‘Tis the season for one of the best varieties of beer – pumpkin ale. We love the way the sweet taste of pumpkin blends perfectly with the rich taste of a good ale. But not all pumpkin beers are created equal. We found some of our favorite seasonal brews.
Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Pumking Ale
This seasonal ale made by the Lakewood, New York, based brewery has seen a surge in popularity in the past three years and with good cause – its sweet tastes of pumpkin, vanilla, and spice makes it one of the sweetest, smoothest, and fastest-selling pumpkin beers on the market.
Smuttynose Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Ale
Located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Smuttynose Brewing Company’s ode to pumpkin beers deviates from the standard fare by offering a hoppier, tarter beer than most others. This is the pumpkin beer for lager and IPA enthusiasts.
New Belgium Brewing’s Pumpkick Ale
This Colorado-based brewery’s spiced seasonal offers one major difference you won’t find in most other pumpkin ales – cranberry juice. The result is a refreshing blend of pumpkin, spices, and cranberry that is both sweet and tart.
Blue Moon Brewing Company’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale
The first nationally available pumpkin beer, Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a malty brew with a rich caramel character – but much like its perennial citrus counterpart, it is a safe, middle-of-the-road beer that keeps its flavors of pumpkin, cloves, and spices very mild.
Cisco Brewers’ Pumple Drumkin
To be honest, this seasonal was selected more for its attention-grabbing name than anything else, but Cisco Brewers (located in Nantucket, Massachusetts) have not only crafted a memorable moniker, their offering is a spicier tasting brew than most on the market.
Honorable Mentions: Wild Onion Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Brewing Company’s Smashed Pumpkin, O’Fallon Brewery’s Pumpkin Beer