Saturday, November 16, 2013

Steadfast Pumpkin Spice Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1008) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
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 crass.

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. 
Grade: 8/10

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