by Ken
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This was my first time using a NB kit.Easy,thorough instructions.Beer is the best I've brewed yet.I will brew more of this for the holidays. (Posted on 10/25/13)
Anticipating Something Good Review by Blue
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I'm looking forward to trying the carbonated and aged product. I brewed this one with:
33oz of pumpkin pie mix
33oz of pureed pumpkin
1 extra tsp of pumpkin pie spice

The beer tasted pretty good on bottling day. I'm hoping that the aging tones the spice bite down just a hair. (Posted on 10/24/13)
Smells great, can't wait! Review by Aaron
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This brew has been in primary for about 3 weeks now and should be ready to go to secondary any day now after the OG drops a few more points. I used 2 large cans of Libbey's pumpkin which I roasted in the oven first for about 45 min. I also included 2lbs of 6 row and 1lb of biscuit and added an extra tsp of pumpkin spice. I ended up with an OG of 1.075. The sample I took tasted pretty good and I'm really looking forward to drinking this once it's kegged. (Posted on 10/23/13)
can't wait to try it Review by Brittany
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Brewed this last night! Smelt delicious. Very easy to make. Can't wait til its done. (Posted on 10/22/13)
can't wait to taste Review by Brittany
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Brewed this beer last night- very simple. Smells delicious! Can't wait to try it! (Posted on 10/22/13)
Pumpkin! Review by Joshua
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I added 3 cans of pumpkin to this and the extra two pounds of grains, which ended up bringing my OG to 1.064. After some force carbonation, this beer was incredible. Already getting drank too fast. I think it could have used double the spice for a little more pumpkin pie flavor but it is a very drinkable beer. (Posted on 10/20/13)
My annual fall brew. Review by Charles
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I brewed this last year and it quickly became my annual fall beer. Try it with fresh roasted pumkin. (Posted on 10/15/13)
Great seasonal Review by james
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I tried this with the extra 6 row, canned pumpkin, and extra spices. I've done this kit twice now and it's great both times. (Posted on 10/14/13)
Everybody loved it! Review by Brian
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This is a great brew! I added 2 cans of pumpkin so it wouldn't be all about the spice. Will brew this one again! (Posted on 10/14/13)
Nice Seasonal Treat Review by Robert
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This is a nice seasonal treat for Fall, easy to brew and ready in 6 weeks or so. Last year I improvised my own pumpkin beer, using pumpkin meat in my specialty grain extraction, this year I just used this kit and added a teaspoon of additional pumpkin spice. The NB kit was more "pumpkinny" than the from scratch brew I made with real pumpkin! Give it a try - a not too strong brown ale with pumpkin flavor - yum. (Posted on 10/11/13)
My Favorite so far Review by Ben
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We added some organic pumpkin from the can to the specialty grains, two dashes of pumpkin spic to secondary and about a tablespoon of vanilla extract to secondary and this turned out to be my favorite homebrew BY FAR so far.

It is a touch (a touch in every sense) cloudy, but I think that is on me (no Irish moss and using the pumpkin).

