Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale - Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev +6.4%
Picked this up in the Bay area and enjoyed it within the same month.
It poured a caramel amber color with a warming glow. My pour resulted in tight cotton with a thick layer of foam that lasts for days. The aroma has pumpkin spices, with clove and nutmeg notes dominant. The flavor has a bitterness similar to a standard pale ale with more of the pumpkin spices coming through. I picked up some nutmeg, some cloves, some allspice, and a hint of cinnamon. Not sure what the sugar pumpkins brought to this beer as I felt the body (malt) wasn’t enough of a presence.
10-17-2012 07:03:20 | More by elNopalero
2.98/5 rDev -13.1%
Pours a transparent amber-orange with a small white head. Maybe a tiny bit of haze, but that might be the color. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is light pumpkin pie spice with some pumpkin and caramel sweetness. I'm mostly getting nutmeg in the spice, and it could use some more spice or character or something, but it's not bad, really. The taste is lightly sweet with a little bit of spice. It's underwhelmingly mild. Just sort of blah caramel sweetness. I buy that they use real roasted pumpkins since pumpkins are normally quite mild, in my experience. I wish that the biscuity malt flavor was amped up. I appreciate that they're working in <5% abv territory, but they could pack more flavor in there. That said, it's sorta nice to have a mild, session-able pumpkin ale, since so many of them are big and sticky sweet. Mouthfeel is a marked improvement over the 2010 version and is actually at a very nice creamy level with lots of fine bubbles. Actually, the beer is generally an improvement over the 2010 version, but they could definitely take it further.
10-04-2012 04:26:58 | More by popery
4/5 rDev +16.6%
A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind a touch of lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar, as well as some pumpkin and biscuit malts.
T - Starts off with some pumpkin with a light mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg spices and a bit of sweet biscuit malt. Through the middle, some stronger spices come through alongside some more biscuit malt flavor. The finish is a mix of spices, biscuit malts, and some sweet pumpkin and brown sugar that linger.
M - Medium to medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. I really like that this has some pumpkin flavor in it that does a good job of balancing out the spices.
01-04-2012 07:02:27 | More by ngeunit1
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Pours with almost no foam whatsoever, but is a nice rich amber color.
S: Smells of roasted pumpkins with a little bit of breadiness
T: Has a fruitiness from the yeast, along with a nice pale malt character which is balanced out by sweet pumpkin. I do get some slight hints of cinnamon, but not much more then that.
M: Has a nice medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.
O: Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer. It has a lot of nice pumpkin qualities that are not to overpowering, but at the same time it is very drinkable. I like the fact that it is not loaded with a ton of pumpkin and spices, which for me take away from the beer. I really like the English Pale quality that comes out of this beer as well. This is definitely an enjoyable pumpkin beer that anyone can drink.
10-21-2011 06:42:13 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.