2011 Pumpkin Beer Review Roundup

The pumpkin beer reviews for 2011 have been completed! We tested a great variety of brews this fall and even found a new favorite!

First up was a crowd favorite, Pumpking by Southern Tier. Sadly not a FE favorite at all.

Next was Shipyard Brewing’s Smashed Pumpkin, and won this year’s favorite!

Followed that up with Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin, a lovely barrel aged ale.

Last up was Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, which sadly didn’t rate very high.

We ended the pumpkin ale season with a tasting at our favorite bar, Hal and Al’s.

This was a great season for tasting new pumpkin brews!

Were you able to get any pumpkin ales this season? Did you find a new favorite? 

Up next?  Perhaps some winter ale tastings!

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4 thoughts on “2011 Pumpkin Beer Review Roundup

  1. Heidi says:

    I tried Pumpking this year for the first time and I liked it. I also tried Blue Moon’s pumpkin beer (at a party – I didn’t buy it) and I didn’t like it at all. It tasted like normal beer, you couldn’t taste pumpkin or spices much.

    • Heidi, it is certainly a crowd pleaser! I agree with Blue Moon, very bland beer. And to think years and years ago it used to be my pumpkin beer of choice! Yikes!

  2. I was really bummed about not being able to try pumpkin beers this year but found pumpkin cider. It’s naturally gluten-free and tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. I was so excited!

    Andy had the Shipyard’s this year and loved it.

    • Amanda, I saw your pumpkin cider mention! I had Woodchuck’s pumpkin cider but sadly was unimpressed with it. I might try one of their darker ciders that you mentioned and see what kind of flavors those have.

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