The pumpkin just made it’s way on tap here. I love it. Not too spicy, very pumpkin-y. So I compared three commercial pumpkins:
- Imperial Pumpking Ale 8.6%
- Thirsty Dog Pumpkin Ale 5%
- Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale 8%
My thoughts – Pumpking is waaaayyyy too much. It’s like an IPA of pumpkins – surprisingly light in color too. It’s a sipper. Personally, way too much spice. I am not fond of the vanilla either. Where’s the pumpkin? Oh…it’s hidden under all those damn spices. Thirsty Dog’s pumpkin is just too light…way too light on everything including color…and a flavor that I’m not sure is an off flavor or it belongs their. Weyerbacher’s pumpkin was very good. It’s an imperial at 8% but very easy to drink as it’s perfectly balanced – you wouldn’t know you were drinking 8% beer.
I still prefer my pumpkin…it’s darker than all three of these. I’m a subtle flavor guy and our spices, in my opinion are low enough to let the pumpkin come through – something I did not pick up in the three commercial beers.
*Though I did give Pumpkin the benefit of the doubt and went over to the Winking Lizard to get one on tap…didn’t help. It’s a sipping beer and the last ONE you should have. Just my tastes…subtle so I can taste, but I don’t want to sip it. I don’t need hit over the head with flavor and spice.