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Halloween Party/Blind Pumpkin Beer Tasting

So there was a lot of demand to do pumpkin beers for Beer Club. Since I had already planned out the next few months, we decided to go ahead and just have a Halloween party with pumpkin beers. It was a blast (the next day wasn’t so fun). The costumes were pretty great even though many of us are generally unenthusiastic people. The best costume, of course, was David being me. He pulled it off pretty well, but lacked the fairly obnoxious side I have when drinking. Before I get to the tasting I wanna give some shout outs. Thanks to Tiffany and Kevin for hosting us all and decorating the place up. It was awesome! And special thanks goes to Alex for running the tasting. He picked, poured and averaged the scores for the rest of us.

Pumpkin Beer!

The tasting consisted of the 13 beers above. Each was poured blind in a random order. I was feeling pretty confident going into the tasting, but I gotta say, I got my ass kicked. I only guessed about half of them correctly. The results below were rather surprising, but that’s why you do blind tastings.

RESULTS:

  1. Elysian Night Owl
  2. Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  3. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  4. Elysian Dark O’ The Moon
  5. Stone Collaboration La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado
  6. Southern Tier Pumpking
  7. Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale
  8. Pike Harlot’s Harvest
  9. Two Beers Pumpin Spice Ale
  10. Elysian The Great Pumpkin
  11. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
  12. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
  13. Elysian Hansel & Gretel

Pretty interesting, no? The Elysian ginger pilsner was absolutely hated. The ginger was too overpowering for everyone. The Buffalo Bill’s was expected to be near the bottom. I found it interesting that the Shock Top wasn’t liked nearly as much as the Blue Moon which showed up as number 3. Also, the fact that Sam Adams and Blue Moon made the top 3 was pretty amazing. The Night Owl apparently hit all the right places. A previous favorite of a lot of people was The Great Pumpkin which placed near the bottom. Blind tastings may become more of a regular thing at beer club. Keep in mind that tastings have a lot of bias as you are more comparing than anything else. If you changed the tasting order, I wouldn’t be surprised if the results change. Just one of those things, but it was a ton of fun.

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