Love 'em or hate 'em, a bumper crop of pumpkin beers will soon invade beer shelves for fall. Although I've tasted and written about many gourd brews over the years, I've generally found pumpkin to be tasteless in beer. When one thinks of pumpkin pie, they tend to remember the spice. I find it to be the same with with pumpkin beer.
New Belgium Brewing Co. announced today the release of Atomic Pumpkin Ale as part of their Voodoo Ranger line. In addition to the obligatory pumpkin, it's made with Saigon cinnamon and habanero peppers. I enjoy beers that have a bit of pepper kick in the finish, and I'll look forward to tasting this one. For more details about Atomic Pumpkin Ale, check out New Belgium's news release below.
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New Belgium Brewing Introduces Atomic Pumpkin Ale, a Spicy Fall Seasonal with a Little Heat and Plenty of Kick
Latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release is pumpkin ale with a Habanero kick, available now through October
Ft. Collins, Colo., Aug. 22, 2017 –Get ready to welcome the fall season with New Belgium Brewing’s latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release. Brewed with Saigon cinnamon and Habanero peppers, Atomic Pumpkin Ale starts out sweet and finishes spicy with a little bitterness in between. The medium body ale pours bright pale amber with a light white lacing, and features Nugget hops combined with Pale Mena, Pale Rahr, Caramel and Munich malts to create a spicy and warming mouthfeel.
“Atomic Pumpkin is a twist on pumpkin ale for beer drinkers who like some heat,” said Bryan Simpson, public relations director for New Belgium. “Classic fall flavors like pumpkin pie and cinnamon offer a sweet counterpart to the fiery peppers, making it a great, full-flavored beer for the crisp autumn weather.”
Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Ale
- Flavor: Starts with low sweetness and moves directly into a low bitterness and finishes with a warm habanero glow.
- Mouthfeel: Spicy warming mouthfeel that builds in the back of the throat, lingering astringency with a slightly sweet middle.
- Body: Medium body
- Yeast: California ale yeast
- Hop Varieties: Nugget
- Malt Varieties: Pale Mena, Pale Rahr, Caramel, Munich
- Fruits/Spices: Pumpkin, Habanero, Saigon Cinnamon
- Color: Bright pale amber color with light particulate and light white lacing
- ABV: 6.4%
- IBUs: 10
Atomic Pumpkin Ale is available in 12oz. bottles and on draft now through October. To find it, along with others from New Belgium, visit the Beer Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app. For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.
About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Fat Tire Belgian White, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced beer, Glutiny Pale Ale.