Another Thanksgiving has come and gone bringing with it all the warm family memories and great food. Up to this point in my home brewing hobby, I haven’t been one to hold myself to a brewing schedule that accompanies any specific holidays or events. This year I decided to try something a little different and brew my first ever pumpkin ale and have it ready for Thanksgiving. I thought this would be the perfect beer to pair with all the flavors and smells of a Thanksgiving feast.
Since this was my first attempt at a pumpkin ale, I decided to take a conservative approach when adding the spice to the beer. I am usually not a fan of flavored beers, especially pumpkin ales. Most commercial beers tend to be higher in alcohol and place emphasis on the pumpkin pie spice instead of the beer. I used 2 teaspoons of spice in a 5 gallon batch, which turned out to be perfect for me. I also added it in the last 10 minutes of the boil in an effort to boil off most of the volatile smell and tastes.
The beer turned out to be a very well balanced beer with just a hint of pumpkin pie spice layered in a nice malty 5.5% ale. The hops came through just enough to keep the sweetness in line.
I will post the recipe when I get that section up and running. Until then, email me if you want the recipe.