Friday, October 3, 2014
Saranac Pumpkin Ale (6/10)
Aroma is sour pumpkin and toasted grain. I don’t get much else.
It delivers a finger-thick off-white head.
Flavor starts with smoked barley, followed with a pumpkin funk and ginger, and some nearly-undetectable spice. The roasted dark malts are the overwhelming flavor component. This isn’t bad, just not what I want from a pumpkin beer.
Ratebeer gives it a 38/100. Beer Advocate gives it a 76/78 rating. I found it disappointing overall. Not bad as a beer but not what I expect in a pumpkin ale.
Pumpkin Beer Flavor Profile:
More standard beer flavor or more spiced ale: Beer
Pumpkin intensity: Low
Spice intensity: Low
Malty or hoppy: Malty
Sweet, balanced, or dry: Dry
Dominant flavor: Smoky grain
IBU: Unknown, but estimate in the 18-20 range
My Rating: 6/10