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Style: Sour - Berliner Weisse
ABV: 7.2%
8 Stars

Pumpkin beers are getting harder to locate now that Halloween has happened. My approach to only grabbing a pumpkin beer each week may be a flawed approach because stores are replacing the pumpkin beers with holiday ales, stouts, and hard seltzers (wait, these are still around?!).

Thankfully, I traded with Better on Draft co-host Rob recently and had a few new-to-me pumpkin beers to choose from for this week. I picked Other Half Brewing Company‘s Pumpkin Spice Latte Crunchee for two reasons – I have been searching for a good pumpkin beer with coffee and the ingredient list for it was tremendous.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Crunchee listed the following on the can in terms of the beer style and the ingredients used – “imperial pumpkin spice granola Berliner Weisse with pecans, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, coffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, almonds, and milk sugar.” Sounded like everything, but the kitchen sink. This seemingly excessive ingredient list wasn’t clunky like I thought it would be. The beer was so smooth as all of the ingredients were blended together to make an excellent beer for the season.

Besides the ingredients list, I was also surprised the beer was a sour. The only trait I could pick out of a sour beer was the coating it did to my tongue. If I had more than one can of this beer, I’m sure I could do a deeper dive into the elements of a sour, but this beer disappeared quickly.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Crunchee was dressed the part as well. The beer’s color looked what I envisioned a pumpkin beer to look like. At 7.2% it was smooth, full, and had a ton of flavor. If you come across Other Half’s PSL Crunchee, grab it! It is worth it!

Cheers!

Disclaimer: Ed traded Rob beer for this beer for this review.

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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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