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Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale – Erie Brewing

What better for the first day of spring than the first day of march madness and pumpkin beer?  Strange, I know – well, not the basketball, but the pumpkin beer.  We tried a pear saisson earlier and it was a bust.  This was a pretty safe bet.

I am a fan of most things pumpkin but with Little Bug’s cinnamon allergy, I rarely partake in cinnamon-laced anything.  Except beer.  I am fairly certain that she’s not going to end up in my beer since we usually drink it once she’s in bed.  This makes pumpkin beer an extra special treat.

My favorite is still O’Fallon’s Pumpkin but Erie Brewing’s Johnny Rails is a close second.  It’s spicy but the pumpkin flavor is clear.  So many times all you get is the spice and no squash – that can be so disappointing.  The balance is good but it is lacking a bit of the creaminess that I like.  I could drink a few of these given the chance.

Good luck with your brackets and cheers friends!

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New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

New Holland.  A Michigan Brewery.  Not our favorite – we do like some better than others, though.

Ichabod is a pumpkin ale.  When you sniff it, you can really smell the spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, for sure.  It has been aged in rum barrels and you can almost taste it.  The spice is very pronounced and the pumpkin isn’t.  This ale isn’t strong tasting or bitter but I think the run barrels really help.  There’s a hint of vanilla left on the palate.

It isn’t bad but I don’t think we’ll be drinking a lot of this.  It might make a really good beer float with some really good vanilla ice cream.


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O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer

Mister handed me my glass of this slighty bubbly amber liquid and I took the first sip expecting it to be cider.  There was definitely a sweetness and the spices were there like apple pie but I couldn’t quite make it all work.  “O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Beer” were the next words out of Mister’s mouth.  *cue the sound of everything falling into place*

“I can even taste the whipped cream on top of the pie!”  I think this was Mister’s the quote of the night.  He was right.  “I can taste the butter in the crust.  That’s awesome! The biscuity doughy-ness of the crust is there.  I can almost taste the flakes of crust on my tongue.”  Mister isn’t always a man of many words but not only was he right about this one, he couldn’t stop talking about it.

The heady scent of nutmeg and cinnamon hit your nose before the first sip along with a touch of sweetness.  When you finally let the liquid touch your tongue, there is a little bit of beer flavor then the spices really come through.  The crust flavor, the butter, and cream, come through on the finish.  While the pumpkin flavor is light, it is certainly there from start to finish.

While we only have one distant memory of Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale to compare this to, there is absolutely no comparison.  This, by far, is the better of the two.  Dogfish was pumpkin-y but strong on the beer and light on the spices.  O’Fallon is delightful.  A perfect end to a long Thanksgiving day.  A treat for the adults on Halloween.  Heck, the great reward at the end of a day with no conference hour, no lunch, and hour and a half  meeting with a parent after school.  Cheers!

O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer

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