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Spooky - Blue Mountain Brewery

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 09-01-2013)
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A- poured into a snifter. Pours a dark and hazy amber color with some orange hues, nice frothy white head has good retention and leaves a small layer floating on top as it settles

S- some raw pumpkin guts up front with some faint underlying cinnamon and ginger, there's some barrel character but it's very hard to find. Faint aromas overall

T- In terms of a pumpkin ale, the pumpkin flavors are of raw pumpkin, rather than the pumpkin spices. Bourbon flavors kick in mid-palate with a hint of vanilla, they aren't very strong but do overpower and flavor of pumpkin. Some sweet brown sugar at the end with a touch of lingering vanilla barrel flavor

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Blue Mountain has been hit or miss for me; they’ve had some fantastic stouts and Local Species is a nice little brew, but they also had a terrible, terrible sour I can’t believe I spent money on. That said, they’re small and learning barrels, so let’s keep supporting them

Pours a very cloudy orange, with some reddish tints. Bottle conditioned, so unsure what’s filtration and what’s being kicked up in the pour. Either way, not a bad sight and certainly not what I expected to see from the description. Nice “pumpkin” appearance though.

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Spooky from Blue Mountain Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.