TL:DR – “heavily spiced, mostly clean, alcoholic.”
He Said (Belgian-Style Tripel Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices), 8.2% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (San Francisco, California, USA)
- Style: (flavoured – pumpkin, spices) Belgian Tripel
- Taste: honey toffee barley malt nutmeg clove alcoholic
- Where I got it : Trader Joe’s / Seattle
- How much: $13 USD / $17 CAD – 4 mixed pack x 12 fl.oz., October 2015
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
- Recommended: Yes
- What made an impression: prominent spices
Visual: (cellared for 2.5 years). 4-pack aluminum canned, 2 flavours. Pours golden orange without much of a head, just a slight ring, suspended sediment, slow micro streams.
Nose: nutmeg/cinnamon, toffee honey malt. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: crisp, richly spiced base
Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), honey’d barley malt, roasted pumpkin, slight alcoholic heaviness
Finish: nutmeg, mild cinnamon, clove, subtle bitter
Summary: A brick-ton of spices, but also packed with a solid malt base and a stealth alcohol. Very sippable, but perhaps a bit a palate heavy about 2/3rd through a serving. Could be a bit thicker and smoother, cause the finish is a rather dull.
Jumpin Jack India Pumpkin Ale – Tree Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)
printed on the back:
“Crafting a brew that brings together the classic flavours of a full bodied India Pale Ale and our Pumpkin Ale resulted in our newest IPA – Jumping Jack India Pumpkin Ale. This unique brew displays classic aromas and flavours of citrus and grapefruit that marry seamlessly with the flavours from real pumpkins used in the mash. Full bodied and dry, with a snappy bitterness, combined with subtle pumpkin pie spice and a clean finish make it a perfect fall brew. We hope you enjoy our new interpretation of an IPA as much as we enjoy brewing it.”
- Style: (pumpkin, spices = Pumpkin IPA) Spiced Ale
- Taste: Caramel malt biting wormwood grapefruit bitter hops pumpkin cinnamon
- Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
- How much: $5.75 – 650ml., September 2015
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: if you like curious pumpkin beers
Visual: Pours cloudy copper brown with a smallish head, ringed and thin layer of retention, suspended micro sediment, only a few bubbles here and there.
Nose: brown sugar malts, hints of honey. (lvl-4)-pungency
Attack: malty bittersweet hopped crisp bite
Mid-palate: light tingly throughout, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, wormwood, grapefruit, pumpkin dept + cinnamon
Finish: lingering biting bitter dry hoppy, more cinnamon, malt finish, hints of nutmeg exhale.
Summary: A pretty interesting spin on a pumpkin ale and IPA. Good depth and flavour; still and IPA at heart, but with an augmented layer of complexity. The spices really come out at 18°C.