I don’t know about you fellow beer fanatics but whenever I have friends who go somewhere on holiday or travel somewhere I sometimes get awesome bottle shaped presents brought back to me. My best pals little brother lives in Vancouver and he went to visit him just before Halloween and on his return he gave me a 750ml big bottle of Steamworks Brewing Co Pumpkin Ale. I never got around to drinking it at Halloween but it’s a special beer so what better time than to include it in my #12beersofxmas.
Firstly look at that brilliant bottle artwork! If that wouldn’t attract your eye when in a bottle shop I don’t know what would! It’s printed on to the bottle so will prob keep this one along with my big La Chouffe bottles!
Usually I would share these size bottles but I was quite greedy this time and did the whole bottle myself! It pours a slightly merky deep orange gold colour. On the nose you get hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a slight sharp metallic pumpkin smell which I find with all pumpkin beers. Taste wise you again get those lovely cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and a bit of ginger alongside the pumpkin flavours. There’s a sweet toffee sugary taste too that leaves a nice warmth in your mouth. For me the balance of all these flavours are perfect! I find pumpkin beers can sometimes be hit or miss and can be hard to get right however Steamworks Pumpkin Ale is the best pumpkin beer I have had! I am a big fan of Beavertown’s Stingy Jack but Steamworks perfect balance of all those flavours pushes itself to the top of the Halloween league!
Looking back at those flavours though, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon it sounds christmasy and with the pumpkin flavours not being over powering in the balance of all the flavours I actually think this also works well as a Christmas beer! So maybe it’s not so strange that I’ve included this brilliant Canadian Halloween beer in my #12beersofxmas list!