Beer 377/365 – Midnight Sun TREAT Pumpkin Porter

Midnight Sun TREAT Pumpkin Porter

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 7.8%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very unique, tastes as advertised.

Will I be drinking this again: Its pretty rare so I would have to trade for it, but I probably won’t.

Grade: A-

1/24/2011: This was a tough one to track down, but I was determined to find it. I ended up trading for it on Beer Advocate, but the box was intercepted the first time. Lots of broken bottles, and lost money involved in this one. Thankfully the guy who sent me this was more than accommodating and ended up getting it to me in one piece.

I don’t understand why there aren’t more dark pumpkin beers like TREAT. The nose is amazingly accurate to the description; Pumpkin and chocolate are the headliners. The flavor is similar as well. Chocolate is the main flavor, with an average dose of pumpkin in the mix. Lots of tasty spice in the mix as well, nutmeg, clove and some cinnamon. It teeters on being too much spice, but I think its just enough. Mouthfeel is semi-heavy for a porter, I would almost consider it a stout as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall very unique, and pretty damn tasty.

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Beer 375/365 – Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale

Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: My house mate Dave brought me this back from Canada

What makes this beer different: Very spicey.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure i would be able to find any more vintage bigfoot’s but I would love to try another.

Grade: B-

1/7/2011: I am sure some of you are scratching your head saying “Wait I didn’t realize that Great Lake’s brewed a Pumpkin Beer!” Well the Great Lake’s Brewery you are thinking of does not. This Great Lakes brewery is actually in Ontario Canada.

The nose has a lot of all spice, with some pumpkin as well. The flavor is okay at first, but grows a bit old towards the end. All spice is the main character, with some pumpkin, and an odd hop bitterness that just doesn’t sit right with me. Light bodied and finishes a bit dry. Overall it was drinkable, but a little too bitter.

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Published in: on January 7, 2011 at 9:31 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 344/365 – Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Brew Brothers – Mt Lebanon PA

What makes this beer different: Tons of spice, but not too much.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! Depends what else I have to pick from.

Grade: B+

10/17/2010: Smashing Pumpkin’s was one of my favorite bands growing up, so I would be lying if I said the packaging/branding of this beer didn’t play a part in me purchasing it. Anyone else a Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness fan? No one? Alrighty then.

A bit of pumpkin and lots of spice in the nose, nutmeg primarily. The flavor is in your face to be sure, again a lot of spice but mostly nutmeg, some cinnamon, and a nice punch of sugar covered pumpkin pie. The spice overpowers the pumpkin just by a little bit. It is a little bit boozy but this is a positive in my eyes. Mouthfeel is very good, a bit on the full end and great creamy texture. Overall not bad! Just wish the spice was toned down a tiny bit.

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Published in: on October 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm  Comments (2)  
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Beer 321/365 – Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 4.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: TONS of spice and NO pumpkin.

Will I be drinking this again: Hell no.

Grade: C-

9/25/2010: I vaguely remember reading a review of this beer, and the author said it was terrible. Like I said, I was in a blur the last time I went on a beer run and literally grabbed each and every pumpkin/oktoberfest beer I could find. Besides like Jared said, bad beers sometimes make you appreciate the good brews all that much more.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead smells spicy as hell for a pumpkin beer. The flavor has no sign on pumpkin at all. The flavor is almost ALL all spice, with a little bit of nutmeg. Not that I dislike these flavors, but the super light mouthfeel doesn’t help mute them at all. The high carbonation is the only characteristic that avoids making this a drain pour. Avoid this beer.

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Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 314/365 – Evolution Jacques Au Lantern

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Purchased at: Johnny’s Pizza – Ocean City MD

What makes this beer different: Light bodied but lots of flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: No, but thats only because its seasonal and not distributed very far.

Grade: B+

9/18/2010: Back down to Ocean City for my buddy Donnie’s wedding. I am the best man, and I am a TERRIBLE public speaker. So at this point I am stressing out like crazy. Maybe two of these will help me calm my nerves a little bit for the time being. Oh, by the way this is the first picture with my new Android phone; Samsung Fascinate.

Jacques Au Lantern has one of the better noses out of the pumpkin ales I have tried so far this year. Smells a lot like pumpkin pie filling after you add all the spices. Caramel malts are laid out for the pumpkin, all spice and cinnamon to rest on. No sign of any nutmeg in this pumpkin ale. You actually get a little heat from the spice in the beer, but the spice flavor itself is not overdone. Very light bodied but well carbonated and finishes a little cry. I took two of these down without a problem. Easily the best beer I have tried from Evolution so far.

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Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 10:34 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 309/365 – Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: My first “Imperial” style pumpkin ale. Lots of spice but not overdone

Will I be drinking this again: Hell yeah, can’t believe it took me so long to try it.

Grade: A

9/13/2010: Lately I have been grabbing every and any pumpkin ale I could find. Its one of my favorite styles so its a bit surprising that I haven’t tried Weyerbacher’s version yet. I have heard good things from a few of my beer drinking friends so hoping its a good one.

