Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

Seasonal Craft Beers: Pumpkin, Spice and Everything Nice

Geary's Autumn Ale

Posted on on October 19, 2012 – Fall in New England is a sensory experience—from the brilliant shades of Autumn leaves, to wafting wood smoke in the air, to the appearance of pumpkin in everything from coffee to ravioli. So it comes as no surprise that flavorful Fall beers are popping up all over town. Here are some favorites to try and buy this season.

Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout, (Cape Ann Brewing, MA) – A dark brew with hints of molasses,
cinnamon and minimal pumpkin aroma. The flavor is roasted malt, almost chocolately with a dry finish, as typical in the style of these heavier beers. 7% ABV

Pecan Harvest Ale (Abita Brewing, LA) – A unique twist on the state’s famed pecan and its distinct
caramel flavor are present in this medium-brown ale. With notes of bread and toffee on the nose, finishes with a mild nutty aftertaste. 5% ABV

Great Pumpkin Ale (Cambridge Brewing, MA) – Made with real pumpkin and spices, this lighter ale delivers a slightly diluted flavor, perfect for semi-pumpkin enthusiasts.  Nice aromas of nutmeg and cloves. 4.4% ABV

Autumn Ale (Geary’s, ME) – In the style of a traditional English brown ale, very roasty and toasty in smell and taste. Flavors are reminiscent of cocoa with earthy hops. 5.8% ABV

Octoberfest Ale (Wachusett Brewing, MA) – This amber ale offers straight-up seasonal notes, from nose to mouth. A crisp, clean balance of fruit, caramel and spice. 5.2% ABV

Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Wachusett Brewing, MA) – A robust pumpkin pie taste with clove, cardamom, cinnamon and allspice all shining through. Higher alcohol percentage makes this ale a big beer best shared. 8% ABV

Where to Buy

Blanchard’s, 741 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-522-9300

Charles Street Liquors, 143 Charles St., 617-523-5051

Downtown Wine & Spirits, 225 Elm Street, Somerville, 617-625-7777

Gordon’s Wines & Liquors, 894 Main Street, Waltham, 781-893-6700

Julio’s Liquors, 140 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, 508-366-1942

Liquor World, 13 White St., Cambridge, 617-547-3110


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