Sorry folks, couldn't resist one more quick review of a pumpkin brew. This sneaky bastard managed to elude my attention at the LCBO, but considering the pedigree of the brewery, I figured a review was in order.
After a few sips, I came to the conclusion that this was not my favorite pumpkin brew of the season. But it wasn't bad, all the basic pumpkin pie notes were all there. The problem was that the spiced notes of the brew were altogether overpowering - the taste was very rich in ginger, molasses, nutmeg and allspice - but the bread-malt and pumpkin notes weren't given much of a spotlight. Tasted a great deal like a spicy red ale than a pumpkin brew. Becomes almost oppressively bitter by the end.
Medium-light bodied, perhaps a touch on the light side. The spicy bitterness left a somewhat unpleasant feeling in the mouth.
Not my worst pumpkin brew of the year, but certainly not among the better ones either. Too imbalanced and spice-heavy to really get going. The flavors themselves weren't bad, but judging within the pumpkin ale style, this one was far too spiced to really work. A bit surprising considering Brooklyn's brewing pedigree; I had high hopes for this one. I guess it wasn't to my tastes. If you like spicier beer, this might be the ticket - as for me, it didn't really do the trick. (Grade: C+)