New B(r)oo(ew): O’so Jack’s Lantern

5 Nov


O'so Jack's Lantern

Not your daddy's punkin' ale

A quick jaunt across the street to Barriques to pick up a six pack of Ale Asylum Madtown Nutbrown for my roommate netted me an additional sixer of Plover, Wisconsin’s own O’so Brewing Jack’s Lantern, their take on a pumpkin ale with more than one twist.  For such a small upstart brewery, O’so has quite a diverse catalog and consistently puts together some interesting iterations of familiar and not-so-familiar styles.  Smoked beers always pique my interest so the second word of the big description on the bottle hooked me immediately.  I’m such a pushover.


Beer: O’so Jack’s Lantern

Style: Pumpkin Ale/Smoked Ale

Description: Cherry smoke, rye, pumpkin and exotic yeast conjure up the autumn experience in an obscure marriage of flavors.  Enjoy this truly unique offering!!” (from the bottle label)

Vitals: none to be found

My take: I was informed by the woman who checked me out that this beer was a smoke-forward pumpkin beer.  That is most certainly the case.  Jack’s pours a dark, slightly hazy amber color with ample creamy foam.  Smoked malt and faint pumpkin spice dominate the nose with a slight rye twinge.  Smoke coats the tongue while the pumpkin pie spices and tangy rye malt battle with estery Belgian-style yeast characters.  The pumpkin is quite subtle here, though it does round out the body with some needed sweetness.  There’s a lot going on here, and frankly, this beer is smokier than some beers with “smoked” in their title (*cough* New Glarus Smoke on the Porter *cough*).  The smoke and quirky yeast are the stars here with any pumpkin ale character relegated to supporting status.  I love this as a smoked beer and appreciate the creativity on the part of O’so.  Try it while you can still find it.

One Response to “New B(r)oo(ew): O’so Jack’s Lantern”


  1. New Brew: O’so Picnic Ants Farmhouse Ale « 43north/89west - June 15, 2010

    […] experiment despite their recent entry into Wisconsin’s competitive craft beer market.  Their Jack’s Lantern (a pumpkin ale brewed with rye and smoked malt) wowed me this past fall and their silky […]

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