Harlot’s Harvest Pike Pumpkin Ale – Pike Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B+

Harlot’s Harvest Pike Pumpkin Ale – Pike Brewing, 8.5% ABV – 650ml, (Seattle, WA, USA)

On the front label:

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Pumpkin, Hops, Spices, Yeast. (Pumpkin as the 3rd ingredient and spices as the 5th! It means lots of pumpkin was used in this brew.)

  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: soft CO2 -> demerara/cola/roast pumpkin/malt -> caramel/coffee-chocolate bittersweet malty finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: likely, if I’ve already tried all the pumpkin beers available
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Cool label of a woman holding her pumpkins… Pours very dark brown with minimal head, lasting ringed retention, lots of streams along the perimeter.

Nose: caramel pumpkin pie filling including the spices, plus brown sugar malts. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: soft creamy carbonation and sweetness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) demerara sugar (6)-sweetness, cola, roasted pumpkin, malts (HINT) hoppy bitterness, root beer, cinnamon/nutmeg

Finish: hints of ginger dryness, caramel malty sweet, (a really nice) coffee-chocolate bittersweetness to finish.

Summary:  Superb balance and a top-notch pumpkin ale compared to all the local (BC) ones I’ve tried to date. It has depth, complexity, and drinkability at a great price point. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)