Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. This is the third vintage of this I've reviewed, and it always seems to be the first pumpkin beer on the shelf every year. Sure enough, last year I reviewed it on August 6th. I don't get the rush to market, though if it must be done, I'm glad one of my favorites in the style is the one to do it.
As usual, the evil pumpkin overlord is leading his army of jack-o-lanterns in a revolt against Halloween. Can't say I blame him. How'd you like the innards ripped out of you, to get some holes carved in your chest and a candle put inside your belly? Yeah, didn't think so! Bottled 070911.
Pumpkin pie in a bottle, that's what it smells like, with strong spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Caramel and brown sugar malty flavors are the main opening to this beer. Sweet, but not too sweet. Nutmeg and cinnamon are also major players in the flavor of this beer. Pumpkin, not so much, though I guess some vegetable kind of flavors are noticeable. So basically, you are tricked into thinking this is a "pumpkin" beer by the big spices that make you think "pumpkin pie". Nicely played, Weyerbacher.
The 8.0% alcohol is also a prominent component, accentuating the spices and warming up the body. I'd say it also helps tone down the initial sweetness a little. Carbonation delivers little jabs to the palate, good creamy mouthfeel. Good beer though I feel they should've left some of the spices in the rack. Very potent spices, but good beer. Check it out!
By the way, all of my other pictures were sucky blurry as it was pretty dark and rainy outside. This one turned out OK though.
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