Pumpkin Ale

Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #1-3

It all comes down to this. Here are the top three beers in the Pour House’s Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer! #3: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale Producer: Schlafly Beer; St. Louis, MO Beer Name: Pumpkin Ale Price Range: $12 / 6-pack (12 oz) ABV: 8% Appearance: Deep amber, copper-colored, bright Aroma: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove Virginia Pour House Review: The beer is a bright copper color and almost perfectly clear with a small head the quickly dissipates. The aroma is intoxicating. It smells like the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning, rich with spices present in pumpkin pie. I get hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove along with some pumpkin notes. This is probably the best aroma I have gotten out of a pumpkin beer this year. The taste does not disappoint. There is a great blend of pumpkin spices in this one, with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out. It tastes like a freshly-made pumpkin …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #4-6

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #4-6 in the countdown!    #6: Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Producer: Dogfish Head Brewery; Milton, DE Beer Name: Punkin Ale Price Range: $8 / 4-pack (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Clear amber, small foamy head Aroma: Pumpkin, very slight hints of pumpkin spice Virginia Pour House Review: This beer was poured from my kegerator, so it’s not technically a bottle review. I just couldn’t turn it down when I saw it at Total Wine. The beer pours a perfectly clear amber with a nice one-finger foamy head forming that only dissipates upon sipping. The aroma is sharp with lots of pumpkin fruit and not much spice. Pumpkin fruit dominates the taste with only slight hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar spice in the finish. This beer has a maltier body that can support the large amount of pumpkin flavor. This is simply one of …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #7-9

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #7-9 in the countdown! #9: Saucony Creek Maple Mistress Producer: Saucony Creek Brewing Company; Kutztown, PA Beer Name: Maple Mistress Price Range: $5 / draught (10 oz) ABV: 9.5% Appearance: Clear, robust amber Aroma: Pumpkin, maple, cinnamon Virginia Pour House Review: I decided to get a bonus pumpkin beer while at The Deli in State College and ordered this amazingly-named beer after the wife took a shot on it. The aroma on this beer is incredible. Rich notes of pumpkin and maple syrup stand out with a hint of cinnamon underneath. The beer is a clear, bold amber color with almost no head. The taste features strong notes of maple syrup in the beginning and middle with big pumpkin and spice in the finish. It has a great mouthfeel, coating the palate with sweet maple and pleasing pumpkin pie flavor. This is probably one of …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #21 & #20

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #21 and #20 in the countdown! #21: Cisco Pumple Drumkin Producer: Cisco Brewers; Nantucket, MA Beer Name: Pumple Drumkin Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6% Appearance: Pale amber, hazy, small foamy off-white head Aroma: Pumpkin, faint spice, cinnamon, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a pale, hazy amber with a small foamy off-white head.The aroma is faint with pumpkin and spice, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through. The taste is light with bitterness from the pumpkin and spice in the middle. It finishes smooth with some faint lingering bitterness on the palate. It is medium-bodied, enough to hold up the flavor, but not overly heavy. It is slightly effervescent but has a nice mouthfeel, coating the palate. This beer is solid, but I wanted a little more out of it. It has a nice malt backbone and a good …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #23 & #22

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #23 and #22 in the countdown! #23: Uinta Punk’n Producer: Uinta Brewing Company; Salt Lake City, UT Beer Name: Punk’n Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 5% Appearance: Pale orange, cloudy, no head Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a hazy, pale orange, slightly cloudy with very little head. The aroma is a pleasant blend of pumpkin fruit, cinnamon, and hints of brown sugar. The taste is mostly pumpkin, with hints of spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg barely make an appearance. The body is light with a thin mouthfeel. Like others that I have tasted, the body is simply too light. The pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, but this beer would be better with some more malt in the middle to complement the big pumpkin taste. Without that the beer tastes too thin and almost watered down.   #22: …

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