Ale brewed with pumpkin juice, cranberry juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and a touch of lemongrass.
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO 6% ABV
By Bill Lau
Posted November 27, 2014
It’s been a hectic month at the Lau household, moving all of our stuff to our new digs. I hate moving (haven’t talked to anyone that enjoys the actual process!), but it was worth it. Amazing how stuff can accumulate over time – I imagine we’ll continue to let things go as we unpack. Let someone else get some use out of them. So blogging (and even drinking) beers has had to take a back seat for awhile. That said, I did manage to sample a pumpkin beer I’d not tried before, and am finally putting up the review now.
Appearance was a crystal clear, pumpkiny-orange hue with what looks like fine sediment suspended and slowly sinking and churning from the generous bubbles rising into the pale beige head. This started out over a quarter inch tall but subsided to a thin layer sprinkled with bubbles.
The aroma contained cinnamon up front over nutmeg and allspice, with some sweetish pumpkin and caramel malt behind, and a bit of a tart, fruity tone.
On the palate, the initial crisp bite led into a creamy middle that became a bit watery and thin in the back end. Moderate carbonation level.
Flavors started out with a crisp, tart fruitiness mixed with spices. Hint of cranberry, cinnamon (mercifully not as strong as the aroma had me expecting), light nutmeg and allspice and a suggestion of pumpkin. Some caramelized and lightly toasted malt. Low bitterness and no hop notes. Lighter, more quaffable pumpkin beer than the seemingly myriad imperial pumpkin ales out there. The lemongrass probably adds to the bright, fruity notes. Light aftertaste of spices and a wisp of cranberry tartness.
Interesting spin on the genre.
Rating: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 7.5/10 Palate: 3/5 Flavor: 7/10 Overall: 14.3/20