Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:26 PM
The pumpkin beers are showing up now and this year's batch seems to be better than last. Just for the record, I don't have much of a sense of smell, so I have to have my wife do the smell tests for me. She usually then takes a sip and makes a face like I gave her the most god awful stuff ever. With that said...
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ale - two years ago, this was my favorite. Last year, too much of a spice. This year, good pumpkin and spice.
Southern Tier Pumking - this stuff is everywhere this year and I usually have a hard time finding it. This year's batch seems like a good balance with the pumpkin and the spices, but my wife says it smells strong of nutmeg.
Hoppin Frog Double Pumpkin - this was my favorite last year, as it has a strong pumpkin taste and good spices. This year's batch seems even better. I can't taste the cinnamon very well, but my wife can. The pumpkin is definitely present and the other spices aren't overpowering. My wife had a small drink of it and said she might be able to drink it...and she loathes beer. The nice thing is I drive about a mile from the brewery everyday for work, so I can stop there if needed.
I haven't seen Dogfish Head Punkin Ale yet. The first year I had it, 2009, it was unreal. The past two years have been milder on the flavors, especially the brown sugar. Still, I look forward to it each year.