The Beer Savant

October 19, 2013

Pumpkick

Filed under: Ale,American,Pumpkin — hikingsandiego @ 10:05 pm
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pumpkick
Date: October 2013
Cost: 9.99/6-pack at BevMo
Brewer: New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, Colorado
Alcohol content: 6%
Served: Cold in chilled glasses

I’ve been a fan of several New Belgium beers (Trippel, Mothership Wit) in the past, so I was excited to see a pumpkin ale from this brewery. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Out of the bottle, Pumpkick has a slightly hazy pumpkin-orange color with a delicate white foam. The aroma is sweet, hoppy, and rich with citrus and spices. And it just gets better with your first sip.

This ale isn’t overly carbonated, which I appreciate in a pumpkin ale. There’s a mild tartness from the cranberry, which is nice, but overall the pumpkin, cranberry, and spices blend together to create a truly smooth, refreshing, flavorful autumn ale. I’m impressed! New Belgium has knocked another out of the ball field!

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November 5, 2012

Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider

Filed under: American,Hard Cider — hikingsandiego @ 7:44 pm
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Ace Hard Pumpkin CiderDate:  November 2, 2012
Cost: $10.49/6-pack at Windmill Farms
Brewer:  California Cider Company, Sonoma County, California
Alcohol content: 5.0%
Served: Cold in chilled glasses

Okay, I know it’s not a beer, but sometimes it’s nice to broaden our horizons and try new things.

I was traveling through Windmill Farms on my way to the cash register when I spied a display of Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider (AHPC). As a devotee of everything pumpkin, I of course grabbed the nearest six-pack…a move that will go down as one of the better decisions I’ve made.

AHPC pours a rich golden orange. Since it’s not a beer, there is no head or lacing. It emits a fragrant aroma of pumpkin and spices and perhaps a hint of apple or pear. First sip…I’ve died and gone to heaven! It tastes like a true cider with the added bonus of allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin…a medley of pleasurable flavors. Some reviewers claim they can’t detect the pumpkin; this was not a problem for me. I enjoyed this 12 oz. of bliss from my first sip to my last. I think AHPC will become my newest fall tradition.

October 22, 2012

You Know What Autumn Means…

Filed under: Oktoberfest,Pumpkin — hikingsandiego @ 7:12 pm
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…It’s time for Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers!

I’ve been sampling several these past three weeks and will have new reviews posted soon! In the meantime, grab a six-pack and enjoy!

October 9, 2011

Tastes of Autumn

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Autumn is my favorite season for many reasons, including the excellent seasonal beers offered by many breweries: Oktoberfests, autumn beers, and pumpkin ales. I’ll be reviewing many of these, I hope, in the coming weeks.

Speaking of pumpkin ales, the gold standard for my taste is Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale. However, I’ve sought a six-pack of this liquid nirvana at BevMo, Ralphs, Vons, and Cost Plus with no luck. Has anyone out there found this beer at a San Diego-area store? If so, please leave me a note in the comments.

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