Wolverine State Cucurbita Smiles
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This beer uses a very cool recipe of grains that includes oats, biscuit malt and a very dark crystal malt that gives the beer its unique burnt-orange hue. We then use 65 pounds of 100% pure pumpkin puree and 50 pounds of brown sugar right in the boil kettle. Coupled with nutmeg and our special touch of Saigon Cinnamon (think “Big Red” chewing gum) we create a pumpkin pie flavor. With a lingering kiss of real vanilla beans for dry hopping, we deem this beer ready only when the vanilla gives its special character to the finished beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1296) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours deep Auburn color, clear. White head. Aroma is lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg. Tons of nutmeg. Flavor is cinnamon, pumpkin, some Ester notes, nutmeg (lots still). Fairly standard lager body. Hides the abv very well. Very decent for an imperial pumpkin lager (whatever that may be).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (11669) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
On tap at the Wolverine Brewery. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Spices (ginger and cinnamon) with pumpkin. Vanilla in the tastes too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Tap @ Wolverine State: Bright copper, translucent body with a thin, gray tinted film skimmed across the top & a bubbly collar that doesn’t leave any lacing behind. Aroma packed with cinnamon & vanilla, both a little spicy & a little sweet. Lighter undertones of ginger & nutmeg, spiced like a basket of potpourri almost. Flavor starts with a toasted malt base, light nuttiness & a touch of dark fruit. But mostly toasted bread. More ginger on the palate, perhaps I’m just more flavor sensitive to it. Also plenty of cinnamon with lighter hints of nutmeg. The vanilla is toned down a touch, but shows up as a minor sweetness inclusion towards the finish. Just a tad thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Sample draft at the brewery. Pours a clear gold color with a small foamy head that fades to a ring and leaves great lacing. Spices dominate the aroma, ginger and cinnamon mostly, light vanilla too. Taste has way too much spice. Packed with cinnamon and ginger, maybe some light pumpkin and vanilla. Mouthfeel is bad too, like I had the spices poured on my tongue. Not terrible but just too much spice for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (3154) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aroma of pumpkin spice and big vanilla. Tastes slightly sweet. Medium body. Medium high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Tap pours orange thin head. Aroma of brown sugar and spice. Taste is slight spice squash sugar and some hop

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2011
On tap at the at the brewpub. Pours a clear orangish amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pumpkin with a bit of backing sweet grains and a hint of spice. Flavor has more spice with a good amount of pumpkin and some backing grain notes.

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