Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
(Saint Louis Brewery, St. Louis, MO)
Fair (at best)
Very much like pumpkin pie in the aroma. It has a full mouthfeel but (at least mine) also has this weird almost sour twang to it which is getting in the way for me. In some aspects, the basic flavor profile reminds me of Southern Tier’s Pumking but there is a serious off-flavor in this. The bottle date is 10/7/2013. It might have gone south so my rating is only for this specific version of the beer which smells great but tastes rather unpleasant.
Brother David Abbey Style Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, CA)
No head to speak of really. A rich cloudy brown appearance with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Flavor was dark fruits (cherries, plums) also bananas and pears. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Malty with some hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with an alcohol bite. A bit too sweet for me. I found it hard to drink the second half of this. Not my favorite Anderson Valley and far from my favorite dubbel .
Respectable enough, but not really that memorable.
Boont Amber Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
This is pretty much one of the standard bearers for the style. Not a style that particularly excites me but you could do a lot worse than drinking this one. Moderate and balanced in all areas. Easy to drink while still being flavorful.
Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
(Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)
I don’t really want to say this is a bad beer as it’s not. It’s just average, (perhaps that’s the intent)…to make a beer you simply don’t reflect upon when one drinks it but merely quenches thirst.
However, as far as these kind of “lawnmower” styles go, I’d sooner grab for a Prima Pils or Dale’s Pale Ale than this “average” Joe.