Archive for the ‘Beer: Pumpkin Ales’ Category

Tis the season.

This is our attempt at being topical. Since we started doing this, we never paid much attention to seasonals, but I thought this was a great opportunity to start. After a discussion regarding Schalfly’s Pumpkin Ale on twitter last week, I realized I needed to try it again. So this created an easy idea for a new review, pumpkin ales. Although I kind of had to convince Bob on this round.

Bob: One way for a good review to happen is to have very low expectations, which was how I embarked on this tasting session featuring pumpkin ales. Being pretty much a fan of Reinheitsgebot, the original German beer purity law, or, more properly, its modern 1993 version that permits wheat in addition to barley, I’m not a big fan of beer flavoring other than malted grain, hops and yeast.

Several outstanding chefs have pointed out that pumpkin in and of itself is pretty tasteless, so what we are usually tasting in pumpkin dishes is the spices the chef chose to enhance it. This was certainly the case for the ales we tasted. My overall impression is that the spices don’t do much to improve the beer, and often mask its own flavor to an objectionable extent.