I’m a big fan of pumpkin beers, and if you follow this blog on a regular basis, you’ve certainly seen my Top 10 Pumpkin Beers review. I found this one about a month ago at the liquor store, and had to give it a try. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a date on the bottle, so I don’t know how old it is.
The bottle says, “Dedicated to farmers and fermenters GYO is a Rogue Ales term for grow your own. We made this ale with our own hops, barley and pumpkins. Created with pumpkins grown on Rogue’s Micro hop and pumpkin yard in Independence, Oregon. Fresh pumpkins are picked, loaded into our truck, driven immediately 77 miles to our brewery in Newport, Oregon, quickly roasted, and pitched into the brew kettle.”
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from the growler at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 7.3% ABV, 17.3% OG, ~ 200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark, brick red in color and very clear, with lots of carbonation. The head fell almost immediately to just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is almost pumpkin pie-like, with a good amount of cinnamon.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is crisp. Through the crispness, there was a sweet light caramel flavor up front. In the middle, the cinnamon flavor starts to come through with a little bit of vegetal pumpkin flavor. The cinnamon flavors grow and overtake most of the finish with a bit of earthy bitterness. The aftertaste lasts for a minute or so, and is mostly the cinnamon flavors, with a bit of light caramel malt sweetness.
Food Pairing: The flavor that sticks out most in this beer is certainly the cinnamon. Therefore, I think I’d enjoy this beer with dessert. In particular, I think this would be a great pairing with the bread pudding, or even cinnamon rolls. However, if you’re going to enjoy this with a meal, I’d go with something like a seasoned pork loin.
Overall Impression: I love the homegrown nature of this beer, and the thought that they grew their own ingredients. I wish I knew the age of this beer, because the cinnamon flavor certainly came through, however, the pumpkin and other flavors took a lot more of a backseat. Usually, the cinnamon tends to fade over time. I know I’m extremely critical of the style, and I wish this one was a bit creamier and had a more diverse of flavor. Overall, it was still a decent pumpkin beer, and I think it might be in my top 10 pumpkin beers next time I do the list.