- My Rating: C
Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale – Cannery Brewing, 5% ABV, 20 IBU – 650ml, (Pentiction, BC, Canada)
On the front label:
“Nothing says fall better than this gnarly, spiced-up brown ale. We added 250 pounds of roasted knucklehead pumpkin along with traditional fall spices to this seasonal ale. Not your average knucklehead’s ale.
Ingredients: Malted barleys, hops, water, yeast, KNUCKLEHEAD PUMKPIN AND SPICES.”
Here’s the scoop on the Knucklehead pumpkin varietal.
- they are smaller than typical pumpkins
- have characteristic “knuckles”
- usually upright and oval shape
- Style: (seasonal, knucklehead pumpkin) Spiced Ale
- Taste Profile: creamy sourness -> brown sugar malts/roast pumpkin/tang -> sour bitter burnt roast malt finish.
- Where I got it : W.16th Liquor
- How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 650ml, December 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no
Visual: This is the first time trying a Knucklehead pumpkin ale, let’s see how it differs. Pours dark cola brown, with a large foamy head with long retention, lots of active streams.
Nose: sour/mild funk acidic brown sugar, roasted malts. (6)-aromatic strength
Attack: creamy-fizzy, incoming sourness
Mid-palate: (6)-sourness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, roast pumpkin (HINT) yeasty tang, cinnamon/nutmeg
Finish: sourness, medium (5)-bitter burnt malt finish.
Summary: Somewhat surprised for such acidity/sourness in a pumpkin brew. Persistent sourness without complexity makes this one just an average beer for me. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)