Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pumpkin Ale number two for me - ooo, basis of comparison huzzah! So far Pumpkin Ales strike me as the type of experimental beers that give brewers the ability to try a various melange of spices within the confides of making the usually dull on its own vegetable that is the pumpkin. Flavours of which may include nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, vanilla, star anise and clove. If done well all in all it should be an interesting diversion from typical Ale/Lagers, however if done badly it's the sort of beer that will make you wish you had bought that typical Ale or Lager.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice. Yeah it's not the right glass, sue me.
A: Deep clear copper body with a light white lacing.
S: Aroma profile includes nutmeg, cardamom and clove spices on a pumpkin base with a touch of caramel providing a sweet high note. Not much on the pumpkin side but the spices really come through well.
T: Comes through exactly as expected on the nose; starting with caramel sweetness, nutmeg, cardamom and clove spices mid to back, hint of pumpkin in there somewhere and a slight pepper/sour/bitter finish. Finish is well balanced however the pumpkin is barely noticeable, so really it is more of a spiced-vegetable-malt beer.
M: Mid to light body with an almost creamy carbonation - drinks much like a flat hefe-weizen.
D: Not bad, not bad at all. Only let down is the seeming lack of pumpkin which makes this brew of "an homage to pumpkin" than an actual pumpkin ale. No matter if it tastes good in my opinion. Better than the Gage Roads version - this is more spiced and with a better mouthfeel.
Food match: Apart from the obvious pumpkin pie this brew would also suit festive foods like roast turkey with cranberry sauce, yams (roasted sweet potatoes), stuffing, sweet corn and squash.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2012 08:13:39 | More by doktorhops
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