Friday, October 25, 2013

Mendocino Pumpkin Ale

This is a 5.0% ABV pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin, spiced and cocoa nibs from the Mendocino Brewing Company. The company is from Ukiah, California, but many of its beers are brewed and bottled in Saratoga Springs, New York, like this one.

The beer pours a deep copper in color, along with amber. There is a short, thin head of off-white to very light brown foam. The aroma is spices mostly, along with light to moderate pumpkin notes. The taste is mostly spices, a bit of pumpkin and amber ale. The cocoa nibs are detectable, but add as much dryness as flavor. It is surprisingly dry and bitter. This is not very good.

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