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Pumpkin Beer Review 1/2

By October 5, 2011March 22nd, 2017No Comments

Tis the season’!  The leaves are changing colors, there is a nip in the air and the seasonal fruits and vegetables appear on display at the grocery store – all breeds of squash and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.  Another sure sign of fall is the seasonal beers on the shelf change as well.  The summer normally offers light, zesty seasonal ales and the fall?  Pumpkin and spices are in season.

Last year, I tried one pumpkin ale and I loved it – Dogfish Head Punkin. I’d say it remains my favorite Pumpkin beer.

This year, I decided it was time to see what else there was for seasonal pumpkin beers and discovered that there was quite the selection.  In fact, there were so many that I didn’t want to do them all in one tasting session which is why this is post 1/2.

We selected 5 beers for the round up and split each beer 3 ways, 3 tasters.  From there, we each had sheets where we rated the beers individually and then against each other.   We decided not to talk to each other about what we thought until all the beers had been rated so we didn’t influence what the other thought.

Here are your tasters:

Matt Smoot (MS)- my boyfriend and fellow beer snob

Brad Efting (BE)- my housemate. Beer lover.

and me(SL), with bunny ears


The contestants for this tasting:

1. Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

2. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale

3. Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

4. Uinta Punk’n Ale (love the logo!)

5. Woochuck Reserve Pumpkin Cider

The beers ranged in color (and taste) which made it fun and interesting.


Here is what we thought:

Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Ale

SL: Smells sweet and malty. Standard brown ale, nothing special – can’t really taste pumpkin.

BE: Good because it’s darker, not so much pumpkin

MS: Smells like pumpkin, dusty brown ale, didn’t taste like a pumpkin-more like a brown.

Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale

-the first brewery to make a pumpkin beer

SL: Smells like a sour, is there brettanomyces in there? Tastes like sour pumpkin candy.  Would buy again

BE: Tastes like ginger, smoky.

MS: Smells like fresh pumpkin, crisp clean, good balance of spice and pumpkin.  Well rounded

Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin

SL: Smells like sour pumpkin.  Tastes like brown sugar and pumpkin pie.  Rich and bold.  On the list of favorites

BE: Tastes like pumpkin beer and red bull.  Gross!

MS: Complex, oak and nutmeg, malty, spicy pumpkin. “Give me some whipped cream and a spoon, I’ll take seconds!”

Uinta Punk’n

SL: Pumpkin in the nose, more bland in flavor but “good enough”

BE: Great, tastes like pie and ice cream

MS: Smells like a pumpkin sitting on a doorstep for a week, spices stand out

Woodchuck Reserve Pumpkin Cider

SL: Smells pungent, tastes like pumpkin flavored fluoride, bleh!  I don’t like cider though!

BE: Fail!  Tastes like a trash can

MS: Bubble gummy, cider pushes through and overpowers pumpkin.

Overall comparison:

1. Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale
2. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
3. Uinta Punk’n Ale
4. Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale
5. Woodchuck Reserve Pumpkin Cider
1. Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale
2. Uinta Punk’n Ale
3. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
4. Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale
5. Woodchuck Reserve Pumpkin Cider

1. Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale
2. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
3. Uinta Punk’n Ale
4. Woodchuck Reserve Pumpkin Cider
5. Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

There you have it!

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