Review: Pumpkin Ale

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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.


Pumpkin Ale

Brewery/Brand: Bonneville Brewery
ABV: 4%
Serving Style: Draft

Description: This new Pumpkin Ale from Tooele’s own Bonneville Brewery pours a nice-looking ruby/amber color with a familiar nose of allspice and clove. The taste starts with rich caramel malt, nutmeg and a slight dose of cinnamon. Clove and vanilla round out the middle. Milk-sugar sweetness rounds out the back end, offering the malt-added boost and body while providing balance to the spices.

Overview: A textbook example of the style—a must-try.