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Rethinking pumpkin ales.



Every fall, a new crop of pumpkin ales signals the change of seasons. But a little bit of pumpkin flavor can go a long way in a beer, so the trick can be finding a brew with the perfect balance of fall's favorite gourd. These six ales combine the flavorful essence of pumpkin with just a dash of pie spices, making for easy autumn drinking that will remind you of trips to the pumpkin patch.



Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin 9% ABV
Pumpkin bread, spicy rye and toasted walnuts—this rich and creamy beer is a perfect match for savory fall dishes.

Brooklyn Brewing Post Road Pumpkin 5% ABV
Golden amber in color, this ale balances savory notes of nutmeg, coriander and roasted pumpkin.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 6% ABV
A highly quaffable pumpkin beer with loads of nutmeg and ginger spice, not-too-sweet pumpkin pie flavors and a dry, malty finish.

Southern Tier Pumking Imperial 8.8% ABV
Just like grandma’s perfect pumpkin pie filling, this imperial ale tastes like dessert in a glass—sweet pumpkin, ground cinnamon and a good dollop of whipped cream.

Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale 7% ABV
This brown ale is assertive, yet approachable, with caramel and molasses sweetness balanced by roasted pumpkin and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg spice.

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale 6% ABV
Showing loads of pumpkin character, this Seattle-based brew is ripe with aromas and flavors of fresh pumpkin, honey, ginger and clove.