It’s been so long since my last beer review that I should be ashamed. I mean, I was doing so well there for a while…
Ah, life. Something we can’t get away from and still keep writing.
I was at the local supermarket earlier this week when I found myself unable to leave without a bit of beer. This particular store only carries one beer from a craft brewery, and for some reason I wasn’t in the mood for Sweetwater 420. It just wasn’t that kind of a night. Instead I settled for a seasonal Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Blue Moon Brewing Company, which we all should know (or should know) is owned by MillerCoors. No matter how you look at it, MillerCoors influences the feel and taste of this beer.
It also explains why I found it at a grocery store in Adel, Georgia.
From the neck label:
A pumpkin ale crafted with autumn’s bounty of vine-ripened pumpkin and flavors of cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Then brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish.
The average brewer with experience in spiced ales knows immediately that this is bullshit. That aside, it’s a drinkable ale. When I twisted off the top and poured the first one, I put it to my untainted nose and could detect the nutmeg and allspice flavors. It’s a clear reddish-brown ale, and a bit fizzy with little head retention.
First taste is a bit astringent, but held in the mouth one can get the “wheat” and liken it to Blue Moon’s Belgian White. The two have a strikingly similar finish. It could be the water out there in Golden, or an addition of corn sugar to push up the alcohol by volume to 5.7%. The carbonation is the same level as an American lager, another tell-tale sign of large-brewery influence. You cannot bottle-condition with twist-off caps.
Aside from the aroma that I sometimes have to close my eyes and breathe in very slowly to really get in, I’m not impressed with this brew. Drinkability was an obvious factor when this was created.