It had to happen sooner or later. We’re referring to our Pumpkin Scratch Beer, of course! Realizing this monumental endeavor should not be taken lightly, our brewers explored the nether regions of the Pumpkin Ale spectrum to brew a serious beer suitable for the harvest season. Starting with a heavy fifty-pound load of neck pumpkins from Strites’ Orchard, we roasted them to perfection right in our Snack Bar. To infuse the essence of fall, we added traditional pumpkin pie spices, cane sugar, honey, and vanilla. The use of French Saison yeast intensifies the spicy dryness of the ale and interplays nicely with the malt sweetness. The result is a masterful Pumpkin Ale that will have you crawling faster to Tröegs. Taste it you will see, more is all you need. Dedicated to how I’m drinking you. Obey your Master of Pumpkins!
Chocolate, Munich, Pale, Special B
Magnum, Northern German Brewer
50lbs. of Roasted Neck Pumpkins, Cane Sugar, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pennsylvania Honey, Nutmeg, Vanilla
orangesol (451) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at the Brewery.
A - Pours murky copper orange with a small half finger tall off white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the top portion of the glass. My glass went completely still about half way through.
S - Smells of fresh pumpkin pulp, nutmeg and other thanksgiving spices, vanilla, honey, clove and some light earthy funk from the farmhouse yeast. This is one spicy pumpkin ale but it dies down a little bit as it sits in the glass.
T - Starts off with a big spice note - mostly nutmeg and clove and then the ginger - giving way to some fresh pumpkin pulp, toffee sweetness and some mild earthy funk from the saison yeast. A little spicy initially growing more balanced as it sits in the glass. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish. The spice is a little over the top at times, threatening to overrun all of the other flavors.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, spicy feel with a dry finish.
O - This is Troegs first attempt of a pumpkin beer and I think they did a pretty good job. It has a good amount of pumpkin flavor to it, maybe a touch too much spice, but all in all a nice first attempt. If you like pumpkin beers I am sure you will like this one.
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