- 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)