Country Pumpkin Ale is produced by Ithaca Beer Co. in Ithaca, New York. It’s available from August through October.
It pours slightly cloudy reddish brown with a finger-thick off-white head.
The aroma is spicy and malty, with a definite ginger note.
The flavor follows the aroma. Ginger is a prominent element of the flavor, with the pumpkin “funkiness” following it closely. There is a kind of molasses or brown sugar sourness to it. Nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon are present, but very hard to pick out. The finish is a little dry and bitter.
Beer Advocate gives Ithaca Country Pumpkin an 84/100 or “good” rating. Ratebeer is a little tougher on it, giving it a 70/100. I like it, but I’m going to side with Ratebeer on this. I don’t like it as well overall as I do Uinta Punk’n, which got an 8/10. But it’s a good beer, so I’m giving it a 7/10.
Pumpkin Beer Flavor Profile:
More standard beer flavor or more spiced ale: Beer
Pumpkin intensity: Low
Spice intensity: Medium
Malty or hoppy: Malty
Sweet, balanced, or dry: Balanced
Dominant flavor: Ginger
IBU: Unknown, but estimate in the 18-20 range
My Rating: 7/10