The Magic Hat Brewing Company was founded in 1994 by Alan Newman and Bob Johnson in Burlington, Vermont. Twenty years later Magic Hat is known the world over for their craft brews. Their newest seasonal is a pumpkin ale by the name of Wilhelm Scream. Wilhelm Scream refers to a Hollywood sound effect that has been used in more than 200 movies over the last 70 years.
Curious about the Wilhelm Scream sound effect? Check out this link for a compilation video that showcases just some of the movies the sound effects has been used in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdbYsoEasio
Curious about the Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale? Well we’ve got you covered there too… check out the rest of this blog for further details.
The beer pours a rust almost copper color with orange highlights when viewed directly against the light. The half finger tan colored head dissipates quickly and leaves behind a light scattered lacing a top the beer.
On the nose nutmeg spice dominates the bouquet. There are other pumpkin pie spice notes of cinnamon and allspice but the nutmeg is definitely the star. Fleshy over ripened pumpkin aromas are notable underneath all the spices. Rounding out the bouquet is a touch of toasty malts.
The palate is almost identical to the bouquet. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice flood the palate along with a touch of sweet vanilla. An earthy, vegetal pumpkin note is notable but is over shadowed by the spice. There is a hint of caramelized malts that adds complexity and balance. The pumpkin pie spice notes really give you a taste of fall.
Magic Hat has created a great pumpkin ale. This is a must try for those who are fans of autumn spices but aren’t in love with the almost overwhelming pumpkin notes found in many pumpkin beers. I can’t say the beer will evoke the Wilhelm Scream but it is a great beer nonetheless. Try it with aged gouda, roast duck or rice pudding.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints
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