Calabaza (Northumberland Hills Brewery

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Origin: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5.0%

IBU: NA

Malts: NA

Hops: NA

Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Goblet, or Snifter

Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Fall)

Where to buy: Northumberland Hills Brewery, Cobourg Ontario

This review features my last pumpkin beer of the season from Northumberland Hills Brewery, which is located at 1024 Division St in Cobourg, Ontario. This is my first beer review from NHB, but it sure won’t be my last. If you are in the Cobourg area and haven’t been to the brewery yet be sure to go by or check out my brewery tour post at http://wp.me/p4Nse2-5r. Like I stated before, Calabaza is a pumpkin ale just like the name states, but like all the pumpkin ales out there this one is slightly different in taste and balance.

Calabaza poured a pale orange colour with a slightly murky look to it. The beer had no visible settlement at the bottom of the glass or during the pour. Once poured into the glass, I instantly noticed a sweet pumpkin smell that filled my nose. As the beer sat, I started to smell hints of nutmeg and clove with a slight hint of toffee. The beer displayed little to no head when settled, that also resulted in no lacing on my glass.
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At first taste, I experienced sweet pumpkin. It was not overly sweet, but had the characteristics of fresh pumpkin. The pumpkin notes had a slighlty earthy flavour to it, which helped to balance out the sweetness. As I enjoyed the beer it slowly started to transition from sweet to notes of spice. I picked up hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Calabaza is a light to medium bodied beer, that contains tiny micro bubbles which covered my tongue. There was a slight creaminess to the beer, but it was more dry than creamy. The beer finished with a mouth drying  taste of clove and citrus, which left my taste buds wanting another sip.

My overall impression of this beer was excellent. It was a very balanced and easy drinking beer. I do wish there was more creaminess to the beer and that it had a little bit more spice to it. Calabaza hit all the right notes to a pumpkin beer and was the perfect beer to drink with a sweet dessert or as an after dinner beer.

I give this beer an overall score of 40/50. 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.

Cheers!

Peculiar Pumpkin (William Street Beer Co.)

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Origin: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 7.0%

IBU: 19.5

Malts: Pale Malt, Munich Caramel and Biscuit

Hops: Cascade, Czech Golding

Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Goblet, or Snifter

Suggested Serving Temperature: 10° Celsius

Availability: William Street Beer Co., Cobourg Ontario

This review features a beer from William Street Beer Co. , which is located at 412 William St in Cobourg, Ontario. On my recent trip to the brewery, I was lucky enough to go on a day in which they were releasing their pumpkin beer Peculiar Pumpkin. The beer is a strong, English style spiced ale, which Sean the brewmaster describes as a traditional pumpkin pie in a glass. The bottle displays well designed art, similar to all the other beer the brewery produces. Peculiar Pumpkin came in a 650ml bomber style bottle, which I poured into my William Street branded glass.

When poured in a glass, the rich dark copper colour of the beer appeared. The beer had a beautiful cloudy appearance to it which at first look gave the beer an appearance of warmth. Peculiar Pumpkin had a bold, rich pumpkin note to it. As the beer warmed up, I noticed the spices the beer offered. As I lifted the beer to my nose, I could smell notes of nutmeg and clover, with a hint of allspice. The beer did not have a powerful aroma to it, but it was the right mixture of sweet and spiced.DSC02806

At first taste, I experienced rich pumpkin that had a sweet texture and flavour to it. The pumpkin was not overly sweet, like many pumpkin beers out there, but was a rich creamy taste with a hint of caramel. As the beer settled, it slowly faded from sweet, to a nutmeg and spiced finish. It was a great transition from the sweet to the spiced finish, which was very balanced. The mouthful of this English style pumpkin ale was pleasant. I experienced a medium body, creamy beer that was lightly carbonated. Though the beer is a 7.0%, and marked as a strong ale, it was very easy drinking. As the beer warmed up, I noticed more and more spice which just added to the overall taste of the beer.

My overall impression of this beer was amazing! Sean wanted to achieved the traditional pumpkin pie in a glass, and I have to say he hit his target. The beer was a great entry into the pumpkin ale market. It was very balanced and enjoyable. For me, the beer would be a perfect with desert, and of course a slice of pumpkin pie. I definitely recommend this beer, and I suggest drinking it at a slightly below room temperature to truly enjoy the beer.

I give this beer an overall score of 44/50. 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.

Cheers!

Witchy Woman (Old Flame Brewing Co.)

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Orgin: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5.3%

IBU: 20

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. DSC02798

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.

Cheers!

Review: Nightmare on Mill Street (Mill St. Brewery)

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Origin:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5%

Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° Celsius

Availability: Mill St. Brewery, Select LCBO Locations in Mill St. Fall Sampler

This review features another beer from Mill St. Brewery in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Mill St. is located in Toronto’s beautiful distillery district, where they have two locations, Mill St. Beer Hall and Mill St. Brew Pub. As many of you already know, it’s pumpkin beer season. There are some people out there that hate pumpkin beers and many wait all year for them. This is definitely a beer that is worth the wait. Nightnare on Mill Street was brewed using the brewmaster’s wife’s pumpkin pie recipe, so let’s just say based on the beer, I really want to try her pie.

The beer came in a 355ml bottle that I purchased from the Brock Road LCBO, but it can also be found at the brewery. This beer is available in the fall sampler from Mill St., along with Okoberfest. Being that this beer is a seasonal beer, if it is something you are interested in trying, don’t delay. The seasonal samplers don’t last long and usually sell out quickly. Having had this beer before, and many other pumpkin beers, I decided to use a tulip glass for my review as I feel it does the best job bringing out all the aromas and notes of the beer. DSC02752

Once the beer was poured in the glass you could see the beautiful dark copper colour. This beer poured with a thick white head, which slowly thinned, and left little to no lacing on the glass. Instantly I noticed all the smells of a great pumpkin pie. You get hit with sweet pumpkin, spices including cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon and a touch of vanilla.  The aroma fills your nose as you bring the glass to your mouth.

At first taste, you will notice the bold pumpkin notes, which is the main character of the beer. Even though the pumpkin is the main feature, it does not overpower all the other flavours of the beer. As the sweet pumpkin starts to fade in your mouth, the spice of the beer has some time to shine. You will start to taste the nutmeg and cinnamon, which really bring this beer together. But the Nightmare on Mill Street isn’t finished there. As the beer settles in your mouth, it finishes with the perfect amount of vanilla which gives you a very creamy finish to the beer. 

My overall impression of this beer is that if you like pumpkin beers, then you will love this one. Since the beer is a medium body with little carbonation, you will have no problem having a few of these watching the leaves change or carving your halloween pumpkins. It is a very balanced pumpkin beer that is not overly sweet. Its pretty much the perfect pumpkin pie in a glass.

I give this beer an overall score of 44/50. 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.

Cheers!