New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

Tonight’s beer was one of the few pumpkin beers that I haven’t tried that grace the shelves of Jersey. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.4%

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Enough with the run-of-the-mill pumpkin beers. I’m not interested in an ale that takes cues from a frozen coffee drink, and neither are you. That’s why I made Atomic Pumpkin. Does it really feature Habanero peppers? Yep! What about Saigon Cinnamon? Ding! Aji and Del Arbol peppers? Winner. I round it all out with a hearty malt bill that makes for a spicy brew that puts the “Fun” back in Pumpkin. (Spelling was never my strength). — Voodoo Ranger”

Random: This beer comes in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with an off white head that was a finger high. It took a little bit of time to go away and left a small crown on top of the body, but no lacing. The body was clear and bright orange in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with the normal pumpkin spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and some vanilla as well. The taste started with sweetness and went into pumpkin spice. It had cinnamon, nutmeg and some ginger as well. Right at the back of my tongue, the hot peppers kicked in and they were pleasantly spicy. I enjoy spicy things, so this was right in my wheelhouse. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with hot peppers. Once they kicked in, it muted all of the pumpkin spices that were present. A bottle of this was $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but one was certainly enough for me. If you’re into pumpkin and hot peppers, this was a really interesting beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

I love pumpkin beers and this beer is one that I’ve tried to find for years. I saw it on a shelf awhile back and grabbed the last bottle. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A liquid monument to the glory of the pumpkin, the most noble of all the gourds, this Imperial Pumpkin Ale is brewed with cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, Zanzibar cloves, nutmeg and vanilla to emulate the flavors of a decadent, piquant pumpkin pie. The gourd is good, indeed.”

Random: This beer is a special release from Cigar City.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan-colored head. It was thick and took awhile to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany brown and clear with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant. It started with pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and lots of vanilla extract. Ginger and allspice came through next. There was a scent of booze along with ginger. The taste was just a bigger version of the nose. It started with lots of pumpkin pie. The spices were bold with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. It also had a lot of ginger and vanilla. The booze was apparent on this beer, for sure. There was also caramel and toffee. The body was thick and sticky with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky. I thought this beer was good, but definitely a slow sipper because of the sweetness.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Belgium Pumpkick

New Belgium has been in the state for over a year now, but I still try to search some of them out. I don’t know if their beers got hyped just because we couldn’t get them in New Jersey or because of the liquid itself, but I was excited to try this beer. I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin beers anymore, but let’s see how this one fared.

pumpkick

ABV: 6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.”

Random: I wish I got cranberry juice in the beer.

The brew poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. But, it left a small crown on top of the clear, orange-brown body. There was high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pumpkin pie and the expected pumpkin pie spice. There was also a significant honey sweetness and brown sugar. The taste was also really sweet. I picked up sweet potato, brown sugar, honey and dark molasses. There was less impact from the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice than the nose, but it was still present. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with honey and brown sugar sweetness. A bottle of this was $1.75, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. The beer was good, but the flavors weren’t balanced. It’s not a terrible pumpkin beer, but it’s not one that I would seek out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Coronado Punk’ In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Tonight’s selection is another Fall beer that I drank back in November. I typically like Coronado beers, so let’s see how this one was.

punkindrublic

ABV: 8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Taste autumn in the land of eternal sunshine with our Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Brewed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and plenty of would-be-jack-o-lanterns, this beer delivers autumn’s trademark flavors along with a hint of West Coast character, whether enjoyed in a pumpkin patch or on the beach.”

