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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #11 & #10

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The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #11 and #10 in the countdown! #11: Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale Producer: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.; Easton, PA Beer Name: Imperial Pumpkin Ale Price Range: $3.49/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 8% Appearance: Dark amber, hazy, no head Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, clove Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a dark amber with no head. It is cloudy almost to the point of being opaque. The aroma is rich with pumpkin and spice, including notes of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and a hint of clove. The taste is full of big pumpkin fruit and a nice blend of pumpkin spice. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg pop through but also bolder flavors like clove give this beer a bite toward the finish. It has a big malt backbone but remains pretty smooth throughout. There’s a very slight boozy character to this beer but I think it is toned ... Read More »

Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #13 & #12

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The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #13 and #12 in the countdown! #13: Southern Tier Warlock Producer: Southern Tier Brewing Company; Lakewood, New York Beer Name: Warlock Price Range: $7.99/bottle (22 oz) ABV: 8.6% Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, partly cloudy Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, roasted malts Virginia Pour House Review: The beer is a dark brown, nearly black but isn’t completely cloudy. The beer pours with very little head and it is not retained upon sitting. The aroma is rich with pumpkin and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a bit of cocoa and roasted malt in the nose. The taste has a nice blend of pumpkin and bitter notes from the dark roasted malts. There’s a hint of cocoa in the middle and some light hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is a chocolatey pumpkin delight. There is a great blend of unique flavors ... Read More »

Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #15 & #14

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The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #15 and #14 in the countdown! #15: Ithaca Country Pumpkin Producer: Ithaca Brewing Company; Ithaca, NY Beer Name: Country Pumpkin Price Range: $2.49/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.3% Appearance: Dark amber, almost orange, not entirely clear Aroma: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours mostly clear and it’s a deep amber color, almost orange. A small head forms but dissipates quickly upon sitting. The aroma is strong with pumpkin spice and hints of cinnamon. The spice doesn’t dominate the taste, but instead complements a nice pumpkin flavor. There is not much carbonation to this beer and as a result is very smooth on the palate. I definitely like pumpkin beers that taste of pumpkin and not just pumpkin spice, so this is a good one in my book. Very drinkable for over 6% ABV.   #14: Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin ... Read More »

Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #17 & #16

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The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #17 and #16 in the countdown! #17: Troeg’s Master of Pumpkins Producer: Troeg’s Brewing Company; Hershey, PA Beer Name: Master of Pumpkins Price Range: $7.00/draught (10 oz) ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Copper-colored and clear Aroma: Faint pumpkin and spice Virginia Pour House Review: I got to taste this beer at one of my favorite beer joints at Penn State, The Deli. This is one that I had been trying to track down for a little while. It was brewed with local Pennsylvania gourd pumpkins harvested this year. The beer pours a clear copper color with a small white foamy head. There is a very faint aroma of pumpkin and spice, with no specific spices standing out. The taste is strong with pumpkin fruit with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in the middle. The middle is reminiscent of pumpkin pie and the beer finishes dry. I ... Read More »

Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #19 & #18

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The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #19 and #18 in the countdown!   #19: Devil’s Backbone Pumpkin Hunter Producer: Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co; Roseland, VA Beer Name: Pumpkin Hunter Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 5.1% Appearance: Clear amber, very little head Aroma: Lots of pumpkin meat, hints of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a perfectly clear amber with very little head. The aroma is filled with lots of true pumpkin fruit with hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Like the aroma, the beer has a lot of pumpkin fruit taste with just faint hints of spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. It is medium-bodied, but this complements the style and flavor of this beer perfectly. Normally I like a beer with a heavier body but this is one of the more solid pumpkin beers that I have had this year. There is no ... Read More »