Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on October 22, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 22, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Phillips is a prolific Vancouver Island brewer, who do not shy away from seasonal releases, including this, their pumpkin ale (they have a stronger, um, more comparative big brother for this one as well, which we’ll get to soon enough).

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly glassy, medium yellowed copper colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly fizzy off-white head, which settles apace, leaving but a low ebbing ring of coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of bready malt – very bready, actually, kind of that middle ground between raw dough and freshly baked bread – soft fleshy pumpkin, um, mass, and the usual suspect pumpkin pie spices, quite muddled and mildly rendered. The taste is more big bready caramel malt, earthy, vegetal pumpkin meat, a plain toasted graininess, more soft savoury autumnal spices (still not getting any sort of differentiation there), and a drying earthy, leafy hoppiness. The carbonation is present, and low-key in its laid-back frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a faint airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt and pumpkin additive lingering, with very little else for company.

While a decent enough pumpkin ale, overall, I suppose, the big bakery and seasonal produce aisle essences kind of underwhelm in their attempt to rock the palate. A little more spice, and a little more rounded sweetness, and then I’d consider sitting out all night in a damp patch waiting for another one of these.

Brady White

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