Oh, oops. It certainly has been a long time since I did a Beer of the Week post.
Turns out, I’m still drinking beer from Barley and other fermentables, not just beer from Roots.
“Fall Down Brown – 8.25% ABV
“Fall Down Brown is our Fall seasonal. It is a brown ale that has been brewed with smoked pumpkin. FDB drinks more like a Rauch Beer than a traditional pumpkin beer. Don’t expect to taste pie with this one!”
We’re pumpkin beer fans here at SavoyStomp, but even we are a little confused exactly what that means.
Is it an Ale brewed with Pumpkin? Is it an Ale flavored with “Pumpkin Pie Spice”? Is it an Ale brewed with Pumpkin & Pumpkin Pie Spice? Examples of all three of these scenarios, (and more!) exist.
Originally, I think it was just an Ale brewed with Pumpkin. Settlers in the Americas desperate for beer/booze, cast about for whatever native plants they could possibly find with sugars and carbohydrates, even minimal amounts, and one of the few they came up with was Pumpkin and other Winter Squash.
Turns out, plain pumpkin doesn’t have a super lot of sugar, nor does it have a lot of flavor or character.
I guess that’s why we pump our pumpkin pies full of spices, ginger, and sugar.
But, when you’re desperate, you’re desperate.
Nowadays, many pumpkin beers don’t even involve pumpkin, are just beers flavored with Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Ale Industries, have taken another tack. They are smoking actual pumpkins and using them in their beer.
As they say above, this doesn’t taste like a glass of Pumpkin Pie, more like an ale brewed with smoked malt, a la the German tradition of RauchBier.
As smoked ales go, this is pretty tasty. But, then, beer from Ale Industries rarely disappoints.
On the other hand, if pumpkin contributes little flavor to a beer, why use it at all?
Well, it is a great label, and an interesting and seasonal, maybe even traditional, take on pumpkin ale.
Sometimes the best answer is, “Why Not?” or, “Because we could.”
I respect that aesthetic.