There are two types of people in this world, those who love and enjoy pumpkin spice products and those who do not. For one, I am generally on the side of those who don’t partake in the ritual of pumpkin spice mania but I can wholeheartedly jump on ship with pumpkin beers.
In my first ever piece for TuffGnarl.com, which you can find here, I reviewed six pumpkin beers that you had to try during this time of year before they’re lost to the horde of Christmas ales that are imminent.
Here are six more.
1. Cigar City Brewing Seasonal Creep
One of the biggest complaints about pumpkin spice mania is that it keeps coming out earlier and earlier every year. Well, the geniuses at Cigar City Brewing hear your complaints and ignored them with this one. Seasonal Creep is a take on their already famed Good Gourd but with added chocolate. Seasonal Creep is a pumpkin ale that comes in at a hefty 8.3% alcohol by volume (ABV). It pours out a shade of dark ruby with a thin white head. Its aroma is that of pumpkin and cloves while its taste is similar but with added chocolate and cinnamon.
2. Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial Pumpkin Ale
The second beer on this list is also an imperial pumpkin ale, which means that it’s going to have a slightly higher ABV. Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. comes in with an ABV of 8%. This beer pours out a deep shade of orange with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet like cinnamon. While it has a fairly simple aroma, its flavor is much more complex containing the aforementioned cinnamon but adding clove, caramel and cardamom.
3. Funky Buddha Brewery Sweet Potato Casserole
In a rising trend among brewers to do something different with pumpkin beers many are ditching pumpkins and going with yams or sweet potatoes for a similar yet different type of beer. Out of Oakland Park, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery has mastered this style with their Sweet Potato Casserole beer. This beer pours out dark amber with a white head and packs a moderate 7.9% ABV. Its aroma is sweet like vanilla and marshmallows. However, once tasting it you get all the regular spices plus that delicious sweet potato.
4. Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
One type of pumpkin ale that I’m a bit surprised that I don’t see more often would be barrel aged pumpkin beer. There are a few out there but surprisingly not a lot. Coming out of Kentucky, it’s no shock that this pumpkin ale is aged in bourbon barrels. It has an ABV of 10% and pours out a shade of crystal orange. Its aroma is similar to that of most of these pumpkin beers and has a corresponding taste. The only difference in taste is that you get a bunch of booze from the bourbon barrel. My opinion is to let your drink warm up a bit first so that you can taste all of the flavors.
5. Uinta Brewing Company Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale
If all of the beers on this list sound a little bit too much for you, then I recommend this one, as it’s a toned down version of these other brews. This beer comes in with an ABV of 5% and pours out a shade of ginger with a medium white head. The beer smells of nutmeg and malt and has a taste that is much more pumpkin than the rest. It’s almost as if they focused on the pumpkin flavor instead of the adding seasonings to enhance the pumpkin.
6. Fat Head’s Brewery Spooky Tooth
Rounding out the list is a pretty solid pumpkin ale from Fat Head’s Brewery out of Ohio. This beer pours out an extremely deep orange color with a tan head and has an ABV of 9%. Its aroma is not unlike a pumpkin pie. There’s pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, brown sugar and clove. Its taste pretty much matches the aroma.
With the exception of two of the beers on this list, you should be able to find these at your local craft beer bar or liquor store. Comment below if there were any you would’ve added to this list.
(Slider image credit: phillymag.com)
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