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North Peak Hooligan

HOOLIGAN: 81 Points

Unbalanced

Unbalanced

This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “North Peak Hoodoo MidWest Wet Hop IPA is brewed with fresh from the farm Michigan hops for exceptional flavor. Hoodoo is hops from start to finish with a little malt in the middle.”

My Description: It begins with a large, off-white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of cloves, pumpkins, malt, cinnamon, and a hint of tart. Hooligan is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is unbalanced in that the pine and citrus hops completely dominate the other flavors making them faint at best. Those notes would consist of faint spice notes and a hint of pumpkin. While I enjoy a bitter beer, I would like a pumpkin beer to have a bit more flavor and depth than just big hop notes. None-the-less it is still a pleasant and enjoyable beer but nothing special in the Autumn seasonal department. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, spicy dishes, or baked squash.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Golden/Orange Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

New Holland Ichabod

ICHABOD: 89 Points

Welcoming

Welcoming

This Pumpkin Beer is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert.”

My Description: Ichabod is one of those pumpkin beers that you can drink a six pack of. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of malt, cinnamon, pumpkin, and an overall vegetative presence. Ichabod is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant and the notes work cleanly together without having the spices overpower the rest of the beer. Upfront, there are notes of pumpkins and a hint of cinnamon and malt which transition cleanly into the aftertaste that is slightly bitter with lingering clove notes. Generally the spice notes of this beer are in the undertone allowing the pumpkin and malt to come through nicely. Overall, this is a good Pumpkin beer that is worth your time. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, grilled chicken, or baked ham.

ABV: 5.2% Color: Orange/Red Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth

SPOOKY TOOTH: 93 Points

It's a scary!

It’s a scary!

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally before Halloween in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rich amber color with aroma of sweet pumpkin pie and savory spices with hints of sweet malt. Rich and creamy with a chewy mouthfeel that you can sink your teeth into. Flavors of pumpkin up front then sweet malt, pie crust, spice, hints of brown sugar and a clean finish. We stopped just short of the whipped cream. But we like the way you think.

My Description: This a memorable Imperial Pumpkin Ale because the flavors are clean and the pumpkin actually comes through. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is full of spices with nutmeg being the dominate scent. There are also notes of brown sugar, sweet malt, and pie crust. Spooky Tooth is fuller bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. A big malt backbone gives this beer depth and body while holding up notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. The aftertaste is where the pumpkin flavor comes through and lingers into the finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden with very little flavor detected. This beer is slightly bitter but more on the sweet side. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with baked turkey, pumpkin pie obviously, and roasted duck with a fruit sauce.

ABV: 9% Color: Amber/Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10

New Belgium Pumpkick

PUMPKICK: 84 Points

Cranberries and Pumpkins

Cranberries and Pumpkins

This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing. Available in September and October 2014.”

My Description: There are a good amount of ingredients added to this Pumpkin Ale and they blend together nicely creating a different taste in a cluttered and abundant pumpkin beer market. It pours a good sized, off-white colored head that fades slowly to a thin film that holds most of the way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of nutmeg, pumpkin, pie crust, lemongrass, and a hint of tart. Pumpkick is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This is a complex flavor profile that is a little more on the sweet side. This beer almost tastes like a mix between a pumpkin pie and an apple pie. There are notes of cranberries, all-spice, cinnamon, and a hint of tart. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and the alcohol is completely hidden. Pumpkin notes and malt notes are detected but definitely not the centerpiece. This is a crisp and refreshing beer for the season. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with pumpkin bread, cheesecake, or sautéed asparagus.

ABV: 6% Color: Orange/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Southern Tier Warlock

WARLOCK: 97 Points

Love that evil magic

Love that black magic

This Fruit/Imperial Stout is released seasonally in September in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own and also to counterpoint our Imperial Ale, Pumking. Make your own black magic by carefully pouring this Imperial Stout into a goblet. Dark and mysterious, the Blackwater Series is serious about high gravity. Reanimate your senses with Warlock’s huge roasted malt character, moderate carbonation and spicy pumpkin pie aroma.”

My Description: I’m under the spell of this Warlock, I’m addicted to the flavors and overall presence of this beer. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma smells just like a pumpkin pie crust with notes of cloves, nutmeg, roasted pecans, vanilla, and graham crackers. This beer smells amazing and immediately makes you want to take a sip. Warlock is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There are some roasted notes and a touch of coffee usual with stouts but there are many other flavors too. Nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, pumpkin, woodsy hops, and a touch of alcohol all work harmoniously together. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great balance to this beer. It is smooth, creamy, and delicious. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with smoked ribs, carrot cake, or spicy chicken.