It is too late for this Halloween, but you should brew this for Thanksgiving at the least! (Posted on 10/11/13)
Nice and flavorful Review by Peter
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Did a batch per the instructions. Before kegging, I added about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Carbonated a few days and sampled tonight.
Good hoppy flavor, not overpowering, taste of pumpkin and spices is pleasant.
This will be a good cold weather beer.
Next time I'll try adding pumpkin meat to the wort. (Posted on 10/9/13)
Less spice than previous years Review by Dan
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This is a great kit and one I've been brewing yearly. This years spice kit seems less potent than prior years, so I'm adding a bit more spice in secondary. Other than that, highly recommended. (Posted on 10/4/13)
SMASHING Review by Doug K
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I brewed this with (4) cans of pumpkin meat - doubled the pumpkin spice - addes a pinch more cinnamon......WOW what a great pumpkin beer. Northern has a real winner here. (Posted on 10/4/13)
Noob approved Review by Matt
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For my second brew session I was feeling festive and wanted to make my own pumpkin ale. After hearing good reviews about NB I decided to try their version out. I was very impressed with their brewing directions, accurate and easy to follow. I just bottled last night and of course had to taste this creation. It tasted great flat and warm so I am excited to see what it's like with some carbonation. Pumpkin Black and Tans are only two weeks away. (Posted on 10/4/13)
better than the first go round Review by Twah
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I brewed this last year without adding the canned pumpkin and it was good but the spice notes were really pronounced. I brewed it for Oct/Nov '13 with canned pumpkin (the way NB brewed it) and just finally tasted it and it is much more balanced, the spices blend in very well so it's not over powering the beer flavor. I'm guessing the partial mash of the 2 row malt helped even things out in the final brew. This is the ultimate Oct/Nov fall beer. Highly Recommended and do it how NB brewed it. (Posted on 10/3/13)
not ready yet Review by Andrew
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Just brewed two days ago....not sure on taste yet (Posted on 10/3/13)
Holiday Treat Review by JMA
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My wife is a huge pumpkin ale fan so I thought I would give this one a try. So far so good, as it is currently fermenting. Smells awesome, can't wait as this one will be ready to go for Thanksgiving! (Posted on 10/3/13)
Great Autumn Brew Review by Trent in Michigan
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I brewed this one twice, the first time with just the kit which turned out great! I just did another batch using canned pumpkin. It is currently in the secondary. Can't wait to try. This beer gets better with age so let it sit a little while in bottle. (Posted on 10/1/13)
Great kit to tweek Review by David
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I have brewed the kit twice. It is a great kit to tweek to get the exact Pumpkin beer you are looking for. (Posted on 9/30/13)
Nice beer for fall Review by Andy
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Nice beer. I added canned pumpkin to the extract kit per the video instructions. My O.G. hit 1.074, and final ABV landed somewhere around 7.5%. It's a fairly sweet or malty beer, with not much bitterness detected. I'll enjoy sipping on this as the cool weather approaches. (Posted on 9/30/13)
Still working Review by SC Brewer
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The extract kit is great. On the primary fermentation, it has a good smell. Will write one it is bottled and aged. (Posted on 9/26/13)
Awesome kit! Review by Adam
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Currently in primary but it looks and smells good. I added the 2 lbs of 2 row and 2 cans of libby's pumpkin. Can't wait to bottle! (Posted on 9/25/13)
New seasonal fav Review by vk
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For kicks, I added more yeast and two pounds of honey- it dried it out and added that sweetness you get from higher alcohol ales. All in all, it ended up with a crisp dryness and a pleasant lighter body. So far, everyone has really enjoyed it. (Posted on 9/24/13)
A nice intermediate kit Review by Eric
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Brewed with three pounds of the 6-row, three pounds of canned organic pumpkin and the Wyeast 1056. Added some extra pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and Madeira to add a little something extra. Two weeks in the primary and two weeks in the secondary. Smelled incredible racking to secondary. Bottling tomorrow and can't wait to taste the finished product. Kudos to Northern Brewer for making such a brilliant kit. (Posted on 9/24/13)
Huge hit! Review by Dave
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I brewed this for the first time last fall and it was one of the most popular beers I've made yet. I did add 60oz of pumpkin pie filling that really seemed to put it over the top. I do recommend drinking this beer with a rich meal because it borders on too much by itself. (Posted on 9/23/13)
Needed more spice Review by Rick
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Brewed using fresh pumpkin and the Rahr 6 row. 2 weeks primary, and two weeks secondary. Added 1tsp more pumpkin pie spice at secondary. Tasted at bottling and think I should have doubled the spice into secondary. One more week of conditioning and I can't wait. Brewed it for Halloween party, and can only hope some is left (Posted on 9/23/13)
Seasonal perfection Review by Richard
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Moving from beginner to intermediate skill I tried this recipe for the fall season. I ended up with 42 bottles of 12 oz beers. The ingredients smell wonderful right from the beginning. I, of course, tweeked it my own way. The spice aroma does come through. The dark red/orange ale makes you want to sip away. I will repeat this one for next year, hopefully. My friends say its a hit! And so do I! (Posted on 9/22/13)
Great Brew Experience Review by Trevor
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I had a great time brewing this pumpkin ale - just racked it to the secondary fermentor yesterday and it looks like it is on track to enjoy during my Oktoberfest party next month! (Posted on 9/20/13)
Awesome Brew!!!!! Review by Steve
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I was hesitant to brew a pumpkin batch but I am sure glad I went through with it, this really rocked ! Looking forward to brewing a second batch already!! (Posted on 9/20/13)
Smells great and easy to brew Review by gary
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I added 2 large cans of pumpkin into a bag during the entire boiling phase and mini-mash stage as well, added a little more all-spice as the spice packet seemed a little small. I ended up with 44 12 ounce 4.8% beers that are currently bottle conditioning. During the bottling stage the beer smelled like pumpkin pie! Can't wait to try it carbonated! (Posted on 9/17/13)
Eager to try Review by Nate
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I brewed this kit earlier this week, buying myself 10 lbs of acorn squash and 3 lbs of 6-row - going for full-on flavor! From just the fragrance alone, I'm looking forward to cracking one open come Halloween time. The instructions were not as clear in previous kits (since infusing your own pumpkin is actually optional - but recommended), but basic process was still the same with some minor tweaks. I hope to kick of the fall just right. (Posted on 9/13/13)
Can't wait Review by Trevor
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Brewed this a few weeks ago and it is now in the secondary. Everything smelled great during the boil period. I opted for the additional 2 lbs of grain so I could add some real pumpkin as well. Should be ready to drink in time for Halloween! (Posted on 9/12/13)
First sign of fall! Review by Spencer
