I poured a 22oz bottle into the official Steadfast pint glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $5.99 ($0.27 per ounce)
Appearance: A clear shade of orange/copper with plenty of carbonation
visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and
doesn’t leave much lacing.
Smell: Typical pumpkin beer spices are prominent - creating for a potpourri-like aroma. Slightly soapy or perfumey as well.
Taste: Sorghum-based beers can be difficult to get used to since they
tend to have a rustic, earthy character to them. However, that type of
taste would lend itself quite well to the pumpkin beer style since these
types of beers tend to be a veritable smorgasbord of spices. Steadfast
Pumpkin Spice Ale is proof positive of this.
Upon the first sip I notice the classic sorghum twangy flavor, but it’s
quickly obscure by all the pumpkin beer character. Clove, allspice,
vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg are all used to season this beer, and while
none stand out individually, they all work together as a team to create
for a mélange of spicy autumnal seasonings. The beer is made with
pureed pumpkin, giving it as slightly sweet, pie-like flavor, though
it’s not a sweet or pie-tasting beer per se. This tastes the way
potpourri smells and it works without coming across as gimmicky or
Drinkability: At 6% ABV, Steadfast Pumpkin Spice Ale is right where it
should be. It’s strong enough to have plenty of flavor and a hefty body,
but not to the point of being cloying or overly dense. The mouthfeel is
actually rather light and crisp, even refreshing as it crosses the
tongue. It leaves a slightly dry, earthy aftertaste, but it eventually
fades away. This would be an ideal beer for the Celiac household to pair
with their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.