Origin: Kelowna, B.C, Canada
Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale
Malts: Pale, Chocolate, Crystal, Light Munich, Dark Munich
Hops: Perle, Golding, Tettnang
Suggested Glassware: Pokal
Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius
Availability: Seasonal (Fall)
Where to buy: LCBO and Tree Brewing Co.
This weeks beer review features a beer from Tree Brewing Co. in Kelowna, B.C. This is my second beer from this BC brewery. This time I will be reviewing Jumpin Jack, which is a India Pumpkin Ale. Jumpin Jack is a seasonal limited edition beer. Like the brewery states on their website, “a brew that brings together the classic flavours of a full bodied India Pale Ale and our Pumpkin Ale resulted in our newest IPA – Jumpin Jack ‘India Pumpkin Ale’.” This was a very unique combination of two, in my opinion, very different styles of beer.
The beer came in a 650ml bottle that I bought from my local LCBO, but like I stated above, is also available at the brewery. When I poured the beer into my branded glass, I noticed a dark copper colour with shades of ruby red. The beer was not very translucent, which to me had a cloudy appearance to it. The head of the beer was thick and full, which slowly settled to a thin head that left great lacing all the way down the glass.
Since Jumpin Jack is a combination of an IPA and Pumpkin ale, the aroma was very unique. At first, I could smell the pumpkin characteristic of the beer. I could instantly smell nutmeg and spice. The pumpkin notes were light on my nose and not very strong. The more powering aromas came from the IPA part of the beer. I could easily notice notes of citrus and lemon, which gave the beer an almost bitter smell to it.
At first taste, you notice the full body flavours of this beer. The pumpkin notes stand out first. It is a real pumpkin taste, which is not overly sweet. The spice balance is perfect. It has hints of nutmeg and allspice with faint notes of cinnamon. The pumpkin slowly faded into the bitter portion of the beer. I could taste bitter citrus and lemon. There was a light hint of grapefruit which gave it a very dry finish. The bitter was a great contrast to the lightly sweet pumpkin that the beer started out with. This was a very full bodied beer that was lightly carbonated.
My overall impression of this beer is that it is a good balance of different styles of beer. Jumpin Jack hit many areas of my taste palate, which made it very enjoyable. To me, this stood out from a lot of the pumpkin beers I have had this year due to the balance of sweet and bitter tastes. This is definitely a beer that I would recommend to any IPA and Pumpkin ale fan.
I give this beer an overall score of 39/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.