|The pumpkin patch.|
Next up, I happened to see Rogue's Pumpkin Patch and had to have it. I always get excited to see Rogue Ales out East and I have enjoyed most of their homegrown line, where they grow many of the ingredients themselves.
Once there were two, Mike took over. It grew to four, then six, then ten. I drew the line there, but of course two more managed to appear.
With twelve beers to drink over the course of a single afternoon, we decided we needed to call in some reinforcements. Our friend Blair also happens to be a big fan of beer, so we invited him over. 12 beers split between 3 people seemed much more reasonable.
|It's a happy beer family!|
Evolution --- Jaques Au Lantern
Rogue Ales --- Pumpkin Patch
Weyerbacher --- Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Heavy Seas --- The Greater Pumpkin
Leinenkugel's --- Harvest Patch Shandy
Shipyard --- Smashed Pumpkin
Saranac --- Our Pumpkin Ale
Southern Tier --- Pumpking
Southern Tier --- Warlock
Fordham --- Spiced Harvest Ale
Troegs --- Master of Pumpkins
Samuel Adams --- Harvest Pumpkin Ale
We rated each of these beers in six different areas for a total of 100 points;
Pumpkin Flavor (20)
Over all Flavor (20)
General Impression (30)
While we differed on the order of beers a bit, the top three over all beers were in everyone's individual top 4.
|Rogue's Pumpkin Patch, sitting pretty.|
|A Baltimore brew and one of Mike's|
Second place went to Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin. At 10% ABV, it was the booziest beer in the pumpkin patch. This beer received 242/300 and scored the highest in the General Impression category. It had caramel and a strong whiff of booze on the nose with a creamy oak finish reminiscent of a good chardonnay.
Third place went to Weyerbacher Imperial Ale. This beer scored 237/300. It was only my 4th highest beer, but Blair ranked it his second highest and Mike ranked it his third. It had lots of spice on the nose with a hoppier, heavily carbonated finish. I think the hoppiness was probably why I didn't rank it as high.
Southern Tier Warlock took fourth with 220/300. I personally wasn't as big a fan simply because it was a very dark beer, the darkest and strongest in the pumpkin patch.
Southern Tier Pumpking took sixth place, even though it was my second highest ranked beer. I thought it had an awesome nose of popcorn, vanilla and caramel with a smooth, creamy finish.
Last place was Saranac Our Pumpkin, which was a big disappointment. It was my favorite pumpkin beer last year, and we probably went through at least four 6 packs of the stuff. I'm not sure what they did differently this year, but this beer is a pale shadow of its former self.
I took a buttload of pictures and we all took some notes on the beers, just so we could share our tasting with you. Because we care.
So there you have it; the pumpkin patch has been picked.