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I have brewed 10 gallons of this beer each fall for the last two years and it has been a hit in my household! I have been using the additional 6 row and real pumpkin each time and it is amazing! Bring on football season and the Smashing Pumpkin Ale! (Posted on 9/12/13)
Autumnal Glory Review by Jonathan
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What a great beer. Followed the kit and did not add any extra ingredients and very pleased with the results. I have been impressed with the head on the beer and find there is just enough hops to round out this beer. (Posted on 9/9/13)
Great Pumpkin Brew Review by Edward
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This beer smells amazing and is easy to brew. (Posted on 9/6/13)
Went with basic recipe Review by Gregory
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Followed the original recipe, easy to brew, OG: 1.060, 1 week primary so far, plan on going 2 weeks in primary, 3 weeks secondary, 3 weeks condition. Will update after first brew!! (Posted on 9/5/13)
Best Pumpkin Review by Brent
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This is hands down the best pumpkin beer I have tried, but to be fair in my review I will say that we have added the real pumpkin and extra rahr 6 row every time so I can't say how it is in it's "base" configuration. With the added ingredients it definitely is creamy and NOT bitter, with just the perfect amount of malt sweetness. Only downside is it definitely hits its peak taste kinda quickly and doesn't seem to benefit from age, but usually it is gone well before that! (Posted on 9/2/13)
Will brew again Review by Michael
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added a can of pumpkin pie filling and added extra spice. Everyone loved it. Will be brewing more. (Posted on 8/26/13)
Second Time Brewing Pumpkin Ale! Review by Kevin
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Of all the kits I have brewed, this is my second time brewing this one as it is a seasonal favorite! (Posted on 8/26/13)
So Goods Review by Josh
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Brewed this beer with 45oz of canned pumpkin and the recommended extra grain. I roasted the pumpkin in the oven with 1/2tsp of pumpkin pie spice until carmelized before steeping. I also saw the reviews here and doubled the spices at the end. After 3 weeks in the primary and 10 days in secondary I went to bottle. Didn't notice the spice note I was looking for so I added 1/2tsp more of spice and bottled. 6 days in the bottle and seeing all the major pumpkin brands hit store shelves I couldn't resist sampling. It's not fully carbed but it's f****** delicious. I will for sure brew this again, maybe next week. (Posted on 8/22/13)
just brewed Review by doug
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just brewed this yesterday and its fermenting away today...cant wait to try this. the sample tasted like liquid pumpkin pie......I used 4 (15oz ) cans of organic pumpkin, 2lbs of ameican 2 row, and and extra tsp of pumpkin pie spice (Posted on 8/6/13)
Greatness Review by William
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I converted this to a mini-mash, followed the recommended 6-Row, 4 cans of organic pumpkin and threw in the priming sugar for grins. I ended up with an 8.1% ABV. My mistake was letting my lawn-mower-sludge-loving neighbors taste it. My entire batch was gone in 2 days. :-( I just ordered another kit and will have one in time for football season. Highly advisable seasonal which will not disappoint. It was freggin' great in July. (Posted on 7/25/13)
I love this beer Review by Henry
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This is about my fourth batch of this stuff..........I use the additional 6 row & real pumpkin, then double the spices at the end. I have found it gets better the longer it sets. (Posted on 7/16/13)
This was one of my best brews i did Review by Marc
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I landed out adding a can of Libby's pumpkin pie filling to the boil. I put it in with 30 mins left. so glad i did, you tasted everything and everyone that tryed loved it. I will do this one again (Posted on 5/25/13)
Always on tap Review by James
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I can't keep this in the keg! Everyone that comes over loves it and says it taste just like pumpkin pie. (Posted on 5/13/13)
second times the charm! Review by JD
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Brewed this the first time and did the recommended addition of the roasted pumpkin and Rahr 6 row - nice spiced ale, not much of a pumpkin taste. The second time around I added organic canned pumpkin that I put in a roasting pan and caramelized it in the oven to concentrate the flavors, (along with the extra grains) Kicked ass! pumpkin and spice flavors- (Posted on 5/8/13)
Nice Seasonal Session beer Review by Rob
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This is not my favorite NB kit cause just due to the style but this beer has been one the favorite of the masses I let try my beers. It is a light easy drinking beer with just the right amount of seasonal spice. The spice is not overpowering just a light hint so you can pound away without getting sick of it. Will always try to have a batch to drink for the the New England autumn it just fits like apple cider.
(Posted on 4/28/13)
Fantastic!! (Follow the Recommendations of Others) Review by Mudflap
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This brew was selected by my oldest daughter for our family get together over the holidays. After reading many of the reviews I brewed this kit using 3 small pumpkins and 3 #'s of the 6 Row Rahr. Added additional Pumpkin Pie Spice, Allspice, Cinnamon, and a small amount of nutmeg. 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, and then bottled. After 3 weeks conditioning this was a huge hit! Only concern was I did not do an adequate job straining the pumpkin from the wort and wound up with a gallon of sludge in the primary. ABV was 6.2%. Already have requests for this again next Christmas. (Posted on 1/16/13)
Great Pumpkin ale! Review by Reuben
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I followed everything in the instructions except I added a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice when I transferred to secondary and it made this ale great. I am sure if I used a real pumpkin it would get even better but this kit was great in and of itself. Will definitely be brewing this again before too long! (Posted on 1/14/13)
Awesome! Review by jeremy
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This beer made me salivate the whole time it was fermented. I added 60 oz of can pumpkin to the grains, 3 tsp of pumpkin spice, and 1/2 of brown sugar. sampled it before the primary and it tasted like pumpkin pie. Sat in primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 2weeks, the forced carbed for 10 days. It came out delicious and everybody loved it. Will be brewing this one again this fall. (Posted on 1/13/13)
My best brew, so far. Review by Joe
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I've only been brewing for a year, having brewed 5 batches so far. Each batch has gotten better. They seemed to start out a bit watery. My "Pumpkin Pie" rocked! I used a pie pumpkin and butternut squash, my own (top quality) pie spice blend, and, had help from NB by turning the kit into a partial mash kit. I think that made the beer fuller. I will make this again next fall! (Posted on 1/5/13)
Good kit and easy to brew Review by tom
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This was the first batch of beer I ever brewed and I did everything I could to destroy it and it still came out tasting good. When I brew this kit again I would add a little more spice and some pumpkin. Other than that it is a solid kit which I would make again. (Posted on 12/10/12)
Great Pumpkin Ale Review by Roger
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Brewed this up towards the end of September. Added 8 lbs of freshly roasted pumpkins to the mash, as well as an additional 3lbs Briess malts. The results were outstanding...next time it'll have to be a 10 gallon batch (Posted on 12/9/12)
amazing beer - needs a little more spice Review by Preston
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Primary 3 weeks, kegged and served on 12 psi.

