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Funkier Pumpkin

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Funkier Pumpkin was evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 28C) offering according to BJCP guidelines. 

Ahhh, Brettanomyces. All who feel compelled to give in to pumpkin beer peer pressure this fall, but don’t really like pumpkin beers, this may be the perfect compromise. Granted, you need to enjoy Brett, as it is up front and personal in both aroma and flavor. All the barnyard you want with other earthy notes and some cider-like acidity in the aroma. Pumpkin beer fans, never fear, cloves, cinnamon and a touch of ginger join in as you acclimate to the funk.  A hazy light copper orange color with a big frothy, slightly off white head, that drops to a fine ring. The Brett is dominate in the flavor as well and joined by some well rounded tartness thanks to a slight touch of caramel. Ginger, cloves and cinnamon come through mid-palate and linger into the dry finish. The spice is well blended and comes across more like a product of fermentation rather than actual spice additions, which is a sign of a well crafted spiced beer. Any actual pumpkin flavor is either melded to the whole or no longer identifiable. The light body and high carbonation add a little bite but no astringency.  The beer is nicely aged to allow the Brett character to take center stage without being overly aggressive or unpleasant in any way. The tartness serves to balance the beer and the spice adds additional interest and never distracts. Grill up some Duck Sausages to pair with this funky pumpkin for a perfectly delicious fall celebration.