• Kelly Piekarczyk

Top Pumpkin Beers for Fall 2018

Updated: Oct 30, 2018

As a team, we have collectively decided that the only way to deal with the overwhelming whirlwind of what is fall spirit is actually, well...a spirit. So, instead of the pumpkin spice latte, we opted for more of the “Busch Latte” route, and are bringing to you some of the better beverages of the season. That’s right folks, we’re here to talk beer.

Now, we realize that there are just as many pumpkin beers on the market as there are instagram photos in pumpkin patches, so we have confined the list to our top picks.

We’ll keep it basic… of course.

Pumking Imperial Ale, Southern Tier Brewing Co.


Quite arguably the king of pumpkin beers, this brew is a liquid pumpkin pie. With notes of vanilla and cloves, Pumking brings a creamy and bold flavor without hiding the warmth of the alcohol. In simplest terms, it’s a boozy pumpkin pie.

Punkin Ale, DogFish Head Craft Brewery

7% ABV

This full-bodied ale pairs perfectly with the crisp and cool fall air. Brewed with baked pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, Punkin Ale provides for a rich mouthful, while still hinting at a pumpkin flavor.

Pumpkinhead Ale, Shipyard Brewing Co.

4.7% ABV

One of the lighter beers on our list, this wheat ale offers a crisp, light, and refreshing taste for the more sensitive of palates. This brew is not too sweet but still has clear notes of pumpkin and cinnamon to satisfy that sought after fall flavor.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Elysian Brewing Co.

6.7% ABV

With 150 pounds of pumpkin brewed into each batch of Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, you’ll definitely find that serious pumpkin punch you’re looking for. This ale has a full pumpkin taste but remains very drinkable through multiple servings without becoming too sweet or bitter.

Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

8% ABV

This ale is not for the faint of heart! Rather than some of its sweeter competition, Imperial Pumpkin Ale points to a spicier body, with strong notes of cinnamon and cardamom and a gentle pumpkin finish. This ale is sure to warm the soul on a cool fall day.

Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin, Fat Head’s Brewery

9% ABV

This boozy pumpkin ale will definitely keep your bones from shivering this fall. With a 9% ABV, this brew is surprisingly very smooth to drink. Spooky Tooth gleams with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and finishes with a roasty pumpkin pie flavor that is sure to set your taste buds on the road to more.

Pumpkinator, Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

10% ABV

Being the strongest beer on our list, the Pumpkinator is the real deal. This stout brings together a body of cinnamon, chocolate and brown sugar with a subtle pumpkin finish. The pumpkin spice lingers, however, keeping you coming back for more.


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