Continuing with seasonal beers, pumpkin beers are dominating the season. I tried a couple of pumpkin ales recently. Boston’s Harpoon Brewery and the other from Weyerbacher Brewing in Easton, PA.
Harpoon’s UFO (UnFiltered Offering) Pumpkin 5.9%abv. is orange–amber color with a quick fading off white head. The aroma is roasted malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Baking spices dominate the palate up front, followed by roasted malt and hint of hops on the finish. This is the typical pumpkin pie style of ales, very tasty and true to style.
Wyerbacher Brewing, Easton, PA, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8%abv. is deep amber in color with a slow fading light tan head. The aromas are full of roasted malt with allspice and nutmeg. The problem started with the first sip. The flavor is just sour without anything else. No malt, no spices, just sour. This may be one of the worst beers I have ever tasted in my whole life.