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Maple Mistress

Date 9/22/2014
Name Maple Mistress
Brewery Saucony Creek Brewing Co.
Location Kutztown, PA
ABV 9.50%
Price $2.99
Style Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Color J-honey peach colored, K-hazy amber honey
Head J-good amount of head, lace-like, K-creamy, off-white head
Aroma J/K J-sour apple, K-pumpkin bread
Mouthfeel J-smooth yet crisp, K-full body with a spritzy carbonation
Ginger J-2, K-3
Allspice J-2, K-1
Nutmeg J-2, K-2
Cinnamon J-4, K-4
Cloves J-5, K-4
Pumpkin J-3, K-4
Hops J-well balanced, K-1
Overall J-4.25, K-4.0
Repeater J-oh yeah, I liked this one. K – definitely
Comments J-not overstrong like some imperial beers are, very drinkable, a little bit oily – but in a good way.   Pleasant burn on the back of the throat. Strong clove finish, very drinkable with depth and substance, but on the lighter side of the imperials so it’s easy to drink. Very fall-like. Didn’t taste any maple syrup though… K-Nice malt and pumpkin flavor, a bready beer that reminds me more of pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie (and I do love pumpkin bread!). Can taste a touch of the maple, and the clove really comes through on the finish. The imperial aspect comes through with a mild warming alcohol burn on the finish.
Beer Advocate Score 89
Brewery Notes Ale brewed with butternut squash with maple syrup & spices added.

Elysian Pumpkin

Our First Pumpkin Beer tasted (note, these are in no particular order)

K- Keith

J- Janine (the wife)

All Scores are on a 1-5 scale wiht 5 being the highest

Date 9/21/2014
Name Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Brewery Elysian
Location Seattle, WA
ABV 5.90%
Price $2.49
Style Pumpkin Ale
Color J- Cloudy & honey colored   K- orange amber, cloudy
Head J- minimal K-off white, thin, fizzy
Aroma J/K J- apple cinnamon spice   K-mild, ginger, cinnamon
Mouthfeel J- bitter on palate and main part of tongue, but smooth, thin K- medium and fizzy
Ginger J-3, K-3
Allspice J-4, k-4
Nutmeg J-2 k-3
Cinnamon J-1 K-3
Cloves J-1 K-1
Pumpkin j-3 K-2
Hops J-3 K-3
Overall J-2.5 K-3.25
Repeater J-No, K-Yes
Comments J-lemon/citrusy overpowers the spices/ refreshing, clean, not warm and autumy – kinda California autumn. K- initally sweet with a nice blend of all pumpkin spices, dry and somewhat bitter finish with a touch of citrus. Definately less sweet and a bit more hoppy than your average pumpkin ale.
Beer Advocate Score 88
Brewery Notes 150lbs pumpkin each batch, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice added, horizon hops

Ahh…4 years gone, but still drinking good beers and back to blogging.  My wife, Janine, suggested that we celebrate autumn by reviewing some of the pumpkin beers that I collected on a recent business trip to Maryland.  Hope these posts inspire you to put a few logs on the fire, sit back, watch the leaves fall end enjoy some good pumpkin beers…  I’ll be writing with my guest co-blogger and wife sniffing, sipping and enjoying beside me.  So you’ll get the male and female points of view.  We welcome your comments to see who you agree with more.  Cheers!