I've had their Stadium Lager, and their Ballpark Ale - both of which have disappointed me. Looking back, I do recall enjoying their Yultide Ale. With that in mind, and because Crooked River is a local brewery, I wanted to give them another shot. I thought I couldn't go wrong with their Pumpkin Harvest Ale. Was I wrong.
I first tried a pumpkin brew nearly a year ago in Las Vegas at the Holy Cow Brewery. I found the subtle pumpkin flavor was delicious in a glass of beer. I eagerly awaited my next opportunity to try another pumpkin ale.
I finally got my chance last week at the local grocery store. I stumbled into it quite by accident. I wasn't expecting any pumpkin ales on the shelves for a few more weeks. I looked for other pumpkin ales. I could only find this one at the time. Reluctantly, I picked this six-pack up.
first pour, PH is pale for a pumpkin ale. It's nose is weak too. Ultimately,
so was it's flavor. I was expecting a richer beer in color, bouquet, and
body. I wanted to taste nutmeg and pumpkin. I wanted a glass of pumpkin
pie. Instead I got a glass of slop - an ordinary beer at best. Perhaps
if my expectations weren't so high, this beer would get 2 BB & B's.
Instead, it gets just 1!