Scythe & Sickle Harvest Ale
Fall is easily my favorite time of the year. The weather and scenery in the South are (generally) fantastic, the god-forsaken humidity finally breaks and I get to celebrate another birthday. Fall also means the re-emergence of pumpkin, my favorite flavor, and fall seasonal beers.
When it gets cooler, I’m much more inclined to enjoy heavier and richer beers, so seasonals and pumpkin beers hit the spot. One of the newer fall beers is Scythe & Sickle from Ommegang. “Harvest ale” is a fitting name for the beer as it blends wheat, oats, rye and barley, which is supposed to give it a rich and smooth yet biting taste.
The beer is a brilliantly crystal clear pumpkin orange. There’s about finger of a really fluffy, bubbly head that sticks around. There’s some strong lacing and just some slight alcohol legs
On the nose is a really great sweet bready note. The barley and wheat are certainly noticeable and there’s just a very slight hint of pumpkin and spice, possibly from the rye. I got only a slight hop note as well. But the biggest, most noticeable character comes from the wheat. It’s a really rich and delicious-smelling beer.
There’s a good bit of carbonation on the front of the tongue which gives way to a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The sweetness of the wheat pops on the back, and again there’s a slight pumpkin and spice note. The hops are very mild, which is good, since nothing overpowers the slew of grains that go into making it. There’s a big bready yeast note (certainly from the Ommegang yeast), a hint of sweet caramel and just a bit of graininess.
I was really impressed with Scythe & Sickle, as I am with most Ommegang beers. It’s sweet, but not cloyingly so. Bready, not just a touch yeasty. And spicy, but in a sweeter, more mellow fashion. I held off on fall beers until September hit, but after trying this one, I’m glad they’re back.