Monthly Archives: September 2014

Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Fall Hornin’ (2014)

AlexAA: A rich mahogany pour w/ a fluffy beige head gives way to a scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and doughy yeast 7/10

AlexTM: Complex taste profile that changes from caramel, brown sugar, and lightly roasted pumpkin to fizzy carbonation and then fades into hoppy bitter finish 8/10

AlexP: Too large an amount of sweet pumpkin for so light-bodied of an ale – leaves a sticky aftertaste. 7P

AlexO: The Moxie of pumpkin cola beers – a flavor combo of too many ingredients that I would have to grow up on to understand. 74/100

NicAA: Cola colored with thick foamy head. Allspice, clove and pine aroma on top of heavy malt and floral yeast. 7/10

NicTM: Very sweet malt, ginger and molasses. Clove in the back end, with a touch of piney hop. 7/10

NicP: Not getting much in the aroma or the taste, but what there is tastes a little artificial. 2p

NicO: Um, I like the label..? A bear with antlers is cool. The beer I wanted to like, but its just, average. With too much clove. 71/100

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Fall Hornin 2014

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in 2014 Reviews


Starr Hill Brewery – Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter (2014)

NicAA: light cocoa head rests on a rich dark coffee colored brew. Nose of warming cinnamon and meaty sweet pumpkin, allspice, and brown sugar. 9/10

NicTM: Light mouthfeel, moderately carbonated. Roasted malt brings smoky coffee notes, bitter hops, offset by sweet pumpkin and light fall spicing. Much lighter than the aroma suggests. 8/10

NicP: Very present in the aroma, less so in the taste, behind the roasted malt. Sweetens up as the beer warms 3p

NicO: Smoky and roasty, the pumpkin and spices move forward as this warms, but remain understated. Light body, i’d like this as a Thanksgiving dinner accompaniment. 88/100

AlexAA: A rich chocolate hued porter that is matched by an aroma filled with  chocolate malt, nutmeg, and cloves. 8/10

AlexTM:  The spicing takes on a more subtle role as smoke surrounds sweet caramel, chocolate, and pumpkin lightly toasting it. 9/10

AlexP: Sweet pumpkin is there for depth to the body, but is a wallflower in taste to the heavy malts and spicing. 3P

AlexO: Both a solid porter AND pumpkin beer – makes me want to build a bonfire for the occasion of drinking it…in my living room. 85/100

Starr Hill Brewery Boxcarr Pumpkin 2014

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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in 2014 Reviews


Steven’s Point Brewery – Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

NicAA: Misty, russet brew with light head. Huge aroma of mouthwatering pumpkin, savory spices, and liquid pumpkin pie. 10/10

NicTM: Sweet pumpkin, caramel and biscuit malt crust with delicious cinnamon and nutmeg. A dash of vanilla adds the cream on top. 10/10

NicP: Lots of it, fresh and delicious and so well spiced, wrapped in a wonderfully crafted malt bill. 5p

NicO: Outstanding. Pumpkin pie perfection so fresh I almost want to check I didn’t leave the oven on. Not just the whole hog, this is the whole farm. 96/100

AlexAA: Rusty lush copper-tone and no lacing, cinnamon, sweet pumpkin meat, cloves, nutmeg, all-spice, and caramel pack this dense aroma 9/10

AlexTM: Rich textured ale w/ sediment dripping in toasty caramel, fresh pumpkin, and a perfectly balanced smattering of spices in this heavy body. 9/10

AlexP: One step away from literal chunks of pumpkin bobbing away and giving zero effs while doing it. 6P

AlexO: Rugged, hearty, and full of saucy spicing. I’m down for a tumble in the hay with this pumpkin. 95/100

Steven's Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale 2014

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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in 2014 Reviews


Magic Hat Brewing Company – Wilhelm Scream (2014)

NicAA: Cinnamon, anise, clove and pureed pumpkin aromas leap from this glassy, ruby colored brew. Light head and lacing. 7/10

NicTM: Light mouthfeel, this malty but thin brew has a generous helping of clove and cinnamon, but could use a little sweet to balance out the bitterness of the clove and hops. 7/10

NicP: The pumpkin here tastes a little artificial, but it isn’t overwhelmed in the mix. 4p

