Half Full Pumpkin Ale

Half Full Brewery

Appearance

This pours a dark amber color, with a hazy body and a rich orange hue under good light. There’s not much in terms of a head. There’s a quick showcase of off-white head but it dissipates fast.

Aroma

The nose finds notes of a sweet, biscuity base, as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice making up most of the spice bill. There’s also a hint of honey and graham-cracker like smell. It smells kind of like a pastry.

Taste

There’s no doubt this one relies more on the base and spices than any natural pumpkin. It’s a malty experience first, then gives way to a more earthy, piney tone in the back. It’s an expected foundation, but it does provide decent support to the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are all present as the nose suggested. I also find a bit of clove and perhaps brown sugar. The pumpkin and spices mix well but aren’t terribly genuine seeming in regards to natural pumpkin flavor. The back is a bit cookie like and the finish is a well-balanced blend of malt and hops. The ingredients that are at work do their job, but there’s nothing too dynamic or complex to the taste.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with mild carbonation. It’s somewhat watery feeling until the end, which makes for a more dry palate. It’s otherwise relatively smooth.

Overall

This isn’t an overly unique option but it has good flavor. It’s decently balanced and puts some emphasis on its sweetness, which tends to be an attraction in pumpkin beers. The pumpkin quality is satisfactory, but it’s really the base that carries the experience. Some may find it mediocre, yet there’s nothing strikingly dissatisfying about the experience. It’s affordable and worth the pick up if just for a good canned option that doesn’t hinge on pumpkin pie sweetness.

3.25