It should come as no surprise that we enjoy trying new beers. Seasonal beers are no exception. However, every fall only one of us can partake in trying different pumpkin and autumnal beers due to a cinnamon allergy (non life-threatening). Because of this it does not make sense to buy multiple packs of fall beers. Thankfully our local liquor store makes it easy to build your own seasonal six-pack.
Last year I tried to have a personal “12 days of Thanksgiving” pumpkin beer tasting leading up to the holiday. Unfortunately, I lost track after day eight or nine. This year I decided to keep it simple by picking up six different seasonal beers with my tasting starting on Halloween night. Here is my review of the six beers I picked up this year. Cheers!
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island Autumn Winds – Billed as an Oktoberfest-style ale, I thought that this was more of a Marzen hybrid. It had a nice malt with a bitter finish. The Autumn Winds was more carbonated than I expected, too. Overall, I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 rating.
Thimble Island Brewing Company Dark Pumpkin Porter – This is the beer that prompted this seasonal tasting. I thought that a dark pumpkin porter sounded so delicious. This porter had very warm spicy notes with a slight smoky pumpkin taste. It was very dark and very smooth. I’d give this one a 3.25 out of 5.
Evil Genius Beer Company Trick or Treat – This chocolate pumpkin porter had nice chocolate and nutmeg notes. It had a great pumpkin taste that was complimented by the spices and slight sweetness from the chocolate. It also pairs nicely with pumpkin ice cream. This one gets a 3.5 out of 5.
Stone Brewing Xocoveza – This milk stout smelled amazing! It had a rich mocha taste with notes of cinnamon. It had a smooth, rich coffee flavor with sweetness of chocolate and warm cinnamon and nutmeg. It also has a slight bite from the pepper. This beer was my favorite of the tasting – 4.5 out of 5!
Uinta Punk’n Pumpkin Ale – This pumpkin ale had a beautiful amber color with notes of pumpkin and spice. It was smooth with a slightly spicy cinnamon finish in the back of your throat. Not overly pumpkin-y. I would give this a 3.5 out of 5.
Half Full Brewery Pumpkin Ale – This ale had a beautiful copper color and spicy notes with slight metallic smell. It also had a similar taste – spicy and a little metallic. It would be interesting to try it on draft or from a bottle to see if it tastes differently. This one gets a 3 out of 5 rating.
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