Hey, review number 1600. Another milestone hit. Very nice. This brew is another one that I picked up at Half Time (yes, I’m still getting through all of these). I was a bit reticent to pick it up given their beers haven’t been that impressive. But, I figured it was worth trying a pumpkin beer with coffee. Let’s see how it went.
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Freaktoberfest is a hauntingly complex, deep amber, pumpkin and espresso ale. Caramel aromas intermingle with hints of allspice and cinnamon. A roasted rich body is highlighted by Greenpoint’s own Cafe Grumpy’s specially selected espresso beans, and is finished with sweet pumpkin.”
Random: We’re watching a home show now that has them pouring concrete for the countertops. I’ve never seen that.
This brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass.The body was a clear, dark orange color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose had notes of old espresso and cinnamon. I didn’t get much pumpkin. The taste was tart initially with pumpkin and lemon and then some cinnamon. I didn’t get any of the coffee that I was looking forward to based on the nose. A touch of cocoa was present along with very light cinnamon. At the very end of the sip, there was a hint of coffee grinds, but not enough for me. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with the same odd tart note. For $2.19 a bottle, this wasn’t overly expensive, but given that it was a gimmicky seasonal beer, I wouldn’t buy it again.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0