The Best Pumpkin Beers to Try Now
Tuck into fall with these can’t-miss pumpkin beer options.
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Courtesy of Dogfish Head Brewery
Thanksgiving in a bottle. With its hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this pumpkin beer is full-flavored and pleasantly complex without being overpowering.
Courtesy of Cigar City Brewing Comapny
For connoisseurs. Review site Beer Advocate calls this pumpkin beer a “world-class” offering that’s spiced to perfection. Agreed.
Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
The Boston Beer Company
More pumpkin than pumpkin spice. Sam Adams brews their Harvest Pumpkin Ale with 17 pounds of real pumpkin, and the squash flavor comes through. While this seasonal beer is more on the savory side, its natural taste is more pronounced than other pumpkin beers.
Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin pie, meet beer. Dessert in a glass. This ale has a seasonal flavor that’s strong enough to satisfy pumpkin lovers, but not so overwhelming that they’d tire of the taste.
Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Blue Moon Brewing Company
Citrus and spice. The distinct orange and lemon flavors of Blue Moon are still here, plus a dash of what tastes like cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit sweet, but a good choice for Blue Moon lovers seeking a seasonal alternative.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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Hearty and heady. With eight percent alcohol by volume—as opposed to the five percent you’d get in your average Bud—Weyerbacher’s pumpkin beer is strong and worth a pour. Maybe with some in-season pie.
Southern Tier Imperial Pumking
Courtesy of Southern Tier Brewing Company
Light and potent. A top-rated brew on esteemed review site Beer Advocate, this relatively light pumpkin beer surprises with its high alcohol content.