Trickster | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
OK, what do you get when we toss pale malted barley, pumpkin and spices into a stainless steel cauldron then stir in some magic? Uh, Trickster! The “magic” is actually mischievous Belgian yeast at play with allspice, ginger and black pepper. This spooky cool brew will make your glass glow bright despite the gloominess of the season.

22 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 11-21-2009

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5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? This is obviously my favorite. The taste and feel of this beer is exquisite. I haven't found the perfect pairing for this beer yet (oh, darn, I have to keep trying...) but so far this goes with rustic type sandwiches....pretty much the fare at the brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Gulden Drakk tulip.

A: Pours a clear iced tea color with a very dense, fluffy, and thick light tan head that took forever to fade into a soft film and fuzzy collar.
S: Earthy Belgian yeast and pumpkin spice dominates the nose with notes of clove, lemon zest and bready pale malt.
T: Bready malt and earthy yeast base is easily noticeable beneath notes of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, pepper and faint lemon and pie crust. The finish is doughy and mildy spicy with notes of vanilla as well, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and sugary.
M: Medium body, medium mouthfeel, smooth and slick. Easy carbonation is fluffy and drinkable.
O: Definitely a spice lovers beer, but they mix well with the pale malt base. Belgian yeast adds a doughy and unique flavor that works well with everything else. Enjoyable all-around.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Trickster is an interesting change of pace for a pumpkin ale. It's not heavy on the pumpkin, and it's not heavy on the spices, although both are certainly present. The Belgian yeast is there, but that doesn't knock you over the head either.

This beer is really a little understated, and that's a good thing. It's got a nice balance between the Belgian character and the pumpkin character, with everything just a bit muted. This is not a beer that shouts at you, but that doesn't mean it's not quite enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2010 I think.

Pours clear gold with a four inch head of spongy white. A slow retreat settled to a half inch foam cap with plenty of meshy lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with apples, bubblegum, cloves, and orange blossom honey. Hints of coriander and nutmeg follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel.

Citrus, spice, and honey-drizzeled malt start the palate. Red apples, orange peel, with cloves and bits of ginger.

Finishes with light spice, clovey phenols, and bubblegum.

Tasty Belgian style pale ale. No pumpkin coming through at this point, but the spicing is well integrated now and the high level of carbonation really helps this one stand up nicely.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So it says its a pumpkin ale on here, but after reading the label and smelling and tasting it, I beg to differ, here's why.
First time, I ever had this, I had it in a pint glass and then I read the label and said to myself I need to get this again to re-pour into a tulip as I believe this is a Belgian pale ale with pumpkin in it.
Tonight's review is according to a Belgian pale ale and poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange close to brown color with a slim finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Stringy tingling lacing sticks and then slides into the body.
The smell had some Belgian spices, a light tartness, a light breadiness (from the yeast, I'm guessing) and all wrapping together nicely. And then a light little bit of pumpkin scent comes through.
The taste was basically the same - Belgian spicy, then sweet bready, and then sweet pumpkin-esque in the background.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium on the body with a good carbonation about it - seems to hit appropriately allowing spices to hit just right.
Overall, though I will leave it on here as a pumpkin ale, I really don't think this is one. Still, I'd have it again as its just nice as it is.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle at the brewpub. The box said October 2012. It has the newer sticker type label, so I believe it is a new batch.

A - Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a light tan head the moves to the edges and sits in a ring.

S - Cloves, gingerbread, pumpkin, pepper, Belgian yeast.

T - Halloween spices, ginger, clove, peppery, yeasty. A bit muted at this point.

D - Mild carbonation and a light body. Smooth mouthfeel.

O - I thought this one might be a bit old, and it probably was. Still good flavors, but a bit muted.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Trickster from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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