Random: Val made squash lasagna for dinner. I can’t wait to try it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head that dissipated instantly. There was a slight crown left on top of the clear, mahogany body. There was a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose had the expected pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. It also had a cinnamon candy note too. The taste was slightly different than the typical pumpkin beer. I still found a significant spice note of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger that was complemented by brown sugar. After a few sips, I also picked up gingerbread and vanilla. It had a sweet note at the end with caramel and white bread. The alcohol was integrated well and only gave a slight warming note to the beer. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and spicy finish with pumpkin pie spice. A bottle of this was $2.59, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had and I would revisit it again without hesitation.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking

Tonight’s beer is a draft only take on a Fall classic, Southern Tier Pumking. Let’s see how it was.

coffeepumking

ABV: 8.6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the beerstreetjournal.com, “Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking, a new variant of one of the most well-known pumpkin beers, releases soon. The mere mention of Pumking will typically get a strong ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ reaction. Either way, it’s hard to doubt this pumpkin beer has made quite an impression on the beer scene. Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is created in a few steps. First, the brewery mashed in the grains at a higher temperature in order to leave a little residual sweetness to pair better with the coffee flavor. Once fermentation was completed the beer was cold crashed to 32 degrees, and 150 pounds of cold pressed coffee from local roaster Stedman’s was added. Incidentally, the brewery pressed the coffee themselves. In the end, the coffee adds nutty and cocoa flavors to Pumking’s strong pumpkin and pie crust flavors. Due to the infusion, this beer does have traces of caffeine. Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is a limited, draft only offering.”

Random: I’ve been getting into cold press coffee lately. It’s pretty good.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head. it went away quickly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange with only light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with the normal pumpkin spices, specifically nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, but quickly into a lot of black coffee. The taste was filled with the same pumpkin spices or ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon and had less coffee than the nose. It had a touch of alcohol warming at the back of the throat. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee. The beer was an interesting take on pumpkin and I wasn’t even sure before I tried it that it would work, but it did. It’s definitely a one glass only beer for me, but I’m glad I sampled it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

New Jersey Beer Company Chairman Of The Gourd

This was a beer that Val ordered. She tends to like pumpkin beers and this was a local one. I still haven’t made my way up to this brewery, but eventually I’ll get up there. I’ve had a few of their other beers so far and been pretty impressed by them. Hopefully this one will be as good.

chairmanofthegourd

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our fall seasonal was crafted with an inimitable blend of autumn spices and real pumpkin, and also serves as our loving tribute to a Hudson County original: Frank Sinatra, The Chairman of the Board!”

Random: I like the simplicity of their labels. When the laws in New Jersey changed, this brewery was one of the first that started putting beer on the shelves by me.

This beer poured with less than a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark sienna color with almost no visible carbonation. The nose had maple syrup and light pumpkin pie spices. It was more like a brown ale to me than a pumpkin beer. The taste was also more like a brown ale than a pumpkin beer. It had toasted nuts, nutmeg and cinnamon. The body was medium thickness and way undercarbonated. It had a quick finish with spice. I just wasn’t really feeling this beer. If I wanted a brown ale, I would have gotten a brown ale. This isn’t the best of their offerings.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin

This is a beer that sat in my basement for a few years. I picked it up during our Maine trip and given the ABV, I thought it could use some time to mellow.

smashedpumpkin

ABV: 11.4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Shipyard Brewing Company has released the first in its new line of limited edition bourbon barrel aged ales. 2,100 bottles (350 cases) of Bourbon Barrel Aged Double ESB are quickly selling off store shelves in Maine, New Hampshire, Florida, and California. In October, 350 cases of Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin will be released in select markets. In December, a limited number of cases of Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude will also be released. These brews have all been brewed and carefully cellar-aged in small batches for over 100 days in decanted bourbon barrels. This line of unique beers allows Shipyard’s brew house crew to blend their creativity and passion for beer to create these special, limited release brews. These 750 milliliter (1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce) bottles are all hand filled, corked, and individually labeled with the bottle number. Recommend serving temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit in brandy-style stemware. The suggested retail price is $14.99 per bottle.”

Random: I miss Maine. I think we need to go back soon.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of cream-colored head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany with no visible carbonation. The nose was pungent with notes of vanilla, pumpkin and a lot of nutmeg. There was toasted oak as well. The taste didn’t have nearly as much booze as I expected, given the ABV. There was also notes of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg up front. A ginger snap characteristic came through too. There also wasn’t nearly as much bourbon barrel as I would have thought. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It had a quick and spicy finish with pumpkin pie. I picked this up a few years ago at the brewery for $14.99, which came to $.68 per ounce. This was a solid offering, I just wish it had a touch more bourbon barrel.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0