Soooo this blog should probably be re-named to Pumpkin Beer + 2 Girls. To tell you the truth, I’m getting damn well sick of the stuff. I thought I was right when I mentioned in a previous post that I was out of pumpkin beers. Turns out, totally got some more. So pumpkin-ed out. Help…
Thankfully, this is a good one; less a pumpkin beer and more a spicy brown ale with a 7% alc/vol kick. It pours a rich and hazy orange with a thin, bubbly head. The aroma is heavy pumpkin pie spice with alcohol esters.
Biscuit-y and sweet, a perfect relationship between hops and malt help balance out the sweetness, creating a smooth and even flavor. The autumn spices are incredibly fresh-tasting, reminding me of a batch of homemade apple cider.
With some bitter hops before the finish and a spiciness that briefly lingers, everything about this beer comes together in such an ideal way. The smooth finish even masks much of the alcohol.
I give Punkin Ale an A because minus all of the spices, it still has a ton of great characteristics on its own. A solid beer through and through, even without the pumpkin that I am once again, SICK OF.
If anyone wants to send me some glassware that doesn’t have logos on it, I will accept them with open arms. Until then, it’s Cape Cod Athletic Club 1976 – 2006 (ahh the good ol’ days, runnin’ in the seventies).