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Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’

Anderson Valley Fall HorninThe first thing I noticed about Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’ is that it’s quite a bit darker than most pumpkin beers. Bordering on brown, even. Aroma of cinnamon and clove, but not overpowering. Loads of cinnamon in the flavor. I even think there’s a bit of cocoa in this. Not much in the way of pumpkin. Little kick of carbonation.

Pretty tasty. I could definitely see knocking back a few of these while watching football

 

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Southern Tier Warlock

South Tier WarlockI’m not quite sure what to expect with Southern Tier Warlock. They already make what I consider the best pumpkin ale with Pumking, but can they balance the different malt and not lose the pumpkin and spices?

Blindfolded, I don’t think I would notice a difference in aroma between this and Pumking. But the flavor and texture and definitely different. It’s heavier, dryer, and the finish is definitely more stout-like. But those delicious spices that make Pumking outstanding are still there and hold up. There’s something almost pop-like to start. Overall, it’s a tad more aggressive and the roasted malt certainly comes out.

If I had to choose between Warlock and Pumking for the rest of my life, I’d go with Pumking. But this is a very tasty change of pace.

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Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

Hoppin Frog Frogs HollowRather excited to get my hands onĀ Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale. I am a fan of pumpkin spice beers, and Hoppin’ Frog is one of my favorite breweries.

All the familiar spices are in the aroma. Perhaps cinnamon is the most aggressive. Light body, big taste of pumpkin first before the spices kick in. They’re milder than expected, but it definitely works. Cinnamon and clove stand out the most. Bit of heat from the ginger.

No surprise, it’s great. Definitely top tier of pumpkin beers!

 

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Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth

Fat Heads Spooky Tooth

Fat Heads Spooky Tooth

High expectations for Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth. A style I really enjoy and a brewery I am eagerly trying more from.

Pours darker than a lot of pumpkin beers. More brown than orange. Amazing aroma. Loads of warm spices and some pumpkin, too. The complexity is evident from the first sip. Using 8 malts and 7 spices and other flavorings, the balance is phenomenal. All the familiar pumpkin pie spices plus, guess what, pumpkin (which is lacking in many other pumpkin beers). Completely hidden 9% ABV.

Top tier pumpkin beer. No doubt about it!

Grade: A

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Buckeye Brewing Pumpkin Dead

Buckeye Brewing Pumpkin Dead

All season, I have been comparing pumpkin beers to Southern Tier Pumpkin. I think I’ve finally found a true rival with Buckeye Brewing Pumpkin Dead.

The color is remarkably clear. The aroma is full of pumpkin pie spice along with something unexpected, butterscotch. Warm spices at first back off to a nice blend of pumpkin and pie crust. That butterscotch is still in there, too. A hint of hops make their presence felt at the back end.

A great beer here. Big flavors, fantastic balance, excellent mouthfeel. I already want more!

Grade: A

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Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Up to now, I have only had two offerings from Southern Tier: Pumking and Creme Brulee Stout, and both are outstanding. What does Harvest Ale have in store?

Inviting copper color with a sticky, if thin, head. Caramel and apricots in the nose. Wheat, dried apricots, caramel, and a dry finish. Some lingering banana, too. The hops provide a late, but pronounced character.

I like it, but it isn’t on the same field as the ones I mentioned earlier.

Grade: B

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New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

The first thing that strikes me about New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is, well, pumpkin. It’s the most pumpkin-forward beer I’ve had this season. A clingy white head floats on top of a gorgeous copper body.

While the aroma is nearly all pumpkin, there are some pumpkin pie spices in the flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth and refreshing, the flavors are more subdued than most other pumpkin beers, but it’s very tasty.

Quite earthy with a medium to light body.

Killer label, too.

I’d say it’s good, but doesn’t quite come up to Pumking.

Grade: B

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

My first pumpkin ale of the season was the outstanding Southern Tier Pumking, so we will see how Dogfish Head Punkin Ale stacks up.

Nice copper color and tons of warm spices as soon as it’s poured. Loads of pumpkin pie spice like cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Of course, the pumpkin in present, too. I’m getting more hops here than I have with other pumpkin ales, but they are spicy hops that pair quite nicely with the pie spices. Nice warmth from the 7% ABV, as well.

It’s pretty darn good, but I’d go with Pumking over this. The Punkin Ale is dominated by spices, where the Pumking had more complex and better balanced flavor.

Grade: B

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Magic Hat Hex

Magic Hat Hex

First off, I have no idea what’s going on with the video you’ll see when you check out the link on the Magic Hat website for Hex. Maybe after a few more, it’ll make sense, but it’s not particularly powerful at 5.4%.

Color is dark orange and cloudy with a sticky white head. Some fruity and malty aromas come through. Lots of carbonation, it’s smooth and creamy. Some sweet malt, rye, orange, and a nice hop kick at the end.

Reasonably tasty, quite drinkable.

Grade: B

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Coney Island Freaktoberfest

Coney Island Freaktoberfest

Red beer? Bubbly pink head? What is going on with Coney Island Freaktoberfest?

A blend of 6 malts. 6 hops varieties. The ABV? 6.66%, of course. Regardless of if this beer is any good or not, this is an example of why to love craft beer. It’s fun, they are taking chances and being creative.

The smell is fresh and fruity. Hops dominate the flavor, but they aren’t overpowering. Some sweet malt in there, too. Outstanding lacing, even if it is pink foam. Smooth and crisp without being the slightest bit watery.

It doesn’t taste as complex as the 6 malts and 6 hops would expect you to believe, but it’s a fun, unique, tasty, and drinkable beer. What’s not to like?

Grade: B

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