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.