PUMPKIN BEER #9
When it came time to pick beer number 9 I decided to get in line (since it was quite long) and decide by the time I got up to the front. Obviously what I did was not make up my mind until the nice young lady was asking me what I would like. It came down to either HOP GOBLIN or PUMPKINEATER. I didn’t know what to do, so I just blurted out “Pumpkineater!” and handed over my ticket. Well played, good sir. Well played.
A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast, it is one of the local seasonal favorites. This beer is produced in very limited quantities each fall as part of the John Mitchell series. 19 IBU; 16.7 Plato 8% ABV
Pumpkineater like several pumpkin ales before it poured an auburn brown. The beer allows very little light through and has a head that is once again nothing more than a ring of film.
The nose on this is very traditional in regards to the pumpkin ale style. Big notes of pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice are there, with the not as common honey and caramel also present. This beer smelled great and had me thinking I may have actually made a good (and very well thought out) decision.
Just like the nose, the taste is well-balanced and smooth. It starts with the pumpkin and honey balancing each other out. It then fades to a faint sugary/spiciness (and everything nice-iness). There was something in there that added a layer that reminded me of carrot cake.
Mouthfeel is mediumish with no major drying or stickiness.
This is the type of pumpkin ale that you could easily drink a bomber of. Not too big or experimental, but still flavorful enough to be enjoyable. Well done.
Overall: 7 out of 10
As a PUMPKIN ALE: 7.5 out of 10