Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale

Reviewed by on November 12, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Rogue Ales

  • Origin: Newport, OR, US

  • Rated On: November 11, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Rogue Ales uses pumpkins grown on their own Rogue Farms to produce this autumn seasonal.  One thing though – shouldn’t the ‘power to the people’ fist on the label be cradling a gourd, instead of the usual hop vine clench? Just sayin’.

This 750ml bottle pours a dark, murky golden brownish amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which maintains some pretty sturdy retention, eventually leaving some swooping arches of lace around the glass.

It smells like peppy, zingy pumpkin pie – cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, and sweet pumpkin mush, with a slight bready, crusty caramel malt. The taste is a promoted bready caramel malt, still rather fleshy pumpkin, more now sedate autumn victual spices – a bit of nutmeg, cardamom, and clove, for the most part – and a twinge of slightly metallic warming alcohol. The carbonation is surely frothy, but not all that strong overall, the body an unassuming middleweight, and generally smooth, a little carbonic prick now getting all up in its grill. It finishes more malty than anything up to this point – and with the pumpkin continuing its downward flavour vector – if not exactly in its vegetal sweetness – the lack of off-setting hops becomes just a little too clear.

A decent enough pumpkin (pie-adjacent) ale, all of the associated ticks are duly nailed, and recorded on my palate now for posterity. I could, as stated, stand just a bit more (or any) proper hop bitterness spread around – that would help with the whole beer vs. dessert conflict currently mucking up my consciousness.

Brady White

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