It seems like everywhere you turn these days, there's a new pumpkin ale or Oktoberfest beer out there. That's why I was anxious to try Clipper City's The Great Pumpkin. The brew just got to The Wine Source last Friday (and is sold in a 22-ounce bomber bottle, no less). Clipper City's website says that they "add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice."
I was eager to try it, but also a little weary. Many pumpkin ales run the risk of being way too sweet and the thought of more than one draft can be nauseating. I'm happy to report that the Great Pumpkin does not fit this description. The aroma is pretty pumpkin-like to be sure, but the flavor is more spicy than anything, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. And that whole not being able to drink more than one thing? I think the opposite may be true for this smooth amber-like ale. But be careful, the alcohol level is a steep 8 percent.
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