It’s that time of year again, and pumpkin is everywhere, including beer. Here are my favorite pumpkin brews right now.
Pumpkinhead Ale – Shipyard
Shipyard Pumpkinhead is my go-to pumpkin beer. It’s easy to find in this part of the country (on draft and in a bottle), and it’s a good, quality pumpkin beer that never lets me down.
Shipyard Pumpkinhead is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavor is upfront, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s actually quite light for a pumpkin beer and not hoppy at all, so it’s really easy to drink. I usually drink more than one when I’m around Pumpkinhead.
Punkin Ale – Dogfish Head
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a full-bodied brown ale with hints of pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices. Sounds delightful, right?
Punkin Ale is another one of my go-to brews, but I need to be in the mood for it since it’s strong (7% alc. by vol.) and hoppy. It’s a beer I’ll drink on a Friday night when I’m sitting on the couch catching up with my DVR (or during an ice bath after a 15-mile run).
Pumpkin Ale – Saranac
Saranac Pumpkin Ale is a new favorite. I’m generally not a fan of Saranac brews, so I originally didn’t jump at the chance to try it until it was on draft at the Blogger Bash last week. As soon as I took a sip, I liked it immediately, especially with a cinnamon-sugar rim.
Saranac Pumpkin Ale is brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, and vanilla, so it has a great mix of flavors. It’s full-bodied, but not too heavy or hoppy.
Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Weyerbacher
I first tried this beer on draft in Philly back in late August, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. It’s pretty much the king of all pumpkin ales. It’s heartier, spicier, and more pumpkin-y than most other varieties. Surprisingly, even though this beer is fairly spicy and boozy (8% alc. by vol.), it’s really smooth to drink. Both the spice and alcohol come through, but neither are overpowering or overdone. The Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a must-try for any fan of pumpkin beer!
Post Road Pumpkin Ale – Brooklyn Brewing
Post Road Pumpkin Ale is an all-around quality pumpkin beer. It’s light-bodied, not too hoppy with flavors of malt, spice, and pumpkin. The taste upfront is mostly sweet/malty with a little bit of hops and then finishes with a crisp, spicy taste of cinnamon and nutmeg. It doesn’t have the strongest pumpkin flavor, but it’s still a good one.
Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale – Anheuser- Busch
I haven’t recently enjoyed Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, but it’s been one of my favorites in years past. It’s sweeter than other pumpkin beers, but I like that sometimes. Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale has nice, rich flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, and I love drinking it from a glass with a cinnamon-sugar rim. It’s another one of those easy-to-drink beers.
I’m always looking for new and delicious pumpkin beers to try, so if you have a recommendation, please share them!