Wild Wolf “Howling Pumpkin” Pumpkin Ale joins us at 4.8% ABV.
I tasted this beer from the brewery’s tap, and it was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: The beer was served to me in a very full glass, and was a moderately-cloudy dark-orangish amber. There was nothing by way of head or lacing, and only minimal carbonation visible.
Smell: The smell had herbal/floral hops and toasted malt. The spicing was also prominent, much more than the advertised “light spicing”. Among the spices discernible were cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste: The flavor had lots of floral hops and minimal bitterness. The pumpkin flavor formed a nice backbone, giving only light spicing for the taste. This was nice (and different than the smell suggested). I wouldn’t call this beer malty, but there is a bit of a presence of toasted malt. Even so, they take a definite backseat to the hops. I noticed some light sweetness towards the end, which was hoppy and a bit fizzy. The pumpkin taste lasts to the end, dropping off for a hoppy and floral aftertaste.
Feel: This is a medium bodied and pleasant feeling beer. It is smooth, with some light sweetness giving body that coats the mouth without getting syrupy. The feel had medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This drinks quite well. The floral hops direct the flavor, enticing one to drink. At this low ABV, I could have a good number of these.
Overall: I liked this beer as a flavorful, but not too complex pumpkin beer. It wasn’t overly spiced, which does a lot for it. I think it is in the leagues of beers like Brooklyn’s “Post Road”, but not quite as good. Brooklyn is a bit more complex, and has more of a dynamic flavor profile. Even so, for a fairly new brewery, this is a good pumpkin ale. There’s nothing like walking into a new brewery after a fall hike to discover a new local pumpkin beer.