As the lagers of summer start to slowly disappear from liquor store shelves, we’re excited to turn our attention towards sweater weather beers. To jump right in to the spirit of fall, here are four delicious pumpkin ales perfect for celebrating the flavors of the season.
Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale
Milton, DE, 7% ABV
We’ve been fans of this seasonal release from Dogfish for a while, and can you blame us? Crisp and refreshing, with a light-handed approach to pumpkin and spice, this riff on traditional brown ale has everything you’d want from a pumpkin ale.
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Seattle, WA, 6% ABV
Another pumpkin brew that keeps us coming back year after year, Elysian’s Night Owl bursts with sweetly spiced pumpkin pie flavors. The finish is smooth and benefits from the combo of roasted and fermented pumpkin and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
St. Louis, MO, 8% ABV
You won’t be lead astray by this glowing, orange-hued beer. It’s super-tart with a light kiss of ginger and clove on the finish. Not your average pumpkin ale.
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Hampton, NH, 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
Lakewood, NY, 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.