Tuesday, October 1, 2013

San Diego Beer Review: Manzanita Brewing Witch's Hair

Manzanita Brewing Co.
10151 Prospect Ave.
Santee, CA 92071

Yep...looong break between posts again. I have been drinking a lot of new stuff lately, but just haven't had the drive to write my thoughts down. I should be posting quite a bit of stuff up in the next few days/weeks. Be on the look out....

Several of the new beers I have had have been by Manzanita Brewing. I have been very impressed with them lately (new brewmaster?) and decided to write my first post on their new fall seasonal that was released today.

Pumpkin Ale
8.8% ABV

Pours a nice clear orangish amber. Small head with light carbonation.

SPICY! Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon. Hint of vanilla and fresh pumpkin. The aroma of Thanksgiving.

Mulling spices (think hot spiced cider). Sweet but not too sweet, hints of brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Definite pumpkin flavor on the backend. Slight bitterness. At 8.8% ABV surprisingly no hint of alcohol in the flavor.

Medium body with tons of flavor. Does not overwhelm the palette.

A beer that screams Fall/Holidays. Smooth and well balanced, as seems to be the case with most of their beers that I have tried. Could easily drink this on a warm October day or on a cold November night hanging by the fire pit. I look forward to grabbing a couple of these to have at Thanksgiving with my turkey and pumpkin cheese cake.

Note: I got this beer on a pre-release so the label shows 2012, however it is the 2013 vintage.

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