Unlucky number thirteen is another unusual take on your everyday pumpkin ale, Elysian Brewing’s Hansel and Gretel Pumpkin Ginger Pilsner.
Hansel and Gretel pours a cloudy pale gold with lots of bright white head. This one is all about the ginger on the nose, there may be other notes in there but the ginger said they could not come out and play. Hansel and Gretel has your typical pilsner qualities but is perhaps a bit hoppier than most while retaining the ginger flavour. The mouthfeel is a bit creamier than I would have expected from a pils and I think this may be the pumpkin coming into play. The finish is quite hoppy and somewhat dry. Like some of the other more unique pumpkin beer styles I was not entirely sure I got the pumpkin element but I really like the idea of this beer.
As a pumpkin beer I am giving this one six candy corns out of a possible ten.
“The name “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word “pepon,” meaning a large melon.”