Alley Kat Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale

Reviewed by on September 18, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 17, 2014

  • Best Before: February 21, 2015

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Pumpkin Pie (née Pumpkin Pi eight years ago) is Alley Kat Brewing’s fall seasonal offering, and typically their most popular and best selling beer throughout the year.  Ok, maybe Aprikat is, but this one just has so much more occasion associated with it – now that I mention it, whatever happened to Ein Prosit!?

This 650ml  bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with a few fingers of densely foamy, bubbly, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some attractive layered cloudy lace around the glass as it swiftly sinks away.

It smells like a drier, more spicy version of my mom’s Thanksgiving pie – cloves, metallic cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet smashed pumpkin, yellow squash, and a tame bready caramel malt. The taste likewise kicks off with a heady spice complement that more or less mimics those prevalent in the nose, followed by slightly sweet ‘n fleshy pumpkin, creamed squash (I’ll stop short of implying there’s any sweet potato essence flitting about), and a sturdy grainy, bready caramel malt backbone. Any hops employed are duly obfuscated by the seasonal spices.  The carbonation is on the low side, but still maintains a supportive frothiness, the body not too heavy, but still substantial, like the titular dish itself, and mostly smooth, with a soft dessert-worthy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the same sweet gourd and spice combo pleasantly persisting.

If it looks like pumpkin pie, smells like pumpkin pie, and tastes like pumpkin pie…one may very accurately assume that it is such, and that applies here to a tee. Alley Kat has rendered a stellar beery simulacrum/companion to all the hullabaloo and nonsense, food-borne and otherwise, that pervades this annual lamentation of the summer that was.

Brady White

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