Boulevard Brewing Company Funky Pumpkin

Posted: January 4, 2016 in Boulevard Brewing Company, Pumpkin Ale, Reviews

This beer was one of the most written about pumpkin beers of the season, primarily because it was a new and interesting take on the style. Although Boulevard started distributing to New Jersey, I picked this one up in Pennsylvania.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our entry in the very popular pumpkin ale market is an eccentric one, with pumpkin flavor scarcely present, upstaged by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. A pleasant tartness prevails, with barrel aging providing a mellow roundness, and Brettanomyces putting the ‘unk’ in Funky.”

Random: I could really go for some candied yams right now.

This beer poured with less than a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with pumpkin pie spice, specifically nutmeg and cinnamon. There was also graham cracker. The taste was an interesting amalgam of Brett tartness and allspice with cinnamon. There was also some clove and ginger notes. It didn’t have much ginger or gourd taste to it, which I didn’t mind. But, the tartness was what stood out on the beer. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. It had a long and tart finish with vinegar and a touch of white pepper. A bottle of this set me back $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce, which isn’t a bad price for a sour beer. This beer was different and interesting, but I wouldn’t have this one again. I feel like a pumpkin beer purist, but I didn’t love the tartness addition to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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