I added the extra grains and three pounds of pumpkin. What a fabulous beer! If you taste it by sneaking a sample, don't panic. It will taste like it might have a acetaldehyde issue (it's the pumpkin - doesn't taste right until cold). Don't worry. Get it cold, carbonate it, and you will be blown away. The only thing I'd do different next year (this will be an annual serving, I promise that) is add more spices. If I was tasting them, I had no idea, and I'd like the spices to be a little more prominent. (Posted on 12/4/12)
Head to the grocery store Review by FullRoundAction
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Like a lot of other reviewers have said, you're going to want to add a lot to this beer if you want it to compare to the big boys. Just be careful because this beer doesn't have much of a backbone, so any dry spices you use are going to be very sharp and upfront. I definitely recommend using whole ingredients during the boil or secondary, up-to-and-including real pumpkin or squash. (Posted on 11/24/12)
Smashing Pumpkin Ale = Best Pumpkin Beer Review by Michael
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Probably one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever tasted and I love pumpkin beer! I added my own pumpkin about four of the 12oz cans I believe (I used the cheap store brand) plus added extra pumpkin pie spice (doubled it), added some cinnamon (about 1 Tablespoon), and some nutmeg (about 1 teaspoon). Everyone who tried the beer loved it. It is a strong bold Ale that is perfect for the season, rich fall tastes the extra pumpkin and spices added an extra kick which I thoroughly enjoyed. Not overly carbonated as I used the natural process of the priming sugar (I don't like my beer overly carbonated to begin with). This Ale is best to be consumed within a week after bottling. While it still drinkable it did not have the same fresh flavor even three weeks after bottling. So drink it fast! (Posted on 11/14/12)
Amazing! Review by Timothy
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Great brew! So much flavor, the best way i can describe it is perfect. (Posted on 11/12/12)
So far so good Review by Samuel
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I did the canned pumpkin with 3 LBS of 6 row and 3 cans of pumpkin. I also doubled up on the spices and added an extra 1/2 TSP of nutmeg. I went with the Wyeast 1056 and did a starter. Pitched at about 66. I'm not sure how long the lag time was but when I checked it the next morning it was going crazy. It was very active for about 4.5 days then dropped off very quickly. Checked the gravity this afternoon (day 6) and its down to about 1.012.
It's tastes great for only being 6 day old. I expect this brew will end up very good. The extra spices added are not overpowering. I would recommend this beer, very happy so far! (Posted on 11/3/12)
Excellent! Review by kyle
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Amazing, I only added 16oz of pumpkin from a can at the beginning of the boil. Had over an inch of head - I doubled the spices, so delicious. My dad loved it too. It's only been bottled for a week, had to try it out on Halloween. I'll definitely make this every year. This was my first batch of beer - It made 54 bottles, dag gum. Best beer I've ever had I think. (Posted on 11/1/12)
Great flavor. Review by Schott5504
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This was my first time brewing this kit, and I couldn't be happier. I did include the 6-Rowe and baking pumpkins, also took the advice of others and increased the pumpkin spice amount. Never seemed overly complicated at all, and had a fun evening with friends brewing this. We left in the the primary for 12 days, then secondary for 16, and bottled two weeks ago. For all the pumpkin I added the pumpkin flavor itself is very subtle, but it does come out more when the beer is only slightly chilled and not straight from the fridge. This will certainly be on my list of beers to brew again. (Posted on 10/31/12)
Very good! Review by Patrick
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Excellent beer! I followed the recipe but added an extra teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the batch, and let this sit 2 weeks in the primary, 2 in the secondary, and 2 for bottle conditioning. It is fantastic, very good head for it and subtle flavors of spice. I feel that the extra tsp helped it bring the flavors forward a bit more, only one seemed like it would be too subdued. I'll be brewing this one again! (Posted on 10/22/12)
Somewhat disappointed Review by Bob
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I made the basic recipe, did not add pumpkin, did not add extra spices. 1 week primary, 3 weeks secondary, bottled. There is almost no head, despite the bottles having good carbonation. Flavor is a little malty, spices are subtle (which is fine), but overall the beer is only ok. The whole experience is a little one dimensional. It's not bad, just not great. It might be better if I had added real pumpkin or doubled the spices, but it might be a while before I try it again (Posted on 10/22/12)
Great Kit Review by tom
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All I can say is, this is a great beer kit for fall. I'll be doing another kit soon. I did the modified version of it with the 6 rrahl & fresh pumkin. VERY GOOD!!!!!!! (Posted on 10/20/12)
good base for a pumpkin ale Review by Jeffrey
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At the end of the boil I added a can of pumpkin pie mixture. I added a second can ( boiled it first) when I transferred to secondary. Great pumpkin taste however I did not left it sit in the fermentor long enough and with few exceptions when I open the bottles I get a big head immediately before I can pour into the glass. A couple more weeks in the carboy might have been a better idea. (Posted on 10/12/12)
Outstanding Review by William
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This kit makes an awesome pumpkin Ale. I added the suggested 3lbs of 6-Row malt and used canned pumpkin as a partial mash for 1 hour. 1 week Primary, 4 weeks Secondary and 2 weeks bottled (used 1/2 cup of corn sugar). This beer turned out fantastic. Great body and perfect carbonation (I find the suggested carbonation a little too much for style). I highly recommend the additional grain malt. The beer has a great malt flavor, very smooth, nice spice/pumpkin flavor but not at all overpowering, and a slight alcohol note. Great fall beer! (Posted on 10/6/12)
Outstanding Review by Paul
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We just tapped the first one out of the keg and all I can say is wow. We did the modified recipe with the of 6-row and the pumpkin meat. We used the canned meat and spread it out on a baking sheet and roasted it at 375f for about 20 minutes. Other than that, standard recipe. We force carbonated and could not be happier with this beer. This will be a annual brew for us. Bottling this weekend and then time to share. Thanks NB for another outstanding recipe. We start the Black IPA this week. (Posted on 10/5/12)
Better than expected Review by Joe
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Brewed per instructions with addtional 1/4 TSP All Spice
1 Wk main fer
2 Wk carboy
Planned 4 week bottle conditioning

