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Newburgh Squashtober Ale

November 12, 2014

Newburgh Brewing is a company with a lot of history and passion behind it. The brewmaster is a French Culinary Institute graduate with six years working at the Brooklyn Brewery, and the COO and brewmaster are lifelong friends who grew up next to each other. The town of Newburgh itself is one of those lovely Hudson Valley towns with more history than you can shake a stick at, and where there is history, there is beer. Newburgh is a company that strives to be a part of a centuries old brewing tradition that focuses on high quality ingredients to create high quality products that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Squashtober, a spin on the now common pumpkin ale with its addition of butternut squash, is a great example of this spirit. The beer itself is a nice cloudy orange-amber color with a white head sitting on top of it. The brew’s other twist, its Belgian inspiration, is made immediately clear when you are hit with that classic sweet Belgian yeast scent along with an undercurrent of both pumpkin and butternut squash. Its middling body and smooth body make it a great beer for the Fall, since it’s easy to drink but not so light that you’ll pound it down too quick.

If I’m being honest though, I found the beer to be a bit disappointing. The wheat malt that gives this brew an extra bit of harvest connotation came out a little too strong and overpowered the normally cutting Belgian yeast flavor. The squash flavor also seemed understated, when it came through it really brightened the brew but most of the time it got lost amidst everything else. Finally, the traditional autumnal spices provide a bite at the end that while pleasant were just one more strong flavor to lose track of.

It’s definitely a better beer than most and more importantly is far more ambitious than what any other breweries their size are putting out. However, that means there’s a lot of hype to live up to and so I’m probably being a little harsh. That’s why I’d still say check the beer out and why I’m definitely going to keep my eyes peeled for more Newburgh beers. These guys know what they’re doing and they’re obviously pushing the boundaries.


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