Top 5 Pumpkin Ales

It’s that time of year again, when the ghosts and goblins come out, but more importantly it’s when the pumpkin ales are here at last. Here are my top 5 favorite pumpkin beers. All of these beers are delicious which made placing them that much tougher.



#1. Southern Tier Pumking

Pumking is my favorite of the pumpkin beers. It has a great vanilla presence which mixes well with the spices to give it an almost gingersnap like flavor. Clocking in at 8.6%ABV it definitely makes it a nice slow sipping beer. Great to have with you by a campfire or even while you’re cruising through a haunted hayride.


#2 Midnight Sun TREAT

This beer is different than most pumpkin ales as it uses a porter for a base beer. The hints of chocolate are easily detectable and work together with the pumpkin spices. A great example of thinking outside the box on this one, it’s like eating chocolate pumpkin pie.


#3 Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly’s pumpkin ale is probably the purest form of a pumpkin ale on this list as it tastes like pure pumpkin pie in a bottle.  A great example of how to make a pumpkin ale with notes of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and of course a great pumpkin flavor. If you enjoy pumpkin pie, i guarantee you’ll enjoy this beer.


#4 Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Another great example of a pumpkin ale, although this one you can tell is 8%. I would say that is the only downfall of this beer, it doesn’t hide the alcohol content as well as others. Great cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove flavors as well as a little cardamom meld with the pumpkin to give this a nice autumn feel.


#5 Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale

And last but not least Dogfish Head, one of the pioneers in the pumpkin ale front, a much more sessionable beer (well more so than the others) . The pumpkin is a little more subdued in the beer which allows the spices to come to the forefront. Overall it is a very solid pumpkin ale but it just doesn’t have the punch that some of other beers on the list possess.



Honorable mention – The Bruery Autumn Maple

Autumn Maple is a fantastic autumn beer, although it does not actually have any pumpkin. They instead use Yams, as well as molasses and maple syrup.  I would rank this beer pretty high on my list if this were purely autumn/halloween beers, but i couldn’t honestly talk about pumpkin beers without giving mention to Autumn Maple.

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