Steamworks Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on October 12, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Steamworks Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 12, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The label of this offering bears more steampunk imagery from this Van City brewery, this time involving, of course, pumpkins.  Happy Thanksgiving Day, all my fellow Canucks!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of mildly foamy, bubbly, and sort of fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some drowning paramecia lace around the glass as things lazily proceed.

It smells of musky pumpkin pie – the eponymous gourd (lightly roasted), nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a dark bready, doughy caramel malt sweetness. The taste is sharp cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger spice right off the top, with a near equally strong toasted pumpkin guts vegetal thing, some further grainy caramel malt, baked brown sugar, and an indistinct earthy dryness – maybe some pepper dust, maybe some alcohol. The bubbles are generally quite active in their demanding supportive duties here, rendering a solid frothiness that engenders a more or less smooth mouthfeel, to go along with solid middleweight body. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin and its attending spices keeping the party going well past dessert.

A very well-rounded and impressively structured pumpkin ale, as the fleshiness of the pumpkin barely wavers, and the spices stay on for the whole ride. What of the base beer? Oh, it’s there, and underloved, to be sure, but doing a bang-up job of maintaining the solid backbone of it all.

Brady White

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