1st taste prior to bottle conditioning was amazing.

Pros: Nice aroma, good color, easy kit, amazing taste

Cons: Would have liked a slight more body

Overall - This will impress anyone who tastes it. Next batch will add real pumpkin to beef up he body (Posted on 9/27/12)
Better than expected Review by Joe
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Brewed per instructions with addtional 1/4 TSP All Spice
1 Wk main fer
2 Wk carboy
Planned 4 week bottle conditioning

1st taste prior to bottle conditioning was amazing.

Pros: Nice aroma, good color, easy kit, amazing taste

Cons: Would have liked a slight more body

Overall - This will impress anyone who tastes it. Next batch will add real pumpkin to beef up he body (Posted on 9/27/12)
Great Beer, Good Place for Experiments Review by Thomas
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I brewed this a couple of weeks ago and it was great. I couldnt find pie pumpkins yet, so I headed to the Asian market and bought 3 'Japanese' pumpkins and subbed out some of the LME for Thai palm sugar, both early and late addition. Very balanced beer; not heavy on spice at all. (Posted on 9/25/12)
Blow off warning! Review by Marc
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Just brewed this yesterday. Got a big pumpkin, gutted it and roasted 2 trays worth of pumpkin for 1.5 hours at 350 degrees. Mashed in as directed, added the pumpkin pulp, sparged and boiled. I added the spice that comes with in the whirlpool. I wasn't sure if it'd be ample, but I tasted the wort after I did my OG reading and it was very smooth - was just enough actually. OG hit 1.060. I woke up this morning however, and it was going NUTS!! It blew my airlock and I've got a nice mess to clean up after work tonight - could be worse though - at least it smells like pumpkin pie in my laundry room ;) It may have been a pinch warm in that room last night since my wife did laundry all day yesterday. I'm guessing that's the issue, so I rigged a blow off tube for it this morning before I left for work. I'll give it a taste again before I move it to the secondary - am curious if much of the spice escaped in this morning's explosion...may have to add 1/8 or a teaspoon of all spice if that's the case. In any event, I'm super excited to try this beer in a few weeks. Should be carbed and ready to drink for Halloween. (Posted on 9/17/12)
Absolutely perfect! Review by Peter
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I brewed this with 60oz of canned pumpkin baked at 350 for an hour with some pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar. I added 1.5tsp of spices in secondary. If I didn't add any, I don't think there would have been such a good aroma and flavor. OG of 1.061 FG of 1.004= 7.7% alc. abv! Can't wait to enjoy this on a crisp autumn afternoon (Posted on 9/3/12)
Love it even more! Review by Henry
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Used real pumpkin this time, tuned on it just a bit.......best pumpkin I have ever had. Will make 10 gallons next time. Smooooooooooooth..........;) (Posted on 8/22/12)
Outstanding... Review by Travis
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Just brewed this up last night ! This was our first time with this kit, as well as doing a partial mash and all I can say is WOW. The aroma of the grains and the process was outstanding. It's an experience I never had with basic kits and the wort sample was a perfect balance of flavors. (Posted on 8/19/12)
very good fall beer Review by Jeff
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I ordered this kit at the beginning of July and brewed it at the end of July. I added 2 1/2 more tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice with an additional 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon and nutmeg. I let it sit in my primary for 2 weeks before I racked it to my keg and then waited another 3 days to carb before I poured my first glass. Very smooth and creamy texture. You can taste the pumpkin pie spice, but the cinnamon and nutmeg really stand out. My sister-in-law is a huge fan of all types of fall beers and she poured herself at least 6 pints of the smashing pumpkin ale! In my book, that is a good beer! I would recommend this kit and plan on making more for the upcoming football and holiday season. (Posted on 8/14/12)
Love it Review by Hank
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This is the first beer I ever brewed. I was looking for mich brewings screamin' pumpkin ale............it is nowhere near that, but the longer it sits the better. next time I will use real pumpkin, I will try this again soon. I wish I had more, as it is an awesome beer I can not buy at the local liuqor store. I doubled up the spices (reading what others wrote) (Posted on 5/31/12)
Perfect seasonal Review by Regis
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This was my 11th homebrew, and I decided to stick to the NB recipe with the only deviation being the extra addition of Vietnamese Cinnamon. I like this better than 90% of the "pumpkin" ales on the market.

