The major issue that we have experienced when it comes to pumpkin beers is the overwhelming tendency to make the efforts much too sweet to counteract some of the more sour and vegetal flavors of the aforementioned gourd. In doing so, brewers completely obfuscate what makes pumpkins so interesting. Idaho’s Tommyknocker brewery has created their Small Patch Pumpkin Ale, which is a well-balanced beer that allows the natural flavor of the pumpkin to shine through. The nose of the Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale is earthy with hints of sweeter elements, while the beer itself has a dark yellow to brown color. There is a small amount of lacing to be had, but it dissipates quickly. There is a good amount of carbonation to Tommyknocker’s Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale that keep things light and airy. The array of bold flavors disappears as quickly as it immediately hit imbibers, refreshing one’s palette for subsequent sips of this pumpkin harvest ale.
Fans of brown ales and fruit beers will find something that they can appreciate in the Small Patch Pumpkin; the 5% ABV of this Tommyknocker effort means that it would be the perfect effort to session with. The beer’s medium body will introduce imbibers to hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and the smallest amount of grain. A sweeter side of the beer becomes much more prevalent as a glass reaches room temperature; pumpkin pie, brown sugar and vanilla are larger than life in the second half of the beer.
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