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Getting Smashed With The 6 Best Pumpkin Ales

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One of my favorite things about the fall is the abundance of pumpkins. Pumpkin spice coffee. Pumpkin pie. Smashing pumpkins (not the whiny Bill Corgan band, but literally smashing pumpkins). And, most importantly, pumpkin-flavored beer.

My only gripe with pumpkin ale is how early they appear on shelves. If you were paying attention, you had to notice that liquor stores have been stocking up on pumpkin ales and beers weeks before Labor Day was said and done. I don’t know about you, but I’m still craving some refreshing summer brews when it’s hot and sticky out. But, fall is on its way. And, once the temperatures dip, there’s nothing better than cracking open a delicious pumpkin ale.

With so many pumpkin ales on the market, where do you start? Look no further. Here are the six best pumpkin ales to throw back this fall.

Honorable Mention: St. Arnold Pumpkinator

The reason that we couldn’t include this wonderful selection from St. Arnold is that it’s kinda hard to find. If you happen to get a hold of a 22 oz. bottle, we think you’ll enjoy this imperial pumpkin stout which is full of spice and has a kicking 10% ABV.

6. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

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If you’re a fan of pumpkin pie, or just enjoy your beer on the sweet side, then Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale is a solid decision. This St. Louis native is full of fall flavors, like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, and has a respectable ABV of 8.0%.

5. Southern Tier Pumking

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Here’s another selection that is reminiscent of pumpkin pie, but it’s not as sweet as some other pumpkin ales, despite that vanilla flavor smacking you in the face. Overall, this 8.60% ABV pumpkin ale from Lakewood, NY is about as perfect as you can get.

4. Elysian’s Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout

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Obviously a brew from the great Northwest beer-making region would make the cut. Unlike other pumpkin beers, Elysian’s Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout is darker and heavier, like a great cup of black pumpkin coffee with a 6.5% ABV. A wise choice for those chilly fall nights.

3. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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This Easton, PA brewery developed a very solid 8% ABV pumpkin ale that has a strong pumpkin-y taste blended with the traditional flavors cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves. Even with the addition of these spices, the ale never loses it pumpkin taste. This is what a pumpkin ale should be.

2. Cigar City Brewing Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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We were extremely shocked that a brewer from Florida would release such a remarkable pumpkin ale, but it actually happened. It’s heavy on spices, Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, Zanzibar cloves, and nutmeg, and has a delicious pumpkin-pie aroma and taste. The creamy taste makes the Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale an essential dessert beer.

1. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

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I’m not even going to bother you with the details surrounding the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. Just go out and grab yourself a four-pack of this Milton, DE brew before it disappears like the Headless Horseman’s head. Seriously. Get going…

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