It’s my favorite time of year…Fall. Fall has some of my favorite things. Football is back, which means that I am glued to my television every Sunday. The Giants look like absolute crap and now I can go back to drinking pumpkin beer. I saw this one on the shelf and wanted to give this selection from the Brewmaster Series a shot.
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the first offering in Long Trail’s new Brush and Barrel Series. This limited release seasonal treat is small batch brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, with increased malts and a touch of bitterness for the perfect balance.”
Random: A song came onto my Pandora that I remember came out during my Senior year in high school. Way to make me feel old Pandora, way to make me feel old.
This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body is a very cloudy dark mahogany color with some carbonation visible throughout. The nose was straight out fall to me. I got pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. There was a bit of pie crust thrown in as well. I wish every pumpkin beer smelled this good. The taste started with some pumpkin, then I got notes of ginger and the usual selection of fall spices with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The balance between gourd and spice on this beer really worked and nothing was overly abrasive. The body is on the thicker side and there is a touch of booze warming at the end. The carbonation on the brew was generous. It had a long finish with spice and pie crust. This is one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had. If you see it on the shelf, go grab a bomber. You won’t be disappointed.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0