Pumpkin beer rankings

Harvest Moon - Blue Moon

Much to the chagrin of my waist line, I like beer, and I like trying new beer even more.  Seasonal beers really do it for me, and October is one of my favorite months.  Sure,  Oktoberfest is all well and good, but for my money, it’s all about the Pumpkin Beers.  When it comes to a pumpkin beer, I don’t want some tiny little hint of pumpkin (I’m looking at you, Blue Moon), I want to be annihilated by pumpkin and, preferably by alcohol content.  Here’s a list of five pumpkin beers I’ve tried, ranked from least to greatest. 

Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose

5. Harvest Moon – Blue Moon

Like Smuttynose, I can barely taste the pumpkin, but unlike Smuttynose, the alcohol content is pretty mediocre.

4. Pumpkin Ale – Smuttynose

I can vaguely tell I’m drinking a pumpkin beer when I’m drinking Smuttynose, but i can certainly tell I’m drinking a beverage with alcohol in it.  This stuff gets it done, one way or another.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

3. Post Road Pumpkin Ale –

Brooklyn Brewery

Good flavor and readily available (at least in my area), so it’s a nice option.

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale - Anheuser-Busch

2. Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale –


I would say Jack’s has a bit more pumpkin flavor than Post Road, and while the privately owned liquor stores don’t seem to carry it, the grocery stores that carry booze seem to have it in abundance.

Imperial Pumpking Ale - Southern Tier

The King of Pumpkin Beers!

1. Imperial Pumpking Ale – Southern Tier

Imperial Pumpking Ale is my favorite, by far.  It’s got a rich, sweet pumpkin flavor with a 8.8% abv, its got plenty of alcohol.  I’m having a hard time finding it this year, but I highly recommend it.  Long live the king.


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Posted on October 22, 2010, in Beer, Booze and Wine, vegan stuff and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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