It's about to get spooky (and delicious) in here.
Pumpkin ales are a fun, minimally hoppy, palate-friendly type of beer. They are viewed as a novelty beer by some but when done right, pumpkin ales are a welcome change from the usual (and year-round) styles of beer. I've tried a number of different pumpkin ales but my favorite, the one that embodies all of the spicy, aromatic awesomeness of fall, is Southern Tier's Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
[cue Vincent Price chuckle.]
Pumking is worthy of its imperial title. It pours a festive, burnt orange color with a bubbly, airy head. The aroma alone is mouth-watering: loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and rich pumpkin. But wait until you taste it. It's like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. I kid you not. I think it would taste fantastic in a beer float but could also be a dessert option all on its own.
Southern Tier sells Pumking in 22 oz bottles but since it's such a decadent beer (not to mention 9% ABV), the bottle is the perfect size for sharing.
Legend has it that if you pour a pumpkin ale on the 20th night of October with no intention of sharing, the Ghost of Craft Beer's Past will haunt your fridge and you will be cursed with flat, skunky beer for 113 days and nights.
Don't say I didn't warn you.