Love 'em or hate 'em, pumpkin beers are here. A few weeks ago, I conducted an informal poll on my Facebook page and asked my readers to share their thoughts on pumpkin beers. Apparently, the majority dislike the style. While I'm not a huge fan myself, I still find myself tasting and writing out them each year. Ironically, pumpkin has little flavor in beer. These beers are all about the spice, in my humble opinion.
If you're looking to try a traditional pumpkin ale, I suggest you consider Elysian Night Owl, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, or one of my absolute favorites—Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. This year, I'm highlighting four gourd brews that each feature a unique twist:
- The Dapper Skeleton (Ale with Chiles), Burnside Brewing Co., Portland, OR
- He Said (Belgian-Style Triple), 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
- He Said (Baltic-Style Porter), 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
- Pumpkin Porter, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK
I'll post detailed reviews for each of these in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, what do you think about pumpkin beers?