If one were to liquify rusty nails and then sift out any remaining debris, it would look eerily like this Canadian pumpkin ale, but most likely not smell as heavily of gingery pumpkin bits and nutmeg with an air of astringency, as this import does. Weaving blond and caramel malts together, this light bodied ale is in many ways an internally combative one. Sweetness from the malt and pumpkin fights a harsh wall of spicing from the cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon and hops in the watery body. More and more pumpkin intrudes on the ale as it warms, but throws off the balance already achieved by making a tartness occur with the malt.
The color of nails coated in rust, and about as appetizing as eating those nails after jabbing them into pumpkin chunks to make lollipops. 69/100
Nic’s thoughts from a past year: Sadly to me falls into the “smells great, tastes average” category. Just not enough flavor to box with the big boys. 75/100