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October 10, 2006


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Although I have never tasted pumpkin ale, I completely understand where you're coming from on this. This thinking extends to flavored ANYTHING, in my book. My favorite example is hazlenut or vanilla coffee. If I really want hazlenut flavor in my coffee, I guess I could take good coffee and put in a shot of Italian syrup. The quality of the underlying beverage suffers when they put in flavorings.

I recently had the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and very much enjoyed it. The Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale... not so much.

I had my very first pumpkin ale this past weekend. Someone brought Post Road (Brooklyn Brewery--"Hundreds of pumpkins are blended into each batch.") to a b'day party and I drank two bottles.

I found the cinnamon and nutmeg a little shocking on my first and second sips, but then the beer started to grow on me. And the more it warmed the better it tasted. I actually liked it best at room temperature.

Pumpkins are not something I'd drink on a regular basis, but at this time of year, why not?

I reviewed the Dogfish Head and PostRoad elsewhere. Have steered clear of the Blue Moon and wished I had avoided the Shipyard Pumpkinhead. My only response to "hundreds of pumpkins are blended into each batch" and the PostRoad is "why bother?" I'm just not getting a lot of pumpkin out of that one---the spices are covering it up I guess. I know what real pumpkin ale tastes like; I've had homebrewed versions that make you think you are eating pumpkin pie. I suspect that there are some shelf stability issues that make the commercial brewers more conservative.

I had some pumpkin ale at BrickHouse last night. It was worse than I expected. But that's okay...

I had a few pints of Crop Circle and posed for a picture with Billy Joel. He came in after the LIMHoF induction. The pic is on my blog.


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