River Brew Review: Eddyline Brewing Pumpkin Patch Ale

Pumpkin-Patch-Pale-16-oz-can-e1349232799978-200x200This will be the last Colorado beer that I review for a while. We spent the last couple of weeks packing, then spent last Thursday and Friday packing and cleaning, then spent Friday and Saturday driving and we are finally in Bend, OR. Here we will remain for 2 months in the land of abundant microbrews before again moving on. Before I start hitting up the growler fill stations for the delicious local brews I had to review the delightful Pumpkin Patch Ale that I bought during our packing/moving nightmare.

Moving is often a nightmare, but when you have a five-month-old it becomes a special sort of fun. Poor George could smell the stink of stress and panic on Aimee and I and he didn’t like it. We worked as hard as we could to make him comfortable and happy, but its tough when you’re putting in 16 hour days and all his toys are already packed.

Loaded (or overloaded) and ready to go!

Loaded (or overloaded) and ready to go!

He was a trooper, especially on the drive, 20 hours in the car in two days is no picnic, but he just rolled with it! Now that we’re in Bend and settledish it is time for me to sit down in front of the wood stove and crack a well deserved Pumpkin Patch.

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Appearance: Looks like liquid pumpkin pie. No, for real. No head to speak of at all, it is a very opaque cinnamon orange.

Smell: Wait for it, wait for it…. pumpkin! There is a lot of nutmeg in the aroma as well. In fact, when I cracked the first one I was a little put off by the heavy nutmeg scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Tastes like fall, and Halloween and Thanksgiving all rolled into one. The heavy nutmeg scent is balanced nicely when drinking with a bit of cinnamon and the strong pumpkin flavor. As advertised on the can, almost like drinking pumpkin pie, a little sweet and syrupy. The carbonation is sharper than you would expect, but the finish is very smooth with a slight lingering pumpkin/honey flavor.

Overall: I’m not a huge fruit beer guy, I like them from time to time, but don’t really go out of my way. I’m glad I did on this one, a really nice seasonal ale from Eddyline. It’s a little sweet, but if you happen to find a six pack of tall boys of this at your local beer store, you should definitely give it a try!

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

Stats:
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: Minimal
Hops: Sterling
Brewery: Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista, CO

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