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The Great Pumpkin Beer List : Top Pumpkin Beers

October is really known for one trend, we are talking pumpkin spice. So to statisfy your pumpkin craving here’s our list of the top pumpkin brews. We know that pumpkin is one of those love it or hate it type things, so this list is for all of you that love it! Some of the brewery links lead you to their beer finder page, if they have one, so you can locate any brew close to you!

Southern Tier Pumking

A delicious beer with flavors of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices (especially cinnamon), and almost a graham cracker taste, simply delicious. When I traveled out to Oregon, I made a point to make everyone try this and Southern Tiers Warlock. This is a go to that everyone will love.

Lancaster Baked Pumpkin

This beer is essentially a liquid pumpkin pie, and I mean that in the best way possible. It has all the flavors of your mom’s homemade pumpkin pie, and it doesn’t leave you wanting more pumpkin flavor, unlike a lot of other beers this season. Lancaster really hit the mark with this one this year, so grab a six pack and share!

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin

Perfectly spiced to compliment the pumpkin, this beer is darker than the previous ones mentioned and is a little heavier to drink. It packs a delicious pumpkin punch and would be great with any Thanksgiving turkey.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

While this isn’t my favorite pumpkin on the list, Dogfish Head rarely fails to produce a solid beer. Their pumpkin is good, http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/fish-finder.htmand is pretty easy to find, so with the combination of the two it had to make the list. I really noticed the brown sugar notes in this beer, perfect for a cold fall day.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

A good solid beer that has the perfect blend of pumpkin pie spices. I must say I have had this on both on tap and out of a bottle, and I feel the tap is significantly better than the bottle, though both are delicious. So if your local bar or taphouse has this on draft, pick up a growler of it and it will be a hit for sure.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

The thing that I really like about this beer it that it’s a no nonsense pumpkin beer, you can really taste the pumpkin in it and it’s not covered up by ridiculous amounts of typical spice. Pumpkin can tend to be pretty plain alone, and most people enjoy the spices, more than the flavor of the pumpkin, this beer showcases how delicious pumpkin can be without hiding behind all those spices.

Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin

This pumpkin beer is delicious and has a unique flavor since it was aged in bourbon barrels. The process seems to really bring out the pumpkin flavor and overall it’s a delicious pumpkin. It tastes like a delicious pumpkin pie, and still has a nice bourbon flavor to accompany it, perfect for anyone trying to add a little something to that typical pumpkin pie type beer.

Southern Tier Warlock 

This is one of my favorite beers of the season, the imperial stout is a perfect complement to the pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor in this beer really stands out, which is great because so many pumpkin beers can leave you thinking “where’s the pumpkin?” It is unlike most pumpkin beers that you may have tried, it also can be harder to find, so if you see it, pick it up!

Elysian Punkucchino

This beer has even converted my non pumpkin beer drinking friends. It is the most unique beer on this entire list, combining both pumpkin and coffee. The coffee really stands out and compliments the pumpkin flavor so nicely. This beer is unique an should not be over looked.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

Who would have ever thought to pair pumpkin and habanero? Our friends at New Belgium did, and this beer does not disappoint. It’s the perfect combination of pumpkin pie spice, with a nice subtle kick of spiciness at the end. Well rounded and a great pumpkin beer for someone looking to step outside the pumpkin box.

Portland Cider Pumpkin Spice

While this is not technically a beer, it’s way too good not to add to this list. It’s light and refreshing and contains the perfect amount of pumpkin spice. This is so good I’m thinking I need to try it warmed for the perfect pick me up with all the rain outside. (Our tip would be to warm it slowly on the stove in a covered pan.)

 

Any of these beers are sure to help satisfy your pumpkin spice craving. If you want to add a little something extra rim the glass of any of these beers with a little sugar and cinnamon, it looks great for presentation and makes any of them a little bit sweeter!

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  • Although I typically don’t choose beers, I’d like to give all of these a try. Although I don’t think I can find the Portland Pumpkin Spice cider in my area, I’m going to try!