Freaktoberfest Big Ol’ Pumpkin Ale

Coney Island Brewing Company

Appearance

This pours a crystal clear brown color and makes a finger of frothy, slightly off-white head. This reduces to a light fizz on its surface. Bright oranges glimmer through the body under bright light.

Aroma

The nose is greeted by cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and a sugary graham cracker mix. Underneath these lies a toasty layer of espresso smell. It suggests a sweeter, robust taste to come.

Taste

The front immediately produces a mix of pumpkin spices and the taste of coffee beans. The spice bill seems to consist of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, and makes for a graham cracker flavor. There’s also a hint of clove and natural pumpkin sprinkled about. The base becomes more prominent during the transition to the back, building a foundation of well-balanced malt and hops. It’s mostly sweet, but does retain a minor earthy quality. The pumpkin flavor is rich and the bean character stays level through until the end. The aftertaste is saturated with pumpkin spice, sugar, and a hint of coffee, and lasts for quite some time.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with light carbonation. The feel isn’t as solid as the flavor but it’s an improvement from last year. It has a bit more friction to it, and the base provides a more equal and more complex impression.

Overall

This is always one of my favorite options that involves a bean character. It’s rich and has good flavor. The foundation is strong, the sweetness isn’t overwhelming, and the feel has been slightly improved in my opinion. The only gripe is that it’s not very dynamic. You’re introduced to each attribute immediately, each with a consistent level and relationship to the first impression. But that impression remains the exact same from beginning to end. Nevertheless, it’s a solid pumpkin beer, especially for those interested in a coffee aspect to their autumn beverage.

3.5