Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Ottawa beer. This week they sample Dominion City Brewing Company's Galloping Hessian.
When I first started getting more involved with craft beer and learned about pumpkin ale I went on a pumpkin rampage. Not only did I buy what was available at the LCBO, but I travelled into the US and bought some of what was available there too! I was drinking the fall seasonal will past Christmas and got slightly sick of it, but this pumpkin obsessive behaviour helped define what I like and dislike and I've become quite the pumpkin snob.
Dominion City Brewing Company's Galloping Hessian falls into pumpkin ale's I like category. Solid base beer (brown ale) with pumpkin and added spicing. Not enough to make you feel like you're drinking pureed pumpkin pie, but the right about to warm you up when the wind rattle your windows.
This is a solid pumpkin beer that tends more on the malt and spice side without hitting that sickly-sweet liquid pumpkin pie territory. Appropriate for horseback riding, pumpkin smashing or when you need that extra bit of courage to cross a bridge.
I'm definitely a lover of pumpkin beer so I was excited to try Dominion City's Galloping Hessian Pumpkin Brown Ale – which is a mouthful to say – which is ironic, because the horseman has no head….and thus, no mouth.
But on to the beer! Notes of toffee and pumpkin spice waft from the amber brew. The toasted malt flavour is apparent in taste along with a hint of nuts and dried fruit and the pumpkin spice. It's often difficult to find the right balance of spice in pumpkin beer but I feel like they've done a good job.
Overall a nice light, malt forward beer, with a cinnamon toast like flavour. I was expecting a tad more bitterness from the hops in this brew based on the description, but definitely would reach for it again.