Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

"Why is there only one time of year – as goblins, ghouls, and ghosts frolic on front lawns – when we embrace THE FEAR? At all other times, THE FEAR dominates us, controls us, and prevents us from greatness. What is there to THE FEAR? Disagreement? Criticism? Humiliation? Whatever THE FEAR is that consumes you, embrace it, along with this Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Only then will the true artist in you rise up."

Flying Dog, America's most beloved Hunter S. Thompson themed brewery, has delivered one whopper of a Halloween seasonal. Say hello to The Fear, my friends! Pumpkin ales tend to be hit or miss. Most are the latter, but this one's most definitely the former. Black in color due to the use of chocolate malt and black wheat, The Fear is strong. I'm talking nine percent alcohol-by-volume strong! Yeah, that's no joke. But unlike some "big" beers, this one's mega-crazy delicious. Or maybe I should say scary delicious. Brewed with local squash puree and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice, this ale comes on like liquid pumpkin pie. Mmmm! I love all that spice (too much? No way!). And I love the full-on maltiness, which keeps the substantial alcohol and hops in check. Pumpkin ales can easily come off funky or in some way "off", but The Fear cannot be resisted. You might even seek it out. Do not fear the "imperial" tag. Do not fear The Fear. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Dark times require dark beers.

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