Michelob Brewing Company has decided to throw their hat into the Fall seasonal beer market with the Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale. Jack’s is an ale brewed with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and clove that comes in at 5.5% ABV.
Our fall seasonal draws its rich copper color from two-row Caramel and Carapils barley malts. Brewed with Golden Delicious pumpkins and select seasonal spice to produce a balanced truly flavorful taste.
Jack’s pours a hazy copper/rust color with as massive foamy head. A thin layer of foam remains crowning the beer as the last surviving bit of foaminess clings to the side of the glass for dear life. There is very little carbonation and no sediment to speak of.
As soon as the bottle opened (with a nice little hiss) the smell of ginger invaded my nostrils. An interesting scent to smell coming from a bottle of beer, but good none the less. Cinnamon and barley malts are also noticeable.
This is one of the few beers that I’ve had that actually loses complexity when it’s poured out. Straight out of the bottle, I noted tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg, but when poured into a pint glass these flavors are heavily muted.
The mouthfeel is somewhere beyond medium, but not quite heavy and not drying at all. Jack’s goes down relatively smooth and does not stick around long.
Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale is an odd duck. I was getting ready to write a surprisingly positive review after drinking the first 5 of the 6 pack straight out of the bottle. But now that I’ve poured this beer out, my opinion has changed. It’s still a drinkable beer, but the qualities that initially peeked my interest have disappeared. It appears that the brewers at Michelob have catered to their traditional demographic (the masses who drink their beer straight from the bottle) and forgotten out the beer connoisseurs or in my case, the beer geeks. My advice is to NOT pour this beer out.
Now, how do I pour this back into the bottle?
Overall (bottled): 6.5 out of 10
Overall (poured out): 5 out of 10
As a PUMPKIN ALE (bottled): 6.5 out of 10
As a PUMPKIN ALE (poured out): 5 out of 10