So as a
blatant ripoff err I mean tribute to the Fall beer review that Bill/Will does so well over at Veggie Macabre I decided that I would do my own beer review this year. I had a grand plan to review all the beer that I bought (or at least a good portion of it in) one fell swoop. I learned something important about myself though, three beers is pretty much my limit (at least on an empty stomach it is). I do plan on reviewing the rest of them, just not right now. Also if there are any spelling errors in this post, I blame the alcohol.
Yes it’s Glee, it’s the only version of the song I’ve heard. (and probably the shortest on the net)
So I started my day with Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat. I do have to admit I like the wheat beer over the regular beer. I love a good Blue Moon (with the orange) and even though Bill has already reviewed the Blue Moon pumpkin offering for this year I’m gonna do it too.
Anyway, here’s what the Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat looks like.
I know that’s not a very good picture so let me try this one.
And here’s an actual shot of the beer itself
I do like this beer but it’s honestly nothing special. I love the color and not just because it goes so well with the coloring of the letters on the back. If your looking for a pumpkin flavor with your beer however don’t bother with this one. If they hadn’t said that it was a pumpkin wheat I wouldn’t have known. It’s honestly kind of a middle of the road beer for me. I’d order it in a bar if there was nothing else available that sounded good. I do have to say though it is a very smooth beer. There’s no bitter beer face involved with this one.
The next beer isn’t technically a Fall beer but I’m including it because as I write this post it’s cold, raining and/or snowing. It’s Isolation Ale from the Odell Brewing company here in Colorado.
After tasting this beer I can understand why it’s a Winter ale. It made me want to curl up under a blanket with a bowl of chili and this beer. It’s a very hoppy beer but I didn’t mind that. It fight with the atmosphere (minus the bowl of chili) and made me feel kind of warm and fuzzy inside. It’s a good beer but not a great beer, a little too hoppy for me but I prefer lighter, sweeter beers. Yes I know, I’m a beer heathen.
The last beer I had before I wussed out is another local brew. It’s Breckenridge Brewery’s After Rakin’ Autumn Ale.
I just realized I didn’t get a picture of just the beer itself. In my defense I was feeling pretty tipsy at this time. And in case your wondering, no that’s not a butterfly knife, that’s my bottle opener.
Since I didn’t get a proper picture for you let me just say this is a very, very dark beer. Not quite a stout but close. It looked almost like a glass of cola instead of beer while I was drinking it. It does have a nice hint of caramel to it and for being such a dark beer it’s not very bitter. It does get more bitter as you go along though. It could have been less bitter to me in the beginning because I had just finished the Isolation ale but I couldn’t swear to it.
I will say that drinking these beers while watching a Gamera marathon of Mystery Science Theater 3000 made the beer that much tastier. Bad movies with good beer is a combination you just can’t beat. And because I’m in an MST3K mood I leave you with this.
Part two coming soon!