Wasatch Pumpkin Ale (2012)

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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale is 4.0% ABV.

I poured all of this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A steady pour gave basically no head, but just a very thin ring of whitish foam around the edge of the glass. The color is a bright but significantly hazy toasted orange. This appears to have medium carbonation.

Smell: To start I get some vegetal pumpkin and strong spices. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, as well as some caramel-like sweetness and brown sugar. The pumpkin aroma in this is pronounced and inviting, and has an almost raisin-like character to it. This smells like it will have definite pumpkin flavor. I like the aroma of this one.

Taste: Up front there is clear fleshy vegetal pumpkin. This is complemented by some spicing, though the spicing is much less pronounced than in the smell. The spice profile has some flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg,  and ginger to it. As for sweetness, this has some light toasted malt sweetness, some vanilla, and something like a touch of honey to it. This finishes quick to let some of the pumpkin give way to more of the spices, but also comes along with some vanilla and slightly sour tones. The aftertaste has some of the light toasted malt hanging out with some very slight bitterness from the spices. This also doesn’t have much of a prolonged aftertaste. This has very clean and pronounced pumpkin flavor that isn’t overwhelmed, but is complemented by the spices. There is also a warmth to this one. Great flavors for something really sessionable.

Feel: This is light bodied, with light carbonation. It is very smooth, mellow, and subdued. It has some warmth to it from the pumpkin and spices. Really nice and gentle feel.

Drinkability: This is the most drinkable pumpkin ale I’ve tasted so far. It is incredibly smooth, low in ABV, and has enough flavor to keep one coming back for more.

Overall: I acquired this one from a friendly and helpful guy named DJ in Utah. Thanks, DJ! This one has really nice pumpkin flavor, nice subtle spicing, and a great smooth feel. There is also a warmth to this one, which is impressive given its low ABV and light body. So this one does quite well for itself as an easy drinking pumpkin ale. The pumpkin is impressively strong (again, for its ABV and body). I tend to prefer the heavier bodied and more robustly flavored pumpkin ales, but still enjoy this one. I’d recommend this pumpkin ale to friends who hold drinkability high as a criteria for selecting beers. I’d also probably pick some of this up if there were some hotter fall days. Not a must try, but an enjoyable sessionable pumpkin ale.

Overall Rating: **1/4

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