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The Best Pumpkin Beers to Try This Fall

From sweet and spicy to dry and boozy these are the best pumpkin beers for fall.

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The leaves don’t even have a chance to turn fully red and orange before the onslaught of pumpkin spice hits store shelves. You know what, we’re ok with that! Because when it comes to pumpkin spice nothing is better than the warming spice of a fall beer. Make sure you’re ready for the beer aisle with our list of the best pumpkin beers.

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Good Gourd

Cigar City Brewing

Good Gourd is Cigar City’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale is brewed with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla. The flavors come together to taste like a perfectly balanced pumpkin pie, not too sweet with a hint of bready pie crust. At 8.8% this pumpkin beer will warm you up from the inside.

Here are a few other drinks that will have you feeling warm and cozy.

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Hipp-o-lantern

River Horse Brewing Company

Don’t let the cute hippo on the bottle fool you—this pumpkin ale means business! Hipp-o-lantern is kicked up with molasses and hand crushed spices for a pumpkin spice flavor that finishes a bit sweet.

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La Parcela

Jolly Pumpkin

Even though “pumpkin” is in its name, Jolly Pumpkin isn’t a brewery that specializes in pumpkin beers, which may be why the pumpkin flavor in La Parcela is so subtle. This is a very dry sour beer with hints of spice and just the faintest hint of pumpkin. If you want something tart to balance the heavy foods of fall, you’ve found your match!

These fall recipes would make a perfect pair with La Parcela.

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Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Uinta Brewing Company

At just 4% ABV, Punk’n is one of the few sessionable pumpkin ales on the market. Sweet but not too sweet, it could be enjoyed with dessert or sipped during dinner.

Pair it with these pies if you’re a true pumpkin-lover.

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Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

New Belgium

This is far from your standard sweet pumpkin ale. There are habanero peppers and Saigon cinnamon in this brew to accentuate the spicier side of pumpkin spice. At 6.4% alcohol, it’s a nice beer to end the night if you don’t want something sweet.

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Pump[KY]n

Avery Brewing

This is likely the strongest pumpkin beer you’ll ever drink. At 15% alcohol finding a friend to share this spiced imperial porter with is a good plan. Pump[KY]n is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels which give it the “KY” in its name and a spicy, boozy flavor.

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Pumpkinator

Saint Arnold

Texas’ oldest brewer makes a black pumpkin beer called Pumpkinator every fall. This pumpkin ale has a healthy dose of Cascade and Liberty hops which gives it more bitterness than other fall seasonal beers. The brewers also add pumpkin spice to the beer after it has been brewed so it has a vibrant, fresh spice aroma.

You can recreate this exact smell by making your own pumpkin pie spice at home.

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Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly Beer

Schlafly’s seasonal Pumpkin Ale is sure to be spotted in your Instagram feed as soon as fall hits. A widely available beer it’s also one of the best examples of the pumpkin ale style. It has ginger and caramel notes and is made with real, fresh pumpkin. No wonder people grab it as soon as it hits store shelves.

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Night Owl

Elysian Brewing Company

This pumpkin stout goes down so easy it’s almost spooky! Night Owl is brewed with both pumpkin puree and pumpkin juice—alsong with spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. If you love this chocolate pumpkin beer try the fall flavor combination baked into a loaf of bread!

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Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Dogfish Head loves to play with uncommon ingredients and unique flavor combos in the beers. But this pumpkin ale is a classic. It has aromas and flavors of spicy cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin to bring up memories of your favorite pumpkin pie. This beer pairs great with—you guessed it—turkey! But you don’t have wait for Thanksgiving to try out this pumpkin sipper, it will hit shelves before Halloween.

You also don’t need to wait for Thanksgiving to eat turkey! Try some of our favorite turkey recipes that aren’t tied to any holiday.

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Imperial Pumpkin

Harpoon Beer Co.

Imperial Pumpkin is darker than most pumpkin ales and with the dark color come unique flavors like chocolate, coffee and fig. These rich flavors mingle with pumpkin notes and tons of spice in an almost black glass of strong fall beer.

Those dark sweet flavors work wonders with a less-sweet pumpkin recipe like these pumpkin bread knots.

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Pumpkin Patch Ale

Rogue Ales

The pumpkins in this beer are hand-picked! That level of care is taken in selecting the special ingredients that give this beer its unique spice profile, too. Orange Peel, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg are added to this ale. You’ll be able to spot it at the store because of its bright orange bottle.

Before you take inspiration from the brewers and set out to pick your own pumpkins, read our tips for a trip to the pumpkin patch.

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Pumking

Southern Tier Brewing Company

This beer is truly the King of Halloween beers. Pumking’s bottle is adorned with a spooky jack-o-lantern but on the inside is a beer that isn’t the slightest bit scary. The 8.6% ale has the scent of roasted pecans as well as pumpkin pie and the flavor has the expected pumpkin pie spice with a twist of vanilla. Grab a 22-oz. bottle to split on Halloween!

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Ghoulschip

Allagash Brewing Company

This brew is made with special ingredients like local pumpkins, molasses and raw pumpkin seeds. But the most unique aspect of Ghoulschip is the way it is fermented. Using a traditional Belgian brewing technique Allagash brewers pump the beer into an open-air Coolship, where it collects wild yeast from the air. The result is a pumpkin beer with a hint of tangy funk.

This one would go great with roasted pumpkin seeds because they’re part of the beer itself!

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Punkuccino

Elysian Brewing Compan

Are you a pumpkin spice latte lover? Do you order one as soon as the leaves turn red? Then you’ll be first in line for this coffee pumpkin beer from Washington brewery Elysian Brewing Company. It’s a little malty, a little smoky, with a hint of coffee and a healthy serving of pumpkin.

Pumpkin and coffee is a match made in heaven, but have you tried it with a honey twist? Try our honey pumpkin spice late on for size.

Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.
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