Pumpkin Ale – Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Pumpkin Ale – Lighthouse Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Ingredients on the front side label: water, malted barley, pure CANADIAN PUMPKINDEMERARA SUGAR, MILK SUGAR (LACTOSE), hops, spices, yeast.

  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: crispy fizzy-silky -> milk caramel malts/pumpkin -> brown sugar/ginger/malt finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 650ml, January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Simple label, unique ingredients for a pumpkin ale; namely the demerara and milk sugar. Pours cloudy copper brown with a small dissipating head, light lacing, ringed retention, several slow streams.

Nose: sweet caramel malts on the nose with a hint of chocolate. (5)-aromatic strength

Attack: sharp crispness, silky-fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, milky, pumpkin

Finish: brown sugar, traces of ginger, semi-sweet malt.

Summary:  Not a whole lot of detectable spice but a damn smooth brew with depth and balance. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)