Friday, September 23

Beer Review: Laurelwood Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale

Was happy to learn of this beers bottling when I saw it along with my Gearhead IPA purchase at the Bridgetown Beerhouse. I had the beer last year when it was first released, and thought is was a so-so pumpkin ale. I have a feeling it may be a bit tweaked this year, and it does seem to be a little stronger in alcohol content from what I remember last years being. I am a much bigger fan of milder pumpkin ales compared to imperials. If I want pumpkin pie, I will buy a pie. The bomber was about $5 and I will be revising my review from last year on BeerAdvocate.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice dark semi-cloudy amber brew. Fluffy fingers of head which slowly settled to a spotty thin blanket of creamy delight. Looks like a lot will stick to the glass the whole way down. A very festive and Fall color.

Smell: (4.0)
- Light spicy flare with a lot of English-like malts, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Pumpkin is present without overpowering the brew. Certainly seems to be a nice amount of grassy hops in there as well. This beer just smells like Fall.

Taste: (3.5)
- Certainly some big spice going on. Seems like a peppery clove and grassy hop combination here with some roasty pumpkin. The spices certainly are more forward. Nice caramel and bready malt does with some nice bright bitter hops. Has a nice tart squashy flare to round it out. Very nicely balanced.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall a full bodied, almost creamy brew. Nicely chewy and drying, and not too chalky really. The dryness certainly makes me want to keep drinking it. Overall very good feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very solid pumpkin brew though a little bit more spice forward. It's certainly bittered with some healthy hops, and creates a rather dry brew in the finish. Not bad, and worth the purchase. Certainly a peppery flare to it.

B / 3.68

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