Ithaca Beer Co. Country Pumpkin Beer Commercial Description:
“Ithaca Country Pumpkin is our medium-bodied harvest ale brewed with a medley of flavorful malt, pumpkin puree, Magnum hops and a touch of seasonal spices. The masterful blend of 2-Row, Vienna, Munich, Caramunich and Honey malt with Magnum hops balances the sweet pumpkin with an aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice to create a rich, malty ale for the autumn season. Delight in the deep golden-orange glow while savoring the complex, malt-forward flavors and surprisingly dry finish of our new curcubitaceous ale.”
…a rich, malty ale for the autumn season.
Malts: 2-row, Vienna, Munich, Caramunich, Honey, Acidulated
Additions: Pumpkin Puree, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice
Ithaca Beer Co.
New York, United States
Style: Pumpkin Ale
I grew up in a suburb, and our house was blocked on its left side wall by about five really tall pine trees. They were literally as tall as my parents’ house, which had two floors. My parents claimed they planted the wall both for privacy, because the slope of our street exposed that entire side of the house to the oncoming traffic, and it just kind of looked funny, and to save money on heating and air conditioning bills by blocking the sun from the house. I guess it makes sense.
When I was younger we would play manhunt at dusk in the hot New Jersey summer, and I would hide in these trees on occasion from the boys trying to find me. In the fall I would stand outside in my heavy coat and scarf, rake in gloved hand, pulling layers and layers of dead pine needles out from under the trees. Then my dad would usually tell me to knock it off because I was making more work than necessary- those don’t blow around like leaves.
Our crotchety old neighbor on that side always hated those trees. He said they shaded his lawn, which he was obsessed about, and then grass couldn’t grow. What he failed to understand was that without dirt, nothing can grow, and his entire front yard was mangled roots of some gnarled tree the town planted to beautify the neighborhood. That wasn’t our trees’ fault! And so one summer he trimmed them back so much they completely died on his side. So now when you approached our house from the highway, you saw a giant brown wall of half-dead trees.
Our parents eventually had them cut down, and I think that’s when they discovered the bottles my younger brother had thrown in that thicket of trees…but that’s just teenagers being teenagers. Now the house appears naked from a distance as you approach on the road.
There is a slight taste and scent to this beer which remind me of the pine needles I used to gather in my hand as a kid, their pointy ends poking my smooth hands. Perhaps more powerful though is the honey-glaze mouthfeel this beer possesses, something that all tasters definitely enjoyed. Overall Ithaca Country Pumpkin is a pleasant taste with low pumpkin content. The label design is original and definitely fun. Overall, a great beer to drink multiples of, and not feel disgusting after.