While some people get excited about Fall for the changing leaves and cool brisk air – here in Florida it’s still 85 degrees. It’s hard to even enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte in such hot weather. The thing that really gets me in the Fall season is the debut of my pumpkin beers! Every year I head to Total Wine like a giddy school girl to make my own six pack (or two) of all my favorite beverages that will be off the shelves within the month.
I know the variety available can seem a little intimidating, so I wanted to share my review of a few new ones I’ve tried this year as well as some old favorites.
Harpoon Pumpkin Cider – most ciders are really sweet, sometimes sickeningly sweet. This one was not. Definitely more on the tart side. A solid mix of pumpkin and apple flavors. If you like something light, crisp and dry, this is worth a shot.
Southern Tier Pumpking – this is one has been a favorite of mine over the past few years. These have usually come in huge 22 oz bottles but this year they debuted a 4-pack of 12oz bottles. Be careful with this one as it is 9% alcohol. It’s a darker ale (so not as dark or heavy as Stout). It has a light sweetness but still a taste of fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a slight malty aftertaste. A definite fall favorite.
New Belgium Pumpkick – Pumpkick was a surprisingly different beer in my six-pack. Very light and smooth taste. Light pumpkin taste with hints of spices. There is a tart aftertaste of cranberry that finishes the taste very well. Sounds like a strange combination, but is a good mix of flavors that I could drink all night without getting tired of it.
Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Sandy – I bought this beer because it was BOGO at Publix. I was not expecting to like it but it turned out to be one of my favorite of the bunch. This is definitely the sweetest I’ve tried, tastes more of a pumpkin pie beer as opposed to a pumpkin beer. The first sip has a taste of citrus to it and then the sweet aftertaste that compliment nicely.
Sam Adams Pumpkin Batch – While Leinenkugel was the sweetest of the bunch, Sam Adams was on the opposite end of the spectrum. This beer has more of the pumpkin in the gourd sense. While maybe a bit floral tasting, it is not sweet. Has a slightly malty, bitter aftertaste as well. (I’d stick with Sam Adams Oktoberfest)
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin – this was a darker ale like the Pumpking. This had a nice light sweetness to it, almost like a caramel, but kicked the spices up a notch compared to the others. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove give this beer a spicier finish.
Whether you’re already a fan or have never tried a pumpkin beer I hope my reviews will give you a new one to try!