Beer: Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale
Brewery: Tommyknocker Brewery
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Dark, nearly opaque coffee body with a wisp of a head.
Smell: Rich roasted malts with thick molasses and raisin aromas. A hint of nutmeg, but all in all this is an earthy nose.
Flavor: In this case, this beer tastes exactly how it smells. Roasted malts dominate, but there are undertones of molasses, fresh pumpkin, and the slightest bit of allspice. Little to no aftertaste.
Feel: Watery with minimal carbonation. It’s a pretty weak mouthfeel.
Concluding Remark: Well, Tommyknocker from Colorado gets points for developing a Pumpkin Ale that differs from the others. This beer is the Pumpkin Ale’s dark, brooding younger sibling. It wears dark clothes and is a little eccentric, but it hasn’t quite figured out its identity yet. Yeah, the molasses adds a unique sweetness to the roasted malt base and the spices brighten the brew. However, the flavors aren’t as intense as they should be, and it just tastes weird. While it’s not as exciting as I was hoping it to be, the Small Patch Ale is a nice break from all of the light, pumpkin spice dessert beers. It’s worthy of a try, though, if you prefer your ales malty or if you’re looking to expand your Pumpkin Ale repertoire.