Wild Wolf “Howling Pumpkin” Pumpkin Ale (2012)

Wild Wolf “Howling Pumpkin” is 4.8% ABV.

I was served a 2o oz pour in a pint glass from the brewery’s tap.

Appearance: The color is a light amber with a slight orange tint. There are a few bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass that suggests light carbonation. The pour left a 1/8 of an inch egg-shell colored head and some very light lacing.

Smell: The smell gives vegetal pumpkin and some light spicing: nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a little toasted malt, and a slight citrus smell. The smell is also not very strong.

Taste: Up front, the malt and spice are strong. The pumpkin is there, but is a little less clear than in the nose. This starts out with malt that is toasty with some spice. Again, this is cinnamon and nutmeg. These spices hang on for a bit through the finish, which leaves some fairly strong citrus/lemon notes and a little bit of the bubbles from the carbonation.

Feel: The beer is light to medium bodied, with light to medium carbonation. It doesn’t weigh heavily on the palate, though the spices do drag a bit. Again, there is a little bit of carbonation on the finish.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty easy drinking, for the most part. It is, at least up front, decently refreshing. It also has a low ABV. So there are no issues in that department with having a couple of these. On the negative side, the spices at the end, along with the lemon notes give an astringent taste to the finish that doesn’t seem to work well for this beer. It doesn’t hold cohesively.

Overall: This is a decent and fairly easy drinking pumpkin ale. It is pretty light. These can all be pluses. But the pumpkin isn’t that strong in the taste. The finish, as was said above, also had some unpleasant characteristics. It was too astringent and coarse. This is a cool local beer. It’s always nice to have someone close brewing beer. Still, this is not a winner for me.

Overall Rating: *3/4


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