Archive for the ‘Pumpkin Ale’ Category

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

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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

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

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

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

Two Departed Soles beers in a row. We picked this one up in a mixed six-pack and since I had limited exposure with the brewery, I wanted to see how they would handle a seasonal. Let’s crack it open.

ghostsofpumpkinspassed

ABV: 5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Even Gluten Free folk deserve a seasonal beer, and GOPP is the first of its kind! An amber ale base with real pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg combine to produce a delicious seasonal that tastes so much like a #DefinitelyNotGlutenFree Pumpkin Ale, it is downright scary. But it is 100% Gluten Free!”

Random: Before everyone gets all over me for drinking a really old beer, I had this beer on October 1st. Now you can really see how big my backlog is.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dirty yellow color and cloudy. As a result, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had pumpkin puree along with clove and cinnamon. It smelled like a typical pumpkin beer. The taste started with a sour lemon note and then went into pumpkin. It had the normal pumpkin spices with nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was almost instant with pumpkin and spice. I paid $2.17 for the can, which came to $.18 per ounce. The beer reminded me more of pumpkin seltzer. I wouldn’t rush back to having this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

The other half and I have been binge watching “Quantico” today. It’s a bit challenging to keep track of the plot since it takes place in two different time frames, but I still enjoy watching it. I tend to like crime shows, so this one is right in my wheelhouse. Although, this season is a bit more confusing since it now involves the characters being in both CIA training and still in the FBI. Either way, it’s better watching it with a beer.

gourdstandard

ABV: 6.7%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nutty and semi-sweet cheeses like Gouda and Gruyere, roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash, pork with sweet glazes…and Mom’s pumpkin pie.”

Random: Butternut squash bisque is one of my favorite soups.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, cloudy mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of pumpkin with cinnamon, wood and vanilla. On the nose, there weren’t any IPA notes. The taste was also filled with pumpkin notes. I picked up ginger, cinnamon and vanilla. There was also some grass and dried grapefruit. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cinnamon and vanilla. A bottle of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. Conceptually, I found this beer to be really interesting, but I got way more pumpkin notes than IPA. Despite that, I enjoyed it a lot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0