A Definitive Ranking of Pumpkin Beer on the Pumpkin Scale – Year Two
By: Sarah Collins
It’s no secret, I love pumpkin! I received a lot of positive feedback following my blog last year titled, A Definitive Ranking of Pumpkin Beer on the Pumpkin Scale and the follow up blog, Happy Halloween & Bonus Pumpkin Beers. So this year, I decided to bring back the pumpkin scale with a whole new round up of beers!
Here’s what I tried so far in Fall 2018 and how each pumpkin-y brew ranked on the somewhat notorious pumpkin scale. As a reminder, each beer is rated on a scale of zero to five pumpkins. Zero pumpkins being, “I think they forgot the key ingredient.” Five pumpkins being, “WOWZA THEY USED THE WHOLE DANG PATCH.”
Dark Knife from Elysian Brewing Company – 1 Pumpkin
The pumpkin is completely overshadowed by the dark maltiness. It was a little dry and flat for my liking, however if you enjoy a harsh coffee style brew, this could be perfect for you! In my notes I wrote, “dark, dark, dark, dark, dark.”
Frogs Hallow from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery – 4 Pumpkins
A perfect balance between pumpkin and spice, that livens up as it warms. Be sure to sip this one, because a gulp could hit you with a spicy punch to the back of the throat.
Great Gourds of Fire from Hopworks Urban Brewery – 2.5 Pumpkins
Serious style points on this name, so cute and creative! Much heavier on the spice than it is on the pumpkin, so much so that it has a warming effect on the back of the throat and chest. My boyfriend Taylor doesn’t typically enjoy pumpkin beer, but he asked for a whole glass of his own of this one!
Pumpkin Pedaler from Stormbreaker Brewing – 3.25 Pumpkins
Smooth and sweet with subtle pumpkin on the back end. If you’re looking to dabble in the pumpkin beer arts without fully committing, this is the beer for you!
Pumpkin Tart from Brewery Vivant – 4 Pumpkins
I love sours, which is why I was particularly excited about this unique beer. I was not disappointed! The combination of spices and kettle souring makes for something completely unique and I was a real big fan. I will advise however, don’t get your hopes up expecting a puckering sour sensation because it’s really not that kind of “tart” its more subtle and smooth.
Pumpkinhead from Shipyard Brewing Company – 4.5 Pumpkins
The cinnamon and nutmeg are really the stars of the show here in my opinion. I would describe this beer as fresh and zingy, the kind that makes you want to run up and jump in a pile of leaves. I didn’t have a chance to try one of these Pumpkinhead drink recipes, which is a bummer because they look fantastic. If I could have gotten my hands on a second bottle I would have tried Pumpkin Pie Al Mode or the Smashed Pumpkinhead.