Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale
Well, this is a first.
Burlington, Vt.-based Magic Hat has been kicking around for 20 years, but hasn't wide released a pumpkin ale in that span. Did somebody forget to tell them they're in New England? Were the turning leaves and cars filled with New York-area leaf peepers not a clue?
Well, they finally got around to it and named it after a stock movie sound effect for falling characters that's been used in multiple films since 1951. It debuted Friday and hasn't been nearly as excruciating as its namesake.
A malty mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and some actual pumpkin, Wilhelm Scream is on the smoother end of the pumpkin ale spectrum. It eases into the season with a bit of Northern New England fresh-baked sweetness and settles in as the temperature drops.
Given Magic Hat's growth, takeover of Seattle-based Pyramid and buyout by North American Breweries, we're kind of surprised it hasn't produced an accessible pumpkin seasonal before. It's picking a fine time to drop one, though.