Well, that’s that. We’ve moved past the slew of this year’s spooky pumpkin ales, and we’re done for the season. It’s officially XMAS, and we need to inundate our heads with the 30,000 horrendous pop covers of classic carols…Wait. What’s that? We have multiple boxes of pumpkin ale left to review? And it’s not even Thanksgiving yet?
Ok, ok, it looks like we’ve got more work to do and more abuse for our livers ahead, so you can pick that perfect pairing for burning your house down with a turkey fryer and collecting the insurance money. Check out today’s look at Fort George Brewery, where community matters.
P.S. Don’t forget to vote today.
Name: Drunkin’ Pumpkin
Place of Origin / Brewer: Oregon, USA / Fort George Brewery
Beer style / ABV%: Pumpkin Ale / 5.6%
Specialty Prep / Individuality: This ale is brewed with organic wheat, munich, caramel, and 2-row honey malts, US challenger hops, lots of roasted whole fresh pumpkins, and sand filtered water. This beer is also completely un-spiced, as the brewer’s prefer to let the pumpkins speak for themselves.
Packaging: This one was only available to us on tap, though Fort George does have a number of awesome cans.
This is a gorgeous ale with tons of motion, settling out like a famous Irish stout, and nicely reflecting it’s grains. Throw in an epic head and extreme lacing and this could easily be a pumpkin ale pin-up. – Mike
My first impression of this beer is the great opaque copper coloration and an agitated swirling of the body. This quickly settles and reveals an awesome head with some intense lacing. – Rick
M- 9.5 / T- 8 / B- 8 / R- 8.5
Refreshing and clean with a green hoppy nose and hints of bubblegum amidst the farm fresh vegetal pureness of newly harvested pumpkins. – Tim
This one has a good bit of a toasted pumpkin essence combined with nice harvest ale undertones. The aroma is smooth and calm; somehow I’m not disappointed by the lack of spice at all. – Brittney
M- 6.5 / T- 7 / B- 7 / R- 4.5
Mouth feel: 6
It’s slightly watery, but with a medium body that feels like it’s a stronger beer than it actually is. There’s a nice hoppy presence that leaves a dry feel though, so there’s no sting. – Rick
Medium bodied but not syrupy, crisper than I was expecting for the initial feel, but a little more on the dense end. – Brittney
M- 7 / T- 6.5 / B- 6 / R- 5
Tasting notes: 7
This is a great ale that expertly features it’s vast grain bill and still swings the fresh pumpkin right into the forefront. Definitely a cool option for those opposed to heavily spiced ales. – Mike
Lush with a pronounced vegetal feel. As advertised, there are zero spices here which really lends an amazing and clear profile to this ale, letting every note of the pumpkin sing. Where in other beers it’s masked, faint, or just simply overpowered by spice, here the squash shines. This reminds me of those stories of ales fermented right in the gourd and tapped straight out of the flesh. – Tim
There isn’t a ton of your typical pumpkin beer going on here but there wasn’t supposed to be. This one is a literal pumpkin beer; an autumn beer with an strong aftertaste of pumpkin, no spice about it. It’s nutty, malty, smooth, and delicious. – Brittney
Lacking traditional spices, we’re left with the pumpkin pulling all the weight which leaves a sour ale that’s barely sweet. With a hop profile that dominates the roasted malts, it’s tough not to miss some of that sweetness from cinnamon or nutmeg. – Rick
M- 8 / T- 8 / B- 7 / R- 4.5
An opulent wheat finish that’s moderately long with just a smattering of bitter hops. A first in my pumpkin ale travels. – Mike
Long, dry, floral, and hoppy, with a stark bitter astringency that is refreshingly different and, perhaps, a little problematic for drinker’s more accustomed to modern pie spice interpretations of pumpkin ale. – Tim
M- 8.5 / T- 7 / B- 7 / R- 4
Flavor balance: 6
– Pumpkin to Spice balance: ***
***Since this ale is completely un-spiced, we have opted to remove this category from the overall score.***
M- * / T- * / B- * / R- *
– Sweet / Dry balance: 5.5
There’s a brief, but fantastic caramelized pumpkin jive that backs off into a dry and fairly hopped finish. Not exactly the great equalizer, but less polarizing than today’s election. – Mike
The sweet to dry balance is so far off center (read: Bone Dry) that it’s almost unfair to the categorize it. I’m of the opinion that this beer is designed to be exactly what you don’t think a pumpkin beer is–but more precisely what a true, pure, untainted pumpkin beer could be. – Tim
M- 7 / T- 6 / B- 5 / R- 4
– Multiple Drinkability? 6.5
I enjoy the lack of spice that a lot of pumpkin beers tend to lean on, but for this one I’d stick with one round. – Brittney
A decent flavor for a traditional style pumpkin ale. Without any sweet spices added, this is perfect if you’re looking for a change of pace. – Rick
M- 9 / T- 7.5 / B- 5 / R- 5
M- 7.92 / T- 7.25 / B- 6.67 / R- 5.17