Pumpkin Ale - West Sixth Brewing Company
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3.59/5 rDev +1.1%
Pumpkin ale? This poured with the darkness of a porter with a deep dark rubiness and a bubbly head that had a thick cohesiveness at the center.
The aromas are mostly roast and char with a bit of coffee but no evidence of pumpkin gourd or spice.
The flavors are strong with malt char, roasted grain, coffee and then a subtle chocolate malt. Where's the pumpkin? During the entire pint I caught a pumpkin spiciness on about three occasions.
I guess one is to rate beers based on the category by which they are entered, so in that respect this is a poor example of a pumpkin ale. I appreciate the effort, though. On the other hand, if this were entered in the porter category I would rate this relatively high as I like the roast coffee and strong char character.
10-20-2013 14:10:12 | More by KYGunner
3.51/5 rDev -1.1%
Darker than your average Pumpkin Ale, this playful seasonal has no problem stepping outside of the caramel underpinnings and into the realm of toast, chocolate and and coffee.
With Porter-like tendencies, the ale pours with a dark brown hue that in no way resembles pumpkin. But those darker colors promise a robust malt taste to complement those pie pumpkin characteristics Building upon a heady froth, the ale laces with broken collars as the beer fades. Its simply a hearty Porter appearance.
But the aromas are so much more. Sure the toast, chocolate and coffee notes are front an center, the complement of pumpkin starch with a hint of caramel and molasses is both bready, fruity and pleasantly vegetal. Spicy thereafter, the common cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice converge in an evocative dessert-like scent.
Hearty flavors and modestly of coffee, chocolate and walnut- but more so, the taste of black-strap molasses gives the beer a bigger taste of gingersnaps than of pumpkin pie. But that's the charm- its pie spices merge with that robust and savory sweetness for an esquisite balance that's not reliant on hops.
Medium bodied, the beer's creamy char is both dry and marshmallowy even as the spices pang away at the palate. There's simply enough body to temper the alcohol warmth and the spice astringency, even as the beer dries pleasantly in finish.
Simply put, the beer's malt is more robust and the spices are restrained to the point where the "pumpkin pie" character only adds an effortless complexity to the beer but without trying to dominate the beer. Its a well done Pumpkin Ale that will find favor with a wide array of beer drinkers.
10-15-2013 04:07:02 | More by BEERchitect
2.98/5 rDev -16.1%
It's a dark beer taking on the appearance of a porter; not opaque, but dark. Abundant foam, big bubbles, looks like it poured from a cask. Nose is faint, hints of fall spices but otherwise very lagerish. Some caramel malt on the tongue, light pumpkin sweet spice, pretty thin and relatively inoffensive. Like an English brown ale, it's not terrible but it's a half assed attempt at a pumpkin beer. I prefer the more offensive.
10-14-2013 13:27:56 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Pumpkin Ale from West Sixth Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.