Down home cooking. Is there any greater comfort? Yet, like comedy is to the Academy Awards, down home cooking often gets outshone by “more elegant” cuisine. Country Pumpkin is the down home cooking of pumpkin ales. Massive, rounded pumpkins carry the nose with sprinklings of ginger and cinnamon as this tawny ale pours a fuzzy cloud of amber into the glass. Leading through this medium body in taste is a forward caramel malt combined with honey malt to coat the pumpkin puree in a rustic treat seasoned well with a clever combination of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Yet, even with this hearty combo of pumpkin meat and sweet malts, this ale cools it off deliciously into a dry finishing twist.
Like that comfily broken-in flannel shirt that you’ve had since your first middle school dance that just grows softer each year, this pumpkin ale is an Autumn evening in a bottle. 91/100
Nic’s thoughts from a past year: Big country pumpkin here, wholesome tasting and rustic. Nothing overstated about this beer, but maybe it lacks a wow factor. A pumpkin beer for actual gourd fans. 80/100