Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Oh, fall. It’s the season where the leaves start turning and people start throwing pumpkin in freaking everything. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin flavored things, but I’m really not okay with the trend in the craft beer industry of pumpkin beer coming out in August. It’s still insanely hot in August and that’s not when I want to grab a pumpkin beer. So, if you’ve been reading, I held out until late September to have my first one. For the past two years, I’ve had six pumpkin beer reviews each year. This will be my third review for this year…let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle. Think outside the patch!”

Random: So, Kate and I have been watching that “Breaking Amish” show and the newest report that I’ve read is that the show is fake. What is reality television coming to?

This brew poured with a thin, half a finger head that was tan and dissipated almost instantly. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with light to moderate visible carbonation. The nose had the usual notes of pumpkin and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. But, the one unique thing that came out was the molasses, which were pretty fragrant and just added this other dimension to the beer. The taste was almost as good as the nose. The molasses stood out, but died too quickly. The pumpkin and spices were also present, but the spices needed just a little more. A little more sweetness would have helped as well. The body was moderate thickness and slightly under carbonated. The finish was long with spice. This wasn’t a bad beer by any means, but there’s better choices for a pumpkin brew out there.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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