Although we are Cigar and Whiskey, we pride ourselves on trying a world of delicious things in the world of smoke and drink. So it was three years ago that we decided that we’d try some pumpkin beers and let everyone know what we thought. Last year we tried even MORE pumpkin beers, then promptly got too drunk and forgot to write down everything (this shall henceforth be referred to as “the lost year”). However, this year we decided we wouldn’t be doing this project justice if we didn’t taste ALL of the pumpkin beers we could find in the central Texas area!
We also decided to base this round on data more than remembering specific taste, because frankly its hard to keep great notes when you’re 40+ beers deep. So, we gave all of our tasters scorecards (there were eleven tasters total) and had them rate each beer on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being “not fit for human consumption” and 5 being “give me the rest of the bomber”. We then combined and averaged the scores to bring you our official ratings for this year!
We’ll include in the list below the name, brewery, and style of the beers in addition to the average rating. If you’ve got any questions or opinions on the beers themselves then sound off in the comments and we’ll do our best to try to remember them…(seriously, next year we’re going to include a better notes section because relying on memory for specific tasting notes is, shall we say, impossible).
Anyway, without further ado, here’s the list!
|20 Pounds of Pumpkin||Samuel Adams||Ale||3.82|
|Pumpkin Ale||Whole Hog||Ale||3.82|
|Pumpkinator||St. Arnold||Imperial Stout||3.73|
|Imperial Pumpkin Smash||Crown Valley||Stout||3.45|
|Nightmare on 1st Street||Off Label||Imperial Ale||3.00|
|Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy||Leinenkugel||Shandy||2.86|
|Harvest Pumpkin Ale||Blue Moon||Ale||2.82|
|Imperial Pumpkin||Harpoon||Imperial Stout||2.82|
|Pumking||Southern Tier||Imperial Ale||2.64|
|Imperial Pumpkin Porter 26||Epic||Imperial Porter||2.55|
|Funkier Pumpkin||Boulevard Brewing Company||Spiced Sour Ale||2.45|
|Headless Gentleman||Imperial Bourbon Porter||Strangeland Brewery||2.45|
|Pumpkin Spice Latte||Buffalo Bayou||Ale||2.45|
|Imperial Pumpkin Porter 15||Epic||Imperial Porter||2.36|
|Wick For Brains||Nebraska||Ale||2.32|
|Pumpkin Spice Latte||Breckenridge Brewery||Stout||2.27|
|Punkin Ale||Dogfish Head||Brown Ale||2.27|
|Sleepy Hollow||Five Stones||Ale||2.27|
|Punkel||Lakewood Brewing Company||Dunkel||2.09|
|Pumpkin UFO||Harpoon||Unfiltered Ale||2.00|
|Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat||Shock Top||2.00|
|Fall Hornin’||Anderson Valley||Ale||1.73|
|La Parcela||Jolly Pumpkins||Sour Ale||1.55|
|Rumpkin||Avery Brewing||Ale Aged in Rum Barrels||1.45|
|Post Road Pumpkin Ale||Brooklyn||Ale||1.36|
|Pump(KY)n||Avery Brewing||Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels||1.18|
|Pinchy Jeek Barl||Anderson Valley||Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale||0.91|
|Warlock||Imperial Stout||Southern Tier||0.91|
|Pumpkin Latte||Martin House||Stout||0.73|
We’d also like to give a special shout out to WhichCraft Beer Store in Austin Texas for helping us curate our selection this year and offering us a few hard to find selections they were aging. Thanks guys!