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Top 5 Pumpkin Ales

Since it IS that time...

I've never been a huge fan of pumpkin anything......at Thanksgiving, I would always welcome an alternative dessert than the plain old pumpkin pie that America loves. When it comes to Pumpkin beers, a style that has started to come into its own the past two years, there are some that are pretty good.

Pumpkin Ale

Often released as a fall seasonal, Pumpkin Ales are quite varied. Some brewers opt to add hand-cut pumpkins and drop them in the mash, while others use puree or pumpkin flavoring. These beers also tend to be spiced with pumpkin pie spices, like: ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and all spice. Pumpkin Ales are typically mild, with little to no bitterness, a malty backbone, with some spice often taking the lead. Many will contain a starchy, slightly thick-ish, mouthfeel too. In our opinion, best versions use real pumpkin, while roasting the pumpkin can also add tremendous depth of character for Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Aleeven better results, though both methods are time-consuming and tend to drive brewmasters insane.

Here are my Top 5 Pumpkin beers; Post Road was the innovator, and still one of the best.

Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale

Shipyard Pumkinhead Ale

Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Southern Tier Pumpking Ale

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Cheers!

[techtags:PUMPKIN ALE, BEER REVIEWS, WEYERBACHER, SOUTHERN TIER, POST ROAD, SHIPYARD, DOGFISH HEAD]