Beer snob? Not exactly.
Beer critic? Prefer leaving that to the pseudo intellectuals who feel better about themselves by using fancy adjectives to describe beer. Those people should switch to wine. That’s where they’ll find others to indulge the need to flex an extensive alcohol vocabulary.
Guess what I’m getting at is it doesn’t take cuffed skinny jeans, a PhD in barley and hops or expert taste buds to enjoy pumpkin beer.
This beer lover has enjoyed a pumpkin ale for some time, but became overwhelmed in recent years when fall beers were released and a rapidly increasing number of pumpkin selections hit distributors, taverns and six-pack shacks.
This search, which began in earnest in early September, held a simple objective – to find the best pumpkin beers available. No Google searches needed. No beer web sites researched. Basically, if a pumpkin beer was available at a bar or a six-pack shack, it was purchased. Suggestions were taken from friends and family, and one cousin went as far as sending a six pack of her two favorites my way. Photos were taken of each entrant and a brief description was provided of all 28 beers sampled.
For a quick recap, check them out here:
Part I: https://kovakscorner.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/search-for-the-perfect-pumpkin-beer/
Part II: https://kovakscorner.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/search-for-the-perfect-pumpkin-beer-part-2/
Part III: https://kovakscorner.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/search-for-the-perfect-pumpkin-beer-part-iii/
Unfortunately, such a search is not without its bumps. In other words, to find the good, you have to taste the bad.
And there are some bad pumpkin beers out there, including the following five – in no particular order – that ranked the worst during this search. (Blogger’s note: O’Fallon’s ranks as my least favorite pumpkin beer. Bought a case about 5 years ago. What a waste of money.)
Saranac Pumpkin Ale, Matt Brewing Company
Watery, bland and lacking aroma. Saranac usually delivers an adequate brew. They missed one this one.
The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Flying Dog
Never had a good beer from this brewery. This gives O’Fallon’s a run for its money.
Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Fat Head’s
Word is this beer is probably with the masses. Pop country is popular with the masses, too. That is one of the only things worse than this beer.
Pumpkin Ale, Wild Boar
There’s a new definition of bland in the dictionary – this beer.
Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale
No beer in this search tasted worse on first drink. It got better, but not enough.