TBR Reports on Tommyknocker’s Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest
File Date: 10.22.2012
File Name: The Toe Knows
The Beer: Pumpkin Harvest Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub
Web Site: tommyknocker.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer.
Brewer Brand Hype: A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle. Think outside the patch! Pumpkin Harvest Ale is available August through October.
Label: Colorado Mountain Tommyknocker Beer. Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale. A festive seasonal ale with pumpkin and a touch of molasses and spice. Ale brewed with pumpkin, molasses and spices. Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800’s with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm’s way and to the gold they sought.
The Brewski Review: I’m writhing in pain I’ll have you know. I broke a toe over the weekend and it’s a killer to get around. I’m sure the pain will eventually subside but it’s in full force now. It actually hurt less when it happened vs. this point in time – nearly two days later. How did it happen? My wife and I went to a school fundraiser for my daughter’s catholic elementary school (For anyone thinking about sending their child to a catholic school, keep in mind that the up-front tuition is only a fraction of the cost. You also need to consider the fundraisers, volunteer activities and donations which may add up to the full cost of the tuition itself.) I (er, excuse me, WE) had a few beers (the choice was somewhat less than optimal) but I wasn’t drunk. We came home, put the kids to bed and drifted off ourselves. Of course, in the middle of the night nature started to beckon. I walked to the bathroom and stepped on some evil, pointy, molded plastic toy that felt like someone was jambing bamboo sticks in the arch of my foot. Of course, this threw off my groggy stride and I kicked ANOTHER toy sitting off to the side. Ouch-i-mamma! Snap, crackle and pop. There goes the toe. It wasn’t too bad that night so I just naturally thought it was no big deal. Come morning, I changed my mind on the prognosis. Broken toe would have been my indian name. Anyway, I thought this beer would help me out. I was expecting a nice pumpkin beer but was surprised by this molasses concoction. It had a nice appearance, poured with no head and was tasty but wasn’t what I was expecting. Too much on the molasses. Light on the pumpkin pie flavor. Good nonetheless. It went down smooth and worth the time.
Appearance: Nice, dark molasses color.
The Buds: Big molasses flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps