Description: Parallel 49’s seasonal beer, this Pumpkin Oktoberfest melds together a Pumpkin-style beer with an Marzen lager that is spiced with a combination of allspice and vanilla. Much like the name, it is a mashup, but one that brings together the best of two seasonal worlds to achieve a balance of flavor.
Tasting Notes: This beer came highly recommended, and from a fellow beer snob, no less (hi Mike!). And this year, I was lucky enough to find myself some before it went out of stock. As pumpkin ales go, this one was both interesting and quite appealing. As per usual, the P49 folks have committed to a hybrid that marries two separate but not unrelated styles. In addition to the rich, viscous malts of a Marzen, it employs the spice palette and infusion of flavor that comes from being a Pumpkin, and manages to finishes very clean and refreshing. I was especially impressed with this; whereas many pumpkin ales seem to land too heavy or too light (in my experience), this one lands right where it needs to!
Appearance: Golden orange, clear, medium foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Mild malt, pumpkin flesh, hint of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg
Taste: Smooth malt, hint of sweetness, notes of vanilla, allspice, pumpkin pie
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, pumpkin and spice notes, quite clean