Is Pumpkin Beer The New Fall Tradition?

The Search For The Great Ol Pumpkin Beer

Beer. Delicious. Pumpkins. Festive. But do they have good synergy as my hoppy, happy adult beverage to signal and celebrate the cooler season that is Fall? In a word: yes.  However, and luckily, we’ve not found our craft beer of choice as of yet. Read this to mean: more beers to sample in to the Fall Season!

Double instagram attack! Pumpkin beer tasting!

Pumpkin Beer Tasting Results

We tried several pumpkin beers and somehow a pumpkin hard cider got in the mix (oh, what a shame). Here’s what we (me and the hubbs) thought. I’d love to know what you think too — what’s your favorite pumpkin beer or pumpkin ale?

Buffalo Bill’s American Original Pumpkin Ale — 4

America's Original Pumpkin Ale
America’s Original Pumpkin Ale by o_sam_o on Flickr.

Per RateBeer.com, this amber style ale was “originally brewed by George Washington, brewed with fresh roasted pumpkins, malted barley. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are added. Bottled form is brewed under contract by Portland Brewing Co.”

A neato description, however, my taste buds were wanting a little more. A great tasting beer but I could not taste the pumpkin.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale — 3

its that time of year
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (credit: timothy.holt)

I love that Stingy Jack adorns the label of Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale, his arm above his head as he charges over the banner.  After circling through all the beers on hand and returning to this one we could appreciate the subtly of spices in this pale ale. However, the pumpkin taste I was looking for was not present.

The Beer Advocate doesn’t give Shipyard Pumpkin Ale high marks. 

What do you think?

Punk’n — 2

Uinta Punk'n
Uinta Punk’n (Photo credit: jeffhammett)

We agree with The Not So Professional Beer Blog description and rating of this beer or yummy in our tummys.  Our words, not their’s.   And, is it just me, but looking at this label I want to have the beer in one hand and with other load up the punk’n chuck’n machine.

Wasatch— 1

Wasatch! Fun to say but even better is what happens after you take a swig of this beer. Once the amber liquid hits your lips you will be reacquainted with the pumpkin flavor and spices that is so highly sought after in a coffee-chain-that-shall-not-be-named’s lattes. Only now this flavor can be enjoyed in your cerveza in time for the Fall Season/Halloween/Thanksgiving.

Wasatch Pumpkin #Beer. Pumpkin pie in a bottle...
Wasatch Pumpkin #Beer. Pumpkin pie in a bottle! #swoon (Photo credit: @andrewghayes)

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Warrior Dash – Training Continues

So you remember me telling you about this little race I’m doing in May? The Warrior Dash?

Well, I jest about the running and how awful it will be (well I’m still NOT looking forward to the run), however, I am very serious about training for this event.

Obstacle: Cliffhanger

On Monday the gang and I went rock climbing at the Rock Gym because the Warrior Dash will have us rappelling off steep ravines. We must be prepared.

muscle pose at phoenix rock gym
Quick! Find a vet! These puppies are sick!
Littlest rock climbing at the Phoenix Rock Gym in Tempe, Arizona
Umm. Hard to take a flattering shot from down below.
Rock climbing trail names to denote difficulty. 5.7, baby.

Obstacle: Undefined. Categorize under: Tripping or Falling Down.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are part of the regularly scheduled Rugby Adventures. Tuesday we had a guest Canadian coach who talked funny but made us work hard. To clarify he didn’t speak funny like his voice was high pitched so much as he said humorous things, such as “Bust a move, eh?”

Tuesday was also the day that we worked on rucking. And I’m terrible at rucking. I landed squarely on my knee and will have some nice bruising to show for it.

Unsure what a ruck is? Yea, you wouldn’t be the first. For my non-rugby folk, please watch this quick video:

Obstacle: Knee High Hell

Speed steppin’ through hundreds of tires. Sounds like it’s time for Calisthenics!

The group and I headed out to Tempe Town Lake and we enjoyed some rigorous drills, graciously given to me by my rugby captain.

We went bounding like gazelles for 50 yards and back, did calf jumps to be followed by squat jumps, then ground up sprints and, of course, high knees.

After all this you’d think I’d be “ripped like Jesus.” But instead I’m staying status quo, ahem, gained a little weight.

I blame this:

Shiner beer bottle

This very delicious, savory cerverza that has been chilling in my fridge all day, waiting there for me. For me.

Who am I to say no?