Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, Canada)

Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV – 355ml, (Toronto, ON, Canada)

On the back label:

“Our Pumpkin Ale is brewed with traditional spices to create a simply delicious beer with subtle flavours and the creaminess of pure vanilla. Based on our Brewmaster’s wife’s pumpkin pie recipe. (we can’t make this stuff up!) Beware…it will soon be gone without a trace.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted wheat, flaked wheat, pumpkin puree, spices, hops, vanilla extract.

  • Style: (seasonal) Pumpkin Wheat Ale
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Ginger/malts -> cinnamon/nutmeg/vanilla -> rough/dry finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Fall 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear bottle brown, almost no head nor retention, just a thin ring, a few countable slow streams. Malted pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg on the nose. Drinks with a light roasted almost salty ginger up front, medium malts, 6/10-tame sweetness, body thins out in the mids, spices kick in – cinnamon, nutmeg, finishing crisp, partially hopped dry and roughish mildly bitter. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, flat carry, okay drinkability.

2nd Tasting (Nov.30/2012): interesting aromatic nutmeg on the nose. Body, length and flavour still fall short. C+.