Need your fall flavor fix? Try these Cincinnati craft beers before the season runs out

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Fall is finally here and that means its time for some special spicy
beers from our local brewers.

For those of you who like everything pumpkin, there are plenty of ales
made with that fall treat out there.

Stout fans should also rejoice as the falling temperatures mean your
favorite libation is back with its malty goodness.

We polled all the local brewers and here is what they suggest you
should pick up before the kegs run out:

Christian Moerlein: Christkindl – A Winter favorite for many
Cincinnatians. CMBC describes this ale as “large malt-bodied with the
essence of chocolate sweetness. The balanced hop finish creates a
subtle spice flavor.” 6.95% ABV and 30 IBU



Listermann Brewing: 562 Lateral – This oatmeal sweet stout should
please chocolate lovers. Tasters report enjoying a medium roast taste
with a smooth oatmeal flavor. 5% ABV and 26 IBU



Triple Digit: Chickow! – This hazelnut double brown ale is not to be
trifled with. Triple Digit says to expect notes of “vanilla, dark
chocolate and some nuttiness.” Chickow! Should be medium- to
full-bodied and finish “on the sweet side.” 10% ABV and 28 IBU



Rivertown Brewing: Pumpkin Ale – This seasonal ale is brewed with
pumpkin, molasses and cinnamon along with fresh ground spices.
Drinkers are urged to serve Pumpkin Ale at 55 degrees in a wide pub
glass. 5% ABV




Blank Slate Brewing: Fork in the Road – The first beer in the
brewery’s Traveling IPA series, Fork in the Road is described as
“where darker malts and brighter hops meet.” The addition of Munich
and CaraRed malts give the beer an amber color and it has a “bigger
malt presence” than most IPAs. 6.8% ABV and 70 IBU



MadTree Brewing: The Great PumpCAN – This pumpkin spice ale should get
fans of fall ready for football, feasts and more. Made with molasses,
cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice; it has a well-balanced
spiciness that finishes clean and smooth. 7.9% ABV and 18 IBU



Mt. Carmel Brewing: Harvest Ale – Mt. Carmel describes the Harvest Ale
as a “full bodied and well balanced ESB (Extra Special Bitter) that
delivers a distinct and memorable dry hop finish.” Our friend BrewProf
says “It has a great dry hop finish that compliments a robust malt
body. …  the 8% ABV makes it appropriate for much cooler weather.” 8%



50 West Brewing: Sweet Potato Pie Ale – A new twist on the popular
fall spiced-ale style. 50 West’s American Brown Ale is brewed with
sweet potato, molasses, pecans, cinnamon and sage. It’s described as
“earthy and sweet with caramel and spice.” 6.6% ABV and 30 IBU



Double Barrel: Old Abe Ale – Great for an after-dinner drink or
something to warm you up during a cold tailgating session, Double
Barrel’s American Strong Ale is not to be trifled with. Double Barrel
describes it as a “four-grain, three hop recipe creates an unusually
creamy but full bodied beer … it has a lactic berry malt aroma and the
finish is slightly hoppy but very crisp. 10% ABV 94 IBU



Rhinegeist Brewing: Panther Porter – This porter is brewed with Maris
Otter, black, crystal and chocolate malts to “provide robust yet
supple milk chocolate darkness.” Fill a growler (pun intended) while
you can. 6% ABV 35 IBU



Cellar Dweller: Pump“Kin” – Head brewer Steve Shaw says he used fresh,
locally-grown pumpkin for this spice pumpkin ale. In fact, it made up
24 percet of the malt bill. It also has cinnamon, clove and nutmeg to
be “just like a pumpkin pie.” 5.4% ABV 15 IBU



Great Crescent: Cherry Ale – The brewers to the west have a special
fall beer that provides some balance to the malty, spicy lineup in the
Tri-State. The cherry ale is a lightly hopped all malt ale that gets a
batch of tart cherries in the secondary fermentation. Great Crescent
says they use cherries from Midwestern orchards that are the same
variety that are used in Belgian Kriekbiers. 5.7% ABV and 17.6 IBU

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