Monthly Archives: September 2013

Shipyard Brewing Co. – Pugsley’s Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin (2013)

AlexAA: this thicker ale has both a sweetened cider-like aroma and appearance. 6/10

AlexTM: saccharine syrup cloys over most flavors in this ale, but vanilla & brown sugar linger the longest. 3/10

AlexP: Strong pumpkin dressed up in cinnamon, which eventually pours thru when it warms. 6Ps

Alex:O: So sweet, it’s painful, literally. And not the new Merriam-Webster definition, either. 60/100

NicAA: Light orange w. a rapidly disappearing head. Sweet brown sugar and cinnamon, smells like fairground candied apple. 6/10

NicTM: Cinnamon and brown sugar and gobs of nutmeg too. Med body, low carb. Vanilla clogs the sickly sweet finish. 6/10

NicP: Not getting a lot, it’s drowned out in the brown sugar and heavy vanilla. So heavy on the extras I can’t find it. 2p

NicO: Nicer warm, but so sugary I feel like my teeth are furry. Late fall fireside beer, or for if you skip a meal. 69/100

Shipyard Pugsleys Smashed

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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Imperial Pumpkin (2013)

NicAA: Glowing ruby with fast-gone head, and a slap of spice straight to the sinuses. Cardamom, cinnamon and clove, pow! 9/10

NicTM: Rich and full body, med. carb. Less sweet than nose, biscuit malt upfront, cardamom and clove warm up the finish. 9/10

NicP: Roasty, sweet. Keeping pace with the bold spice swirls it in at the finish, in an embrace with the clove+cinnamon. 4p

NicO: The beer equivalent of your comfy, warm, well-loved sweater. Smooth, well made and never overstated. Delightful. 88/100

AlexAA: rich scarlet color with a thick cinnamon scent, and trace cloves and pumpkin to the nose 9/10

AlexTM: chocolate body w/ carb. to carry heavy spice load of cardamom, cloves, nutmeg & cinnamon, slight alcohol kick 9/10

AlexP: W/ this many complex flavors, you’d think the pumpkin would disappear, instead, it buoyantly sustains complexities 5/10

AlexO: This is the “Old Man” of the pumpkins – layered in rich spice; a warming sipper. Bring on the Daddy Issues. 96/100

Weyerbacher Imperial 2013

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Long Trail Brewing Co. – Imperial Pumpkin, Brush and Barrel Series (2013)

AlexAA: murky, blood orange with wafting notes of cloves, nutmeg, and blending w/ the malts into a banana scent 5/10

AlexTM: bready, sourish malt that has cloves, ginger, & a touch of cinnamon confusing each other w/ who leads each sip. 4/10

AlexP: I know they’re there from the density and texture, but I just can’t taste them thru the stickiness. 2/10

AlexO: Bitter & tart? Last year’s Brewmaster series was a medicinal flop, this year’s is better, but better ain’t great 52/100

NicAA: Hazy red with a fast fading head. Aroma is so strongly of apple cider, very odd. Sweet, burnt, a little boozy. 7/10

NicTM: Weirdly light and thin in the beginning compared to the heavy aroma. Sour finish, not getting a lot of spice. 5/10

NicP: Present but not well dressed. Like kinda off pumpkins they over-roasted to mask it in the beer. 4p

NicO: Burnt sugar, turning to oddly sour and apple cider like. Nope. 50/100

Long Trail Brush and Barrel Imperial

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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Long Trail Brewing Co. – Pumpkin Ale (2013)

NicAA: Burnt orange with little head and huge cinnamon hit. Vanilla and ginger warm up the nose, and some sweet pumpkin. 8/10

NicTM: Med body/carb. Unexpected bitter hop front, then sweet w. cinnamon /vanilla, rounds to dry hint of pumpkin finish. 8/10

NicP: Doesn’t taste like fresh pumpkin, it’s here in a puree-like smooth and one dimensional way. But still, it’s there. 3p

NicO: Hop profile doesn’t fit here, and balance is off. Promising, but like my spare room, its half complete project. 73/100

AlexAA: deep russet & fluffy head with a wave of cinnamon and pumpkin tumbling out of the glass, smoothed together with vanilla 8/10

AlexTM: as it warms, the malt & brown sugar is hearty, but ginger, cloves, vanilla mix a little unevenly, crisp finish 7/10

AlexP: pumpkin balances flavor in this medium body by not being lost in the confusing spices. 4P

AlexO: Session Pumpkin- it’s a standard, non-flashy pumpkin beer that hits enough sweet & spicy, just not excitingly. 73/100

Long Trail

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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Wasatch Brewery – Pumpkin (2013)

AlexAA: dense copper body that has an almost ombre effect up to the head, strong pumpkin in this intense nose w/ cinnamon 8/10

AlexTM: surprisingly ultra-light bodied & watery, vanilla, ginger & barley w/ not too much else cutting through 4/10

AlexP: compared to the initial punch of aroma, the pumpkin was very hard to discern in the taste 2P

AlexO: Stark contrast from pour to mouth – body doesn’t support flavors, mostly the pumpkin, it’s almost washed-out. 54/100

NicAA: Hazy amber, no head retention, warm biscuit malt, ginger and allspice. Aroma closest to pumpkin pie so far. 8/10

NicTM: Thin, fairly low carb, taste mirrors aroma. Up front cinnamon and allspice, then ginger, and light pumpkin finish. 8/10

NicP: “Made with natural pumpkin”. Not sure what that means, but pumpkin is light in this delicate brew, matching the body. 2p

NicO: At 4% you may expect subtle flavor, and you’d be right. Lowfat pumpkin pie, but 1/2 the cals means 2 slices right?83/100


