It ranked No. 7 in a blind taste test of 63 pumpkin beers. That list was whittled down to 20 finalists, which were ranked. The Cornelius brewery’s imperial pumpkin ale “isn’t afraid to flex its muscles, while still retaining a degree of balance at the same time,” the publication writes. It notes D9’s selection is less spice-forward than others sampled and comes in with an ABV of 9.6%. “Everything is nicely rounded off to meet in the middle—no rough edges here. That kind of balance is worth a lot,” the publication writes.This is the third year Head of the Horsemen ranked in the top 10. No other Charlotte brews made the top 20, though D9’s Latte Pumpkin and NoDa Brewing Co.’s Gordgeous were also in consideration. The sampling included beers submitted by breweries, as well as some acquired by Paste Magazine. Those different varieties were judged by professional beer writers, brewery owners and reps. This is the seventh year that arts-and-lifestyle brand ranked pumpkin beers.
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