Review: Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter, Redhook

Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
Redhook Brewery — Woodinville, WA

  • Style:  Pumpkin Porter
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.8%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Special Ingredients:  Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Maple Syrup
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle

Description:  Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter is dark chestnut brown in color and is made with pureed pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are added to the whirlpool and maple syrup is added during fermentation. This full-bodied, rich roasty porter makes you want to eat turkey and watch football, or build a bonfire. — Redhook Brewery 
Random thoughts:  Halloween! Today's the perfect day to crack open a pumpkin beer. This is a brand new seasonal release from Redhook that I'm drinking as part of my series on new pumpkin beers.

The tasting:  Stamped with an August 22, 2013 bottled-on date.  Near black in color with a tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, and light notes of coffee. Taste starts with lightly roasted malt and cinnamon. In the middle, layers of coffee and chocolate follow. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor and overall hop bitterness is very low. Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It finishes with mild spice and light earthy hop bitterness.

 Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Pumpkin beers seem to grow in popularity each fall. I find it a bit strange, because pumpkins have little flavor. You may have noticed that I never mentioned “pumpkin” in my tasting notes for this beer (or most other pumpkin beers, for that matter). These beers are all about the spice, and this beer has some nice spicy flavors.  I was hoping to taste maple syrup sweetness, but I didn’t detect it. That said, I like malty spiced beer in the fall, so this is definitely worth a try. If you can still find it. 

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