When it’s 90 degrees outside, even though it’s a “-ber” month, a pumpkin beer might be the last thing that you’d consider cracking open to quench the loathing brought on by the oppressive humidity. Smuttynose dug back to the roots of pumpkin beer to the pre-overly cinnamon-ed colonial days of pumpkin beer by brewing an earthy, crisp, light-bodied ale that smells of nutmeg and cloves and pours a crunchy burnt orange. This rustic ale has a bitter onset from solid Cascade hops thats evolves into a light serving of sweet farmtastic pumpkin freshly sprinkled in nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves – perfect for those last few cookouts.
This autumn ale will have you watching a game of ghostly ninepin with Mr. Rip, or maybe that’s just seeing things from this ale being so drinkable that you’ll end up having the whole 6-pack. 85/100
Nicola’s thoughts from a past year: Summer/fall hybrid hoppy pumpkin that’s great for those not hugely into spice. Sessionable. Fall pool party anyone? 85/100