It's not fair to call this a pumpkin ale since the original recipe doesn't call for any, but this is far more complex than those I've tried - more spicy than straight up pumpkin flavored, which I think is a good thing. Great when fresh, but after aging for six months, it's developed a slight tart characteristic - which is odd, but I'm enjoying it... (Posted on 4/9/12)
Hard to Keep Around Review by JP
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I brewed this before the holidays to have around when family was in town. I made the 5 gal extract batch and I keg all by homebrews. It was ready about 3 weeks before the holidays and the wife and I had a hard time keeping it around for the family to enjoy. Will definitely brew this again for next year. I would like to see it have a little more robust flavor but it is really good the way it is! Enjoy! (Posted on 1/11/12)
Good Brew Review by Kevin
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I tried everything possible to screw this up. But still came out as a decent drinkable beer. Will up the spices next time. (Posted on 12/28/11)
Good beer enjoyable Review by Kevin
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I "rushed" this kit. But after aging in the bottle for 2 full weeks it developed a very good head, smooth, with a slight bitter taste at the back. Will use more spices if I make this again. (Posted on 12/26/11)
Very tasty but very "peakey" Review by Gary
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Sampled a taste at first racking and was quite disappointed. Tasted again at bottling time and the flavor had noticeably improved.
Then the magic occurred.
We timed this Ale to be ready for Halloween (about 7 weeks after brewing) and it was a brilliant surprise. This one REALLY improved with fermentation. A big hit at the party.

However ... this one definitely is a "Drink When Ready" sort of beer as the following weeks have not been kind to it. After about 2 weeks it really began loosing it's flavor.
I suspect if I could have fit the whole batch in my fridge and put the yeast to sleep at it's peak, it might have retained it's flavor. Guess I'll have to wait for next year's batch to find out. ;) (Posted on 12/21/11)
Very Mild and Drinkable Review by Danni
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My first homebrew so I wasn't sure what to expect. Followed the boil instructions exactly and then three weeks in primary and three weeks in bottles. So far its got a gorgeous color, great aroma, and a very mild balanced flavor. I'll definitely add the extra pumpkin spice tablespoon next brew. To echo, seems to be getting more flavor with age. A good easy stock beer to make and still head and shoulders above anything stores sell. (Posted on 12/10/11)
Use fresh ingredients on this one where you can Review by ChefBrewer
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Brewed this one with fresh roasted pumpkin, fresh ginger, grated nutmeg, and Cinnamon sticks. Had it in the primary for 1 week and same on secondary, tasted it after 2 weeks in the bottle. At the poor the smells just pop out and as it rolls down the roasted pumpkin gives and outside flavor to the mildly hopped ale. Hope this one lasts more than a couple weeks, not looking too promising!!! (Posted on 12/8/11)
Great Beer for My First Crack at Homebrewing Review by Ross
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This is a great tasting autumn beer. I used 2 cans of organic pumpkin and steeped it with the grains. In the secondary i used an additional teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract that had soaked in a cup of Captain Morgans spiced rum for a couple of days. It is very tasty and have gotten many positive reviews. I will probably leave out the cinnamon in the secondary next batch. (Posted on 11/29/11)
wife keeps drinking my stash Review by Abandon Dog Brewery
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awsome beer and don't mess with it. went by directions and it came out great. only issue is the wife likes it to much and is getting into my half of the keg. (Posted on 11/21/11)
Good with Changes Review by Lou Brew
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I forgot to add the spice pack at boil. So I made a tea of pumpkin spices from Joy of Cooking cookbook recipe for pumpkin pie. Now in this brew I had steeped pumpkin I cooked under the broiler. Without the spices there is a faint hint of mellow, fulsome pumpkin vegetable taste. Instead of replicating the spice addition from NB I tripled the recipe from Joy of Cooking. It is fabulous. I will quadruple next time and add a bit more nutmeg. Love the kit. (Posted on 11/20/11)
mellowing as it ages Review by flytyer
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I brewed this on Labor day weekend. It was my first PM using grilled pumpkin and 3lbs of 2-row. Initial tastings had me concerned due to how prominent the spices presentd themselves. More of a cinnamon red hot than a pumpkin pie taste. After three weeks in the bottle the spices have mellowed substantially, and it is quite drinkable. Good copper color, mild aroma, low hops, small tan head when poured. I'll be interested to see what other people think of this on Thanksgiving. (Posted on 11/10/11)
Another Great Kit From NB! Review by Brett
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Having come to the US from Australia, pumpkin beers were not part of my brewing repertoire, but I thought it would be fun to have some on hand for the holiday season.
I brewed this kit exactly as per instructions (apart from one Whirlfloc tablet at 15 minutes before end of boil), using the Wyeast 1056 yeast option. One week in primary, one week in secondary. Bottled less than 2 weeks as I write this, but drinking wonderfully already, & wife likes it too. Mainly malty aromas, but a subtle though noticeable pie spice flavor that I find just right. Just enough bitterness to provide balance, but this beer is not about hops!
My only point of comparison is Sam Adams pumpkin ale, but I like this much better. My only problem now is making sure there is still some around for Thanksgiving (and Xmas is not looking good at all!). (Posted on 11/9/11)
I messed up, still godd beer! Review by Ajae
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This is a good brew, I accidently added the aroma hops for the full 60 boil. Gives it a dry bitter taste, but I love APA's so I really don't mind. Smells great! I'll try the all grain kit soon. (Posted on 11/8/11)
Hit of the Party Review by We All Put the Yeast In
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This one was great. Everyone at our Halloween party loved it (especially the ladies). I added one can of pumpkin (not the canned pumpkin pie just plain old pumpkin) to the boil and it was absolutely perfect. I wish I was thinking ahead enough to have another batch ready for Thanksgiving. Live and learn but I will make this again....and again! (Posted on 11/6/11)
Will not wait for the next to do this one again Review by John
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A great ale anytime. Not too spiced, and a nice overall mouthfeel. Straight recipe was just fine. (Posted on 11/1/11)
Loved it! Review by C4Brewing
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We also added twice the spice as what came with the kit. 3 weeks primary and 3 in the bottle. This will surley become a brewing tradition year after year.