ABV: 8.6%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 3/10

POST ROAD: 86 Points

Not overpowering

Not overpowering

This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Early American colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious. Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient. Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.”

My Description: It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is gentle and warming with notes of nutmeg, pumpkin, biscuit malt, and a touch of cinnamon. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is nicely balanced and not one ingredient overpowers another. The beer matches the aroma beautifully and is mainly malt oriented with minor notes of pumpkins, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Plus, there is a nice mellow hop character to bring overall balance. This ale is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted ham, Thanksgiving cuisine, or root vegetables.

ABV: 5%  Color: Orange/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

SMASHED PUMPKIN: 90 Points

Great Pumpkin Flavor

Great Pumpkin Flavor

This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit.”

My Description: The complex batch of flavors in this ale work beautifully together to deliver a pumpkin beer that is smooth, tasty, and memorable. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades quick to a ring and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is on the sweeter side with notes of nutmeg, brown sugar, and malt. This ale is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The alcohol is beautifully hidden behind the great pumpkin flavor that tastes genuine and fresh. There are also notes of malts and Autumn spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a welcoming pecan/nutty flavor that satisfies. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great balance to this beer. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with sharp cheese, beef and bean soup, or light desserts.

ABV: 9%  Color: Copper/Orange  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

PUMPKINHEAD: 81 Points

Pumpkin Soda?

Pumpkin Soda?

This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in the months of September and October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.”

My Description: It has a decent, white colored head that fades quick to a film and holds for a while. However, it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and the pumpkin smell comes through nicely, this is accompanied by notes of pale malts and a touch of cinnamon. This beer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is where this beer takes an unwelcoming turn. The pumpkin flavor comes through nicely but it tastes almost artificial and too sweet. Plus, the actual beer flavors like malt are too weak and thin. Other flavors in this beer include a touch of sourness and subtle hints of pumpkin pie spices. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a semi-creamy texture. Overall, this beer tasted like an alcoholic pumpkin soda and I did not want to drink a second bottle. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked squash or chili.

ABV: 4.5%  Color: Light Orange  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

PUMPKINFEST: 84 Points

Pumpkin meets Lager

Pumpkin meets Lager

This Fruit Lager is released seasonally in the Autumn months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pumpkin beers have been an American tradition since the pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock while Oktoberfest beers have been brewed in Germany since not long after Prince Ludwig got hitched in 1810. Now Terrapin is “carving” out our own special brew by combining these two great styles into a unique PUMPKINFEST beer…This Side Project has all the complex maltiness of a great Oktoberfest lager with the delicate spiciness of grandma’s fresh baked pumpkin pie.”

My Description: I appreciate the thought behind making a crisp and refreshing pumpkin beer but the blend just seemed to fall short of flavor and satisfaction. It begins with a nice sized, white colored head that doesn’t last very long or leave a good amount of lacing. The aroma is the best part of this beer with notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, all-spice, brown sugar, and some grain notes. The aroma is pleasant and reminiscent of the season. This lager is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There are nice Autumn flavors in this beer such as pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices accompanied by some sweetness. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and crisp. This is an interesting hybrid but I think I would rather drink a pumpkin ale with stronger flavors. This lager is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with smoked ribs, baked turkey, or stuffing.

ABV: 6.1%  Color: Amber/Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

IMPERIAL PUMPKIN ALE: 95 Points

Better as is warms

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in the Autumn months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier, and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.”

My Description: I am loving the idea of sitting on the front porch on a cool Autumn night with this pumpkin beer in my hand. It is delicious, warming, and the spice blend does a great job of representing the season. It has a good sized, light beige colored head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves some decent lacing. The aroma is nothing short of a spice bomb with notes of cardamon, nutmeg, and cloves among others. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a very smooth finish. The pumpkin pie spices, like cloves and nutmeg, definitely dominate the flavor profile. There are also flavor notes of sweet malt and a touch of pumpkin. I wish the pumpkin was just a little more apparent. The alcohol is beautifully hidden the aftertaste is slightly bitter. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked turkey, stuffing, or sweet potato fries.

ABV: 8% Color: Light Mahogany Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

SMALL BATCH PUMPKIN ALE: 72 Points

Good thing this beer is only seasonal

This Pumpkin Ale has an IBU of 15 and is released in the Autumn season.

Brewer’s Description: “A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle.”