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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Cisco Brewers – Pumple Drumkin (2013)

NicAA: Perfectly clear with a thin lingering head. Copper colored, aroma of light allspice, a hint of clove and molasses. 7/10

NicTM: Bitter upfront and less spiced than last year. Quite thin, a bit too carbonated. A bit like a vegetal soda-water. 5/10

NicP: Getting a little in the finish but not much. There’s nothing backing up the pumpkin here to highlight it. 2p

NicO: Not flavorful, but more uninspiring than offensive. Needs more sugar, less fizz. Love the can, not the beer. 59/100

AlexAA: frothy head on vibrant sequoia body – pumpkin aroma leaps out of the can, w/ a light touch of nutmeg and cloves 6/10

AlexTM: light body pumpkin on a ribbon of caramel malt, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves, then hoppy dry finish. 7/10

AlexP: fresh pumpkin here has a fine line to walk b/n spices and hops, but is sweetly chilling in the middle of the room. 5P

AlexO: this is a lovechild of a dessert beer w/ roasted malt & solid piney hops – I think canning it was INSPIRED. 79/100

Cisco Pumple Drumkin


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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Smuttynose Brewing Co. – Pumpkin Ale (2013)

NicAA: Slight haze on an amber background, with a thick cream head that sticks. Light cinnamon, a little puree pumpkin. 8/10

NicTM: Refreshing + light, think pale ale w. pumpkin puree and light spice. Hops come through more than in most pumpkins. 8/10

NicP: Sweet and nicely complimenting the light spice and hops, the pumpkin puree is not forward but rounds out the ale. 4p

NicO: Another early fall pumpkin, try this soon. Not a pie-style pumpkin, so don’t expect sweet. Fall BBQ? Grab some. 84/100

AlexAA: fluffy white head on a hazy burnt golden orange, sweet nutmeg takes over the nose. 6/10

AlexTM: As it warms, the initial bitterness fades letting a sweet pumpkin thru the allspice & nutmeg that fleshes out this brew. 7/10

AlexP: Very subtle under a cloak of spices – sweet, but not enough meat to me. 2P

AlexO: Spicing creates more an autumn/oktoberfest quality, but aftertaste loses any pumpkin taste into hop chalkiness. 66/100


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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Anderson Valley Brewing Co. – Fall Hornin’ (2013)

NicAA: Roasty amber with a sticky copper head and gobs of spice and pumpkin in the nose. Sweet, molasses, ginger. Yum! 9/10

NicTM: Surprisingly light/less heavy on the spice than the aroma suggests. Much less sweet. Not bad just unexpected. 7/10

NicP: Pumpkin is more present in the nose than the flavor, but it is meaty and not overwhelmed by the spice. 6p

NicO: A great early-fall campfire pumpkin. Grab a sixer and take it to a cabin. It’s a promising taste of fall to come. 82/100

AlexAA: deep russet color out of can, the aroma drips of heavy cloves and light nutmeg and ginger 9/10

AlexTM: cola like, ginger tops a brown sugar, and seasons a toasted pumpkin w/ some bitterness & hops at end. 8/10

AlexP: toasted pumpkin is forward & wrapped in caramel – too weighty for the body of the ale. 7Pumpkins

AlexO: this creamyhoppypumpkincolagingerbeer is a little complex for being canned, but I’d bring a sixer to a campfire 84/100

Anderson Valley Fall Hornin

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Posted by on September 3, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Shipyard Brewing – Pumpkinhead (2013)

NicAA: Very clear light orange, no head retention. Nose is predominantly cinnamon and clove. Slight brown sugar sweetness. 6/10

NicTM: Fairly thin, med carbonation. Some spices, mostly cinnamon again, maybe a touch of molasses. A little sweet malt. 6/10

NicP: It sort of isn’t. Not much pumpkin meat flavor, if it’s there it is weak extract at best. Mostly a spiced beer. 2p

NicO: A cherished gateway to pumpkin for many of us, it isn’t bad, but it’s also nothing special. Spiced pumpkin-lite. 65/100

AlexAA: Transparent yellow-hued orange w/ cloves, too much cinnamon and some nutmeg to the nose 6/10

AlexTM: super carbonated w/ vanilla enveloping the cinnamon and nutmeg, has a Sprite-like tang and feel. 6/10

AlexP: The pumpkin flavor is faint and can barely match the copious amount of vanilla. 2Pumpkins

AlexO: My Hocus Pocus watching beer of youth in ME – good for sessioning, but I need something w/ body & real pumpkin. 64/100


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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in 2013 Reviews


Dogfish Head – Punkin (2013)

NicAA: Nice burnt orange hue with a sticky head and waves of sweet brown sugar, fall spices and vanilla in the nose. Sweeter than last year. 9/10

NicTM: Med body/ carbonation, tastes much less sweet than it smells. More pumpkin meat than last yr, and the spices are less forward. 9/10

NicP: Tasty and fresh, the pumpkin is showcased nicely in this brew, and not overdressed. Exactly what you want in a fresh pumpkin beer. 5P

NicO: The fresh pumpkin meat and spice mix here are textbook. Sit on your porch with this old friend and watch the leaves turn. 89/100

AlexAA: clear amber w/ lots of fizz in the carbonation, heavy nutmeg, some cinnamon and much sweetness to the scent. 8/10

AlexTM: great wall of brown sugar malt is cut thru w/ slight piney hop edge and dash of allspice. 9/10

AlexP: Full pumpkin body, but in balance to heavy spicing that enhance the freshness of pumpkin w/ panache. 5/10

AlexO: For being clear, fullness warms all the way down. Walks fine line b/n sweet & savory, doesn’t lose it’s balance. 93/100


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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in 2013 Reviews