Eerie “Johnny Rails” Pumpkin Ale is 6.5% ABV.
I poured all of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: A steady and hard-at-the-end pour produced just a little bit of very thin off-white foam, which was gone before it came. This has a medium orange/amber color, with a moderate haze to it. Carbonation bubbles rising suggest moderate to heavy carbonation.
Smell: I get some light vegetal pumpkin with some light sour notes, and a fairly prominent spice bill. The spices I am getting are in the ballpark of standard pumpkin pie spices, and I get ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This also has a caramely malt smell to it, some vanilla, and just a hint of citrus. Smells like a pumpkin ale in the pumpkin pie camp. Decent aroma.
Taste: This is lighter in flavor than I was expecting, and also lighter on the spices than I was expecting. I get some light vegetal pumpkin, but with more roasty and sweet characteristics than in the nose. The spices are as they were in the nose: nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. I also get a little bit of anise and some light pepper. There is something like an artificial feeling honey-like sweetness in this. The malt on this is pretty subdued, as are the hops. This finishes almost like sweetened flavored seltzer water, leaving an aftertaste of selzer and thin honey-like sweetness.
Feel: This offering is definitely light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. The feel is like seltzer water, especially towards the end. Not much by way of decent texture.
Drinkability: This could do alright for drinkability. It is a bit watery, and none of the flavors really drag on. The sweetness might get one down after a few.
Overall: I like some of the flavors in this. But I wish the malt had more to contribute. I also wish it had more of a hops presence. And overall, I wish it was less watery. This is like seltzer water with some sweetner and light pumpkin flavor. I wouldn’t recommend this one, unfortunately. I get the impression that Eerie has some beers worth trying. I’ll look forward to trying out one of those in the future.
Overall Rating: *3/4
About Eerie and their offering: Eerie Brewing Company was originally founded as Hoppers Brewpub in the Union Station of Eerie, Pennsylvania in 1993. In 1999 they opened up their own microbrewery location, leaving the mere brewpub days behind them. Currently, Eerie Brewing distributes to about a dozen states.
Eerie makes Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale with a blond ale base, some pumpkin, and a spice blend. The name of the beer comes from one of their staff members named, John. The beer is 6.5% ABV and 12 IBU’s.