The Gourd, the Bad, and the Ugly 

The individual responsible for the title of this post knows who they are, and that is all I will say on the subject.

Full Patch Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by Longwood Brewpub, Nanaimo, BC

This is a later addition to my pumpkin patch, and a curious one. There’s the label, the matte-finish bottle, and oh yeah, the fact that it’s 9% ABV. There was no way that I was taking this one on alone, so I rounded up Sam and we gave it a go after a Greek meal.

I was wise to bring in reinforcements. This is beer that fights back.

The astute among you will notice that instead of the traditional pint pic, I’ve posted a video. Apologies for the size, I can’t seem to shrink it down. There’s a little bit of etching on the side of that pint glass from its many trips through the dishwasher, and the result is the insane fizzing you see at the top. The carbonation is crazy, resulting in a big foamy head on the pour.

The number one adjective to describe Full Patch is “strong”. High alcohol, dark colour, and a very distinct roasted pumpkin taste – just this side of burnt. There is spice, and you can taste it if you’re careful, but it’s overwhelmed by the darkness of the malt. It really sticks around after you swallow, and is pretty dry on the finish. It’s actually bittersweet, like dark chocolate – whether you like dark chocolate or not would be a good way of deciding if you like this one.

Despite the title, I actually do like this one reasonably well. It’s not what I think of when I think pumpkin beer, though much like the Lost Souls porter, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A full bomber would be way too much, but with a companion to split it with, it makes for an interesting pint. It’s definitely different. Give it a go.


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