If this one sounds a little ridiculous, we assure you it is intended to. The new guys on the Central Florida block at The Hourglass Brewery have a great appreciation for slick, absurd geekery, and the occasional fart joke. From their modest brew set up, they are now featuring a bevy of quirky and unusual brews inspired across many styles, and all served up in a black light laden bar, walls scrawled  artfully with impressive pop cultural legends. Throw in a number of impressive guest taps from other regional breweries, and you can tell that this little brewery is a work of personal passion, from minds that are disinclined to take themselves too seriously. If you’re looking for an artisan ale that is free from pretension, and don’t mind Bill Cosby watching you pee, head on over and check these boys out. You won’t be disappointed.

Oh, and since these are all limited production ales, you might want to swing up and grab them while they’re still available.

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Name:  Stupid Pumpkin Face

Place of Origin / Brewer: Florida, USA / The Hourglass Brewery

Beer style / ABV%:  Imperial Pumpkin Ale / 8.6%

Specialty Prep / Individuality:  Brewed with Pumpkin in the mash, honey, brown sugar, and spices.

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Packaging: Draft Only

This beer was served to us in a tulip glass slid across the bar of our newest local brewery, The Hourglass Brewery.  There really is nothing like being able to saddle up to the bar and speak the brewer face to face, no label necessary. – Brittney

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Color:  6

Poured directly from the tap into a snifter, the ale burns hazy deep amber, with shades of garnet. An ever-so-slight head leaves little more than a fuzzy ring clinging to the edges of the glass. – Tim

Cloudy copper, like an old wheat penny with natural patina. Complete with the actual wheat beer vibe. – Mike

M- 6.5 / T- 6.5 / B- 6.5 / R- 5

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Aroma:  7

There are some nice sweet pumpkin flavors going on here. It kind of has a chewy air to it with a nice touch of cinnamon, but not too spicy. – Rick

A fairly light aroma of spice and a really great earthiness of pumpkin without losing the solid smell of a malty ale. – Brittney

M- 7 / T- 5 / B- 8 / R- 7.5

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Mouth feel:  6.5

Light bodied with zero alcohol burn at the ABV. Not much of a fizz to it, but it’s still, cold, and very refreshing. – Mike

Light-bodied, even a touch watery, which surprises me, based on the color and the more luscious other brews I’ve had from Hourglass.  It’s got a moderate bit of carbonation, making for a crisp, and more summer-esque ale than expected.   Let’s call it Florida-Autumn…which is like October on the Sun! – Tim

M- 7 / T- 5.5 / B- 7 / R- 6.5

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Tasting notes:  7

Fruity sweet pumpkin with a bready body. The spice is nicely in check taking a subtle back seat to malt and pumpkin. This is a gentle taste of sour gourdy goodness that is highly sessionable, and a solid offering from a young brewery. – Mike

Vegetal pumpkin and still only a hint of spices—including the ubiquitous clove and nutmeg presenting themselves early.  There is a touch of sour and a nice hoppy astringency/bitterness in here, but I still feel like this beer is too cold to really release its full potential.  Overall it’s a beer first with the pumpkin and spices as enhancements rather than the dominant profile. – Tim

A great earthy pumpkin here, with a nice amount of spice.  There is a fantastic balance to the competing flavors accompanying a great foundation of a craft brew. – Brittney

It’s nice fresh pumpkin flavor is almost sour in its ripeness. There’s a light spicing detectable with some nutmeg and cinnamon coming through. I really enjoy the subtleties of the spicing on this one. – Rick

M- 7 / T- 6 / B- 7 / R- 7

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Finish:  6

Very light and a smooth watery finish. It seems flat but has a crisp light body that allows the fruitiness of the character to shine through leaving me with a sour aftertaste. – Rick

Stupid Pumpkin Face finishes warm, smooth, and bold with a bit of dry spice, notably nutmeg and clove. Very clean. – Brittney

M- 6.5 / T- 5.5 / B- 7 / R- 5.5

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Flavor balance:  7.5

–         Pumpkin to Spice balance: 8

The pumpkin flavor is really present on this ale. The spices are just subtle enough to make it sweet while not overpowering the pumpkin. – Rick

I feel like I should rate the balance on this higher since the pumpkin and the spice really do sit in a near perfect harmony in the context of what was served. But, then my number one issue with this ale is that both are so subtle that I struggle to argue this as a dedicated ‘pumpkin ale’.  It might just be my perception, but perception is everything here. – Tim

M- 8 / T- 7 / B- 8 / R- 8

–         Sweet / Dry balance: 6.5

Just a touch to the dry end as you clear about half a glass. The spice starts to emerge a good bit upon warming, which makes me wonder if increasing the serving temperature a few degrees wouldn’t help further enhance the nuances of this ale. – Mike

There is a smooth sweetness but as a whole the dryness is a little more prevalent. – Brittney

M- 7 / T- 5.5 / B- 7 / R- 6.5

–         Multiple Drinkability?  7.5

If Hourglass didn’t offer so many other amazing choices I would probably drink more than one but I can’t visit this bar and not sample a few different beers. – Brittney

At 8.6% I would normally advise against sessioning this beer but as a Summer drink, with some interesting elements, I could see knocking back more than a few to stave off the oppressive Florida heat. – Tim

M- 7 / T- 5 / B- 8 / R- 7

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Overall:  6.67

M- 6.92 / T- 5.75 / B- 7.17 / R-  6.50

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