Life has a way of filling up pretty quickly. But, no excuses. I haven't been as diligent as I want with this blog. Now that Thanksgiving is over, maybe I can get back in the swing of things.
For this post, I am going to review our pumpkin beer, Fairytale Debacle.
The beer looks great. It is one of the clearest beers I have brewed with an amber color, almost with an orange tint. The head is nice and fluffy. Very respectable pint of beer, if I do say so myself.
I get some spice flavors coming through the nose, though, not a whole lot. Has a good malt presence, too. Nothing to overpowering, but pleasant.
Good beer, easy drinking. I get a bit of pumpkin flavor with some spice, but not a whole lot going on. The spice flavors are more subtle and in the background. Also, I think there is too much nutmeg or ginger which gives it a bit of a sharp aftertaste, but that is not unpleasant and mellows as I drink the pint.
Good and easy to drink.
Overall, I think we did a very fine job with this beer. It looks good, smells good, tastes good. I do wish there was a little more spice to it - not an overpowering spice flavor, but something a bit more than what is present. It was fun using pumpkin in the mash and the beer had a nice, orange-y hue to it. That may have been my imagination, but I like to think the pumpkin actually DID something.
So, there is the review. It is kind of funny that I am doing a review on this beer now considering the keg kicked before Thanksgiving. I did have some notes jotted down from actual pints I drank, so I am not making up anything above. We had a birthday party for my son and all the guests drank up my homebrew! Guess they enjoyed it.
As I mentioned, there wasn't a whole lot of spice going on. I wish we would have added more... but there is a way to correct that, or at least supplement that. But that will be a post for another day.
Here is the recipe for a 10 gallon batch:
15 Rahr 2-row Pale
5 German Munich Malt
1 Briess Caramel 80
0.5 Bries Caramel 60
1 Rice Hulls
8.25 Roasted Pumpkin
Mash at 152 F for 60 minutes.
Our OG - 1.052
2 ounces of Cluster (6.8%) @ 60 minutes
Added spices at knockout (use any pumpkin pie spices you like)
Fermented cool, around 67 F.
So, while it may be a bit out of season, give the recipe a shot. I was quite pleased with the results.