Masthead Brewing Co. - Haunted Hayride Pumpkin Ale

We're now into the second week in October and there's yet to be a new pumpkin beer review!?

Time to change that! The pumpkin beers are again out in force and it's time to once again rate a few in my highly scientific Drunken Jackos rating scale. Every Halloween season, I grab any new pumpkin beer that hasn't been rated in previous seasons, pop the cap and see how it stacks up.

First up is Masthead Brewing Co.'s "Haunted Hayride Pumpkin Ale." This one is brewed right up the road in Cleveland and was available at my local grocery store.

Right off the bat, I knew I was in for something good. The 7.3% ABV beer poured a dense, dark copper color with a slight foam head from the tall can and gave off a wonderful, not-too-intense cinnamon pumpkin spice note. 

Upon first taste, I got a nice, subtle pumpkin spice up front. It smoothed out in the middle with a light hint of ginger and finished with the slightest earthy, malt and nutmeg aftertaste.

This beer was smooth, balanced and really delicious all around and is highly recommended for the October season. And because of that great balance of smooth fragrance and taste, Masthead Brewing Co.'s "Haunted Hayride Pumpkin Ale" scores a 4-out-of-5 Drunken Jackos!

This really is one of the better pumpkin beers that I have tasted and was the perfect beer to get the Drunken Jackos scale started off strong. If you can find it on the shelf, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Cheers!



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