Pumpkin Beer Is Not For Everyone Part Two

A beer and a pumpkin

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Al, Madison and I had very different opinions on how the beers tasted and what we thought of them. I am going to run down what the brewers said about their beers and what we felt about the beers.

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale: It is an amber-colored ale that is brewed with a bounty of fall favors like vine-ripened pumpkin, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Together with a touch of wheat, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale has a smooth, lightly spiced finish. It pairs well with beef dishes and seasonal soups.*

Al’s opinion: “It’s not terrible but it gives you an aluminum taste in the back of your mouth after a second.”

Madison’s opinion: “No smell.”

My opinion: “There is a bit of a pumpkin skin after taste and kind of waxy.”

Pumking: It is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape.**

Al’s opinion: “Someone made pumpkin pie with water and made this beer.”

Madison’s opinion: “It’s like someone scooped out the entire pumpkin pie filling and mad a beer with the leftovers.”

My opinion: “After you take a sip the taste hits you immediately and you can breathe out the flavor.”

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale: Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables.***

Al’s opinion: “Not that great.”

Madison’s opinion: “Slight pumpkin taste.”

My opinion: “Tastes like lightly fermented pumpkin bread.”

Post Road Pumpkin Ale: This beer is available at the beginning of August through November. Pumpkins are blended with barley malt. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch; creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuit malt center and crisp finish. It pairs well with holiday dinning.****

Al’s opinion: “Not bad. Tastes like a sweet light beer.”

Madison’s opinion: “Has a nuttier flavor with a slight nutty after taste.”

My opinion: “Smells like roasted pumpkin seeds.”

Punkin Ale: A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. It is released right around September first each year. It pairs well with turkey, roasted duck, lamb, stuffing and dessert dumplings.*****

Al’s opinion: “I like this one. It’s better than the rest we tasted.”

Madison’s opinion: “The after taste stays with you and then it tastes pumpkinish.”

My opinion: “No smell really. A weird twang taste when you first take a sip.”

Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale: Nothing on their Website to reference to because it’s too new to post the facts about. You can find opinions about the beer on other Websites but I’m not posting anything that doesn’t come straight from the brewery.

Al’s opinion: “It’s sweet and cinnamonish and tastes like ass.”

Madison’s opinion: “The molasses over powers the spices.”

My opinion: “Smells line cinnamon and you can taste the molasses.”

St- Ambroise Pumpkin Ale: It just brewed once a year in the fall and distributes a limited amount. It embodies a blend of pale and caramel malt, hops and spices. It’s an original taste made by original people.******

Al’s opinion: “After you let it sit for a while there is a weird taste in your mouth.”

Madison’s opinion: “After taste of raw pumpkin.”

My opinion: “Taste more pumpkin in this one.”

Please remember that these are only opinions that were expressed by each of us. Everyone has one and is entitled to one. I wanted to contrast between what the brewery described and what we thought, but please don’t let it discourage you from trying new beers.

*Content taken from the Blue Moon Brewing Company’s website

**Content taken from the Southern Tier Brewing Company’s website

***Content taken from the New Holland Brewing Company’s website

****Content taken from the Brooklyn Brewery’s website

*****Content taken from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s website

******Content taken from the Brasserie McAuslan Brewery

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!


Pumpkin Beer Is Not For Everyone Part One

The pumpkin beer taste testing did not go over as well as I thought it would. We tried seven different pumpkin beers that actually make my stomach sick. I have to admit, it is definitely an acquired taste.

Friends Drinking Beer

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Since most of my friends thought I was nuts trying out different pumpkin beers, I was only able to have three judges on my panel. Do you think its nuts that I wanted to try pumpkin beer? I thought it would be something different to taste and write about. Would you still have had a taste testing with three people? I thought if I waited any longer to have the testing the other two judges would of backed out of it too.

First was Al Wozniak, who is a 25-year-old street foreman for the village of Burton. He is by no means a beer coinsure, but was willing to give pumpkin beer a try. He usually drinks Yuengling, Bud Light, Bush or Coors Light.

Next was my friend Madison Miranda, who is a 25-year-old graduate from Kent State University. She isn’t a big drinker, but she agreed to help me out since all my friends backed out. Madison prefers sweet drinks or wines over beer or sour/bitter tasting drinks.

Last was me. I have never tried pumpkin beer before, but I figured for the sake of my blog I would give it a shot. I am a 28-year-old former bartender who loves trying new stuff, especially when it comes to alcohol. I now work at beverage store, so instead of making drinks all day, I talk about booze all day. Definitely a change of pace as compared to the last couple of years.

The lineup of Pumpkin beer is as follows:



Price pre bottle





Me (Katie)


Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Blue Moon Brewing Company









Southern Tier Brewing Company








Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

New Holland Brewing Company








Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Brooklyn Brewery








Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery








Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub*








St- Ambroise Pumpkin Ale

Brasserie McAuslan Brewery







*It’s so new that I couldn’t even find the specifics of the beer on their website.

We ranked the beers on the best (which I labeled as number 1) to the worst (which I labeled as number 7). We all had different opinions on what we tasted and why we picked the numbers we did for the different beers.

Since there is so much to write about what happened, I will be continuing this post in to my next post. To Be Continued….

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!