Pumpkin Ales, Pumpkins Ales everywhere and not a single drop to drink

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Rambing on about nothing in particular, Taste Test Results
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So I am completely stealing this idea from my buddy Art , because he uses a different blog site and I can’t reblog it and add my own thoughts to it.

Every July, the store shelves start to fill up with the early signs of Oktoberfest beers and the dreaded gourd ales next to them.  Mind you, I am not a total hater of the over sized orange fruits but typically they are just faux pumpkin flavor and over spiced bombs.  To make matters worse, at some places when you order a pumpkin beer, you run the risk of having it served to you in a martini glass with a nice cinnamon and graham cracker flavored rim.  If this happens to you, make sure that you ask for a penis straw to go with it…

Anyway, as I had previously stated, I am not a complete pumpkin hater and have reviewed plenty of them over the past 2.5 years of beer ticks.  Here is my list of pumpkin ratings…from Top to Bottom:

  1. Southern Tier Pumking ~ 8.6% ABV ~ 4.43 /5 Rating
  2. Southern Tier Oak Aged Pumking ~ 8.6% ABV ~ 4.22 /5 Rating
  3. Elysian Brewing The Great Pumpkin ~ 8.1% ABV ~ 4.20 /5 Rating
  4. Fat Heads Spooky Tooth ~ 9.0% ABV ~ 4.18 /5 Rating
  5. Cigar City Grouchy Gourd ~ ABV Unknown ~ 4.08 /5 Rating
  6. Rivertowne Pourhouse Pumkins Pumkin Spice Beer ~ 5.4% ABV ~ 4.00 /5 Rating
  7. Horseheads Brewing Pumpkin ~ 6.6% ABV ~ 4.00 /5 Rating
  8. Schlafly Pumpkin ~ 8.0% ABV ~ 4.00 /5 Rating
  9. Elysian Brewing Dark O The Moon ~ 6.5% ABV ~ 3.95 /5 Rating
  10. Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin ~ 8.5% ABV ~ 3.93 /5 Rating
  11. Elysian Brewing Hop Squash Pumpkin IPA ~ 6.6% ABV ~ 3.90 /5 Rating
  12. Blue Canoe Brewery Punked Out ~ 8.0% ABV ~ 3.90 /5 Rating
  13. Bootleggers Brewery Pumpkin ~ 6.1% ABV ~ 3.89 /5 Rating
  14. Elysian Brewing Night Owl Pumpkin ~ 5.9% ABV ~ 3.88 /5 Rating
  15. Weyerbacher Brewing Imperial Pumpkin ~ 8.00% ABV ~ 3.85 /5 Rating
  16. Timber Creek Tap & Table Creek O Lantern ~ 7.8% ABV ~ 3.75 /5 Rating
  17. Blackstone Brewery Pumpkin ~ 5.1% ABV ~ 3.73 /5 Rating
  18. Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin ~ 8.5% ABV ~ 3.73 /5 Rating
  19. Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin ~ 6.3% ABV ~ 3.55 /5 Rating
  20. Dogfish Head Punkin ~ 7.0% ABV ~ 3.55 /5 Rating
  21. Avery Brewing Rumpkin ~ 18.1% ABV ~ 3.53 /5 Rating
  22. Gilded Otter Brewing Clove Valley Pumpkin ~ 5.5% ABV ~ 3.53 /5 Rating
  23. Captain Lawrence Pumpkin ~ 5.5% ABV ~ 3.44 /5 Rating
  24. Southampton Publick House Pumpkin ~ 5.5% ABV ~ 3.43 /5 Rating
  25. Custom Brewcrafters Harvest Jack ~ 5.5% ABV ~ 3.40 /5 Rating
  26. Saranac Pumpkin ~ 5.4% ABV ~ 3.35 /5 Rating
  27. Cambridge Brewing Great Pumpkin ~ 4.4% ABV ~ 3.30 /5 Rating
  28. New Holland Brewing Ichabod Ale ~ 5.5% ABV ~ 3.25 /5 Rating
  29. Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin ~ 5.0% ABV ~ 3.25 /5 Rating
  30. Bruery/Elysian/Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado ~ 5.0% ABV ~ 3.10 /5 Rating
  31. Becker Brewing Pumpkin ~ 5.0% ABV ~ 3.08 /5 Rating
  32. Seneca Lodge Brewing Pumpkin ~ 4.4% ABV ~ 3.03 /5 Rating
  33. Hoppin’ Frog Frogs Hollow Double Pumpkin ~ 8.4% ABV ~ 2.98 /5 Rating
  34. Buffalo Bills Brewery Pumpkin ~ 5.2% ABV ~ 2.10 /5 Rating

Some notable pumpkin beers that have yet to be reviewed yet are Elysians Hansel and Gretel and Southern Tier Warlock.  Hansel and Gretel really sounds appealing because of its addition of gingerbread but I am refusing to chase down Warlock because Southern Tier brewing had previously done a small batch beer called Warlock, which was a Milk Stout…not a fan of recycling the name to fit their means.

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