Beer of the Week: Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale
This Pumpkin Ale was formerly named “Laurelwood Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale.” To keep things straight, it’s still the same recipe, but according to the brewery’s website someone else has the rights to the name “Stingy Jack” so the beer now sports a slightly modified label and has been renamed to “Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale.”
Founded in 2001 and located in Portland, Oregon, Laurelwood Brewing Co. is a family-owned business run by a husband and wife team. To create their pumpkin ale, they start with a strong ale recipe for a nutty amber beer, then add pumpkin, squash and a pumpkin pie spice blend to the mix during the brewing process. This is what produces the warm and spicy nose that makes this particular pumpkin ale so great!
Appearance: Hazy, deep, reddish amber with minimal head.
Smell: Very aromatic pumpkin ale; spicy with hints of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg; subtle pumpkin.
Taste: Good balance between spicy and pumpkin flavors, and leans a bit more towards the spicy side. It’s malty but not too sweet. Balanced in a very drinkable way.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel. The body also contributes to its drinkability.
Overall: I love a good pumpkin ale, and I’m also very picky about my favorites. I’d say this one can claim a spot in my top ten. Southern Tier’s Pumking still dominates as my ultimate favorite pumpkin ale, but I would definitely drink the Laurelwood one again. It’s one of the better ones from the West coast I tried this season.
Tasty Mug Rating: 3.69 / 5
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Original Gravity: 17° Plato
Special Ingredients: Pumpkin, squash and pumpkin pie spices
Food Pairings: Why not give this a try with some pumpkin pie?
Glassware: Pint glass
Where to get it: I picked my bottle up at Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA