Rogue beers certainly stand out in the package store — big, hulking bottles with screen-painted labels. But their Pumpkin Patch Ale stands out even among the stand-outs.
It comes in the same hefty bottle, but this one is fully painted an impressive bright orange. But it’s what that orange paint hides that really impressed us.
Smell and taste are both laden with pumpkin, which makes sense, since Rogue grows its own pumpkins in Oregon for use in its beer.
The pumpkin aroma is balanced with notes of buttery caramel. Mouthfeel is sudsy, yet mouth-coating.
The taste of Pumpkin Patch is different than most other brews in this variety. While the cinnamon and allspice flavors typical to the style take a back seat, what isn’t lacking is the taste of pumpkin — sweet, buttery pumpkin — and the taste of beer.
Aftertaste is very smooth, with a sweetness and a bit of hops. That smoothness, coupled with a mix of true beer taste and fresh sweet pumpkin, earned this beer huge points on drinkability.
If you’re looking for a true beer that allows you also to enjoy a pumpkin taste without all the spices that mask it, give Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch a try.
In that huge orange bottle, you shouldn’t have trouble locating it.
(Appearance 9.33, Smell 7.83, Taste 25.33, Aftertaste 15.83, Drinkability 26.33)