So today I decided to do some Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza so you know, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a couple of beers. Good thing for you guys I love reviewing the beers I drink (and lo and behold these have become a popular addition to my blog!) so I’m going to take some time away from slaving away in the kitchen to give you my thoughts.
Beer #1: Wealth and Taste
This rather oddball beer comes to us from the Deep Ellum Brewing Company in Dallas, Texas. It is listed as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but it has a twist: it is brewed with muscat grapes. It is 9.5% ABV and 25 IBU so it certainly fits the profile, but the grapes sure give it an interesting twist.
Pours a hazy (unfiltered) medium amber color with streaks of red (presumably from the grapes) and a thin ring of head that quickly dissipates. Tart, wine-like aroma with undertones of Belgian yeast. Flavors run about typical for a Belgian beer: floral, fruity and a touch of coriander spice, but these take a back seat to the muscat grapes. The forefront is dominated by a tart, dry muscat sparkling wine taste that actually makes for a refreshing beer despite it ABV. Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, again not unlike sparkling wine. Easy drinking and chuggable. Despite its unconventional nature I quite enjoyed this beer. Rating: 4/5.
Beer #2: Pumpkick
I always enjoy fall seasonals as they just seem so festive in a way (spiced, pumpkin, etc.). This pumpkin ale from New Belgium in Fort Collins, Colorado is no exception. This beer comes in at 6.0% ABV, 18 IBUs and has several unique ingredients that make it a great example of the style.
Pours a hazy red-golden color (unfiltered? I’m not sure) with a frothy head that dissipates to a thin ring and laces the glass. Spicy aroma upfront featuring cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Pumpkin undertones and a soft, faint malty beer smell. Flavors follow but bring the pumpkin more to the forefront: sweet pumpkin with maybe even a hint of cream. Spicy finish that follows the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. A soft caramel malt and hop undertone support the flavor. Medium body and carbonation. Drinks smooth and slick. Good stuff all around Rating: 4/5.