Holidaily Brewing Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale

Holidaily Brewing Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale

The First Pumpkin Beer Review Of The Season!

I am so excited to release the first of (at least) two gluten free pumpkin ale reviews! As much as I begged for it not to happen–the Fall season reared its head anyway. So here we are. The temperatures are dropping, my trees are naked, and winter beers are on the way. BUT first…let’s celebrate the blip in the calendar that is late summer/early Fall beers. Predominately Fresh Hop and Pumpkin beers.

Holidaily Brewing Patchy Waters Pumpkin gluten free beer review

Today I have my sights set on the Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale brewed by Holidaily Brewing in Golden, Colorado. It’s named after the founder’s family sailboat, and is brewed with millet, buckwheat, and Organic pumpkin. It has an ABV of 6% and is sold in 4-packs of 16 oz. burnt orange cans that fit right in with their flagship branding. Same simple (mostly) black and white sketch drawing format on the front.

By the way, have you noticed that Best Gluten Free Beers now has special tasting glasses?! I’m exciting to be upping the game when it comes to glassware, so be sure to check out the beer pour on the blog’s Instagram.

Holidaily Brewing Patchy Waters Pumpkin gluten free beer review

The Taste Test

Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale

The Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale pours a deep and cloudy hue of golden-copper. Actually, the color of the beer is shockingly similar to the color of its can. It’s head wasn’t remarkable, but it did form a small one during the pour. It didn’t stick around for long.

The beer smells lightly–but not overwhelmingly– of pumpkin. Like a bowl of pumpkin pie filling, before it’s been baked. The aroma has a warm cinnamon and clove presence to it as well, an appetizing quality for a Fall seasonal. It doesn’t smell like a heavy beer. The aroma somehow conveys a freshness to the brew.

Holidaily Brewing Patchy Waters Pumpkin gluten free beer review

Upon first taste, I discover the pumpkin flavor is mild, similar to my experience with the aroma. The first sensation to hit my palate is the undeniable crispness of the (fairly light) carbonation. The soft onset of flavors allows the carbonation to be showcased right up front.

That sensation fades quickly though, and what follows is the smooth and unoffending flavor of pumpkin. There’s virtually no bitterness, and I must say, my favorite part about the Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale is that it is not particularly sweet. It does have a molasses-like sweetness, and it lingers on the palate for awhile, but its intensity is low.

Holidaily Brewing Patchy Waters Pumpkin gluten free beer review

There’s also plenty of spicy clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon notes. It prompted me to check the ingredient list, where I discovered that there’s ginger in this beer too. The pumpkin is certainly there, but it’s not stealing the show and it doesn’t cross the threshold of a sweet dessert beer. It doesn’t taste like a pumpkin pie in a glass. In fact, dare I say it, this beer actually tastes healthy with all the squash and spice it contains.

One thing I’ve noticed myself saying repeatedly during my Holidaily Brewing taste tests…this beer is so damn smooth! Their Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale is no exception. How do they keep doing this? Every beer style I’ve ever tried of Holidaily’s (even the ones I don’t particularly care for) are SO SMOOTH. It’s remarkable.

Holidaily Brewing Patchy Waters Pumpkin gluten free beer review

In fact, some might find it too smooth! Some beer drinkers may prefer it to have a little more density or spice behind it’s pumpkin label, but I find it quite refreshing and drinkable. It is indeed an ale…not a dessert.

Have you had the opportunity to taste this beer? If so, leave me a comment below to tell me what you thought of it! Again, don’t forget to check the beer pour on our Instagram or Facebook. If you want to browse more Holidaily reviews, check out their Buckwit Belgian, Fat Randy’s IPA, and Favorite Blonde.




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Gluten free since 2011. An unapologetically passionate dancer of many paths. Lover of thunderstorms, golden retrievers, and AMAZING craft beer. Bitter and hoppy is my jam.★LindsiKay.com

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