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Pepitas Grande (Dunk Your Face Project) – Paradox Beer Co.


This sentence is false. Be cruel to be kind. Deep down, you are really shallow. The beginning of the end. There are a lot of great paradoxes floating around, and we feel the good ones really make you think. By that standard, this offering is a pretty great paradox. The one by which this company gears their projects is particularly inspiring to those of us with a taste for craft brews: Modern brewing processes collide, headlong, into ancient beer. Intrigued? Well read on intrepid reader. As these brewers are want to tell you, “ Beer is Alchemy sprinkled with Paradigm, dashed on the hopes of Artistic Grandeur”.


Name: Pepitas Grande (Dunk Your Face Project)

Place of Origin / Brewer: Woodland Park, CO / Paradox Beer Co.

Beer style / ABV%: Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale / 6.5%

Specialty Prep / Individuality: Pepitas Grande is a dark beer brewed with pumpkins, roasted pepitas, Chimayo red chili, and a hint of cocoa. After brewing it is aged in oak red wine barrels.



Nice and professional looking design. I like the touch of info graphics on the sides to help point out certain characteristics like hop level and ABV. It would be hard to tell that this is a pumpkin beer on the shelf, but then again I believe people who seek this beer out know exactly what they are looking for. – Rick

Nothing about this bottle screams “pumpkin ale”, but none the less, it appeals to the occult philosopher and mystery seeker in me. Can we give points for enigmatically spooky? – Mike


Color: 8

Rich espresso colored and murky with a good bit of sticky lacing but not much of a head. The stagnant sediment floating could be a bit unnerving to some but we are just going to go with it. – Brittney

Murky with Garnet and Burnt Sienna tones and a brilliant cream head so thick and dense it looks like you could bounce a quarter off it—with a constant dance of carbonation bubbles that would put a Bubsy Berkeley musical to shame. – Tim

M – 8 / T- 8 / B- 7 / R- 8.5


Aroma: 8

Sacred Chimayo earth, obsequious tannins, and a bit of chili heat. There is a nice presence of roast pumpkin as well. – Mike

It reminds me of December for some reason. I’m picking up a slightly sweet alcohol element that is balanced with a roasty espresso and complimentary malts. A hint of chili and perhaps toasted seeds help round out the earthy qualities that are apparent here. – Rick

M – 8 / T- 8 / B- 8 / R- 7


Mouth feel: 7.5

Thick and smooth, with a milkshake richness. This is a full bodied ale, that despite the massive carbonation action is as smooth as a newborn baby.- Tim

There is a gentle tingle from the carbonation, which is slightly intensified by the chili spice. It’s not nearly as thick as I had expected but is on the thick end of medium bodied. – Brittney

M – 8.5 / T- 8.5 / B- 7 / R- 6.5


Tasting notes: 8

This isn’t your typical pumpkin ale, and I say that with a very happy lilt applied. This is complexity and grace. The wine barrel adds heavily to its presence and richness, vegetal and earthy notes shine from the competing pumpkin, and the heat is a kiss upon the brow. Both nuanced and epic, this is pumpkin beer done Dios De Los Muertos style. Well deserving of its name. – Mike

Roasted pumpkin and dark fruit notes are enveloped in a brandy-like complexity with the heat of the chilies screaming through on the close. Red wine with notes of oak, and white pepper. I like the idea of a paradoxical beer, it is both a pumpkin beer and it is not a pumpkin beer, It is a chili beer, but it is not a chili beer. It celebrates both the season and the idea of the harvest, yet it turns it expectations on its ear by eliminating all the trappings that would make it a seasonal beer. – Tim

This beer is every bit of what it says it is. It seems that when a bottle has a laundry list of what it is claiming to offer you are always missing one or two key ingredients and most of the time those are the ones that made you pick the beer in the first place. That is not the case for this beer. This beer never claims to taste like pumpkin pie or pie spices. It does however taste of roasted pepitas and Chimayo red chili without completely overshadowing pumpkin and cocoa. – Brittney

I really enjoy this beer, but the pumpkin is very subtle, instead focusing more on the roasted earthy qualities. I love the espresso roasted malts that are finished off with a fine hot chile heat. – Rick

M – 9 / T- 9 / B- 8 / R- 6


Finish: 8

The finish is subtler than I would expect considering most beers with any sort of spice stick with you. In my opinion it is a welcome reprieve. I love that you can enjoy the intense chili throughout the beer but not have it wreck your pallet for the rest of the night. – Brittney

The finish is long and full of currant flavors and chili heat, the back of my throat tingles in a pleasant manner which makes me long for another sip, but in true paradoxical fashion relief cannot be found in another helping of the ale, only more flavor and more heat. Yet, I continue to drink it. – Tim

M – 7.5 / T- 8 / B- 8 / R- 7.5


Flavor balance: 8

  • Pumpkin to Spice balance: 8.5

This is not your pumpkin pie party beer. This sucker is a meandering peyote soaked vision quest. You could spend hours finding new details in the elaborate nexus of intermingling flavors. The gourd is the ground in which we plant the seeds of a damn fine beer. – Mike

First we have to consider that we are comparing pumpkin seeds and chili, not pie spices. The only way that they can balance and they do balance is the roast of the seeds and the heat of the chili. – Brittney

M – 10 / T- 8 / B- 8 / R- 7

  • Sweet / Dry balance: 7.5

It has a nice sweetness to it that doesn’t feel like it’s forced by any abundance of traditional spicing. I also really enjoy the heat and spice from the addition of chile on the finish to really round out this brew. – Rick

If I were drinking this in a parched desert landscape surrounded by a thousand cacti, this still wouldn’t be dry. But, it would still be brilliant. – Tim

M – 8 / T- 7 / B- 7.5 / R- 6.5

  • Multiple Drinkability? 7.5

Here is your paradox. How does one drink an increasingly hot chili beer as a session ale? (You don’t. There are only 1100 bottles.) – Mike

This is a good oak barreled beer that takes a unique stance on the pumpkin paradigm. Well worth multiple trips into the spicy territory of Pepitas Grande. – Rick

M – 7.5 / T- 8.5 / B- 8.5 / R- 8


Overall: 7.92

M – 8.25 / T- 8.25 / B- 7.67 / R- 7.08


Stupid Pumpkin Face Ale – The Hourglass Brewery

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Overall:  6.67

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