In 2016 I am starting to run out of things to review, but the total is now _48_ varieties, wow!  The new stuff was pretty good this year for the most part.

 

Saint Louis Brewery Schlafly Pumpkin Ale


Brought this back from last year because it was a winner. Not as great as I remember it from last year, but still acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

Nebraska Brewing Company Wick for Brains

 

Spicy with a citrus kick to it. Don’t let the can throw you off, this is good.

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Dog The Gourd Standard

 

Pumpkin IPA. I was a little skeptical picking this off the shelf, but if it to date is untried then it shall be tested. It is so-so, definitely a PINO. It smells like an IPA, and there’s no real hint that it is a “pumpkin” ale other than the label.

 

 

 

 

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

Not as sweet as others but good. Nice fragrance, but taste as a pumpkin ale is a little lacking. But good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin

Musky ale, not bad but it is a PINO unfortunately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down

Scottish ale with pumpkin spices. Good spice ale, nice light and smooth brew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

 

Some spice scent but taste is of typical bitter ale. If I really try I can detect a cinnamon taste? Borderline PINO.

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy Seas Barrel-Aged The Great’er Pumpkin

Good spices, this is one of the few that “gets it” in this year’s batch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uinta Brewing Punk’n Pumpkin Ale

 

Nice tasting pumpkin ale, good spices and very flavorful.

 

 

 

 

 

South Street Twisted Gourd Imperial Chocolate Chai Pumpkin Ale

Thick brew with great pumpkin spices. I’m not sure I detect much “chocolate” or “chai”, just a dark ale version of a non-PINO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tumwater Brewing/Fish Brewing Hard Cider Pumpkin Pie

 

This was a late entry, I spotted this in Aldi. Ciders can be hit or miss, some are PINOs, others seem like they are apple ciders with some nutmeg added. This one is kind of like the latter but is quite good, especially given the price of less than $1.25 a bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

Full 2013-2016 Pumpkin Ales Review Rankings, 48 Varieties Ordered by Bill’s Preference

Mckenzie’s Pumpkin Jack Hard Cider

Heavy Seas Barrel-Aged The Great’er Pumpkin

Cortland Beer Company Pumpkin Ale

Harpoon Unfiltered Pumpkin Ale

Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Tumwater Brewing/Fish Brewing Hard Cider Pumpkin Pie

Uinta Brewing Punk’n Pumpkin Ale

Alewerks Pumpkin Ale

South Street Twisted Gourd Imperial Chocolate Chai Pumpkin Ale

Saint Louis Brewery Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down

Nebraska Brewing Company Wick for Brains

Southampton Publick House Pumpkin Ale

Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale

RJ Rockers Gruntled Pumpkin Ale

Leinenliugels Harvest Patch Shandy

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

Evolution Craft Jacques All Lantern

Ichabod Crandall

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat

Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin

Saranac Pumpkin Ale

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin

Ithaca Beer Company Country Pumpkin

Traveler Beer Company Jacko Traveler Seasonal Shandy

Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter

New Holland Ichabod Ale

Red Hook Pumpkin Porter

Blue Point Pumpkin Ale

Ace Pumpkin Cider

Long Trail Pumpkin Ale

Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company Pumpkin Hunter

Sam Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin

Flying Dog Brewery The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Flying Dog Brewery Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Flying Dog Brewery The Gourd Standard

New Belgium Pumpkick

Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale

Buffalo Bill’s Brewery America’s Original Pumpkin Ale

Wood Chuck Hard Cider Pumpkin

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Southern Tier Imperial Pumpking Ale

Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Samuel Adams Pumpkin Batch

 

 

 

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