- Style: Pumpkin Ale
- Serving: Bottle
- Volume: 12 oz
- ABV: 5.50%
The fall chill is finally setting to set in up in the Northeast. It is a brisk 50 degrees in the air and the pumpkins are everywhere. I recently grabbed a mixed six-pack of some autumn seasonals. One of the beers that caught my eye was the newly designed label of Flying Fish’s OktoberFish.
The re-branding brings a fresh new look to their rather dated looking labels in the past (of their standard line-up anyway). The beer pours a nice hazy brown color with a bit of a copper hue to it. I had to pour vigorously to get a nice two finger head with some good lacing. The aroma consisted of a solid Marzen-style malty backbone with oats and caramel accenting it. It’s definitely similar to the traditional “Fest” style but with a nice twist.
The flavor on the palate has a bold and sweet malt presence up-front. It transitioned midway through with spices and a dash of bittering hops, finishing with some subtle hints of caramel, spice and toffee. For the style it had a nice mouth feel, medium-bodied while being very easy drinking.
I can’t recall if I’ve had this one before, but overall this is a well-made seasonal for the New Jersey brewery. The malt base was solid and allowed the subtle secondary flavors to come out without weighing them down. I wouldn’t mind picking up a six pack of this one actually to keep on hand for the colder weather.
out of 100
Nick Robin is a Senior Writer for Passion Beer.
While studying in college, he learned to tune his palate in to well crafted beers, which never interfered with his studies. Now, he enjoys continually learning about anything and everything beer.