Pumpkin Ale MKRKIT
Do you love it, or do you LOVE it? Pumpkin Spice season is upon us, so when you finish your morning PSL, you can enjoy this Pumpkin Ale to keep the pumpkin train chugging. This delicious beer is brewed with a whole pound of pumpkin and classic pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. It comes in at 7.1% ABV and 31 IBU and is the perfect end cap to a fall day.
The heavy addition of 2-Row malt contributes a majority of the fermentable sugars. Aromatic and Victory malts give a toasty grain complexity. Caramel-40, Caramel 120, and Carapils bring non-fermentable sugars that add a sweet finish with caramelized sugar and dark fruit flavors. The pumpkin specific components are pumpkin, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. These bring the classic pumpkin pie flavor profile.
Just one addition of Magnum-60 minutes give enough bitterness to balance the beer without adding a significant hop presence. This is a pumpkin beer after all, and we're here for the pumpkin, not the hops!
We went with Kveik yeast for this MKRKIT because it does a great job attenuating all those complex malts and playing a back seat to the strong flavors in the malt bill. The Kveik allows this beer to finish with a balanced sweetness.
This pumpkin beer is tremendously balanced between complex malts, pumpkin, pie spices, and fermentable and non fermentable sugars. The result is a dark orange glass of beer that finishes without too much sweetness that is easy to have more than one of. We've had a lot of pumpkin beers that finish so sweetly they feel like you're drinking a pie. We didn't want to go that route with this beer. We wanted the beer to be a beer first, with the background flavor profile of pumpkin and the spices we think of when enjoying this time of year.