If Rob Zombie was an avid pumpkin beer drinker, which he may be, he would most certainly drink the PumpkinBeast by Aviator Brewing. I say this because of the super trippy, demonic can art. It depicts a post-apocalyptic, Halloween-themed Atlas that is balancing a world that obviously didn’t make it home before midnight (Spoiler Alert: I’m talking about a pumpkin). The demonic Atlas is harvesting the pumpkin world’s innards to craft what will obviously be one of the most beastly pumpkin brews of all. Maybe this will make more sense after a few PumpkinBeasts…
PumpkinBeast pours a clear copper with a thin, sudsy head. The aroma is pumpkin-forward with notes of vanilla, dark fruit, and some light oak. There’s the slightest hint of bourbon on the nose that brings some warmth to the profile.
The flavor also has a strong pumpkin presence with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. While the traditional pumpkin spices are present, this beer is not the pumpkin spice bomb that many in this category are. The finish features an unexpected dark fruit character with subtle, tart cherry and toasty malt. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with low carbonation.
While this brew is PumpkinBeast by name, it is PumpkinLamb by character. The subtle flavors rest on a light body, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although the lack of carbonation on a brew this light is a little odd, I appreciate the level of pumpkin flavor that shines through as the spices take a backseat. Even PumpkinBeast has a soft side…
- Appearance: Copper / Thin, Sudsy Head
- Aroma: Pumpkin, Vanilla, Dark Fruit, Light Oak
- Flavor: Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Nutmeg, Dark Fruit, Cherry
- Mouthfeel: Light, Smooth, Low Carbonation
- ABV: 6.4%