Yukon’s The Angry Hessian

Reviewed by on October 30, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: October 29, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Yukon Brewing has taken their spiced pumpkin ale from the past experimental ‘ADD’ series, and rebranded it as “The Angry Hessian” (a reference to the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), all the better to enjoy this as a precursor to tomorrow’s celebration of all things spooky and grotesque.

This 650ml bottle pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of weakly foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a low-lying wash of peninsular arch lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, mild indistinct gourd flesh, yer typical melange of nutmeg, ginger, and clove, and a less sweet than expected brown sugar essence. The taste is still malt-heavy, a gritty, somewhat sourdough-heavy pale maltiness presiding, while some mildly metallic spice lingers about – clove, muddled tabletop pepper, and stale ginger – the pumpkin duly fading into obscurity amongst the equally sedate earthy hops. The carbonation is low-key, but strong enough to effect a genuine mouthfeel, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a very slight clamminess worming its way in. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy malt, waning gourd and attendant spices riding things out.

Not the most pressing or palate-grabbing seasonal offering I have yet come across – though it is well-made, the spice and pumpkin coming across as understated at best. Oh well, another day, another pumpkin (and maybe yet another Oktoberfest?  Tick tock!) beer awaits, to take us well into November and that final landmark for the season – American Thanksgiving.

Brady White

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