Pumpkin Ale

Often released as a fall seasonal, Pumpkin Ales are quite varied. Some brewers opt to add hand-cut pumpkins and drop them in the mash, while others use puree or pumpkin flavoring. These beers also tend to be spiced with pumpkin pie spices, like: ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin Ales are typically mild, with little to no bitterness, a malty backbone, with some spice often taking the lead. Many will contain a starchy, slightly thick-ish, mouthfeel too. In our opinion, best versions use real pumpkin, while roasting the pumpkin can also add tremendous depth of character for even better results, though both methods are time-consuming and tend to drive brewmasters insane.

BeerAdvocate’s Top 50

1 Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.60% ABV
Selin’s Grove Brewing Company
A / 4.17 16
2 The Great Pumpkin
Pumpkin Ale / 8.10% ABV
Elysian Brewing Company
A / 4.16 32
3 Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 8.00% ABV
Saint Louis Brewery / Schlafly Tap Room
A- / 4.11 234
4 Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 8.00% ABV
Williamsburg AleWerks
A- / 4.1 54
5 TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
Pumpkin Ale / 7.80% ABV
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
A- / 4.09 173
6 Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 9.00% ABV
Cigar City Brewing
A- / 4.06 35
7 Pumking
Pumpkin Ale / 8.60% ABV
Southern Tier Brewing Company
A- / 4.03 1154
8 Kuhnhenn All Hallows Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 6.50% ABV
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
A- / 4.03 24
9 Great Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 4.20% ABV
Cambridge Brewing Company
A- / 4.02 54
10 The Horseman’s Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.20% ABV
Defiant Brewing Company, The
A- / 4.01 13
11 King Don’s Original Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.00% ABV
Catawba Valley Brewing Company
A- / 3.96 22
12 De Regenboog Speciale
Pumpkin Ale / 10.50% ABV
Brouwerij Smisje
A- / 3.95 15
13 Fisherman’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout
Pumpkin Ale / 11.00% ABV
Cape Ann Brewing Company
B+ / 3.92 38
14 Punkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 7.00% ABV
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
B+ / 3.91 1711
15 Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 10.31% ABV
Uinta Brewing Company
A- / 3.91 17
16 Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 8.00% ABV
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
B+ / 3.9 763
17 Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 6.10% ABV
Elysian Brewing Company
B+ / 3.9 160
18 Red Racer Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.00% ABV
Central City Brewing
B+ / 3.89 18
19 Dark O’ The Moon
Pumpkin Ale / 6.50% ABV
Elysian Brewing Company
B+ / 3.88 29
20 Autumnation
Pumpkin Ale / 6.80% ABV
Sixpoint
B+ / 3.88 17
21 Venetucci Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.60% ABV
Bristol Brewing Company
A- / 3.87 11
22 La Parcela
Pumpkin Ale / 6.00% ABV
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
B+ / 3.86 138
23 Michigan Brewing Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale
Pumpkin Ale
Michigan Brewing Company
B+ / 3.86 92
24 Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 6.60% ABV
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
B+ / 3.85 15
25 Heavy Seas-The Greater Pumpkin
Pumpkin Ale / 9.00% ABV
Clipper City Brewing Co. / Heavy Seas Beer
B+ / 3.84 89
26 Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 7.50% ABV
Tyranena Brewing Company
B+ / 3.84 54
27 Pumpkineater Imperial Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 8.00% ABV
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Co.
B+ / 3.84 22
28 Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 8.40% ABV
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
B+ / 3.83 143
29 Hipp-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Ale / 9.00% ABV
River Horse Brewing Co.
B+ / 3.83 54
30 Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
B+ / 3.81 29
31 Southampton Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.50% ABV
Southampton Publick House
B+ / 3.8 248
32 Heavy Seas – The Great Pumpkin
Pumpkin Ale / 8.00% ABV
Clipper City Brewing Co. / Heavy Seas Beer
B+ / 3.8 144
33 Pumpkinhead Ale
Pumpkin Ale
Beer Works
B+ / 3.8 25
34 Petunia’s Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.00% ABV
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
B+ / 3.8 15
35 Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.40% ABV
Great Lakes Brewing Company
B+ / 3.8 12
36 Punk N’ Fest
Pumpkin Ale / 6.20% ABV
Half Pints Brewing Company
B+ / 3.8 10
37 Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.50% ABV
Big Boss Brewing
B+ / 3.79 40
38 Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.10% ABV
Alley Kat Brewing Company
B+ / 3.79 16
39 Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale
Pumpkin Ale
Cisco Brewers Inc.
B+ / 3.78 59
40 Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 6.00% ABV
Smuttynose Brewing Company
B+ / 3.77 678
41 Highballer Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.20% ABV
Grand River Brewing
B+ / 3.77 28
42 Rumpkin
Pumpkin Ale / 13.80% ABV
Avery Brewing Company
B+ / 3.77 26
43 Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 6.00% ABV
Kern River Brewing Company
B+ / 3.76 37
44 Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout
Pumpkin Ale / 7.00% ABV
Cape Ann Brewing Company
B / 3.74 247
45 Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.70% ABV
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
B / 3.73 310
46 St-Ambroise Citrouille (Pumpkin Ale)
Pumpkin Ale / 5.00% ABV
McAuslan Brewing
B / 3.73 84
47 Wasatch Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 4.00% ABV
Utah Brewers Cooperative
B / 3.72 25
48 Stone Cat Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.40% ABV
Mercury Brewing Company, Inc.
B / 3.72 14
49 Devious
Pumpkin Ale / 9.00% ABV
Allentown Brew Works
B / 3.71 24
50 Ichabod’s Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / 5.50% ABV
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
B / 3.71 10

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