Beer Profile: Cortland Pumpkin

Profiled by Maria Devan

It’s dark but handsome and pours to style. Copper. Darker than the rest of the pumpkin ales you have seen I bet. Thin tan head that falls fast. Smells good. Modest malt nose heady with some cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. Taste is disappointing. Wet finish, loose body, and watery. No finish no flavor. what happened? As it warms you see a big wet citric flavor on that spice and what happened to the malt which does actually linger mysteriously. This is missing a malt stance. The malt fell apart and what I am drinking is the hops character which is tantalizing. Citric, juicy but not any bitterness is coming through. When I see the spice on the palate I think that is perfect but the malt is missing. Woody hop. There is pumpkin in it and you can taste it there is acidity.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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mdMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is a great beer writer. That’s Maria in the middle. The other two are not, but they are lucky to have her as a friend. She also recently judged for the first time as a beer judge with Certified beer judge Brent Blanchard, and stewarded for PGA editor Ken Carman, also Certified. Oh, and shared a scary ride home to Ithaca with the latter where Ken got REALLY sleepy. Sorry, Maria.