Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Beer Review: Wasatch Brewpub Pumpkin Ale
I heart pumpkin beers. You already know this if you are a regular reader of this blog. I've had a lot of pumpkin beers over the years and there are some fantastic pumpkin beers out there: Southern Tier Pumking, Dogfish Head Punkin and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin just to name a few. And there are MANY more I want to try so if you're a reader outside Louisiana send me some of your pumpkin beers!!! I want them!
When I'm drinking a pumpkin beer I expect it to taste exactly like pumpkin pie. Not sure what you would expect from a pumpkin beer but that's what I expect. I want it to remind me of Thanksgiving with my family. I want to remember the smell of my moms pumpkin pie wafting through the house while we watched football waiting impatiently with our pants undone to make room for pie while the dead turkey fights one last fight with sleep inducing chemical weapons.
We recently had a new brewery enter into Louisiana called Wasatch Brewpub who are part of the Utah Brewers Cooperative. Their beers are fantastic and I saw that Cork & Bottle brought in some of their pumpkin beer this year. While at the store I sampled a bottle and DAMN if it didn't taste like the Wasatch brewmaster baked a bunch of pumpkin pies and threw them right into the mash!! I don't usually do it but I picked up a 6 pack. I'll probably go back for more to last me through Thanksgiving.
I can honestly say that I have yet to have a pumpkin beer taste so much like a pumpkin pie. I'm sure some people may be turned off by it because it really is full of pumpkin pie flavor but I loved it!! Let me quit gabbing about it and get to the review!
Brewery: Wasatch Brewpub
Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Louisiana Availability: Yes
Price Range: $2.00/bottle
Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy pumpkin colored orange with a nice off white head which quickly disappears. Just a little lacing present and doesn't cling to the glass well.
Smell: a nice beginning to a pumpkin beer. Smells like a freshly baked pumpkin pie.
Taste: WOW! Tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie! All the pumpkin pie spices showed up to the party! Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and even nutmeg. Tastes like fall in my mouth!
Mouthfeel: Thin body with medium carbonation.
Overall: Dare I say one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had? I want my pumpkin beers to taste like pumpkin pie and this beer totally does.
Score: 4 out of 5 Buddhas