Beer: First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Dark cherry wood body with a huge dense head.
Smell: It smells like the perfect Pumpkin Ale: the aromas are roasted squash, caramel, dark malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Flavor: As it smells, the predominant flavors are roasted squash, pumpkin seeds, charred malts, and cinnamon. It kind of tastes exactly like roasted pumpkin seeds.
Feel: Thin with moderate carbonation. There’s a bit of an oily residue.
Concluding Remark: Chatoe Rogue, a series of beers that are made with fresh crops from the Rogue Ales Farm, puts out a fine Pumpkin Ale. The Pumpkin Patch Ale features locally grown pumpkins, which are then roasted and tossed into the kettle. With help from a little ginger, vanilla, and the regular slew of pumpkin pie spices, Rogue’s Pumpkin Ale is one of the freshest Pumpkin Ales I’ve tasted this season. It’s perfectly balanced, with a strong squash flavor that is lacking in many pumpkin beers that claim to be brewed with fresh pumpkin. It’s a little pricey for a non-imperial (~$9), but if you ignore the price tag, I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.