Pumpkin Ale - Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This one was good enough to enjoy at home, so I took a growler. interestingly, while all other MBBC brews are affected by the lack of sealing in the carbonation and head formation, this one (which had little to speak of to begin with, but some) was unaffected. Since nothing at all changed, the review is the same.
The color is a very nice coppery orange color with complete clarity. If anything I'd say a bit thin-looking, but I hope otherwise. A layer of head that dissipates to a rim of thin foam is all I get right off the bat and spots of lacing are left on the glass. This isn't a very good appearance. Fortunately, this is a good brew and that's by far the worst of it.
On the nose nutmeg and cinnamon really blend nicely with the pumpkin and shine. A bit of brown sugar comes off as well, backed by a respectable balance of hops and malts.
This one's really just a nicely balanced ale, mostly like an amber ale in being light and focusing on the malts but maintaining a hops presence for balance. This beer finds the balance in a style for which brewers are dangerously tempted to overly spice and/or overly sweeten. The brown sugar put in with the pumpkins during their time in the brick ovens and then sprinkled in later is used moderately, so this avoids the overly sugary tendencies of some. The spices are also used moderately. I'd put the flavor at a 4 if I could get a bit more of the hops and malts along with the rest and if I wasn't contending with a light but mildly annoying zest of some kind. It's certainly enjoyable, however.
The body's light and a bit thin, but not terribly. There's a touch of smoothness after a bit of crispness up front. The finish is semi-dry.
This is a good one, but it doesn't touch the big boys. It's certainly a good effort from Maumee Bay, but i wouldn't mind if they touched it up to put in in a higher league.
Serving type: growler
11-11-2010 20:34:36 | More by Brenden
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I was skeptical about this one going into it, I've found that most pumpkin ales that are as clear as this one for whatever reason just don't seem to cut it, but this one proved itself as a real solid example of this very cool seasonal style.
Pours a bright amber/orange very clear and pristine; jewel-like with lots of carbonation immediatly apparent. Very little head to speak of and a small amount of lacing. Appealing. Nose is spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice, a certain earthiness as well. Taste is quite good indeed, much more actual pumpkin flavor than most with the spice present but taking a backseat to the actual pumpkin flavor. The taste linger on the palate for a very long time totally dominating the taste buds, very nice. Mouthfeel is spot on with good body, a bit too much carbonation bite in the initial sip however.
A very solid offering, and distinctive from a brewery than tends toward the middle of the road stylistically. Competes well with DFH Punkin' but doesn't quite match up to Kuhnhenn All Hallows.
Serving type: on-tap
11-19-2005 11:08:31 | More by Gaisgeil
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Appearance: Golden/Orange/Copper color. Atop sits a white head that decides this isn't the place for him and splits. However, he leaves a little of himself behind with a decent lace that lets you know... Yes, this is a beer.
Smell: Sweet pumpking with his friends nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the aroma. Maltiness gives this brew a backbone in the smell. Hops are non-existant which is fine in this kind of brew.
Taste: Pumpkin and spices hit you upfront with the malt following right behind. Hops leave a spiciness but do not seem to give you much flavor. The malt, spices, and pumpkin impart a very nice sweet flavor and the hops balance it beautifully with some spiciness. The after taste lingers just like the beer is still in your mouth.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer. This is just about right for this brew. A fairly meaty texture makes this a wonderful beer to be able to sit for long hours drining by the fireplace.
Drinkability: This is so drinkable I could drink it forever and a day.
Maumee Bay Brewing Company has it's ups and downs with beer but I think they make their Holiday/Spiced beers so well. They can compete with the likes of Dog Fish Head Punkin Ale and Sam Adams Old Fezziwig and the like.
Serving type: growler
10-30-2005 18:12:56 | More by Ellbert
Pumpkin Ale from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.