Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
1.9/5 rDev -43.5%
750 mL bottle purchased at brewery after sampling on draft.
Draft was semi-enjoyable, earthy pumpkin flesh and yam, a little aggressive on the spice, but not overly sweet or artificial. Seemed adequate enough for a stupid style of beer. Scored the draft as 3.75/3.5/3.25/4/3.5.
Bottled version on other hand, look out! Actually, hold on a second, I want to try a side by side of with a strained glass of garbage water with a Costco sized container of cinnamon mixed in for depth. Ok, I'm back. My garbage water tastes better than this trash. But, but, this has saison yeast you say. Surely, you appreciate that? you ask. Shut up.
Pours a clear rust and gold color with a cap of light tan bubbles. Nose is ripe with wet leaves, banana peels, Nov 15. Jack O Lanterns, cinnamon, nutmeg, dirt caked running shoes and pepper. Flavor starts for a fraction of a second as a pleasant, malty and forgettable molasses and pie crust rich pumpkin beer. Then... the spice. There are heavily spiced beers, then there is this. Less a beer and more of thin smoothie of cardboard and cinnamon with a rank, stale, dry powedery finish. Relatively thin body with high carbonation adds a nice seltzer water like sensation to the experience. Barely drinkable.
I should be fair and acknowledge I typically don't drink pumpkin beers and this is my first of this year (well, I had Selin's Grove on nitro a few hours earlier) so maybe this is what passes for good for the style? That's probably it.
edit: Some have pointed out I was a little overly harsh in my review, so I've adjusted my score accordingly from a 1.85 to 1.9
10-26-2013 02:20:48 | More by yourefragile
1.93/5 rDev -42.6%
Growler fill from the brewery then into a tulip glass. Crystal clear amber brown in color. Plenty of head that died away quickly. Spicy aroma but not overpowering. Taste... now that is overpowering! The spice in that is like doing the cinnamon challenge (well not that bad (not that I would know anyway)). But for the love of all that is barley, ouch! I have Indian food with less cardamom. Boys, I know you like the hops so I assume you were thinking the same dosing limits with spice for this but c’mon now. My only hope is that the corked and caged bottle I also got will mellow with age. Now to the mouth feel I guess. It is great, if you don’t mind a slight tingle on your tongue from all the spice.
10-25-2013 21:03:37 | More by pecokid
3.99/5 rDev +18.8%
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty strings of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of pumpkin pulp, nutmeg, ginger, touch of cinnamon, dash of light funk from the saison yeast and some mild caramel and toffee from the malt.
T - Starts off with the pulpy pumpkin quickly being enveloped by the various pie spices, light funk and the mild toffee and caramel sweetness. Finish is rather spicy, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, spicy feel throughout. The booze is rather well hidden, only really coming out of the shadows once it comes to room temperature.
O - A rather nice pumpkin beer. I prefer them to have less spice than actual pumpkin flavor, and this one follows that pretty well. If you like Pumpkin beers this is definitely worth seeking out.
10-25-2013 20:07:01 | More by orangesol
Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins from Tröegs Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.