Beer Reviews (Miscellaneous Beers)

In this section you will find reviews of beer styles that don’t really fit into any other category, like Pumpkin beers or Chile beers.  On this page you will find a running tab of the beers that have been reviewed, with a brief description of each beer and its rating.  You can access the full review of each beer by clicking on its name.

My rating scale is: 10 = perfection, 9 = excellent, one of the top beers in the world, 8 = very good, one of the top beers in its style category, 7 = good, a solid beer I’m happy to be drinking, 6 = average, not bad but not something I’m likely to buy again, 5 = below average, 3-4 = poor, should be avoided, 1-2 drainpour.

Clear Sky Daybreak (Wolf’s Ridge) Rating = 8.0  This golden cream ale infused with One-Line coffee and vanilla is a real eye opener. The bright fruity coffee flavors and golden color make for a mind expanding experience not to be missed.

Squashing Pumpkins (Sideswipe) Rating = 7.0  An autumn seasonal made with butternut squash and lightly spiced with cinnamon and cloves.  If you like your pumpkin beers restrained with just enough spice to accent the bready malts this beer is right up your alley.

Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale (Hoppin’ Frog) Rating = 7.0  Has all of the pumpkin and spices to give an aroma and taste that are strongly reminiscent of pumpkin pie without the cloying sweetness that come with some pumpkin beers.  More pumpkin pie than Spooky Tooth, yet more drinkable than Warlock or Pumking.

Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Fatheads) Rating = 6.0  At 9.0% ABV this beer drinks like a strong ale accented by pumpkin pie spices. The pumpkin aspects of the beer are restrained.  A decent choice for a strong ale if you like that style.   

Warlock (Southern Tier) Rating = 5.5   An appropriate beer for Halloween.  It shows up to the party dressed as an interesting Stout-Pumpkin hybrid and slowly morphs into a Pumpkin Pie beer as it warms.

Pumpkin Ale (Smuttynose) Rating = 7.5   A solid pale ale with pumpkin and spice accents.  The combination of spicy hops, pumpkin and spices works surpisingly well. With a creamy mouthfeel and dry finish this is a pumpkin beer that doesn’t suck.


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