Editor’s Note: This column is sponsored by Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road).
We’re back with part two of what might be the most epic review of Pumpkin Ales spanning August and September 2013!
In our first rundown, we reviewed a couple of the traditional pumpkin brew standbys.
I kind of have a thing for pumpkin-flavored stuff (I may or may not have “liberated” a couple of boxes of pumpkin latte flavia packets from the office kitchens to get me through the year). So just to make sure you find that perfect beer for your tailgate, Thanksgiving Dinner or for after that hike, I’ve taken it upon myself to review four more pumpkin ales. you know, for science.
Dogfish Head: Punkin Ale 7% Milton, Delaware
Flying Dog: The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale 9% Frederick, Maryland
The pumpkin flavor itself is pretty muted and that might just be what some people want. Sometimes the “pumpkin pie-ness” of these beers can be too much. The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale makes no apologies about that. You can have two or three bottles of this beer without feeling like you just raided a stash of Halloween candy.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale 8% Easton, Pennsylvania
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale 8% St. Louis, Missouri
Schlafly edges it out. It’s not just pumpkin pie made into beer, it’s truly a pumpkin ale. The cinnamon, allspice, clove, and brown sugar is all there. The pumpkin is truly the most dominant flavor, but in proportion. It’s also a beer, not a pumpkin pie mix diluted with beer, which is what makes it my top choice. This seasonal seems to take careful consideration into how to craft a pumpkin ale from the ground up.
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