Tree Jumpin Jack India Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on September 19, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tree Brewing

  • Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA

  • Rated On: September 18, 2014

  • Best Before: March 2, 2015

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Tree Brewing’s fall offering is a concoction that blends the hoppiness of an IPA (though not apparently their own Hop Head, as the hop bill is quite old-world in composition) with their pumpkin ale of years past. Funny how this would still be shortened to “IPA”.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky and loosely foamy tan head, which leaves a decent array of honeycombed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of somewhat bitter grassy and leafy hops, a bit of musty citrus, unwashed pumpkin seeds, bready caramel malt, warm ginger, white pepper, and metallic nutmeg spice, and a slight alcohol twinge. The taste is grainy, bready pale and caramel malt, dry powdered cocoa, kind of acrid leafy, citrusy hops, muddled fleshy and vegetal pumpkin ‘gourdness’, blended holiday pie spices – I can pick out, maybe, the ginger and nutmeg – and a stoney, sort of flinty cold alcohol essence.  The carbonation is quite active in its swirling frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and fairly smooth, with a minor creaminess, as the guest star hops tread softly through this part of the house. It finishes off-dry, the malt and pumpkin holding off the lingering spices, hops, and wannabe booze.

It is what it purports to be – a hoppy pumpkin beer, though the former eventually wins out, but hardly via KO. The pumpkin sort of slides back into the morass of its pie-friendly spicing, rendering this more stringent on the palate than it really need be. Whatever, it’s easy and enjoyable to drink, if not for its novelty, then for it overtly segueing my beer tastebuds from summer IPAs into my first pumpkin ales of the season.

Brady White

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