I love beer. I love fall. It follows, then, that I adore fall beer. If you put a pumpkin in some beer, chances are I’m going to love it. If you even just put a pumpkin on the label, I am there for it. I haven’t been drinking too much beer since we’ve been trying to lose some weight, but I swung by the liquor store to grab some fall beer this week to let you know what I think of them.
This is a fall beer so strange, so audacious, that I can’t help but give it a higher rating than I might based on taste alone. It’s a pumpkin ale with cinnamon and habañero peppers, so it’s got that sweet fall beer flavor mixed with some considerable heat. The combination is off kilter and experimental, but also pleasant and homey. We’re living in a golden age, when brewers can feel comfortable enough taking niche tastes to a mass market. 3.75 stars.
This is your standard Octoberfest, but a really good one. The spice is mellow and restrained, but enough to give you that warm fall beer flavor. Super smooth, super tasty. 4.25 stars.
This one is surprisingly light for a 10% ABV beer aged in bourbon barrels! Not the perfect late-on-a-work-night, post-workout beer, but you play the hand you’re dealt. It’s light on its feet, but full bodied, and leaves you pleasantly cotton-headed. 4 stars.
A nice mellow amber lager. This would be a really nice staple fall beer for one of those outdoor parties where everyone’s wearing a jacket and Halloween decorations are out. A little sweet, some mild spice, and just a really pleasant beer. 3.75 stars.
This one didn’t really work for me. It’s beer, so it’s automatically got 3 stars or so, but I wish it leaned a little heavier on the Pumpkin, lighter on the imperial. This is a heavy beer in exactly the way the Alltech beer above wasn’t. It’s 9.0% ABV, and you feel every percentage point. You definitely do taste the pumpkin, but it gets a bit overwhelmed by everything else going on. 3.25 stars.