This pours a clear, golden color and produces a finger of fluffy white head. The head sticks around for quite some time, providing signs of light lacing to come. Its surface remains active throughout most the experience.
This is much more of a malt forward aroma. It seems to provide notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and perhaps a hint of vanilla. It’s a bit bready and somewhat toasty. Pumpkin is present but it seems to be either defined by or, alternatively, blanketed by the combination of spices. It’s a sweeter aroma all around.
I’m provided a gradual and smooth sensation of pumpkin spice at the beginning. Up front the foundation seems fairly balanced, providing a nice mix of malt and hops that eventually constructs a platform for the spice profile. The spices, however, are much more mild than I anticipated. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are all present and seem to build in intensity from beginning to finish. The back provides a bit more of an emphasis on the malt base and this helps carry forward a pumpkin flavor that also happens to be fairly mild. It too builds in intensity all the way into the aftertaste. In fact, the most enticing interval of the experience is the finish and aftertaste. It’s here that the spices and foundation seemingly manufacture their greatest influx of pumpkin flavor. It’s also injects just enough sweetness into the palate to keep it interested. For the most part, the flavor is pretty fresh tasting.
This is a medium-bodied beer with mild carbonation. I find it to mostly be slick and smooth, but the finishing sweetness and climax of flavor does produce a very slight bit of stickiness. Nevertheless there’s barely any friction and is totally drinkable.
Though the label changed on this year’s bottle, the experience has not differentiated itself from the past. This is a one dimensional option. The experience builds in a linear fashion and provides just enough interest on the palate to keep making me want to come back for more. It’s decently balanced. It’s not overly complex. It’s sweet and toasty finish is about the only truly distinct quality. However, it does provide a nice pumpkin flavor, regardless whether it’s created by pumpkin itself or a combination of spices and foundational elements. It certainly doesn’t taste artificial nor is there anything major to complain about. It’s a good tasting pumpkin option worth indulging in if available. Also I must mention…the new label rocks!