Walk off! Fall Beers.
“Hey, I got a wacky idea. What say we settle this on the runway?”
“But Dave, I’ve heard some crazy stories…”
“Put a cork in it Zane!”
“Its a walk-off!”
So, for the first in a new series of beer reviews, I’m going with fall beers. Here’s the lineup:
Punk is one of the ones I look forward to every year. The first taste from that first bottle of the season reminds you of the kind of dedication Dogfish head puts into their beers. Punk is balanced but definitely on the sweeter side. They can sometimes have a slight syrupy taste to them, but that’s kinda true of most dogfish beers in my opinion. It also has a good brown sugary aftertaste which balances out the spiciness. This is definitely going to be a hard act to follow…
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is next up on the chopping block. I’m normally a fan of Samuel Adams but this was my least favorite of the bunch. I felt it was kinda bland with a slight saison herby taste to it with a little of a Belgian after taste. It did have a pumpkin aftertaste but I felt it was too subdued and the whole thing just came off as a brown ale with a pumpkin label on the bottle…
Last but not least is Old Dominion’s Spiced Harvest Ale, and it’s a Delaware Native! I really enjoyed this one. It really tastes like drinking a pumpkin pie! That might not sound appetizing, but it works in this beer. It is sweet without being syrupy and I found that even though that strong pumpkin pie taste is only really present in the first sip, the spices are still noticeable until the end.
So, who wins this walk-off? I’d say Old Dominion wins by pulling its proverbially underwear out of its pants with the Spiced Harvest Ale. Punk is still a favorite and I’ll still get a full case as soon as it hits the shelf, but that Spiced Harvest Ale is so hot right now!
As always, if you’ve had these beers, feel free to comment with your opinion of them.