Harvest Spice Ale | Union Station Brewery

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Union Station Brewery
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by beernut7 on 01-01-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by beernut7:
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1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Of the many pumpkin ales I have tasted this past autumn, this remains at the bottom of the list. Deep amber color with no head wafts a sharp aroma of cloves and cinnamon, but little hint of malts. The initial flavors also of cloves and cinnamon pair with a moderate hop bite. It seems doubtful any pumpkin had been used to brew this ale. The dry malt character does not help the concoction pop at all and leaves a wanting ale.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I stopped by for lunch the other day and spoke with the brewer about the Harvest Spice Ale, it's the latest evolution of last year's pumpkin ale. They realized while pumpkin was used in the brewing process, it may not be the best description because of all the spices. They also pumped up the spices. Lastly, he told me the beer is based on an Oktoberfest brewing recipe before all the extra additions.

Now, moving on to the beer itself...

The beer poured in a dirty amber in color with hardly any head to it. No lace formed on the glass. The aroma was of mild nutmeg and cinnamon. While there was pumpkin in the beer's flavor (still hardly noticeable), the beer actually tasted like I licked my Mom's kitchen table after she finished cooking for Thanksgiving. The potency of the cinnamon and nutmeg was at first surprising, but it kind of grew on me about half way threw. The cinnamon was kind of like chewing on a cinnamon stick directly. Also, the spices outdid the hops in the flavor so much I could not really enjoy them. While it was an interesting beer to try and I would bring a growler of it to share on Turkey Day, it is not something I may necessarily go in pursuit of again.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.54/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light shade of amber with no lace or head. suprisingly this has a pretty complex palate, it just isn't full bodied enough for me to really dig it. it did leave a rather nice aftertaste which is what kept me buying more. this went great with their chicken nachos.

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Harvest Spice Ale from Union Station Brewery
Beer rating: 2.91 out of 5 with 3 ratings