What do you call a vampire 200 miles from a blood bank?
The countdown to the final three pumpkin beers is underway and I see the flickering jack-o-lantern at the end of the tunnel. Fernie Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Head Pumpkin Brown Ale has the dubious distinction of forming one third of this final triumvirate and to be honest I may be tougher on these last beers since I have done my pumpkin homework but let’s give it a go and see how it pours.
Pumpkin Head pours a deep reddish brown with a little bit of haze and tons of cream coloured head; head retention is quite impressive. There is a little bit of pumpkin pie spice to the nose, a squash element and a bit of yeastiness. I am surprised how light bodied this one is being a brown ale at heart. As you drink the dominant taste is the earthiness imparted by the pumpkin, the spices are more of an afterthought but I do get clove on the finish. Like the Red Racer I wanted a bit more from this beer as it felt like a pretender to the throne. For those that like it ‘lite’ you may enjoy this one more than I.
Fernie Brewing Co.’s Pumpkin Head warrants a six out of ten on the candy corn meter.