Well, has he let himself go?…or not? It is kind of hard to tell in some cases, like that of Carrot Top. He has made a career out of being “off”. Just slightly out of sync with the rest of society. But let’s face it he is good at it. Carrot Top is perhaps one of the most recognizable figures in America, next to Ronald McDonald. And let’s face for all his foibles and oddities he is a pretty funny comedian. He has his own show that runs at the Luxor Hotel in Vegas and has a list as long as your arm of various television appearances…oh, and did I mention he’s funny? Whether you like prop humor or not, it is hard to watch part of his act without smiling and getting a chuckle if not solid belly laugh.
I was convinced of his abilities this last season on Last Comic Standing. I watched a total of one episode of this show last year and the one I saw was where the comedians were turned loose in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond and told to come up with a prop humor skit in 90 minutes. His off the cuff critique of the contestants was funnier than just about anything they came up with. So Carrot Top is wierd, but he is surprisingly good at his craft…just like the beer I had last night…
This year I have done a little more experimenting with Pumpkin brews than last. So far this year I’ve had 3 to last year’s 1. Not exactly jumping in with both feet, but I do have an Autumn Maple for Thanksgiving Dinner. I had heard really good things about the Elysian Pumpkin Ale. It is pretty available out here, as it is brewed in Seattle, Washington so I gave it a try.
As you can see it poured a hazy brown orange color with about a one finger tan head that litterally dissipated as I turned around to put the can opener away. Didn’t stick around at all. The label says this is a pumpkin brew made with 7 pounds of pumpkin per batch, pumpkin seeds, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, and it sits at 5.9% ABV. Sounds just like a pumpkin pie with seeds and alcohol added. And it was those seeds that made all the difference in my opinion.
The nose is spicy, with pumpkin, and a tinge of a acrid odor that I couldn’t really place until I took a taste. It was the seeds! This brew takes the best of a pumpkin pie type brew and adds in the roasted flavor of the pumpkin seeds! It was wonderful. Not too sweet, slightly bitter, spicy and fully in the spirit of the season. I hesitate to say this is the best pumpkin brew I’ve had, as I have tended to like each one I’ve tried better than the last, but this was very good.
It did have a kind of weird flavor with the addition of the pumpkin seeds, but it all seemed to work together surprisingly well. If you can find this brew, try it. I think you will be surprised too.