Pumpkin IPA – Tree Brewing (The Beer Institute)

Tree Brewing in Kelowna has opened a second location named the Beer Institute.  The beer institute brews all of their own beer on site using the standard recipes while also making a few of their own seasonal beers.  One of these Beer Institute seasonals that was created was the “Pumpkin IPA” and was packaged in bombers with a sharpie label and was only available in the retail space on site.  The beer pours a brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, pumpkin, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of a great malt beginning with a fairly big hops bitterness, pine, resin with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  Having drank many pumpkin beers this was a welcome change.  Making it an IPA really threw a wrench into what I was expecting with a pumpkin beer.  I hope more breweries will try out this as a possible style as hops always make a beer better!

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