Leaf Pile Ale

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Appearance

This pours a dark amber color and provides two fingers of fizzing white head. It has decent clarity and a light amount of suspended sediment. The head dissipates quickly and there’s no sign of significant lacing to come.

Aroma

The aroma is mostly defined by a clear spice bill consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. I get mild notes of vegetal pumpkin and suggestions of a good mix of earthy hops and caramel malt. It’s a nice autumnal smell.

Taste

The beginning provides a nice mix of pumpkin and spices. The spice bill follows the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger…essentially all your staples. There’s also a solid undertone of toasted malt married to an earthy hops character. As I transition to the back I find very little change in dynamic. The spices intensify a bit heading into the finish. It’s then that I get a nice heightened sense of rooty pumpkin. It sits on top of the strengthened base and matches the spices well. The aftertaste is much the same.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The spices combine with the carbonation to create a definitive texture. Otherwise, it’s somewhat watery and a bit dry.

Overall

While this isn’t a stand out pumpkin beer, it certainly is a nice autumn option. The flavor is mostly spice but it does provide enough pumpkin to keep interest. Nothing is overwhelming to the palate, and the base is quite a nice focus for the experience. It’s balanced, not too complex and not distinctly unique. It could use a bit more pumpkin and perhaps a slight increase in sweetness, but overall it’s a solid beer.

3.0