Monday, September 5, 2011

Three Pumpkin Beers

I picked up a few singles the other day and I choose three different pumpkin beers; Buffalo Bill’s – America’s Original Pumpkin Ale (5.2% ABV & 11 IBU), Uinta – Punk’n (4% ABV & 10 IBU), and Lakefront Brewing – Pumpkin Lager (6% ABV).  Pumpkin Beers are classified as a Fruit / Vegetable Beer per the BJCP guidelines.  Supposedly, these were brewed by our founding fathers and I thought I would try a few.  I have tried Blue Moon’s Harvest Moon and thought it was a tasty one.  These all poured orange / tan with a small head and had an aroma of pumpkin and spice.  There was little to no bitterness on these beers and our favorite was Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale and it definitely tasted like pumpkin pie.  Even Lori liked this one and she is not a beer drinker.  Pictures and descriptions from the brewers are below.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale - "From Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale is one of the most sought after seasonal beers.  It is believed that George Washington brewed beer using this bright orange squash.  In modern times, Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale is a true original microbrew that uses baked and roasted pumpkins.  Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are added to create what has been described as “pumpkin pie in a bottle”."
Uinta Punk'n - "Harvest the flavors of fall with a bottle opener and a stroll down the craft-brewed beer aisle. Four+ Punk’n Ale is the pick of the crop with notes of roasted pumpkin and seasonal spices. Savory. Crisp. The sweetness is in the celebration, not on the palate."

Lakefront Brewing Pumpkin Lager - "In 1989, Lakefront Brewery owner, Russ Klisch was reading dusty brewing tome, tipping one of our fine lagers and came across a beer recipe that Thomas Jefferson had brewed with pumpkin at his home in Monticello.  Pours a light orange with an off-white head. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves meld well with a slightly sweet background that actually does taste a bit like pumpkin. Caramel and Munich malts reinforce this beer's mouthfeel and lend to the malty sweetness.  Serve our Pumpkin Lager with holiday meals the spice characters really bring out the depth of full-flavored meats and vegetables."

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