Beers of Fall: A Study

Happy Fall Apple Nation!

September 1st is the unofficial start of Fall. Everyone woke up this morning fully in the Fall spirit. Me personally, I got out of bed like Jack Skellington. 

Fall in New England is unquestionably the best season of all.  There’s no better feeling than watching football, drinking fall beers and having fires on a cool night.  Now that your boy Thrilly Page Views is here, I thought there is no better way to ring in the new season than by providing a comprehensive Fall Beer review in a way that only Them Apples Sports can.

The rules for this study are simple.  I have 10, yes count them 10 beers lined up in front of me right now.  I will drink one at a time in a single sitting, and provide a real time on the spot review.  No editing, no thinking.  Just an on demand review.  One sip, everyone knows the rules.

I can assume that things will start to get out of control towards the end of this, but I know what I’m signing up for.  I’m all about those Page Views, baby.  Gotta get us on the board somehow.

I hope y’all learn a thing or two, maybe you try a new beer or maybe you simply just laugh at my drunk ass.  Either way, I don’t care.  I’m just out for your precious Page Views.

Let’s get this thing started with arguably the most popular of the Fall Beer line-up.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead – Portland, ME


It’s such an amazing feeling to walk in to your local watering hole and see that navy blue tap handle with the big orange Jack-o-Lantern on it.  That is truly the first sign that fall is here.  Once you sit down and order the tallest Pumpkinhead they offer, with a delicious cinnamon and sugar rim, and take that first sip, you fall in to a cathartic state that I can only describe as what heaven feels like.  Take that rim away, however, and you unmask the real taste of the beer.  As I sit here and take the first few sips from the bottle, the Pumpkin flavor punches you in the face.  The notable thing about this, however, is that it doesn’t come off as a genuine Pumpkin taste and a bit too sweet.  You’re welcome, Hacksaw; you were right.

Even still, it’s an enjoyable beer that goes hand in hand with the season.  I could drink these all day and not get sick of them.  I’ll give it:

4 out of 5 Apples

Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby – Stratford, CT


Now we’re moving in to a much heavier territory.  Roadsmary’s baby is an ale that’s brewed with real Pumpkin and spices and aged in rum barrels.  It comes in at 6.8%.  Definitely getting heavier but this beer is full of flavor.  The first thing that you notice is the Pumpkin flavor and various spices that they toss in there, and you have the bite at the end of the rum barrel it was aged in.   Also, whoever designed the label deserves a raise.  Fire label, Two Roads.

Overall, it’s a tasty fall beer that seems best enjoyed outside by the fire. If you’re a fan of lighter and easier to drink beers, this isn’t for you.

3.5 out of 5 Apples

Sam Adams Octoberfest – Boston, MA

Octoberfest logo

Like Pumpkinhead, Sam Adams Octoberfest is synonymous with Fall in New England.  In all honesty, this is one of my favorite beers.  Sam Adams nails their seasonal beers like no other brewery does, and this is the cream of the crop.  This is the beer that really makes it wiggle for me.  The variety of malts used to make Octoberfest give it a crisp finish with hints of caramel, and it fits in to the season perfectly.  I’m going to enjoy drinking this for the next two months.

4.25 out of 5 Apples

Sam Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin – Boston, MA


Like I said, Sam Adams really nails their fall beers.  That’s why I’ll be reviewing a few from their Fall Seasonal Collection.  First up is 20 Pounds of Pumpkin.  This beer is the SHIT.  This may come as a shock to you, but this beer is brewed with 20 Pounds of Fucking Pumpkin per barrel.  Take that, Shipyard.  Not only is it brewed with REAL pumpkin, THERE’S 20 POUNDS PER BARREL, and you notice it immediately.  Not only does it have real pumpkin flavor, but it’s also brewed with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

The one thing that Pumpkinhead has over 20 Pounds of Pumpkin is that it’s a lot lighter and easier to drink in excess.  Still, this is a solid beer.

3.5 out of 5 Apples

Samuel Adams Maple Red – Boston, MA


Another seasonal beer from the Fall Collection, Maple Red is a new addition for 2017.  It’s a 6.2%, but it’s a deceiving 6.2%.  The 20 Pounds of Pumpkin was seemed heavier to drink than this.  The Maple is subtle, and is mostly in the aftertaste.  It does have a slight hint of vanilla as well.  Overall, there isn’t really anything that jumps out at me and gives me that “wow” factor.  It’s meh.

2.75 out of 5 Apples

Bud Light Lime – St. Louis, MO


Starting to feel those heavy beers now.  Time to hydrate with a good ol’ BLL.  Anyone who knows Thrilly knows that BLL’s make me wiggle with glee.  This is a nice break and it’ll help cleanse the palate a bit.

5 out of 5 Apples

Sam Adams Black Lager – Boston, MA


Yet another beer from the Sam Seasonal Collection.  I’m almost done, I swear.  I generally like the dark beers the best, so for me, this is the shit.  A smooth drinking 4.9% with chocolate notes, this is my favorite of the seasonal collection thus far.  Wait, did I just use “thus”? Nice to know I still got it.


3.75 out of 5 Apples

Sam Adams Honey Rye Pale Ale – Boston, MA

honey rye

The last of the Sam Adams Fall Collection.  I am in no way shape or form a fan of pale ale’s, but ya boy more than anything is a man of the people so I gave it a shot.  You first pick up the notes of hops and honey, which is a great combo.  The hops are light and not overpowering, so I can fuck with that.  The honey flavor dominates, but it works very well.  It also has a hint of citrus to it.  Not bad, even for this guy who hates pale ales.

3.25 out of 5 Apples

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale – Golden, CO


I’ve been on record as saying that I’ve never had a bad beer from Blue Moon, and this is no exception.  In all honestly, this is the best of the fall beers I’ve had tonight. The flavors really stand out.  My first sip of this beer goes something like this:

When the fall beers first came back in to stores a couple weeks ago, this was the first one I wanted to buy.  Doing a little research showed that this was the first mass produced Pumpkin beer back in 1995, so this is the granddaddy of Fall Beers.  If you’ve yet to try one, what the fuck are you waiting for.  This beer FUCKS and it FUCKS HARD.

4.75 out of 5 Apples

Traveler Beer Company – Jack-O-Traveler – Burlington, VT


Ending this blog on a high note, with a DOPE ass shandy from ya boi’s at the Traveler Beer Co up in Burlington, VT.  Those hippies up in VT sure can make beer.  This tastes like pumpkin but not like the other pumpkin beers.  It’s pumpkin but different.

Also, its a shandy.  It’s DOPE.

4 out of 5 Apples.

I hope you learned something today.  I sure did.  Mainly, its not a great idea to sit down and drink 10 beers on a Wednesday night and try to write a blog about it.

-Will The Thrill-


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