Pumpkin Beer Taste Test

Fall has hit the northwest in full force. I spent this weekend wearing cozy flannels, raking leaves, and cuddling up with my dog under a heated blanket watching Harry Potter.

With my renewed zest for fall has come a little pumpkin beer taste test. I recently went to a place I’ve nicknamed beer heaven with a huge selection, and picked up this mixed six pack:

Pumpin Beer Taste Test

Pumpkin beers, left to right:


Below are some of our notes on the beers and various pumpkin flavors – keep in mind we don’t have what I would call refined or distinguishing palates – these were all beers and so we liked them all!

Uinta Punk'N Pumpkin Ale

Uinta Punk’N Pumpkin Ale: a mild, lighter beer that isn’t as spicy. This one tastes more like pumpkin the squash than pumpkin pie.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale: Aside from a really cool label, this beer swings the opposite way from the Uinta- it’s more flavored of pumpkin pie spices than of the pumpkin.

Ace Pumpkin Hard Cider

Ace Pumpkin Hard Cider: I hadn’t seen a cider pumpkin beer before this year! This sweet, light, and crisp cider has a strong nutmeg flavor, but isn’t as sweet as your average cider- definitely keeps to the dry side.

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down: This Scottish ale is very malty and not overly sweet – it  tastes more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie. It has a really fine foam on top that reminded me of whipped cream.

New Belgium Pumpkick

New Belgium Pumpkick: This is a pumpkin beer classic! This ale has a strong nutmeg flavor, and is much more hoppy than malty.

Elysian Night Owl

Elysian Night Owl: This beer smells strongly of pumpkin pie before you even taste it. It’s the creamiest beer of the bunch, and very dark.

Kyle and I had a lot of fun sharing these over the last week! So much fun that he bought us two bonus beers from our local favorite beer shop, Beer Store Milwaukie:

Jamaican Me Pumpkin

Jamaican Me Pumpkin: This fancy, wax sealed beer is a rum barrel-aged imperial pumpkin beer that has a lot going on. As Kyle put it after I read the label to him, “every flavor described was fully present.”

Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale

Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale: Elysian does a decent pumpkin beer (above) but this coffee version is all sorts of exciting. Imagine a darker, more coffee flavored pumpkin spice latte, served cold, with alcohol. This was strong and delicious.

My weekend

  New custom post toppers arrived, and with that our deck is officially done!
  Someone pointed out this dinner-from-opposite-sides-of-a-long-table is pretty Wes Anderson inspired. Dinner date at home for a perfect Friday night.
  Saturday morning was spent in baking homemade bagels, inspired by a very ambitious coworker who brought these for the office a couple months ago. Very tasty, I would recommend this simple recipe.

We found a cool tree house during a trip to learn more about bamboo stores and places to buy salvaged wood.

Rainy weekend makes for a sleepy, pig-noses pup.

Stella Tacos, still one of our favorite places in NE Portland. KP is hot sauce, and yes that’s a red beer in front of me and a caronarita in front of KP.

Lastly, coming home on Sunday to a thoroughly cleaned house makes me feel like a very lucky lady.

A very good weekend.

I managed to fit a lot of my favorite summertime activities into the last 24 hours:

Drive-n movie theater

Food carts

Ride the OHSU tram


Milwaukie farmer’s market

Get someone a birthday present

Visit the dog park


Sleeping in

Time in the hammock

Yard work


Visit the rebuilding center

Learn to cook on a charcoal grill

Thrift shop


Buffalo wings

Dinner date

Sunset beers

I guess it’s okay with me that this is the last weekend of August. Now that the deck project is done, I’m working to get the most out of my remaining summer.

Welcome(?) Mat

Here is a quick project I recently pulled together after Kyle and I misread a door mat that said “welcome home”

From Kyle:

It’s the perfect door mat, because when we get home, it’s welcoming. And when anyone else comes here, they have to leave.

…and that was good enough reasoning for me! We bought a blank door mat and the rest came together pretty quickly!

The supplies:

Taping the lettering:

  Stipling on the paint:

…and again the final product:

Overall this project cost less than $20 and took about two hours, but makes me smile every time I cross my entryway. Worth it.