The Gourd Standard Pumpkin IPA Review


Halloween is nearly here. Literally days away, which means pumpkin everything. Pumpkin beers have long been one of our favorite beers, but they have to be done in a way that the pumpkin is either leading in taste or its accentuating a dark bodied, yet sweet beer.

Flying Dog Brewery makes some insane combinations and one of our all time favorites is their Mint Chocolate Stout. The latest beer we’re trying is The Gourd Standard Pumpkin IPA. Think pumpkin pie meets IPAs. This fall seasonal beer has 6.7% ABV, 60 IBU (Medium bitterness), and is made with rye, biscuit, cara brown and oats malts. Pumpkin is a huge component of this beer along with hallertau herskbrucker hops.

This beer has the pumpkin flavors and they’re nice and refined, but what we’re not loving is how the hops play off that flavor. Yes, this is an IPA, but imagine going 100 mph then having to make a hard left turn. Here’s our tasting notes:

  • Appearance – Dark copper, amber-colored pour with slight off white thin head, slight haze
  • Aroma – Cinnamon, caramel, toffee, pie crust, hoppiness is muted.
  • Taste – Medium body. With the healthy amount of hops, a sip starts with the pumpkin sweetness and body, and then followed by a hop bitterness, I want more pumpkin and less bitterness.
  • Overall – 6/10. The flavors are there from the pumpkin and hops, but I don’t get the exact combination or how the flavors should really come together. A delicious pumpkin keeps going with sweetness or a mellowed sweetness, and the hops give each sip a deep bitterness, like they’re fighting for flavors rather than melding together.

Source: Flying Dog Brewery

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