I apologize profusely for the delay. I know that everyone has been dying to know which pumpkin beers they should be chugging. Just kidding. No one should ever chug a pumpkin beer. Anyway, I started off the tastings on an extremely positive note. Beer Number One catapulted me into a delicious fall mood. But then I tried Beer Number Two (an unfortunate bargain option), and it made me want to vomit. #2 tainted my taste buds, but I’m battling back (by switching to red wine for a minute). Tis the season for fall beverages, and I want to share my tasting experiences with all of you! The terrible beer will be unveiled in time, but first I want to tell you about my favorite so far (already surpassing all of last year’s contenders):
BEER BEING REVIEWED
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Co. (Portsmouth, NH)
“Ale Brewed With Pumpkin Puree & Spices”
The label is Smuttynose-basic. Name and a photo. And for this particular brew, you get a straight up pumpkin. You know what you’re getting yourself into. Simplicity appreciated.
Smuttynose is not overpowering in its smell whatsoever. Most notably, when whiffing, you don’t get the feeling you’re about to eat some pie (or drink something curiously similar to a pie). It smells of lightly spiced beer with pumpkin undertones. Emphasis on beer.
Pleasant surprise! The pumpkin flavor is much more present in taste than in smell. The pumpkin comes across as complimentary to the body of the beer versus being a bossy flavor.
The spice is subtle, as hinted in the aroma, but it gives the beer a light edge. This pumpkin brew is not sweet but extremely drinkable.
NOT overly sweet or squashy (thank god), it’s a pumpkin beer that knows it’s a beer (and not a pie). Not too heavy – it feels possible to drink more than one in a row (often a rarity with novelty-flavor beers). I recommend this easy-flowing fall treat beer if you’re ready to start pumpkin-dabbling.
4/5 pumpkins. Out of the gate, this one feels hard to top!