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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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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 23
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured dark copper from a 22 oz bomber into a duvel tulip. Very little white head leaving a little lacing in the glass. Aroma of vanilla and sugary syrup. Tastes very smooth and with a huge load of vanilla and some subdued cinnamon and cloves in the background. Finishes with a slight bitterness. A medium bodied beer with a dry enough finish to be moderately easy to drink at 7% abv.

Overall it's got way too much vanilla and sweetness for me without much in the way of spice to back it up. A bit one dimensional. Wouldn't get again with the other pumpkin beers out there.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a creamy ring with a little lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar with a bit of bubblegum and a little pumpkin spice underneath.

T: Belgian spices here along with a bit of pumpkin spice. Candy sugar, yeasty bread, and some malt flavors underneath with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation, this beer isn't as crisp as I'd like from a Belgian beer, but isn't watery, either.

O: An alright beer, overall. There's nothing offensive about it, but I wish it had a bit more pumpkin going on.

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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new fall brew from midnight sun.

Pours a totally clear very light orange with a white head that falls very quickly to a ring and some skim, but does leave ok lacing.

Nose is very faint, limited amounts of spice, and next to nothing else. Some slight, almost corn like notes.

Taste is pretty bland as well. The pumpkin spices do make themselves known, but this tastes like nothing more than a bland golden ale with a short helping of spices tossed in loosely. It's pretty balanced, and easy drinking, but for a pumpkin ale im looking for something alot more rich and spicy. The finish has slight bitterness, but not much. There is a little bit of a metallic twinge in the aftertaste, some spices and that little corn like presence linger.

Mouthfeel is about right, viscosity is where it oughta be and the carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is solid, as this one is far from overspiced, underspiced and lacking in substance if anything.

Overall, im slightly dissappointed with this one. Its probably good for people who don't like alot of spice in their pumpkin ale, and prefer a much lighter fall seasonal. Midnight sun will always be my first love for a pumpkin infused beer (ICPP or "TREAT") but this one falls way short of their high standards. Glacier Brewhouse or Moose's Tooths pumpkin ales are much better options this fall. A tolerable beer, but not one i'll buy again.

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3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and apple cider aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, and slight vegetal pumpkin flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent but the pumpkin presence in this one is very subdued.

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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber (thx Jeremiah!) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Trickster is clear brassy gold with a big white head that leaves nice, sticky lace.

Smell is spicy phenols and sweet cereals, a floral perfume.

Taste is okay, this is a generic American take on a Belgian blonde, spicy (again more yeast like then any specific spice that was added). I'm not sure I really taste the pumpkin...there's a vague vegetable component, but I wouldn't ID it as pumpkin if I wasn't told the beer was made with it. But it detracts, rather then enhances my enjoyment of this honestly mediocre brew, that doesn't strike me as being very reminiscent of fall like most pumpkin beers. The aftertaste really doesn't work to well for me, like overripe pumpkin or something. The sweetness of the malt seems cheap as well. A rare miss from MSBC.

Mouthfeel is very dry and spicy, medium light bodied.

Drinkability isn't super high, as the taste just isn't that good, and the spicy mouthfeel is fatiguing. This one needs retooled, or retired.

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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Ira for another MSBC bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a very light, clear amber with a big fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a collar and leaves a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is fairly muted for a pumpkin ale. It really smells like a Belgian golden with some pumpkin and spices thrown in. The spicy Belgain yeast and some fruity esters are just as prevalent as the pumpking and spices.

The taste is more of the same though the spices come out a little more than in the aroma. The pumpkin is very subtle hardly noticeable and, again, the slightly sweet/spicy Belgian yeast backbone is the most noticeable flavor in the taste. The finish is lightly spicy, with both yeast and holiday spices present.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and very much like an average Belgian golden ale.

This one certainly pales in comparison to Treat, though that's certainly a difficult comparison. It certainly doesn't sit squarely in the pumpkin ale category as the Belgian yeast is much more prominent than any pumpkin or spice flavors. As pumpkin ales go, it's fairly average.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a good amount of lacing and visible carbonation.

S: Aroma of allspice, cloves, belgian yeast bubblegum and other ester flavors from high temp fermentation. Clove clearly stands out in this as it is a relatively clean looking beer and clove is so noticeable.

T: Flavors of belgian yeast, bubblegum, clove, banana and cotton candy. Clove is relatively subdued, but without many competing flavors spare cinnamon, this is clearly defined by the ground clove flavors. Possibly even some jamaican allspice.

M: Light to medium bodied. High carbonation, but not stinging.

O: Overall this is good. Very tough to beat Treat as it is one of my favorite beers and where that lacks, this would probably do well with a lesser blend inside of Treat. The one thing that I see as a serious drawback in here is the slightly tannic bitterness imparted either from the clove or allspice.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

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Trickster from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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