Central City Patrick O’ Pumpkin Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale

CentralCity_pumpkinBrewer: Central City Brewing,
Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 27

Description: A seasonal release, and part of their series of character-based releases, this Imperial Pumpkin Ale is brewed using using a hefty dose of pale malt, then infused with spices, pumpkin flesh, and aged in bourbon barrels.

Tasting Notes: You might say this beer is Central City’s regular pumpkin ale on steroids (or some other performance-enhancing drug!) The malts are heavy, the pumpkin flavor intense, and the alcoholic bite noticeable, Unfortunately, this kind of subdues the spice palate and the bourbon flavor. Still, a lovely and powerful Autumn brew.

Appearance: Dark brown, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, pumpkin flesh, notes of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg
Taste: Rich malt base, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mild whiskey, alcohol
Aftertaste: Lingering whiskey, alcohol and spice bitterness
Overall: 7.8/10

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale

Back with another Lagunitas product! This time around, it’s one of their specialty ales, known as the Hop Stoopid, that’s under scrutiny! Though not officially classified as an IPA, this is definitely part of the pale ale family and fits the basic requirements of an India Pale. By that I mean that in addition to a generous dose of hops, its also pretty strong (8% alc/vol).

And overall, I was pretty pleased with this ale. In fact, part of the reason I picked it up, in addition to wanting to expand on their extensive lineup, was to see if my experience with their regular IPA was a fluke. Chances are, when one beer stinks (literally!) but the others excel, you must have picked up a skunky batch and should probably give them another chance. And that’s exactly what I plan to do just as soon as I can get back to big liquor depot downtown.

In the meantime, here is what I thought of the Hop Stoopid Ale, specifically that is:

Appearance: Light gold, clear and transparent
Nose: Rich floral nose, notes of tropical fruit, sweet and summery
Taste: Rich malts, giving way to bittersweet and herbal hop bite, notes of melon and a slight sweetness
Aftertaste: Gentle and lingering, mild bitterness and crisp hop finish.
Total: 8.5/10

All told, I’ve now sampled Lagunitas Doppel Weizen, Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, IPA (to be resampled) and the Hop Stoopid. Four down, four to go, and about eight seasonals which I may or may not be able to find. Oh the things I do for beer 😉