Tonight I will be cracking open a new beer from Alaskan Brewing Company called Alaskan Pumpkin Porter, which is a Pumpkin Ale with 7% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). Alaskan Pumpkin Porter is being released as part of the Pilot Series of beers, which is comprised of limited edition specialty beers.
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter is a black bodied beer which admits just a faint mahogany glow when held up to a light. A small, khaki colored head briefly tops it off before audibly crackling away. The lacing is pretty minimal.
The nose is mainly comprised of traditional pumpkin spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and, with underlying black malt.
A nice malt base starts things off, caramel and black, hints of smoke, cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of clove spice, rounded out with grassy and fruity hops. The mouth is fairly full and with a fair amount of carbonation.
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter switches up the malt profile while sticking pretty close to the rest of the traditional pumpkin paradigm, allowing the spices to take center stage. I’m not quite as excited about pumpkin beers these days as I was a number of years ago, but Alaskan Pumpkin Porter is one of the better ones that I’ve had recently. Definitely worth checking out if fall seasonal beers are up your ally.
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter : B+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz