Today we have Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Pumpkin Ale (from California, no relation to the sports team), Blue Moon seasonal Harvest Pumpkin Ale and Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale.
Yes, they are all different heights as shown in the photo.
The Buffalo Bill’s was suggested to my by a random lady walking past at Wegmans as I was pondering my samples for this week. She said that all three of these were good, but that she preferred the Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale. She indicated that it had a certain richness and flavor, without being too strong or artificial tasting. I have had a blueberry beer or two that were exactly that, VERY artificial and overpowering in flavor. I suppose it probably depends if you are in the mood for something with a very strong fruity flavor. Last time I sampled the blueberry beers, I didn’t care much for the very strong ones.
Sampling them in order from left to right, with the Buffalo Bill’s providing a baseline, the Blue Moon tastes something between a citrus and a spice flavor. It’s almost distinctly citrus, not to be confused simply with spice. Lastly, the Samuel Adams seems to have the strongest spice flavor of the three. Not at all overpowering, but a pleasant clove-like flavor and a slight hint of incense that I remember smelling in Catholic churches around Christmas and Easter time.
This is the first time I have sampled the three of these side-by-side. So I would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. But I would say that the Buffalo Bill’s has the most distinct Pumpkin Pie flavor, the Blue Moon is slightly more bitter than the others. The Samuel Adams I can’t quite put my finger on, flavor wise. I might have to settle on the Buffalo Bill’s after all. Not bad.