There seem to be a lot of pumpkin craft beers out there, but where the heck are they stocked? I've searched high and low and save for a few bigger breweries, none of the beers I've read on the web seem to be stocked at my local grocers, co-ops, or liquor stores. According to the Whole Foods near my house, the seasonal flavor is so popular right now that as soon as any pumpkin-flavored beer cases hit the shelves, they sell out in a matter of minutes. So what about us unlucky few who didn't manage to snag a coveted case of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale this year? Is there pumpkin beer hope for us yet?
Here's one that I've seen at Whole Foods, BevMo, and my local liquor shops: Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale ($8 for six-pack). The amber-style ale claims it is brewed with fresh roasted pumpkins, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Plus, the large pumpkin image on the label offers a hopeful promise this ale is all about its pumpkin flavor, but do the marketing schemes accurately portray what's inside the bottle?
Flavor wise, tasters boasted that the beer was "yummy" and one of their "favorites." However, many could hardly detect the pumpkin flavor and "wished there was more pumpkin." Some picked up on the pumpkin nose, and others could taste the "good pumpkin pie spices." Those who aren't typically a fan of pumpkin beers enjoyed the subtlety, while others expected the pumpkin-ness to be more pronounced. However, even without the expectation of pumpkin, tasters still enjoyed this beer for its full body, dry, refreshing taste, and slightly bitter finish, making it ideal for a Fall celebration.