Friday, September 25, 2009

Score! On Some Pumpkin Ales

Well I stopped off at my usual beer store, State Line Liquors, like I do on most Friday’s after work. I had my fall beer wish list with me, what you don’t have a fall beer wish list? So I’m picking up some German Oktoberfest and a few other German brews. As I made my way back to the domestic section I saw a variety case on the floor. I didn’t even look at it I just put it into the cart, well I did notice that it was $35.00 so I put back a few other beers, really, I did. I know Robert Murray the owner fairly well so I know I could trust whatever he put into the variety case but I assumed it was fall seasonal beers. Similar to what he did this time last year.

Well when I got home and opened the case, to my surprise, low and behold, PUMPKIN ALES! 12 different pumpkin ales 2 each. It looks like there are only two of them that I’ve already had this year and 4 of them where on my Fall Wish List. You really should get one of those.

The hilarious part about this is that just two weeks before this I had a conversation with Robert about his fall variety case. I jokingly suggested for him to put a case of Pumpkin Ales together for me. So when I opened up the case I was just in stitches. I had no idea he actually listened to me, no one ever does that.

So here is a preview of some upcoming Pumpkin Ale Reviews, in no particular order. Except for the ones I’ve already done, maybe I’ll share them with someone.

Punkin' Ale
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton DE
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Easton, PA
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, New York
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Pumpkinhead Ale
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Portland, Maine
Pumpkin Ale |  4.50% ABV

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Hayward, California,
Pumpkin Ale |  5.20% ABV

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Saranac Pumpkin Ale
Brewed by:
The Matt Brewing Company
Utica, New York
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Pumpkin Ale |  6.75% ABV

Wolaver's Will Stevens' Pumpkin Ale
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Middlebury, Vermont
Pumpkin Ale |  5.35 % ABV

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Battle Creek, Michigan
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Punk'n Ale
Brewed by:
Four + Brewing Company
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pumpkin Ale |  4.00% ABV


  1. i liked the post road but felt most of the others i tasted were trying to hard with the fall spice... and one had a painfully sour finish. harvest moon still has my heart.

  2. Clare, So far Post Road is my favorite but I still have 10 more to try out of this sampler case. I can see what you like about Harvest Moon; it’s a good amber ale with a hint of pumpkin. I’m bracing myself or some of these to come. I think I’ll do a few Germans first.