Review: Pumpkin Porter, Alaskan Brewing Co.


Pumpkin Porter
Alaskan Brewing Co. — Juneau, AK

Stats:
  • Style:  Porter
  • Bitterness:  25 IBU
  • ABV:  7.0%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Magnum, Goldings
  • Special Ingredients:  Pumpkin, brown sugar
    • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle  

    Description:  A native plant of North America, pumpkins were first used in beer in colonial America as a substitute for hard-to-find malt, and none other than the father of our country George Washington had a highly touted recipe. This imperial porter pumpkin beer combines the robust, full-bodied style of a porter with a, frankly, crazy amount of pumpkin. — Alaskan Brewing Co.

    Random thoughts:  2014 marks Pumpkin Porter's first appearance in 12 oz. bottles. It was originally released as part of Alaskan's limited edition Pilot Series. I'm drinking it as part of my 2014 Pumpkin Beer Roundup.

    The tasting:  Near black in color, with an off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is full of spice. The usual suspects—cinnamon, allspice clove, and a touch of cinnamon are all present. Taste starts with roasted malt and a touch of smoke. In the middle, coffee and the spice blend emerge. While prominent, the spice is not overwhelming and nicely balances the malt. Alcohol is not noticeable and and hop bitterness is low. Pumpkin Porter is light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes with coffee, spice and mild earthy hops.

    4 star.  Really Good.  I want this again!  You might have noticed that I never mentioned pumpkin in my tasting notes. I've always found pumpkin to be rather flavorless in beer. Regardless, I think the pumpkin spice medley works well with the roasty and smoky flavors of this beer. Give this one a try. I think it'll be a nice complement to your cool fall evenings.


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