Tales From the Patch by Big Rig Brewery

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ABV 5.8% IBU?

Pumpkin Beer Number 1

Tales from the Patch comes to us from Big Rig Brewery, located in Kanata, ON. It’s the first of four pumpkin beers that I’ll be profiling for October. Tales from the Patch is a pumpkin porter and comes in a fancy, glow in the dark, spook-tastic can.

In my search for pumpkin beers to profile I found only one pumpkin porter, and this was it. I thought that the sweetness from the pumpkin should complement the roasty notes in the porter. Add in a sprinkle of pumpkin spice and it sounds like a nice little night cap.

Tales from the patch is a deep molases brown that lets no light shine through. The head was cream coloured and vanished rapidly. The aroma was unexpectedly floral and pungent, almost like one too many sprays of perfume. The flavour was a mix of pumpkin and sweetness with a strong floral finish.

It worked in theory.

So I wasn’t a huge fan of Tales from the Patch. In complete fairness, I had high hopes for it and it just wasn’t what I wanted it to be. Others who tasted it had completely differing reactions. I was a bit thrown off by the floral nature of the flavour and aroma. I also thought it could have used more bitterness and balance. I suppose I wanted a nice porter with a hint of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

This has been round 1 of 4. Pumpkin ale October is just ramping up. Check back next week for installment #2.

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