Pumpkin Ale (Bootlegger’s Brewery)

Ever since I went to the Bootlegger’s 3rd Anniversary this past April I’ve become a big fan of their work. Every time I see one of their new beers on the shelf/on tap at a bar I have to give it a try. Their autumn seasonal, PUMPKIN ALE, was no exception.

Pumpkin Ale is a pumpkin ale (duh) with 17.8 IBUs and a 6.1% ABV.

Pumpkin Ale is our Fall Seasonal Release Beer. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, brown sugar and real pumpkin juice to create this special beer. A beer that reminds us of coming home to family and getting the fresh pumpkin pies out of the oven. A perfect beer to sit back and relax with while watching the leaves change color in the fall.

The first thing I thought of when this caramel brown ale poured into my glass was a yard littered with dead leaves. A murky, bubbly toupe-colored head sits atop the brown, but it fades quickly.

Oddly enough I didn’t pick up any pumpkin in the nose. It starts with pie crust, gingerbread and molasses before finishing with a caramel extract like sweetness.

The taste is almost exactly the same as the nose. Ginger-dusted pie crust with hints of molasses, with a backend of caramel. Sadly, the taste seems like they’re using extracts instead of real ingredients (I could be wrong).

Mouthfeel is medium-to-light. It evaporates quickly leaves a slight stickiness behind.

I really expected more from this beer. Bootlegger’s has always done a good job of creating unique spins on traditional beer styles, but this time they kinda missed the mark. I wonder if this beer would be better on tap…

Overall: 6 out of 10

As a PUMPKIN ALE: 6.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Elysian Brewing NIGHT OWL PUMPKIN ALE, Hoppin’ Frog FROG’S HOLLOW DOUBLE PUMPKIN ALE, Wolaver’s ORGANIC PUMPKIN ALE

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