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Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale For Zombies) | Spring House Brewing Company

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Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale For Zombies)Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale For Zombies)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
springhousebeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our pumpkin ale is brewed with generous amounts of real pumpkin blended into the mash. The subtle fresh pumpkin flavor is enhanced by the addition of a touch of traditional autumn spices and sweet dough, thus creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, a bold malt center and a crisp finish. We are proud to offer you a balanced and delectable fall treat. Suitable for zombies.

Added by guzzle211 on 10-02-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
282
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
39.79%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
68
For Trade:
2
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three finger's worth of big rich creamy froth with a delicate slightly rocky cloud like top that is light khaki in color... Excellent retention... The body is a very light gleaming copper with a faint glow about it... A slight bit of micro bubbled rapidly paced carbonation... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A very intriguing aroma... A definitive spice character leads the nose, but one that is not typical for the style - very potpourri like which is a bit odd, but quite alluring after a couple of whiffs... Fresh gourd pulp... Roasted pumpkin seeds... Graham crackers... A light caramel component as well... Oddly, even some orange Gatorade mixed as well...

T - The spices are again at the forefront and coat the tongue evenly... Lots of clove... A little bit cinnamon... Perhaps some nutmeg... The fresh pumpkin is next... Again roasted pumpkin seeds... Some caramel sweetness... The finish has a slightly burnt crust character to it...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Light carbonation... Even and consistent... The finish is a bit on the dry side...

D - Overall not a bad Pumpkin Ale... The appearance and aroma are top notch... The taste and mouthfeel are slightly above average... The end result is an overall success that I try to enjoy each autumn... When the beer is this good, I have no problem supporting the "drink local" directive...

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64 oz growler into a pint glass. Huge thanks to Stakem for picking me a growler of this up on a recent trip to the brewery.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of off-white foamy head that even looks like it might be a light mocha color depending on the angle. This retains with a creamy layer of fizz that has a good flare-up to it and leaves some patchy swathes of suds down the sides of the glass. The aroma isn't too bad, with a mix of sticky malt and some pumpkin flavor. A festive smelling layer of spice glides along underneath, as does some light feeling green herbal tones. This isn't super robust or anything but manages to keep itself together.

The taste is where things get pretty dicey. This is mostly sweet up front with notes of bready grains (and maybe even a little bit of sweet toffee as well) with a flush of spices coming out across the back. Unfortunately there is a mix of earthy bitterness and raw vegetable feel to the pumpkin meat here that gives the finish on this a dirty and gritty presence in the finish that is honestly pretty darn off-putting (especially as this warms). There is also a mineral taste here, which I think mixes with that aforementioned harsh finish to also add an almost medicinal feel as well. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that prickles the tongue which would be fine except that it also unfortunately really helps bring out some of that unpleasant character as well. I'll try not to hold that against the actual feel though.

Quite the puzzling little Pumpkin Ale here, as I know what I experienced with the first couple glasses of this even though most of the other reviews that I have seen so far haven't mentioned it (or at least to the degree that I tasted). To the beer's credit though, I will say that I went back to the growler the next night to reinvestigate things and even though that same medicinal raw veggie and earth finish was still there, it did seemed lessened this time around and not nearly as abrasive. So I don't know. Maybe this isn't as horrible as I had originally thought but I do think that this one definitely needs some tweaking.

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Braaaiins! (Pumpkin Ale For Zombies) from Spring House Brewing Company
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