Prohibition Harvest Ale

Reviewed by on September 26, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Prohibition Brewing Company

  • Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA

  • Rated On: September 25, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Prohibition Brewing is a microbrewery that apparently operates out of an old whisky distillery in the hubcap district (i.e. Winfield) of Kelowna, British Columbia.  Their Harvest Ale is sub-titled ‘pumpkin spiced’, so at least we know the direction we’re going here.

This 650ml bottle (I do appreciate the blindfolded pig depicted on the neck) pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, generally fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some decent sea-spout lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves from sight.

It smells of grainy, somewhat crisp pale malt, a muddled, rather indistinct spiciness, stale, overripe front-step pumpkin, and weedy, dead leaf hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a hint of vegetal pumpkin flesh, more blended (their secret recipe is duly safe) winter cake spices, and still underwhelmingly bland and weedy dry hops. The bubbles are low-key, and mostly just mildly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of scratchy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt still kickin’ along, the spices still doing their best United Colors of Benetton impression, and the pumpkin sort of just aimlessly wandering off.

This seems very much like they up and mixed an adequate, and lightly spiced pumpkin ale, with a ‘healthy’ dose of cheap lager. Really, it does. So, with that stated, I’m proclaiming this a gateway pumpkin beer for the newcomer to the style – baby steps, y’all.

Brady White



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