NicO: While it isn’t exactly bad, much like the sound effect which gives it its name, Wilhelm Scream is a little like an uninspired stock effort to fill a gap. 70/100

AlexAA: Quickly fading lacing on a deep, clear russet, aroma of molasses & cinnamon 6/10

AlexTM: Bitter cloves followed by a syrupy sweetness in a watery, light body 5/10

AlexP: Drawing a huge pumpkin on your label doesn’t suddenly jam gourd into your thin ale 2P

AlexO: Patron saint of mediocre pumpkin beers – when you mumble what you say, you’ve said nothing. 51/100

Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream 2014
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Posted by on September 27, 2014 in 2014 Reviews


Woodchuck Cidery – Private Reserve Pumpkin (2014)

NicAA: Rich honey colored cider with a refreshingly simple aroma of sweet apples and pumpkin. 8/10

NicTM: Light body and low carbonation. Super sweet jolly rancher-esque apple pumpkin flavor with no detectable spice but perhaps a little ginger. 7/10

NicP: Overpowered some by the sugary apples. Pureed, seems unspiced. 2p

NicO: A fun offering that wouldn’t be out of place in a grownups halloween handout. But just like candy, too much and I’d expect my teeth to feel furry.  77/100

AlexAA: Jewel-toned amber w/ a crispy cinnamon apple aroma lightly clovened for the spooky season 7/10

AlexTM: Confectionery apples are doused in vanilla and rolled in brown sugar for this sweet treat, with a generous helping of pumpkin. 8/10

AlexP: Nine apples to each pumpkin, but pumpkin gets the last laugh. 6P

AlexO: The carnival treat of the pumpkin ciders – a little too much of every ingredient, but the crisp air makes you take just a little more than you know you should. 82/100

Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin 2014

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in 2014 Reviews


Rock Art Brewery – Vermont (Pumpkin) Spruce Stout (2014)

NicAA: Deep brown, thick, clingy head. Chocolatey aroma with rich roasted malt and a sweetness from the pumpkin. Clean spruce notes. 8/10

NicTM: Smooth and low carbonation with a velvety mouthfeel. Fresh spruce and big chocolate, very sweet and not much char or espresso. 8/10

NicP: Sweet and present, a nice addition as an extra fermentable here, but its not the star of the show, nor is it spiced up. 2p

NicO: A nice chocolate stout which has a nice piney, crisp edge from the spruce tips. Not much pumpkin, but as a fermentable it works. A little more toastiness to the malt would be great though. It’s a bit like being hit in the face with a chocolate bar in the woods. Which isn’t necessarily the worst thing, but you know…79/100

AlexAA: Deeply dense brown stout w/ tan head, slight espresso to the nose with a lush pine quality 7/10

AlexTM: Creamy onset that quickly shifts into edgy, chalky pine with a bitter, smoky finish 5/10

AlexP: Faint thru the forest of evergreen – these woods are dark and full of terrors. 2P

AlexO: I feel very passionately about…the label change on this stout – it angers me.  59/100

Rock Art Vermont Spruce Pumpkin Stout 2014

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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in 2014 Reviews


Doc’s Draft – Pumpkin Hard Apple Cider (2014)

AlexAA: It’s like smelling liquid Big Red w/ a hint of apples & nutmeg, very bubbly and sparkling 6/10

AlexTM: Quite ginger-y plus all-spice, slight toasty pumpkin is hard to discern thru the sweet apples 6/10

AlexP: Apples bob away while dunk-tanking the pumpkin under 3P

AlexO: This is the cider that every year threatens to break up @ratemypumpkins – sorry, Nic. 63/100

NicAA: Sunshine colored with a tempting aroma of cinnamon, sweet apples and pumpkin swirled together with ginger. Very inviting! 9/10

NicTM: Dry start, as the plentiful bubbles move you forward into tart apples, on into sweet fresh pumpkin, all the while wrapped in a light veil of fall spices and delicious fresh ginger. 9/10

NicP: Roasty and sweet, mixed wonderfully with the tart apple. Complimented nicely by the well balanced spicing. 4p

NicO: Beautifully crafted fall cider that doesn’t rely on being candy sweet or super spiced. Pair this with a cheese plate, a crisp day and a leafy fall vista. 92/100

Docs Draft Pumpkin Cider 2014
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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in 2014 Reviews