Thursday, October 4, 2012
New Brew Thursday - A Pumpkin Beer Trifecta
The season for spiced autumn beers is here. So in celebration of this most awesome time of year I did a sampling of three pumpkin beers. There are so many to choose from but these are the ones I selected: Dogfish Head Punkin, Saranac Pumpkin and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.
Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries so choosing Punkin was a no brainer for me. Punkin is a spiced brown ale. It pours a reddish golden color reminiscent of fall foliage. The flavor? Well, it pretty much tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass . . . pumpkin (obviously), nutmeg and cinnamon are prevalent. It's slightly sweet but not overly so. Frankly speaking . . . it tastes like fall. Yum! (7% ABV )
Saranac an another brewery that hasn't disappointed me so picking up a jug of their Pumpkin Ale wasn't a difficult decision to make. This ale isn't as pumpkin-y as the Dogfish Head Punkin but it's still a pretty tasty pumpkin beer. This beer has a mellow pumpkin taste that is accentuated by cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg with a hint of sweetness. There is nothing overpowering here . . . simply a good pumpkin beer. (5.40% ABV)
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale was the biggest of the three. It poured a rich golden red with a thin head. The pumpkin pie spices were forefront to this beer followed by the pumpkin itself. Not as pumpkin-y as the Dogfish Head but spicier and more alcohol-y than both the Dogfish Head and Saranac. There was a definite boozy quality to this brew and a slight metallic taste. This was my least favorite of the three but that doesn't make it bad . . . just not my favorite. Overall good. (8% ABV)