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The Best Pumpkin Beers to Try Now

Tuck into fall with these can't-miss pumpkin beer options.

Courtesy of Dogfish Head Brewery

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

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

Good Gourd

For connoisseurs. Review site Beer Advocate calls this pumpkin beer a “world-class” offering that’s spiced to perfection. Agreed.

The Boston Beer Company

Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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.

Ed Cody

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.

Courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Sweet and bitter notes. Pumpkin beers often taste like candy, but this has a natural sugary taste and just enough hard edge to take seriously.

Blue Moon Brewing Company

Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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.

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Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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.

Courtesy of Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking

Light and potent. A top-rated brew on esteemed review site Beer Advocate, this relatively light pumpkin beer surprises with its high alcohol content.

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