Round One - Fight!

October 8, 2009

We here at the House of Mango Hands are doing a pumpkin beer tasting. I bought six different brands of pumpkin beer that will be blind taste-tested to determine the king (or queen) of squash beers. Beers will be paired up for an initial head-to-head competition. The winner of each match will move on to compete in an Ultimate Cagefighting Championship. And by that I mean a final tasting to determine the winner.

Each beer is covered with a paper bag, and poured into a pint glass to observe color, head, and smell before tasting.

I present to you the first two contestants:

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale, brewed by Michelob Brewing Company.
It had a lovely deep color, but mysteriously did not have much of a smell. The head was a bit thin. It was watery, and tasted mostly of cinnamon and cloves, with little to no pumpkin flavor. The House of Mango Hands would not recommend purchasing this beer. Although we do have 5 left, so if you come to visit we'll probably make you drink one.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale, brewed by Brooklyn Brewing Company. It was nearly identical in color to Jack's, but had a nice thick head and a pleasant odor of spice. The beer was full bodied and had a nice balance of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla spice flavors. A hint of pumpkin flavor came through, without being overpowering.

Winner: Post Road.