Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream (5.4% ABV): This pumpkin ale, available from August through October, from Magic Hat Brewing Company pours orange-mahogany with a thin, beige head that allows for a bit of lacing. The scents of fall infiltrate the senses with aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel malts and allspice. The rich quality of these heady flavors carries over into the overall taste, but Magic Hat does it in a way that gives Wilhelm Scream a lighter quality than many of the other pumpkin ales on the market. The right amount of carbonation and trace of bitterness captures the essence of fall you expect without creating a heavy, filling beer.
* This beer war ordered at Tiff’s Bar & Grill in Morris Plains, NJ.