Orgin: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal
Hops: Magnum for Bittering
Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass, Shaker, Tumbler
Suggested Serving Temperature: 10° Celsius
Availability: Old Flame Brewery, Port Perry
This review features a beer from one of my favourite breweries, Old Flame Brewing Co. in Port Perry, Ontario Canada. Old Flame is located at 135 Perry Street. If you have never been to the brewery it is definitely a must visit, if you cant make it out to the brewery check out my preview on the brewery before they opened in the brewery tours section of the site. Witchy Woman is Old Flames entry into the pumpkin beer market, and for their first entry it is definitely a must if you enjoy pumpkin beers.
Like all of Old Flames beers, Witchy Woman came in their 750 ml mini jug. It is a great bottle for sharing during parties or a night with friends. I chose to use my Old Flame glass for the review, which is a Pokal style glass. It helped the beer open up and I was able to enjoy all the aromas the beer has to offer.
When poured in a glass, Witchy Woman was a great copper to dark orange colour. The beer was very clear with no settlement in the glass. The head of this beer was light white head. It retained this whole way down the glass. which made for great lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer was sweet fresh pumpkin, with soft notes of caramel and spice. I also noticed light bitter notes at the end of the sweet and spice smells.
At first taste, you will really taste the fresh pumpkins that were used in the beer. The fresh pumpkin is the real notes that stand out the most when enjoying the beer, but it wasn’t the only characteristics I noticed. Once the sweet pumpkin started to fade, I tasted a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg with a very light touch of caramel/toffee. Witchy Woman finishes with dry bitter hops that leaves you wanting another sip. This beer was a nice light to medium body, that while drinking has a very smooth and creamy palette, but not overpowering.
My overall impression of this beer was good. Though I prefer a bolder pumpkin beer, Witchy Woman was brewed for its market customers. It was a very easy drinking, and easily a sessionable beer. It had the right balance of sweet and spice, that left me wanting more in every sip.
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 let me know what you think.