My Description: If I had to sum up in one word that comes to mind after experiencing this beer it would be… cheap! It tastes cheap and it feels like they did not take any time or care in creating this beer. It has a weak, tan colored head that dissipates almost immediately leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is just decent with notes of pumpkin, roasted malts, some spices like nutmeg, and a touch of sweetness. The nose is slightly complex but not in a good way. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Initially, the beer feels right but it quickly fades into a watery mess that was rather disappointing. The beer has only a hint of pumpkin present and the aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Perhaps this beer forgot to go through quality control. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked butternut squash, grilled turkey, or a pumpkin pie.

ABV: 5.0%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

IMPERIAL PUMKING: 96 Points

Hail to the king

This Pumpkin Ale is released in the Autumn season in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape the Pumking.”

My Description: While other pumpkin ales have notes or hints of pumpkin, this ale delivers a huge burst of pumpkin flavor and aroma to let you know exactly what the main character is in this beer. It has a fairly weak head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing, I suppose every king has his weakness. The aroma is slightly complex and warming with fragrant notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, some maltiness, and an almost chai latte type scent. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a smooth/creamy finish. Without a doubt, pumpkin dominates the flavor profile with underlying pumpkin pie spice notes. There are also accompanying flavors of breadiness and a hint of alcohol. The beer almost tastes like a spiked pumpkin chai latte. This beer is well balanced and not overly sweet. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with pumpkin pie, grilled sausage, or honey glazed ham.

ABV: 8.6%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

PUMPKIN ALE: 86 Points

A nice pumpkin ale

This pumpkin ale has an IBU of 35 is released seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “We brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original.”

My Description: This ale is made with quality and the flavors of the season are nicely represented. It has a good sized, off-white colored head that slowly dissipates to a thin film that holds the whole way producing a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and intriguing; there are fragrant notes of malt, pumpkin, some breadiness, hops, and a spice that I couldn’t put my finger on. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a crisp finish. This beer has a nice balance and the pumpkin pie flavors are present but don’t dominate the overall flavor profile. There are also notes of earthy hops and as the beer warms up, cinnamon and clove become more noticeable. The aftertaste is on the bitter side with a lingering hop taste in your throat. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with honey glazed ham, smoked turkey, or a pumpkin pie.

ABV: 5.8% Color: Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

FAT JACK: 90 Points

Finally, something fat that I like

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale has 288 calories per 12 oz. and is a limited release in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rich & smooth with a roasty maltiness and hints of molasses & caramel. Full and sweet from the pumpkin and warming spices that are complemented by earthy UK hops.”

My Description: Fat Jack is a great example of not only a pumpkin ale, but a strong and heavy pumpkin ale. It has a good sized, tan colored head with a good retention level and some decent lacing. The aroma is warming and not overpowering with fragrant notes of roasted malt, winter squash, and spices like ginger and cinnamon. It is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-wet finish. This beer has a malty foundation that will coat your mouth with the right amount of caramel sweetness and roastiness. There are mellow spice notes of nutmeg and allspice accompanied by a faint but present taste of pumpkin. The alcohol is nicely hidden but you will feel it. To add to the complexity of this beer, there is also some smokiness present in the ale, which is a nice touch. This beer is smooth and creamy and can substitute a meal. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with butternut squash stew, pumpkin pie, or roasted duck.

ABV: 8.5% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

HARVEST PUMPKIN ALE: 93 Points

Refreshing and Crisp

This pumpkin ale debuted in 2010 and is available in the Harvest Collection Variety Pack between September and October. It has 199 Calories, a SRM of 33, and the IBU is 14.

Brewer’s Description: “A perennial favorite at our brewery Halloween party, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed with over 11 pounds of real pumpkin per barrel, adding a full body and sweetness to this dark reddish amber brew. Deep roasted malts, including a smoked malt, lend a distinct roasted character while traditional pumpkin pie spices give the beer a subtle spice note.”

My Description: This is a really nice take on a pumpkin ale that is both refreshing and delicious. The head on this beer is light beige in color and is very thin with minimal lacing that goes away after a few minutes. The aroma is real nice on this beer with subtle notes of nutmeg, other autumn spices, and some roasted malt. The aroma is well done and makes you really want to start drinking. This is a medium bodied beer that is nicely balanced. It’s crisp, smooth, and sweet once it hits your tongue, but the aftertaste is where this beer shines. You pick up strong notes of spices and malt that really work well together. A delicious taste of pumpkin pie lingers in your throat for a few seconds making you want to go back for more. This is best served between 38°F and 45°F. If you enjoy pumpkin ales then you need to try this. Enjoy with a creamy pasta, butternut squash, or a burger.

