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