Ghosts, witches and vampires? No no, everyone knows what Halloween is really about, and that’s Pumpkin brews! And we have some very limited release pumpkin brews for discussion today; Brew Dog's "Pumpkinhead", Brooklyn Brewery’s “Post-Road Pumpkin Ale”, Flying Dog’s “The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale” and our very own Trouble Brewing’s more simply titled, “Pumpkin brew”.
Next is Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. This pours a hazier orange-brown colour compared to Trouble’s effort, and has a larger, thicker off-white head. The aroma again showing the classic seasonal spice, but with a sweet caramel base and some roast pumpkin evident. The palate is sticky caramel malt with a good dose of cinnamon and a nice, clear roasted pumpkin element. It’s smooth and sweet with just a little extra body given it’s 5% ABV.
Last, but most certainly not least, is Flying Dog’s “The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale”. In true Flying Dog fashion, they haven’t held back for their Samhain Seasonal. What we have here is a 9%, spiced to the nines, all-out monster of a pumpkin ale. Spices fly out of the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. This ale is a serious departure from our two previous examples, pouring deep mocha brown with a thick, beige head. It’s a veritable spice-rack in a glass with lashings of cinnamon, ginger, coriander, aniseed, cloves and possibly much more. There’s molasses and raisin bread in there too, and it’s all fighting for your attention. On the palate the beer is full bodied and quite smooth, even given its devilishly high ABV. Dried fruit, dark, intense roast pumpkin, and spice, spice, spice. The finish will last until next Halloween, it really is something else.