This pours a beautiful amber color with vibrant hues of red and gold throughout. It has a moderate haze and produces more than a finger of foamy, off-white head. This takes its sweet time dissipating and leaves signs of mild lacing to come. It’s definitely a nice, wholesome looking beer.
Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove tingle the nose. What’s more prominent is the mixture of fruit and zest likely stemming from a hoppy foundation. Frankly, the entire nose is strong. Also worth noting is the lack of a sugary base to the smell, something so many other options have.
I’m greeted first by a pumpkin pie spice bill. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are all present and they seem to be working in harmony with a light fruit flavor. These sit on top of a fairly balanced foundation consisting of light, toasted malt and an equally fair hops aspect. There’s a rooty pumpkin flavor that shines in and out of the concoction and then becomes subdued beneath the spice bill in the back. The back and finish provide a heightened level of sweetness that corresponds nicely with the cinnamon in particular, and washes the palate clear of the earlier notes of fruit. The aftertaste provides a basic mix of pumpkin spice, sugar and a kick of squash. While perhaps not the most dynamic taste, it does provide the strong staple flavor many will enjoy.
This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It’s mostly wet on the palate and leaves the mouth damp enough to carry the flavor throughout the entire sitting. It’s foundation provides a light texture but this one is mostly smooth all the way through.
This is indeed the first time I’ve had the chance to try Isle of MaGourdo and I must say I’m satisfied. While the body isn’t overly dynamic the flavor is good. It relies heavily on the staples of the season and disallows any unevenness between the spice bill and the foundation it lies on top of. It provides a sugary taste that isn’t overwhelming and a nose that is strong enough to remain enticing. That said, I would have preferred a more pronounced rawness to the pumpkin itself. It seems quite clear that the pumpkin flavor is heavily reliant on the spices. I think a stronger gourd in the back could have helped control an otherwise quite strong spice bill. However these are more observations than complaints. In terms of a pumpkin ale, this is one worth indulging in if it’s available.