Rogue Chatoe Rogue “Pumpkin Patch” Pumpkin Ale (2013)

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Rogue Chatoe Rogue “Pumpkin Patch” Pumpkin Ale is 5.6% ABV.

I poured some of a 750 ml bottle into a Belgian ale glass.

Appearance: This got a careful and then hard-at-the-end pour. This tossed up a half-inch of light beige head, which dwindled to a very thin layer on top of the beer, and left no lacing. This has a beautiful and very clear medium to dark red/amber. Lots of bubbles rising seem to suggest moderate to heavy carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is pleasant with vegetal pumpkin, a dark fruit sweetness, and  soft but complex spicing. The spicing seems to give of cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe some clove too. The pumpkin has some roasty tones to it as well, though some roast seems to come from the malt. This smells smooth, with some light brown sugar, vanilla, and some fruity sugar like from plum. Great aroma.

Taste: I get some vegetal pumpkin with some roasty dimensions, some smooth spicing, and a dark fruit sweetness. The pumpkin flavor is pretty clean with this, and doesn’t give off a lot of astringency. The spicing, which seems to consist of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, is strong enough to add to the flavors but balanced enough to not overwhelm. This is helped along by the smooth and slightly toasty malt, as well as the vanilla and plum-like sweetness that brings some fruity notes. This finishes on the sweet side, with just a touch of citrus right at the end. Some smooth malt and spice hang out for the aftertaste. Overall rounded, tasty, and well-balanced flavors. Good.

Feel: This offering is light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. It is smooth and has a touch of creaminess. The mild citrus and the spice add some complexity. Nothing super deep or structured, but certainly a good feel.

Drinkability: The smoothness, not high ABV, and rounded flavors really help this one out here. Great marks here.

Overall: This is a very good pumpkin ale. It is among the best non-imperial pumpkin ales I’ve had, with good vegetal pumpkin with roasty dimensions, as well as nicely balanced sugar and spice. On top of it all, the feel is good. This is a very well exucuted pumpkni ale with clean pumpkin flavor and nothing dragging or hanging on too long. It is a bit overpriced for 11+ dollars for this 750, especially for something this low in ABV. But it is good. I think I liked it a bit more when I reviewed it last year. If you’ve got some extra cash, and want something non-imperial for an autumn meal, this would be among the good options to look at.

Overall Rating: ***1/2

DSC03710About Rogue and their offering: Rogue Ales was founded in Ashland, Oregon in 1988. Brewmaster John Maier previously worked as an assistand brewer at the wonderful Alaskan Brewing in Juneau. (See my review of Alaskan’s wonderful pumpkin porter.) Since coming to Rogue in 1989, he has led the brewery to win a number of awards in some of the most prestigious beer competitions.

Rogue makes their “Pumpkin Patch” as part of their “Grow Your Own” series. They grew their own hops, barley, and pumpkin to go into this beer. The pumpkin patch is about 77 miles away in Newport, Oregon. After harvest, the pumpkins were all roasted and added into the kettle. The ingredient list includes locally grown pumpkins, Carafa II, Crystal, Great Western 2-Row, and Wheat malts. They use locally grown hops, spices of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg, as well as some vanilla, orange peel, and a pitch of Pacman yeast. This beer sits at 25 IBU’s, and is 5.6%ABV.

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