To those who started reading my Great Search for Pumpkin Beer, I have continued on my search, but frankly.. right now I'm a little pumpkin'd out. My first two Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and Shipyard Pumpkinhead met face to face and since they I've had plenty others step up to the plate.
Below is a list of the yummy pumpkin ales I've had the pleasure of tasting:
New Holland Brewing - Ichabod
Samuel Adams - Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Samuel Adams - Double Pumpkin Ale
Tyranena - Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale
Buffalo Bills - American's Original Pumpkin Ale
Woodchuck Cider - Pumpkin
Flat 12 - Flat Jack
Bier Brewery - Pumpkin Ale
I still have to try:
The Ram - Pie'd Piper Ale
Blue Moon - Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Brewery - Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Hoppin' Frog - Double Pumpkin Ale
Southern Tier - PumKing
My research and quest for pumpkin has had me looking for it everywhere. Any thing pumpkin was up for grabs. Unfortunately I missed out so many, but what I did learn is this:
Pumpkin Ales -- didn't seem to go well with regular meals, it was too much to drink dessert and eat spaghetti or a steak at the same time
Pumpkin Ales -- are not all created equally, some are more spicy, some are lighter.. Generally the coloring is the same - a light copper color with except of the Double Pumpkin which was a dark brown
Pumpkin Ales -- way better in draft form than bottles.
Pumpkin Ales -- the best to me is still Schlafly - until I get my hands on a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (which I have heard is hands down the best)
Now, even though the liquors stores are filling up with stouts and Christmas ales there are still some pumpkin ales out there.
I suggest you buy it up and save it for Thanksgiving. :)
Cheers and Happy Fall.