Cisco Brewers is another brewery that is local in the same way Smuttynose is. I’m still several hours from them, but ya know. Pumple Drumpkin has, perhaps, my favorite label. The little dude on the front reminds me of my brother.
This was a good beer, but also a strange one. I didn’t get much pumpkin flavor, but it did have a chocolately flavor. Unexpected, but it worked out well. I’m not sure who I would recommend this to, but if you get your hands on it, give it a try!
Wow, I drank this beer a few days ago before starting this post and well…
Ok, it’s not a bad beer. There was nothing yucky or offensive about it. I would drink this again. But it’s completely forgettable. I still remember the things I liked and disliked about this beer. I still remember the things I liked and disliked about the beer I drank the day after this one. I can think of nothing to say about this beer except that it’s not horrible and while I would not seek it out again, I would drink it if it were around. So… *Kanye shrug*
Better than Smuttynose (and inexplicably better when warmer), this is another beer for the IPA/hops lover. I think it has a less extreme hoppiness than Smuttynose, but still too much for my dark beer sensibilities. When forgotten for half an hour and drank when warm, it actually has less of that hoppy bite. The other pro of drinking it warm is that you can feel like a medieval beer snob, and who doesn’t want to do that?
I like the label’s simplicity and it has a nice amber color when poured (which is misleading for how hoppy it becomes). I find this drinkable, but not as enjoyable as other beers. If you are an IPA fanatic it might not be enough for you, but if you enjoy one every now and then, this is probably a good choice.
THIS is what pumpkin beer season is all about! I was super impressed with Shipyard’s Watermelonhead over the summer, so I’m glad to see another quality seasonal beer from them. While many “pumpkin” beers are merely spiced, you can actually taste the pumpkin in Shipyard. It’s not quite as pumpkin pie-y as my Holy Grail Beer (Elysian’s Night Owl), but it’s close. A perfectly balanced, perfectly pumpkined beer.
For the first of the Re-brews, refer to this post!
Our second sampler in this series was Smuttynose’s Pumpkin Ale. Smuttynose has one of the cutest mascots, a little harbor seal, and they are relatively local (in the way that “New England” kind of ends up being a conglomerate of local). I can’t comment on the color or anything of this one because I just drank it straight from the bottle like the classy lady I am.
I am not a fan of hoppy bears, and this was a very hoppy beer. I was not able to get much pumpkin taste through the hops. I just really don’t have much to say on this one: adorable seal, super hoppy, would not drink again. If you like IPAs, this is probably the pumpkin beer for you.