Rogue Farms Pumpkin Savior Ale

Reviewed by on April 2, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Rogue Ales

  • Origin: Newport, OR, US

  • Rated On: April 2, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Witbier

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Wait, what? A pumpkin brew in the springtime? Oh, I see, Rogue had an excess of said gourd for last fall’s pumpkin brew, and thoughtfully froze the leftovers, in order to make a witbier (?) in the new year, hence the ‘savior’ terminology.  750ml white lacquered bottle, denoted as the ‘Spring 2015’ edition.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a densely layered wall of limestone cliff lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready caramel malt, metallic cinnamon, clove, black pepper, and nutmeg spice, some faint earthy wheat graininess, and further weedy, herbal hops. The taste is more gritty caramel/wheat grainy maltiness, weirdly muddled ginger, clove, and neutered cinnamon spice, semi-sweet pumpkin, a weak pithy citrus fruitiness, ethereal white pepper, and that same strange herbal character from the nose. The carbonation is fairly understated in its wan frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, I suppose, the spice weakly protesting, but not enough to prevent a nascent airy creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the pumpkin flesh kind of tailing off along with its spice cake friends, while the dumbfounded wheat malt stumbles about.

What I’m getting here is much like what happens when I inadvisedly try to create an impromptu recipe out of whatever is languishing in the fridge – more often than not, the constituent ingredients just don’t work particularly well together. By which I mean – more specifically for those of you out there mouthing the words as you read them – pumpkin ale and witbier just don’t jive, man.

Brady White

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