Saturday, September 04, 2010

A Pumpkin Ale that is a Beer and not a Dessert

 Lately we have been enjoying some great beers from Portsmouth, New Hampshire's Smuttynose Breweing Co., as they are now distributing in Cleveland. We have been hooked after sampling the goods at this year's Blues & Brews (see our recap from a couple years ago) at Stan Hywet Gardens and continue to see what Smuttynose has to offer by purchasing a variety of their creations at Heinen's.
(picture courtesy of Smuttynose Brewery)

This evening, after finally seeing Inception, we stopped by Heinen's and amoungst the many offerings of pumpkin ales and/or Octoberfest styles, ultimately deciding to purchase the Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose ($8.99 for a 6-pack) - because we have not had a less than superb beer from them yet.  Thus far, we have quickly and gleefully gulped down Smuttynose's Big A IPA, Finestkind IPA (highly suggested!), and Farmhouse Ale.

We love the fact that Smuttynose's Pumpkin Ale resisted the urge to be over-powering, tasting of sweet things like molasses or coriander.  Instead, the beer encompasses a savory element - a nice balance between cinnamon and the smoothness of pumpkin pureee.  Atypical of what one might expect from a  Pumpkin Ale, this is not a dessert where the essence of the pumpkin it not taken literally, where the beer does not slug your tastebuds like some of the others.

Basically, this pumpkin ale is what we hope our autumn months will feel like - calm, serene, welcoming, and far from overwhelming* 

Bonus: What is better than having music to enjoy while drinking some fall-inspired brews?!  So, here you go  ;)

[Mp3] Land of Talk - Quarry Hymns
[Mp3] Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
[Mp3] Menomena - Queen Black Acid

Have a wonderful Holiday Weekend everyone!


Ryan said...

I completely agree that this is one of the few pumpkin ales that is not a dessert beer. Its bitter finish makes it feel more like a session beer. However, I will say that my favorite pumpkin ale is definitely Southern Tier Pumking (which is definitely a desser bet).

Ryan said...

Whoops...I meant dessert beer. Yikes...maybe too many Pumkings!

Brad said...

Ryan is spot on. The Pumking is amazing!! Check out my Brew Reviews as well. I have reviewed several other pumpkin ales too! Loving your blog and now following it!