Do you ever lose a beer in your fridge? I mean, it gets behind some big bottle with a fancy caged top and suddenly its December, and you’re staring at… a pumpkin beer. Well, this 2 month “fridge aged” brew was more than ready for tasting, so I decided to pull it out and share.
This year, I didn’t do an epic “Pumpkin Beer” tasting, but I did try a few that were worth mentioning – the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, and this year’s Dogfish Head Punkin. Both were very enjoyable and are up on the top of my list. I’ve been trying to find Weyerbacher for a while, as it keeps getting mentioned when I ask people what their favorite pumpkin beer is.
This one has the very typical orange color that I’ve come to expect from pumpkin brews. Not sure if that’s an artificial color, but it sure looks warm and inviting. The smell on this one is very spicy – nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of pumpkin on the back end. You can detect a bit of the alcohol behind it as well (its an 8% ABV) and it smells like the stuff they add to your coffee to make it a “pumpkin spice latte.” Not that its a bad thing -just an observation.
Interestingly, this has little carbonation. This might have to do with my fridge aging, but it isn’t very bubbly. That does allow my tongue some more time with the liquid itself, but its a little odd. Overwhelmingly in the taste I am picking up cinnamon and nutmeg, and I’m not sure how much sweetness is coming from sugars or actual pumpkin. I like that it is sweet, and not vegetable-like like some other pumpkins. I also like that you can’t taste a lot of the alcohol, which some beers like Southern Tier’s Pumpking make really prominent. This is a good balance of alcohol, spice and sweetness.
I did briefly review last year’s batch of Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin, but I think that this year I have a lot more reference. I like this one and I am sad to see the sun setting on pumpkin beer season.