Best pumpkin beers this season
I really get into the pumpkin beers and they tend to vary season by season.
The best I have had this yr are
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
Southern Tier Pumking
Others I have had range from mediocre to poor. While I prefer a sweeter pumpkin ale to a dryer one, Post Road's Pumpkin was pretty good this year.
What are your favourites?
Hands down Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin. One of the few that has a balance of malt, spices, AND hops. Just waiting for my local to put it on tap so I can suck down more than my share.
Cambridge Brewing Company - A local brewpub's pumpkin came out really well this year - too bad one of the bartender's there think its so precious that he wouldn't allow me to mix it with their porter. Black pumpkin ale with hop character will be all the rage in the future....
I bought a assortment sixer of pumpkin beers and was not blown away by many, Ive become more of a fan of the traditional oktoberfests. Of the ones I had, several are a little too pumpkin pie/spice flavored for me but my favorite so far is Dogfish Head. Blue Moon, Souther Tier, Post Road were okay to me but again, were more of the ones that were pumpkin pie sweet.
Personal favorite is a local brew in New Brunswick at Harvest Moon Brewery- slight hint of pumpkin (not the spices) that are really delicious.
Tried Dogfish Punkin in the bottle, liked it, then had it on draft at the local tavern and liked it even more.
Maybe because I drank a far bit of it in college, but I am quite fond of Buffalo Bill's (can't believe that it wasn't until I moved across the country that I realized that their brewpub is right near my grandma's home in California - d'oh!).
I have a twenty-two of the Weyerbacher that I'm saving, but am looking foward to.
The Shipyard Pumpkin Ale was my favorite last fall. It's of the pumpkin-pie sweet tasting variety.