Monday, September 29, 2014

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale by New Holland

One of the better and more interesting brewers new to the Lincoln market, New Holland has impressed me so far; and the pumpkin ale is no exception. Many of the pumpkin ales out there are heavy on the spices: the nutmeg and cinnamon and taste like a cheap pumpkin pie that you might get as part of a McDonald's Happy Meal. Ichabod is lighter on the spices than most, but could be a little heavier on actual pumpkin flavor to be a true classic in the Autumn beer category.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wasatch Pumpkin Ale

Pours a dark orange unfiltered, with cinnamon and cloves. The pumpkin is a bit understated, which adds to the drinkability. There's also hints of cocoa and coffee as well. Low hop profile, heavy on the maltiness. Little bit of vanilla as it warms up. One of the best pumpkin ales out there in the opinion of Ill-Gotten Booty.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Not billed as an Oktoberfest, but appropriate to the season for sure, Sierra Nevada Tumbler is described an an Autumn Brown Ale. It poured with a thick, three-fingered head, deep brown with reddish highlights in hue. Deep, rich taste, with chocolate and coffee high in the mix. Some sweetness, and a hop presence, but not terribly overwhelming. Hmmm...even some almonds in the taste palate!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

I was thinking the other day, after picking up the Sierra Nevada Autumn variety pack, that I often focus on the seasonal and specialty beers and rarely review a brewery's "flagship" offerings. That was precisely the case with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. I have had this pale ale on numerous occasions,  but, perhaps due to it's ubiquity, I never saw the need to feature it in Ill-Gotten Booty Beer Reviews. This classic ale pours a deep amber with a fluffy white head. Lightly carbonated, with just the right amount of hops. Both grapefruit and pine notes compete and there are some floral and citrus aromas floating just within reach of the olfactory nerves. This is indeed a classic, and a beer where you truly can't go wrong, as much a cliche that that is. So many beers these days are piling on the hops and flying right past the pale ale right into IPA's, or calling what should be a pale ale an IPA, it's refreshing  to see a good ol' pale ale still as popular as it is...and so delicious!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Pours a deep copper color with a thick two-finger head. Aroma of caramel and toffee as the beer is poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bready flavor, mixed with faint roasted chestnut. Not as sweet as a lot of Märzens out there. Like most good Oktoberfests, a great beer to enjoy on a cool Autumn evening.

Leinenkugel's Old fashioned Shandy

Not impressed. That is all

Friday, September 12, 2014

Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch Shandy

Poured dark orange hue with not much of a head, just like the Cranberry Ginger Shandy, but this one has much, much more flavor. It's not a pumpkin ale - at least I haven't seen any mention of pumpkin on their website or in any press releases - but with the cloves, nutmeg and allspice, it tastes like pumpkin pie! Go figure. Highly carbonated, which helps give it a refreshing kick. The spices scream "Autumn!" with every sip.