(Posted on 10/27/11)
Needs More Spice! Review by Eric
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I mashed 45oz of canned pumpkin with 3# of Rahr 6-Row and the specialty grains in the Smashing Pumpkin ale extract kit. There is a huge pumpkin presence in the beer and you can tell there is pumpkin involved by the aroma. I do however think that the kit needs more spice. I cannot find any pumpkin spice aroma in there and a lot of the reviews are saying the same thing. I already carbonated the beer in my keg but plan on opening it to add more spices to the beer. Just a thought but maybe you want to tweak the kit from 1tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice to 1.5 or 2tsp in the spice packet.

After the Rahr 6-Row my ABV is now bumped up to just over 6.8% so it's a bit warming and I'm loving that! (Posted on 10/25/11)
Add Tablespoon MoreSpice; Well Liked Result Review by Michael
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Based on comments of others -- and other recipes I've looked at that call for much more than 1 tbsp of spices, I added a tbsp of Shilling's Pumpkin Spice to the NB spice. Still far from over-powering, so I would do this again. Left 3 weeks in primary at 67 degrees (used White Lab CA Ale liquid Yeast: WLP001); bottled (used corn sugar, not table sugar) and kept at 71 degrees. Started tasting 1 week after bottling and got good reviews by all who tried. Nice head. Good seasonal specialty beer. Easy to drink. Definitely a repeat. (Posted on 10/24/11)
Not Impressed Review by Brewgal
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Didn't add additional ingredients and after 2 weeks in the bottle it was very metallic and no pumpkin flavor at all. After 4 weeks it is carbonated and much less metal. Now it's drinkable and a mild brown beer - nothing special and our least favorite of the kits here. I recommend the Spiced Ale kit more. (Posted on 10/24/11)
Great Review by Maddog
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I'm pretty new at homebrewing. This kit is the best beer I've made. I added another tsp of pumpkin spice. 1 didnt seem like enough. I also used the wyeast. I'm very happy with how it turned out. Its going to be great for halloween, thanksgiving and christmas if it last that long. Thank you Northern Brewer. (Posted on 10/17/11)
what a hit! Review by blk89cobra
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i made this as a second keg for my wedding, my friends are the typical timid bud light an miller light drinkers. After they tried it, the 5gal went fast, i was proud to see that my home brew was such a hit. now i am here buying another kit to bottle for safe keeping, lol (Posted on 4/13/11)
Excellent Brew Review by stinsondawg
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I first brewed this beer in the fall because it sounded like the right type of beer to have around as the weather changed from hot to cold. I'm now ready to brew my 3rd or 4th batch, in under a year. I love the stuff, my wife loves the stuff, and I can't keep the neighbors away. It's a great beer with a slight spicy or pumpkin flavor. It's not overwhelming, it's not like eating pumpkin pie. I highly recommend the beer, you won't be dissapointed!! (Posted on 4/12/11)
Not good Review by AB
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I was not impressed. I had some high hopes, but it wasn't very good. It seems to be getting a little better with age, but it's not quite drinkable.

This is the second time I've tried a pumpkin ale, and not been impressed. Although it may be better with the extra pumpkin spice like others have suggested. (Posted on 3/25/11)
Great beer for the fall season Review by Brandon
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. However, once I tried it, I was very pleased.
It has a nice, smooth finish, with a great pumpkin spice flavor to it. The flavor isn't overpowering at all. It's just right. It came in at around 5.5%.

I did a comparison with six different singles of Pumpkin beer out on the market in my area. This one beat them all.
I'll more than likely brew this one again for the upcoming fall season. Worth a try. (Posted on 3/15/11)
Double your spice addition Review by Tyler
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Great beer, I brewed with double th spice addition and added real pumpkins to the boil. 3 Pie pumpkins, covered in spices and cloves, baked until soft and the rind peeled away, cut into small chunks(more surface area in the boil), and placed in a muslin bag and boiled for 40 min with the grains.

Definatly a once a year beer. tastes even better if you draft it out half and half with an IPA. (Posted on 2/18/11)
Excellent - got rave reviews from family and friends! Review by Thrasher
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This was my 2nd brew and it was a great success. Shared with friends and family and they all loved it, even those who didn't particulary care for pumpkin spiced beers. I actually added a vanilla bean when I racked to the secondary fermenter. I split a vanilla bean, and got out all of the seeds, then cut up the bean and put it in a little container of vodka for a week. I then added it to the secondary. Added a little extra kick to it which I really liked.

