Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wachusett Pumpkan

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1001) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass. It had a best by date of 1/30/14 and cost $2.55 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Clear, orange/copper hue with some carbonation visible. Pours to a thin layer of bright white foam which mostly dissipates and leaves trace lacing.

Smell: A surprisingly dirty aroma of wet, decaying vegetables. A hint of the usual spices.

Taste: When I smelled and tasted Wachusett Pumpkan, I was surprised by how mediocre the beer was. The can appeared to be fresh and my glass was clean - yet it stunk and tasted quite lousy. Is this a bad can, a bad batch, or is this is how it’s supposed to taste?

The first half of the palette is rather mild. Nothing in the way of the standard pumpkin beer spices. The flavor is so mild that it seems like the beer is stale and old. It doesn’t improve any throughout the swig, in fact, it actually worsens. There’s a sour off-taste on the finish. Similar to canned green beans. It’s possible this is dimethyl sulfide. Whatever it may be, the usual pumpkin flavors just aren’t here. Well, I can detect them if I pay close attention, but otherwise the beer just seems old. If this is the taste the brewery intended I find it an extremely odd choice since there’s so little flavor to found here. It’s one of the worst pumpkin beers I’ve ever had.

Drinkability: At least drinking Wachusett Pumpkan was no challenge. The mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with a good level of carbonation. It’s fairly smooth and thankfully doesn’t leave much of an aftertaste. It’s also relatively light at 5.2% ABV, though it’s extremely inefficient in making use of its ingredients. 
Grade: 3/10