Hate’s a strong word, but like many, we don’t really enjoy pumpkin beers all that much. But here are some pumpkin beers that could potentially win over the most jaded pumpkin beer haters.
Neshaminy Creek Punkless Dunkel
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery and taproom located just north of Philadelphia. And they’ve a playful new fall seasonal, that takes the pumpkin beer concept in an interesting direction.
Using the brewery’s Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen as the base, then adding pumpkin puree to the mash and turning things up to elven, Neshaminy Creek Punkless Dunkel is a MASSIVE 8.8% ABV Imperial Dark Wheat Ale with dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice notes that pair perfectly with the banana esters and spicy clove notes imparted by the yeast.
Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger Series has produced some of the brewery’s most exciting releases its annual fall offering rethinks the whole ‘pumpkin beer’ thing entirely.
Brewed with fresh pumpkin juice, Saigon cinnamon, Habanero, Aji and Del Arbol peppers, Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin is a medium-bodied 6.4% ale that pours bright autumnal orange with a light white lacing, and a spicy, warming mouthfeel.
Cigar City Good Gourd
It’s interesting that a fall seasonal which is so often cited as the pumpkin beer against which all others are measured, comes from Cigar City, a Tampa, Florida brewery, in a state not normally associated with fall.
Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a massive 8.5% ABV seasonal that combines cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla to emulate the flavors of a decadent, piquant pumpkin pie and then ups the ante to eleven!
Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby
We might have picked Stratford Connecticut–based Two Roads Brewing’s fall seasonal for its clever name alone, but their pumpkin beer’s awesome taste more than validates our enthusiasm.
Like Avery’s now sadly retired Rumpkin, Roadsmary’s Baby is aged in seasoned rum barrels. But Unlike Avery’s pumpkin beer, Two Roads’ traditional pumpkin ale is a relatively low octane offering (6.8% ABV) that delivers buckets of flavor without that high alcohol heat.
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator
When you take a gold medal at the GABF beer competition, you’ve got something going on, and Houston, Texas-based Saint Arnold Brewing most certainly does…
The most expensive beer that Saint Arnold brews, Pumpkinator is a big, black, full of spice, full of flavor 19.5% ABV Pumpkin Stout. Originally released in 2009 as Divine Reserve No. 9, this is an imperial stout that’s informed by the addition of pumpkin, rather than overpowered.
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