October... the leaves are changing, the air meets the warm sun with a cool brisk breeze. Tis the season for Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin beer!
Craft beers are becoming just as popular as personalized lattes and handcrafted tisanes from local coffee shops. Tantalizing tastebuds with tangy suds and bitter hops, smooth barley and caramelized malts.
This examiner is taking advantage of all the specialty crafted beers available, sampling some delicious brews featuring October's favourite flavour; the Great Pumpkin.
On the menu— Howe Sound's Pumpkineater, Black Creek's Pumpkin Ale, Great Punkin by Renaissance Enlightenment, Grand River's Highballer Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier's Imperial Pumking, Smashed Pumpkin by Shipyard, Post Road Pumpkin Ale by Brooklyn Brewery and Great Lakes Brewery's Pumpkin Ale
With it’s burnt orange hue, the first pumpkin inspired brew sampled is Post Road Pumpkin Ale produced by Brooklyn Brewery. This beer features a certain crispness and a mild hoppy undertone, but completely lacks in the pumpkin department. Where’s the pumpkin? Where’s the spice? It’s a shame that this beer is only seasonal as it is a decent all around beer, just not something that showcases well as a speciality seasonal beer.
Coming in at 5.0% alcohol and about $2.50/bottle, Post Road Pumpkin Ale is good, but not great and leaves a lot of pumpkin flavour to be desired. This beer is one to pass on.