I had stayed away from seasonal Pumpkin beers thinking they would be sweet and sort of like drinking pumpkin pie with added alcohol. A heavy and sweet beer... Last week I was at Wegmans (I am NOT an employee) and there were so many different labels and brews! I did not want to get a six-pack of each type but they have this deal where you can make your own six pack from many different breweries. I bought 6 different pumpkin brews (see picture and note all have fun labels and are also empty):
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Easton, PA)
Sarnac Pumpkin Ale (Adirondaks, NY)
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (Milton, Delaware)
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (Golden, CO)
Uinta Punk'N Ale (Salt Lake City, UT)
America's Original Pumpkin Ale (Hayward, CA)
The beers are listed in the order in which I enjoyed consuming them. Each has the ale base and the difference is the amount of flavors used such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin flavors, allspice, brown sugar.
I was pleasantly surprised how the different flavors blended together. Each beer was tasty and the flavors finished differently on the palate and as the beer changed temperature, different notes of flavor appeared. Weyerbacher seemed the most consistent in terms of taste from start to finish and America's seemed to have the least amount of distinct flavors. Not a bad one in the batch according to my taste.
I am not a beer expert and I expect my review would met by much under reporting and failing to use the proper words to discribe the body, taste, character, etc of each beer by those in the know. But for about two bucks a bottle, it was a reasonable and fun way to enjoy seasonal beers without having to buy an entire case or six pack (Pennsylvania's antiquated malt beverage laws are outrageous at best, but that's for another blog/rant).
So, although we haven't quite officially made it to autumn, the breweries have and these six were worth the time spent ejoying them.