The nose of Imperial Pumpkin Ale is very pungent. I immediately smelled a ton of spice as soon as I opened the bottle. The flavor wasn’t quite as intense as the nose, but still very good. A perfect menage trois of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The spice flavor is slightly greater than the pumpkin flavor, but its a welcome change. Some caramel malt in the mix here as well. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier as this is an imperial style beer. The ABV is hidden very well for 8.0%. I might just have to pick up a sixer of this and see what one of these tastes like with some age on it. This might have just jumped up into the #3 spot on my top pumpkin ales list. #1 being O’fallon’s Pumpkin, #2 Michigan Screaming Pumpkin, and Weyerbacher just ousted Southern Tier Pumking from the #3 spot.

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Published in: on September 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 299/365 – Southampton Pumpkin Ale

 Southampton Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Smells a lot better than it tastes, that being said the flavor is still very good.

Will I be drinking this again: Its in the top half of pumpkin ales I have ever tried, so probably.

Grade: B+

9/3/2010: Pretty surprising that this is my first Southampton beer, as they are pretty common at bottle shops in my area. I have their imperial porter in my fridge, but I read some reviews on it and it seems its not that good. I am sure I will get to it in these colder months coming up here.

Southampton is one of the better smelling pumpkin ales I have come across. It really smells like a fresh pumpkin pie; really nice mix of cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg. Of course there is pumpkin in the nose as well. The flavor wasn’t quite as powerful as the nose. The malt is nice and toasty, and the spices are perfectly done. The only knock on this beer is the actual pumpkin flavor is a little bit too subtle. The mouthfeel is about average, and it is a bit over carbonated. All that being said this is still a pretty solid pumpkin beer.

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Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 297/365 – Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: 3 Sons dogs ‘n suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: One “hotter” pumpkin ales out there, also has a yellow squash type flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: Pretty average for a pumpkin ale, so probably not.

Grade: B

9/1/2010: Fall is hands down my favorite season. Pumpkin Ales, Oktoberfest’s, Hockey season starts, Football season starts, no humidity etc. I actually just stocked up on a ton of fall beer lately so keep your eyes out for a bunch of Pumpkin/Oktoberfests in the coming weeks. Anyone else think they come up with pumpkin beers a little too soon? I’m not complaining because I love the style, but a 90 degree day in the middle of August is not the time or place.

The nose has a lot of nutmeg in it, with just a hint of pumpkin. The flavor is very.. different? I eat a lot of yellow squash, and the flavor reminds me a lot of that, with a big punch of nutmeg, and some bitter hops. Its an odd combo of flavors, one sip I like it, the next sip I don’t. Not really a whole bunch of pumpkin flavor going on her, and the alcohol is pretty prevalent for a 6% ABV beer. All that being said it still is a pretty drinkable beer, medium bodied. I just wish the pumpkin flavor would be pumped up a bit, and the nutmeg scaled back a pinch.

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Published in: on September 1, 2010 at 10:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 178/365 – O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale

OFallon Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: The Headkeeper – Greensburg PA

What makes this beer different: Pumpkin Pie in a bottle, my favorite pumpkin beer ever.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I will probably buy a case next year.

Grade: A

5/5/2010: You might be asking yourself why I am drinking all these seasonal beers, out of season. Well I actually didn’t even realize I still had these. I found them in the “produce drawer” of my beer fridge. I was pretty pumped to find this one because its my all time favorite pumpkin beer. Better late than never right?

I will break down the fine details, but this is literally pumpkin pie in a bottle. The smell is cinnamon and pumpkin. The taste is just perfect; pumpkin, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. I find a lot of times some beer that claim to have cinnamon, end up falling short in bringing that flavor through, but not this beer. The cinnamon is standing up tall right behind the pumpkin flavor. Mouthfeel is actually very creamy, but light at the same time. I need to get an entire case of this next year. Do yourself a favor and if you see this at your local bottle shop this fall, grab at least a sixer.

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Published in: on May 5, 2010 at 10:04 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 63/365 – Southern Tier Pumking

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Purchased at: Bocktown Beer and Food

What makes this beer different: Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie

Will I be drinking this again: Yes for sure

Grade: B+

1/10/2010: I wish I would have spoken up when I got this on tap, because it had a faint smell of cleaning products. Unfortunately as usual I was in a big rush, and the bar tender was busy as hell so I just drank it. I am pretty sure this skewed my opinion of this beer, so I will be sure to try it out of the bottle next time I see it.

The beer had a slight nutmeg/cinnamon smell to it, and the taste was just like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and Pumpkin were at the front, with a little bit of nutmeg and alcohol bite at the end. The mouthfeel on this one was a bit light, and I was surprised it wasn’t a bit more malty. If they would have added a bit more malt to this, and cranked up the flavor just a little bit, it would have bumped this beer up to an A for me. The flavor was there I just needed a bit more to balance out the high ABV.

Published in: on January 10, 2010 at 10:08 am  Comments (3)  
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