Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale

I’m finally home from work after a crazy day. This was a beer that I had last week that I was interested in trying. This is Magic Hat’s first pumpkin beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.4%
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The distant drums of change are thumping, signaling the coming of chilling frosts, falling leaves and ghoulish screams. In a patch ripe with orange glow, Wilhelm Scream awakens and unleashes his season-stirring call for fall. His revelers listen for his echo across the ripened dancing days and prepare their seasonal celebration of harvest and ale. WILHELM SCREAM IS RIPE WITH FALL FLAVORS OF PUMPKIN, CINNAMON, NUTMEG AND CARAMEL MALTS. MEDIUM-BODIED AND THE COLOR OF ORANGE SETTING SUNS, IT FINISHES SIMILAR TO THE WAY WE FINISH SUMMER: WITH JUST A HINT OF BITTERNESS.”
Random: We watched “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” tonight and I forgot how much I love it.
This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, sienna color with light carbonation visible. The nose was really strong with lots of pumpkin and fall spices, especially nutmeg and allspice. Caramel malts were present as well. The taste was not as impressive. It had a lot of nuttiness and caramel malt, but the fall spices were really lost in the beer. There wasn’t much pumpkin to speak of either. There was some burnt brown sugar coming through at the end of the sip. The body was overly thick, to the point of being heavy with light carbonation. The finish was long with caramel malts. The price of the bottle was relatively cheap at $1.42 a bottle, but it wasn’t an impressive pumpkin ale, which was surprising given that it was the first pumpkin outing for Magic Hat. I wouldn’t have it again.

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