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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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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #25 & #24

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #25 and 24 in the countdown! #25: Terrapin Pumpkinfest Producer: Terrapin Beer Company; Athens, GA Beer Name: Pumpkinfest Price Range: $3.49/bottle (12 oz.) ABV: 6.1% Appearance: Deep hazy amber Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a hazy amber with a foamy white head that dissipates but a ring remains at the top of the glass. The aroma is strong with cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of ginger, but not much actual pumpkin fruit. The taste is slightly sweet and has hints of pumpkin up front with a strong finish of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s important to note that this beer is a lager so it does pack a lighter body than most ales. This tastes like a cross between an Oktoberfest beer and a pumpkin beer, which I guess is what Terrapin was trying to accomplish. It’s an interesting take …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #27 & #26

It’s Fall and you know what that means: it’s the invasion of the pumpkin! I know that pumpkin-flavoring things have been overplayed in recent years but I have to admit that I still love pumpkin beers. Now that pumpkin beers pretty much come out at any time of year, I decided to sample a bunch of this year’s offerings to try to find the perfect pumpkin beer. I tasted 27 different pumpkin beers and rated each to determine an overall winner. We’ll do this countdown-style. Here we go with #27 and 26 (apologies for no glass shots): #27: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale Producer: Smuttynose Brewing Company; Hampton, NH Beer Name: Pumpkin Ale Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz.) ABV: 6.3% Appearance: Pale, hazy orange Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a pale, hazy orange with a foamy head that goes down but lingers near the top of the glass. The …

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Beer Review: Mikkeller It’s Alive!

mikkeller it's alive

I went on a bit of a Mikkeller spending spree recently so you may see a few more of their beers pop up soon. I previously reviewed a couple of Mikkeller’s brother’s beers (Evil Twin) but this will be my first Mikkeller review. This one is called “It’s Alive” and the only information that I have on it is that it’s a “Belgian Wild Ale” and that it’s 8% ABV. Here we go! Mikkeller It’s Alive! Producer: Mikkeller Beer; Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium Beer Name: It’s Alive! Price Range: $14.99/750 ml Style: Belgian Wild Ale ABV: 8% Appearance: Dark straw, almost copper, cloudy Aroma: Straw, grass, sugar, spice Virginia Pour House Review: The beer is a dark amber, cloudy with a foamy white head. The aroma is interesting, with notes of straw and grass, a little sourness from the Brettanomyces, and a sweetness with a little spice hiding beneath. It’s very complex. The taste is …

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Beer Review: Ommegang Valar Morghulis

ommegang valar morghulis

When the hit HBO series Game of Thrones started gaining popularity, Ommegang partnered with the show’s creators to brew a series of beers with ties to the series. So far, the series has given us a great Belgian blonde ale in Iron Throne Blonde, a mediocre Belgian stout in Take the Black Stout, and an interesting red ale with some pepper spice in Fire and Blood. The latest entry in the series is derived from the High Valyrian phrase, Valar Morghulis, meaning “all men must die.” Time for a review! Ommegang Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Producer: Ommegang Brewery; Cooperstown, NY Beer Name: Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Price Range: $12.99/750 ml Style: Abbey Dubbel ABV: 8% Appearance: Deep red, almost burgundy or chestnut, nice foamy caramel-colored head Aroma: Sweet, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, fruit Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a deep reddish brown color with a nice foamy caramel-colored head. …

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Beer Review: Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity

Stone hibiscusicity

Stone Brewing Company started an experimental line of beers in the last year called the “Stochasticity Project” (see Wikipedia for definition). It’s a way for them to experiment with different ingredients and make some off-the-wall beers, trying out some new ideas along the way. The series has already given us a gem in Grapefruit Slam and two other mediocre offerings in Varna Necropolis and Quadrotriticale. The latest offering is a beer called Hibiscusicity (say that three times fast). It’s a Belgian ale brewed with hibiscus flower and orange peel and clocks in at 7.4% ABV. Review ahead! Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA Beer Name: Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Price Range: $9.99/22 oz. Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Hazy pale pinkish orange, foamy white head Aroma: Belgian spice with hints of hibiscus and orange Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a hazy pale pink-orange with a …

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Beer Review: Green Flash Citra Session IPA

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Green Flash Citra Session IPA Producer: Green Flash Brewing Company; San Diego, CA Beer Name: Citra Session Price Range: $5.99/22 oz. Style: Session IPA ABV: 4.5% Appearance: Bright orange-yellow, mostly clear Aroma: Citrus – orange, lemon, mango Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a bright orange-yellow and is mostly clear with no head. The aroma is strong with citrus, namely orange and lemon with hints of mango. There is a lot of citrus in the taste, with lemon and orange notes standing out. The body is thin but that is to be expected with a session IPA. It has a good amount of carbonation and finishes dry. There is a lot of flavor in this beer for a session with less than 5% ABV. It is definitely one of the most flavorful that I have had and the bright citrusy Citra hops are front and center. It might not be enough to turn …

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Beer Review: Evil Twin Brewing Company Yin & Yang

When I see beers from Evil Twin Brewing Company in the store, I usually walk past them. I have sampled a couple and liked what I tasted, but they are generally too pricey for my taste. Of course, to every rule there is an exception. In this case, it is Evil Twin’s companion beers, Yin and Yang. It’s rare to find these beers together at the same time, so when my local beer store (thanks Wine Cabinet!) hosted a tasting, I had to go try them. I liked them enough to buy a four-pack of both and do a writeup… Beer Review: Evil Twin Brewing Company Yin & Yang Beer Review: Evil Twin Brewing Company Yin & Yang 2014-09-08 Virginia Pour House Review Overview Evil Twin Yin - 95 Evil Twin Yang - 80 Evil Twin Yin & Yang Blend - 100 92 91.7 Virginia Pour House Rating User Rating: …

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Beer Review: Stone Brewery Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers

Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, California, United States Beer Name: Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers Price Range: $8.99 Style: Porter ABV: 5.9% Appearance: Black, mostly opaque, slight effervescence, small head of foam Aroma: Very faint smoky scent mixed with very faint spiciness but almost no aroma at all Mouthfeel: Effervescent and dry Taste: Smoky upfront with subtle, pleasant spiciness from chipotle; finishes very dry but spice remains    To be clear, I’m not a huge fan of Stone Smoker Porter. However, they have done some interesting things with the beer. I think of porters as being generally very malleable. They are easy to bend in different ways with the addition of one or two ingredients because they are generally fairly plain. Stone Smoked Porter isn’t an interesting beer. But when paired with vanilla bean, or in this case chipotle peppers, it becomes something else entirely. Despite the fact that this …

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