A Lake Norman brewery just had one of their beers ranked among the best in the country (for the pumpkin beer category).
Paste Magazine published their 7th annual ‘63 Best Pumpkin Beers‘ ranking, and D9 Brewing Co.’s “Head of the Horsemen” landed at #7 in the country.
In describing why they ranked D9’s creation so high, they commented;
“Another beer that seems to make the finals every year in this tasting is this entry from D9, an imperial pumpkin ale that isn’t afraid to flex its muscles, while still retaining a degree of balance at the same time. It’s somewhat less spice-forward than the previous few beers, instead leaning on its higher ABV and malt body. To quote one score sheet: “Malty, biscuity, slightly sweet, with maple, booze and touches of spice.” It’s a nice, balanced take on the style that successfully juggles its own ABV and spice bill without throwing in too strongly on any one facet of its flavor profile. Everything is nicely rounded off to meet in the middle—no rough edges here. That kind of balance is worth a lot.”
Only pumpkin beers that made it into the ‘top 20’ were ranked, and no other selections from Charlotte made the cut. D9’s Latte Pumpkin and NoDa Brewing Co.’s Gordgeous were included in the bottom 43.
Firestone Walker brewery’s “El Gourdo” (Paso Robles, CA) was ranked #2 and Lift Bridge brewery’s “Imperial Pumpkin Porter” (Stillwater, MN) was ranked #1.
What do you think about the ranking?
Who do you think makes the best pumpkin beer?