Saranac Pumpkin Ale Commercial Description:
“We add a perfect blend of real spices right into our copper kettles: cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ginger. Just ask our Brewmaster’s wife, Mrs. Kuhr! Our brewing recipe uses the same spice ratio as her homemade pumpkin pie. Jim couldn’t get enough, so he had to brew a beer just as tasty!
We use LOTS of real pumpkin to brew this beer (nearly 3,000 pounds). We add it right into our mash cooker with our specialty malts. The amount of pumpkin takes up over 10% of the total weight of the mash. That makes for a delicious real pumpkin flavor!”
A hearty ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and ginger with a full body and amber color. This beer brings the fall season to life!
Additions: Cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ginger
New York, United States
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Full disclosure: the 32oz Saranac Pumpkin Ale growler sat unopened and displayed next to my living room television for almost a year. The growler is, to say gently, a presence. The growler sat massive, dark and bloated in the unintentional way old VCR’s used to take up way too much room in the living room. Seasons went by, and there was growler staring at me menacingly with it’s toothless, bully of a smile. Daring me to transfer it to the fridge. The Saranac Pumpkin Ale sat for 11 months as a totem for gluttony. As months went by I started feeling guilty about drinking the growler and my moral compass would whisper “do you really need another beer, do you really need the calories?” So the beer went unmolested. By the time we sampled Saranac Pumpkin Ale, there was no way the beer could possibly live up to the hype fever pitch. In the end the disappointment wasn’t on the level of, say, the 2011 Philadelphia ‘Dream Team’ Eagles, but more like the perennially mediocre Cincinnati Bengals – always in the playoffs but never a winner.