ABV: 5.7% Color: Red Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

LA PARCELA #1 PUMPKIN ALE: 86 Points

Beautifully poured

 This is their seasonal Pumpkin ale that they release in September. They are only sold in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Packed with real pumpkins, hints of spice and a gentle kiss of cacao to lighten the soul. An everyday easy way to fill your squashy quotient. Only available for a few short months. Not to be missed.”

My Description: Did not have a Tulip glass handy so I drank it out of my stein at around 40-45°F.  Really nice and big foamy head that definitely lingers and is off-white in color with very nice lacing. It has a pleasant and mild aroma with notes of roasted malts, sourness, and spices. The taste has a strong sour note in a good way; it makes you want to keep drinking because it is not common to find this taste in beer but welcoming at the same time.  The sour taste seems to mellow down after the beer has had time to sit in your drinking glass.  However, the spices come through the whole way from the initial contact with your tongue and well into the aftertaste which lingers. The spices include notes of nutmeg, clove, and other fall spices that you might find in a pumpkin pie.  You can definitely pick up on some bitterness from the hops in the aftertaste as well which helps to produce a more complex and enjoyable taste.  However, there are minimal pumpkin and cacao notes which is kind of disappointing because it is a pumpkin ale. It seems as if they toned down the pumpkin flavor and focused on bringing out the spices. This beer should be drank as the brewer intended by allowing the beer to sit for a while and let the flavors develop. It is very smooth and refreshing. I found this beer to be priced between $12-$14 in Michigan.

ABV: 5.9%   Color: Orange/Copper   Sweetness: 2/10   Bitterness: 5.5/10

NIGHT OWL PUMPKIN ALE: 77 Points

Elysian Night Owl

 This Pumpkin Ale is available in the Autumn months in 22 oz. bottles. The Magnum hops produce an IBU of 18.

Brewer’s Description:  “Ale brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds and fermented with spices.  Our original pumpkin ale is brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.”

My Description: This beer was really not what I had hoped for; I felt like I needed more from this.  The head is decent with minimal lacing.  It is not very dense but it does hold on for pretty much the whole time.  The aroma is mild with minor hints of pumpkin and roasted malts.  As soon as it hits your tongue you will pick up on notes of nutmeg and clove.  In the middle and the aftertaste is where the roasted malt makes its appearance.  If you hold this beer in your mouth for a few seconds you will pick up a taste of alcohol which is not pleasing and it does not contribute to the overall quality of this beer.  The pumpkin flavor makes a minor appearance in the front of your mouth but quickly vanishes which is disappointing. Overall, the spices just don’t seem to come together to produce a crisp and enjoyable beer. To me this is just a brown ale with some spices thrown into the mash.  It’s really nothing special.

ABV: 5.9%  Color: Brown with Red Hues  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

PUNKIN ALE: 94 Points

Nicely Done

This Pumpkin Ale has an IBU of 28 and is released seasonally in the Autumn months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.”

My Description: This Dogfish ale is one of the most balanced pumpkin ales on the market; not too sweet, not too bitter, and the flavor profile makes this beer delicious and easy drinking. It has a decent, light tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a film behind that holds the rest of the way. The aroma is superb with notes of sweet malt, pumpkin, some breadiness, and some spices like nutmeg. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a creamy texture. The flavors are delightful and satisfying; there are notes of malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of brown sugar. The alcohol flavor is non-existent and the aftertaste is only minimally bitter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, Thanksgiving stuffing, or baked turkey.

ABV: 7% Color: Orange/Light Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

GOOD GOURD: 98 Points

Good is an understatement

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pours orange in color with notes of buttered pie crust, roasted pumpkin, and a melange of pumpkin pie spices. Medium bodied with flavors of caramel and roasted pumpkin notes and an underpinning of floral hop bitterness that leads into a harmonious blend of pumpkin pie spice and finishes with drying alcohol heat that creates a balance with caramel in the finish.”

My Description: Good Gourd is one of the best imperial pumpkin ales because the quality is exceptional, all the ingredients shine through at the right moments, and every aspect of the beer seemed to work together perfectly. It has a good sized, light beige colored head that retains decently but produces very minimal lacing. The aroma immediately warms you as it smells like a fresh cut piece of pumpkin pie; there are notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of pie crust. The ale is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and an almost invisible alcohol presence, although you will definitely feel the warmth. There is a caramel malt backdrop with a prominent roasted pumpkin flavor that tastes spot on to the description. There are also accompanying spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, graham cracker crust, and yams. The aftertaste has a slight allspice kick that lingers with a low bitterness presence. The beer is smooth and perfect for the season. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with pumpkin pie, winter squash dishes, or at Thanksgiving.

ABV: 8.5% Color: Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10