Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Good aroma of pumpkin and spice. Amber pour with a small head. Pretty good beer for happy hour. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2012
If pumpkin beers tend to be either liquid pumpkin pie or liquid potpourri, surely there has to be a few that blur the line, right? I’d submit Ithaca Country Pumpkin as an example of a line-blurrer, as it has plenty of spicy bite, but is well balanced by sweet pie-like flavors.
closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Ithaca pint glass.
Appearance: Dark copper with brownish/orange hues. Hazy but translucent. Forms a small, off white, sudsy head which fizzles away rather quickly and leaves only minimal lacing on the glass.
Smell: All the classic pumpkin beer aromas of potpourri spice and dessert sweetness.
Taste: If you’re a pumpkin beer fan you’re probably going to enjoy Ithaca Country Pumpkin, even though it doesn’t offer anything particularly new. It begins with a sweet burst of cinnamon and graham cracker/pie crust tastes, followed by pureed pumpkin. The finish ends each time with a sharp bite of ginger and nutmeg. It almost creates for a minty flavor, but is balanced out quite well by the residual cinnamon sweetness.
It’s not a particularly bitter brew, as this only uses one hop variety. The malts are mild and lightly sweet with a very subtle honey character. While there is a rustic spiciness, the palate is balanced and delectable overall. Not the best tasting pumpkin beer on the market (it could probably use a little less ginger), but it’s still better than average.
Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Ithaca Country Pumpkin wasn’t so much the flavor as it was the smoothness and high drinkability. The body isn’t spastic and effervescent - the mouthfeel is fairly soft which enables it to go down smoothly. It’s a bit refreshing while in the mouth and the aftertaste is fairly clean. The 6.3% ABV seems a bit high to me, but I wouldn’t consider that a flaw. A versatile brew - drink it with a meal or as a dessert.
Hazy amber very thin head; aroma is nutmeggy cinnamony; flava is same plus pumpkin and raisin; feels medium yet foamy; crisp finsh, almost apple cidery(real cider), nutmeg/clove is long time TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a light-medium head. Very spice-heavy aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. The flavor is similar - the spices (I get ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, roughly in that order) come through more strongly than the pumpkin. Nice finish and aftertaste. One of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had.