A listing of the top 10 pumpkin beers brewed in the United States. Great for the Holiday season.
1. Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale –
A barrel-aged ale brewed with Kentucky-sourced pumpkin, richly spiced with
cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. As the ale is aged in fresh bourbon barrels,
the sweetness of caramel and vanilla are imparted upon the brew and
complement its spicier base. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), this
robust, limited release seasonal makes for a flavorful sipping beer to
slowly warm up with as the weather cools.
2. Good Gourd -
Cigar City Brewing
Legend has it that when a pumpkin comes into the world it is
possessed by either a good or an evil spirit. Ours got all the good
baby! Bursting with real pumpkin flavor and yummy pumpkin spices
including Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar cloves and
nutmeg, Good Gourd is a celebration of Fall and that spookiest of
holidays, Halloween. Pair Good Gourd with pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie
and costume parties.
3. Punkin Ale -
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. Perfect to warm-up with, as the season cools. Food Pairing recommendations: Turkey, roasted duck, lamb, stuffing, dessert dumplings. 7% abv. 24 ibu.
4. Pumking -
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared
and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers
throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride
of their lives, from which they return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit
of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the
physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and
allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves,
let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical
brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell
will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. 8.6% abv
5. La Parcela- #1 Pumpkin Ale -
Packed with real pumpkins, hints of spice and a gentle kiss of cacao to
lighten the soul. An everyday easy way to fill your squashy quotient. Only
available for a few short months. Not to be missed.
6. Gourds Gone Wild -
Tampa Bay Brewing
Pours a brown-amber with a medium light tan head. Aroma is something akin to
pumpkin pie & root beer. The individual spices within the aroma are latent
but beautiful with nutmeg & clove - smells awesome. Taste is identical and
smooth. This is not as sweet as it smells, but the spices are definitely the
stars. I don’t get pumpkin and not necessarily pumpkin pie either, but I do
get something appropriate for the season. Well done and unique.
7. Ichabod Ale -
New Holland Brewing Company
Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew.
Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert. 4.7% abv.
8. Pumpkin Massacre -
Dark brown color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie,
gingerbread pudding, and candied yams with an oily, lively, finely
carbonated, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting,
medium-long spiced nuts, peppery greens, chocolate, and chicory finish. A
delicious and vivacious pumpkin spice beer.
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
Stevens Point Brewery
Handcrafted using real pumpkin and savory pumpkin pie spices with hints
of all natural cinnamon and nutmeg. Perle hops balance with rich Munich,
Roasted, and Caramel malts for the full-bodied taste and exceptional flavor.
7.5% ABV. 2012 Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival.
10. The Great'ER Pumpkin -
Heavy Seas Beer
The Great’er Pumpkin pours a rich, deep burnished orange color with a thick
white head. Aromas of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove give this brew a
great aromatic complexity, while British crystal malt, brown sugar, and
pumpkin add a sense of weight and body. Bourbon barrel aging rounds out its
flavors with notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon.
All Hallows Ale - HopDog
Pumpkinated Belgian ale. Brewed
with roasted pumpkins, spices, specialty sugars and mischief in mind. HopDog
All Hallowed Ale is a beer made for the Witching Hour. Brimming with earthy
and spicy aromas and a little bit of that tell tale Belgian funk, it’s body
and mouthfeel be the heady strength of this limited edition release. Best
consumed on the Hallowed Eve, in a grave yard, under a full moon. if
possible. Or just in a wide mouthed goblet. Pop the green cap and release
Terrapin Pumpkinfest -
Terrapin Beer Company
‘Pumpkinfest’ is a traditional Octoberfest brewed with over 1 pound of
pumpkin per barrel along with pumpkin spices. All of the malt of a German
Fest beer and all the spice of Grandma’s pumpkin pie!”
Pumpkin Lager Beer
Pours a light orange with an off-white head. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg
and cloves meld well with a slightly sweet background that actually does
taste a bit like pumpkin. Caramel and Munich malts reinforce this beer's
mouthfeel and lend to the malty sweetness.
Pumpkinhead Ale -
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Butterscotch was present in the aroma and very noticeable in the taste. Some nice pumpkin is also present but in a very creamy way. Kind of a mixture of Cool Whip and pumpkin paste. Not a lot of spice is present but sweet malt is. A bit of toffee and vanilla come to mind.
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale -
Smuttynose Brewing Company, New Hampshire
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s
brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early
colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly
imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and “pompions.”
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
- Elysian Brewing Company,
Brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin in each batch. Made with Pale, Munich and
Crystal malts green and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin in the mash, boil and
fermenter. Bittered with Horizon hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg,
clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.
Pumpkin Ale - AleWerks
This amber colored ale is loaded with Pumpkin pie aroma and flavor. It
actually does taste like Pumpkin pie! At 7.3% ABV, it will keep you warm on
a cool Autumn eve. Composition: Pale, Crystal, Munich and Biscuit malts.
American Fuggle hops. Pumpkin, spice, brown sugar.
Pumpkin Patch Ale
Pumpkin Patch Ale begins in the dirt at Rogue Farms. Six acres of GYO
DreamTMSugar Pumpkins were planted in May alongside the Rogue Farms hops,
rye, hazelnuts, jalapeños, marionberries and buzzing honey bees. As soon as
they were picked, the pumpkins were driven to the Rogue Brewery in Newport,
Oregon just 77 miles away. The pumpkins were hand-chopped and seeded,
roasted in pizza ovens, and pitched fresh into the brew kettle along with
vanilla bean, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel and
Rogue Farms Independent hops to create Pumpkin Patch Ale.