Pumpkin spice fever has taken our nation by storm. We've been obsessed with the stuff for over a decade, and it seems there is no cure for this autumnal affliction. The only prescription for pumpkin spice fever is, ironically, more pumpkin spice. From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin pie spice butter, everything is being dosed with pumpkin spice. One of the more intriguing pumpkin spice projects is a pumpkin spice latte variety of beer. There is a question that begs an answer, though. Does pumpkin spice latte beer live up to the pumpkin spice hype?
The can oozes autumn. It just looks so pleasantly perfect for consumption in and around October. Reviews of the beer itself, though, vary. It's a nitro beer, meaning the bubbles are much smaller than a beer with standard carbonation. The result is a smoother, creamier beverage. It also has a moderate 5.5% ABV, making it relatively drinkable.
Upfront, the Pumpkin Spice Latte Pumpkin Coffee Stout hits you with coffee. Most reviews claim that the pumpkin spice isn't really notable at all. They do note, though, the strong coffee scent and taste.
One reviewer on Beeradvocate said, "A nitro stout with the taste of watered-down coffee, faint pumpkin pie spice and an odd banana flavor." As much as we like eating bananas, it's not exactly what you're looking for when you crave a sip of pumpkin spice.
The overall score on Beeradvocate is 33 percent, which is certainly not a home run. That's only based on 94 reviews, so don't take "their" word for it (whoever they may be). Get out there and try it for yourself, pumpkin heads.
Breckenridge's Pumpkin Spice Latte Pumpkin Coffee Stout has some stiff competition when it comes to pumpkin beers. Our favorite just might be Lakefront Brewery's Pumpkin Imperial Ale. It's brewed with pumpkin, spices, and vanilla and aged in brandy barrels. That one comes in at a whopping 13.4% ABV. (Yeah, it's the good stuff.)
Other pumpkin beers we get excited for each fall include Shipyard's Pumpkinhead Ale and Avery's Rumpkin. Despite our favorites and the iffy reviews of this pumpkin spice latte beer, we're still going to try it. Meet us at the pumpkin patch.