Half Full Pumpkin Ale

Half Full Brewery

Appearance

This pours a beautiful golden orange color and produces a finger of creamy, slightly off-white head. The retention is decent and there’s signs of mild lacing to come. The body has a moderate haze as well as sporadically suspended patches of sediment.

Aroma

The staple spices are present at the nose, including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. I sense a moderate amount of brown sugar as well as a graham cracker-like taste to come based on the sweet notes I get at the nose. I get faint notes of pumpkin floating amidst the pastry-like smell.

Taste

This is certainly a malt-forward experience. Up front I’m greeted by a spice bill that follows the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and brown sugar all seem present. These sit on top of a strong, sweet, malty base. It’s biscuity and lightly toasted, and provides a cookie-like foundation for the spices to thrive on. Together, all these ingredients produce a frosty, baked pumpkin flavor. The finish is no different from the front and back as well. It’s mostly sugar and spice. While the entire experience isn’t super dynamic or complex, the ingredients do seem to work harmoniously in producing an enjoyable, sweeter taste.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with mild carbonation. It’s fairly wet and relatively smooth with the only texture coming from the emphasized spices. It’s a bit dry afterwards.

Overall

If you like the taste of sweet pumpkin crust in your beer, then this might be an option you have to try. It’s not complex and it’s decently balanced. It’s not overly unique but it’s full of flavor. It’s your average pumpkin ale with an emphasis on sweetness. The malty base is enjoyable, the spices are really strong, and the concocted pumpkin flavor is satisfactory. I honestly think it’s a bit of a boring option in many ways, however it does nothing wrong. The mix of sweet malt and spices may be a bit overbearing, but if that’s what you’re going for, you’ll likely enjoy this one.

3.0