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Brewdog Pumpkinhead

Rating: 2.5

To celebrate Halloween here is another appropriate Brewdog beer, my fourth in quick succession and following on from their This. Is. Lager. as well as their Shipwrecker Circus collaboration with Oskar Blues and their India Pale Weizen brewed with the help of Weihenstephan. This one is quite possibly the first UK brewed seasonal pumpkin ale, a style of beer that is much more popular in the United States in the run up to Halloween each year. This one was released a couple of weeks ago and I have assumed that it will most likely be a one -off release with no 2015 follow up and that it would sell out relatively quickly so I decided to grab a bottle as soon as it went on sale. I’ve have tried the odd pumpkin ale in the past, most famously the Brooklyn Brewery Post Road offering but it’s not a style that I’m overly familiar with so I’m excited to see what I think of this one, hopefully it’ll prove to be one of Brewdog’s better limited edition offerings but there is only one way to find out.

Brewdog Pumpkinhead

Appearance (3/5): Bright amber to copper in colour and also quite clear, this one has a foamy, almost fluffy white head that is about a fingers width tall and a slightly off white colour. There is some tiny bubbles dotted around the sides of the glass and the head retention isn’t too bad with only a slight reduction over the opening minute or so.
Aroma (5/10): This one smells really spicy initially with a lot of pumpkin coming through straight away before some cloves and ginger follow. I could detect an almost cumin light aroma to this one that was not at all what I was expecting, there was some background fruits as well though and a fair amount of cinnamon. Some sweetness starts to come through towards the end but the spices definitely dominate and it almost seems overpowering.
Taste (4/10): Matching the nose, there is a lot of spice coming through with this one; the cloves and cumin seem to be the most pronounced but the cinnamon is there too. I could detect some cardamom as well but the pumpkin was secondary to this combination of spices and really didn’t come through enough. The taste was all over the place and not really enjoyable at all, it was too spicy and the toffee and caramel that did appear was faint and didn’t do enough to distract from the rest of the taste.
Palate (3/5): Smooth but quite light, not watery but not that far off it either. The beer was definitely spicy as I’ve mentioned already but the balance was all over the place and made this an impossible beer to like. Carbonation was amount medium and the finish was a slightly dry one.

Overall (8/20): This one was definitely a Brewdog beer to forget, a very poor offering that was unbalanced, too spicy and just really poor in general with what seemed to be the entire spice rack of an Indian restaurants kitchen making an appearance. It did improve ever so slightly the more I drank and it wasn’t totally undrinkable but it’s not a beer I would recommend nor one that I hope turns into a yearly release. Apparently the first pumpkin beer from the UK and if this is our answer to the style then we should just leave it to the Americans because this one is terrible; avoid this one folks!

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Pumpkin Ale (Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer)
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.00

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