Wasatch Pumpkin Seasonal Ale - Ale brewed with natural pumpkin and spices (2013)
Brewed and Bottled by Wasatch Brewpub and Brewery in Park City, Utah. USA.
12 fl. oz. / $1.69 USD / 4% ABV
About: "Brewed with the finest barley and pure pumpkin, and then spiced like your favorite holiday pie. If you enjoy the taste of pumpkin pie, this amber-hued ale is sure to please. Our Pumpkin Ale is available Seasonally in the Fall from August to November." Okay.
Thoughts: Wasatch Pumpkin poured a solid dense hazed apricot color with a soft, small off white head on top. Holding the beer to the light there seem to be shades of orange and green from different angles, but one things for sure, this stuff looks thick. I accidentally spilled some on my finger during the pour and man this shit is sticky! Beer's got a nice label too by the way. I like the simplistic approach. It doesn't always have to be an evil Jack-O-Lantern on the artwork, but it's got to at least have a fucking pumpkin on it right?
The beer smells lightly fruity, but very sweet, like homemade fruit roll ups or apricot puree. It's got a ton of cooked sugary pumpkin in there and really mellow spices. The spices are a bit faint, and I'd like them to present themselves a little better, but we'll see how things go with the first sip.
This beer has a solid malt foundation to it which saves it from falling into that bland earthy natural pumpkin trap that many other beers do. There's hardly any bitterness to this at all, but at the same time it's not overly sweet either. It's a sweet tea like sweetness. It's a little toasty at points, but very raw bready like semi-cooked dough and those spices just slowly crawl up from below at the end of each swallow. This one could use a heavy dose of some pumpkin spice in it, but as it stands, it's not bad.
There's some f'n weight to this one. Mouth feel is thick like syrup, with only very small traces of carbonation on the end of everything and even then it's a small fizzle. Overall this one is really mild, to the point where you can almost taste the water they used. Though it is a light beer, it's definitely not as bad as it could have been.