What does a good gardener do when they grow a crop bigger than they have the need for? They share the love. What does a good brewery, who grows their own pumpkins for their annual pumpkin ale, when they have a far larger crop then their beer calls for? They share the love and brew, not one, but two pumpkin beers! This spring release for Rogue paired their luscious, fresh pumpkins with wheat to call in the green growth of everything instead of the traditional thrashing of wheat and the end of summer that pumpkin ale most frequently brings to mind. Pouring a rich raw umber and smelling heavily of cinnamon, cloves, and a little wheat, this light-bodied witbier is rich with fresh pumpkin and dollops of vanilla combined into a light caramel. Tying this surprising new seasonal take was a light heat from the cinnamon complete with dry finish. It’s a dessert before dinner treat.
This savior didn’t just rescue the remnants of a crop from an unfulfilled destiny – it saves the world from the punishment of another mediocre pumpkin beer. Inventive style, balanced, tasty, and bubbling with life like the Spring it beckons in. 85/100