November is the month that pumpkin ales were made for. I try not to get caught up in the whole pumpkin spice clusterfuck that grips the nation at this time of year—but between the lattes, the bagels, air fresheners and the inevitable feminine-hygiene product out there with pumpkin spice plastered across the box, I must give in. There is an ocean of pumpkin beers out there for you to try, and I guess I’d be doing you all a great disservice by not mentioning some of them in this, the most autumn of all months. All of these beers are available along the Wasatch Front.
Fermentation Without Representation
Brewery/Brand: Epic Brewing Co.
Serving Style: 22-oz. bottle
Description: Fermentation Without Representation pours an extremely dark-brown color with a small, tan head. The nose is huge with pumpkin, squash, ginger, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt, clove and caramel. The taste is just as big, with chocolate, roasted malt, pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, ginger, light coffee, clove and spices. There’s a fair amount of bitterness on the finish—with lingering notes of pumpkin, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, clove and spices on the finish for a bit.
Overview: Fermentation Without Representation is a collaboration beer made with DC Brau Brewing Co. This is an excellent pumpkin-spiced porter. The alcohol is well-hidden, with only a slight warming after the finish. It’s a great balance of flavors and bitterness.