Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on October 22, 2014 in Autumn Guide
- 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 !
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.