Pumpkin Beer Tasting 2014

pumpkin-beer-tastingWe got the gang together and tried over a dozen pumpkin beers.  It was a battle to the finish, but there were clear winners.  

The room was clearly divided between myself and the rest of the group.  While I do think there was a general “These all kinda taste the same” thought amongst the room, I thought none of the beers really put out a nice pumpkin flavor.  That’s not to say these beers were bad, but just that they label says pumpkin on it and there just wasn’t enough pumpkin for me.

But, these three were the choices of the room:


steadfast-beer-co-pumpkin-spice-aleSaranac Pumpkin Ale seemed to take top honors from everyone (except me).  Dr. Girlfriend is a big fan of Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale while we’ve always found Post Road Pumpkin Ale to a be a reliable and readily available at most liquor stores.

Then there were late entries:  Steadfast Beer Co Pumpkin Spice Ale and Southern Tier’s Imperial Pumpking Ale.  Dr. Girlfriend and I both felt that Steadfast’s entry tasted more like the spices you’d put in a pumpkin pie and not pumpkin itself, which is not a bad thing, and the title should have made that clear… but I missed it.  Then there’s Southern Tier’s Imperial Pumpking Ale.  This is my favorite seasonal beer of all time extent.  I’m not sure if it tastes like pumpkin or if it’s just spices… frankly, it doesn’t matter.  It’s just great… for me.  Dr. Girlfriend finds that its taste is overwhelming – it’s 8.6% and she can taste the alcohol, so to speak.  I don’t feel that way at all, but I thought it was worth mentioning.  It’s my favorite and she can’t drink it at all, so we’re about as divided on this beer as we can be.

The Full List:
Saranac Pumpkin Ale
Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
Post Road Pumpkin Ale
UFO Pumpkin
River Horse Pumpkin
Ithaca’s Country Pumpkin (My favorite label)
Terrapin PumpkinfestImperial-Pumpking-Ale-Southern-Tier
rrr… there’s a green label that just says Pumpkin… I can’t read it.  Sorry!
Boxcar Pumpkin Porter  (All I could tell was this one was a porter – couldn’t taste anything beyond its porter-y-ness)
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Steadfast Beer Co Pumpkin Spice Ale
Southern Tier’s Imperial Pumpking Ale

The non-pumpkin palate cleansers:
Angry Orchard
Shock Top Apple
Yuengling Oktoberfest

Oh, and here’s our 2010 Pumpkin beer  list.

About Jamie Insalaco

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Posted on November 5, 2014, in Beer, Booze and Wine, Drinking with George, Nurse Becky Explains and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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