It took mine a little longer to carbonate than the 2 weeks. For some reason mine became fully carbonated after 4 weeks in the bottle. I think because I failed to stir the beer after adding the priming sugar.

All in all, a great recipe and will definitely brew again! (Posted on 1/4/11)
That didn't last long! Review by boswell3000
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Since my wife allowed me to start brewing, I wanted her to choose something she wanted to have brewed. She chose this kit, and by all accounts, it is one that I will brew again.
Very nice malt profile - one that served as a vessel to hold up the spice element of the recipe. I didn't measure how much of the spice packet included, but it was not the whole thing. We both prefer spiced beer that are more subtle. This one did not come off like pumpkin pie in a glass due my decision.
When I brew this again, I plan to do another hop addition late - maybe something subtle to increase the hop profile. Overall, a very tasty batch of beer. It was completely gone after our holiday party. (Posted on 12/26/10)
Room for improvement Review by 3TW
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I wasn't necessarily disappointed in this beer but I wasn't completely satisfied either.

On the plus side, the overall malt flavor was nice and it had a very nice mouth feel, as well. I also enjoyed the nice pumpkin flavor at the finish (I used eight pounds of fresh pumpkin along with two pounds of Rahr 6 Row). We served this at our annual Halloween party and our guests seemed to enjoy this brew. I've also noticed it has definitely improved with age.

On the down side, there seemed to be a subtle bitterness (not overpowering but, to me, definitely noticeable). I also think the amount of pumpkin pie spice that was supplied in the kit was insufficient as there was a prominent absence of these flavors.

I'll try this one again because I think it has a lot of promise. Next year I'lll add some brown sugar to alleviate the bitterness and boost the amount of spice to provide more character. I'll also brew my next batch at least a month earlier to allow some additional bottle conditioning time.

(Posted on 12/15/10)
Punkin Pleasure Review by st. anky
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I brewed this kit in late August so It would be ready for the season. It came out great, by far the best seasonal brew I have made yet. I always pass out by home brew's to family and friends and ask for honest opinions. This one got the best review of all. I was a little worried about the pumpkin taste due to brewing it with the spices and not actual pumpkin but it came out prefect. Everyone said it had just the right amount of pumpkin and it was not overwhelming like some ale's came be. I will be making this kit for every Fall season from now on. GREAT BEER! (Posted on 12/7/10)
Great Fall Beer Review by Seanyville
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Do You Like Harvest Moon? No? Well now you can anyway! This beer is perfect when the weather changes and the leaves fall. Takes a little longer to carbonate in the bottles but it is well worth it. Great fall flavor in this beer! Will order again! (Posted on 12/5/10)
Better with age Review by ylpaul2000
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This is the second time I've used this kit and this time I used 2 pounds of pumpkin puree and some extra pumpkin pie spice. At first it gave some odd flavors but after about 6 weeks of cold aging the flavors came together beautifully! Over all this is a GREAT beer for the Harvest season, I will be brewing it every year. (Posted on 11/30/10)
Could Not Be Happier! Review by INK
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This is was my first kit from NB and I could not be happier. I have brewed other kits in the past from other companies and they are not as good as this one (quality of ingredients). Since purchasing this kit, I have purchased several other kits including a wheat beer (added 3lbs of garden picked frozen blackberries! - which I just kegged today), the dry Irish Stout which I really am excited to brew!
Primary - 16 Days
Secondary - 21 Days
Keg - 4 days at 12 PSI
To me, this pumpkin brew is better than several I have purchased in stores for $7/22oz bottles! (Posted on 11/20/10)
Smashin Success Review by Jeremy
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I ended up using two baking pumpkins and mashin with the 2 row in my brewing pot. After 7 weeks beer came out pretty good, maybe need a little longer to let the spice mellow out. Overall, very good beer! (Posted on 11/8/10)
Pumpkin On! Review by the brewing goat
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i've always loved pumpkin beers and wondered how the hell brewers did it, well low and behold I have now joined that club, i put a little more cinnamon in mine drinking one now, on a cold harvest day. Thanks NB Cheers (Posted on 10/29/10)
first NB kit was a hit! Review by Patches
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I had one girl tell me this was the best beer she'd ever had... This was the first NB kit I'd brewed with--about my 7th or 8th batch ever. I'm very excited to brew the Three-hearted ale if this is what they're going to turn out like! The spice packet added a very nice subtle flavor to the beer. It goes very well with pumpkin pie! I like that it is very light and easy to drink and not too overpowering in any regard. Will definitely go with NB from now on, prices are amazing. Thanks. (Posted on 10/23/10)
I'm a little disappointed Review by Matt
I've had great results with many NB brews, but this one was disappointing. It has an aftertaste I don't enjoy and something is missing, not exactly sure what. A few tweaks could probably make this a good brew. (Posted on 10/9/10)
Disappointing Review by T
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I love pumpkin beers, but most don't have any pumpkin aroma or taste to them. I would place this one in that category as well. I also added an extra oz. of spice, too. Still not a bad beer, just wasn't what I was expecting. I will try again, adding more to the recipe. (Posted on 9/7/10)
My Favorite Brew Yet Review by Eric
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I brewed several different batches of beer from NB and I think this might just be my favorite one so far. Nice and bitter yet a little malty and sweet like it should be. Great tasting beer. It has a fantastic color to it. Look beautiful under light. Definitely going to brew this one again. (Posted on 4/13/10)

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