Pumpkin Beer Roundup 2016

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Pumpkin Pie de Brettaville, via Almanac Brewing

Compared to prior years, I didn’t see as much pumpkin beer variety this autumn. Perhaps we’re all burnt out on pumpkin spice beers and lattes and pumpkin-spice flavors are going the way of mom memes via introduction into our breakfast cereals and snacks.

This year’s list might be small, but it’s got some good ones, most of which I found at local craft beer bars rather than in the supermarket. I am loving the sour farmhouse styles that are becoming more popular in the Pacific Northwest, some of which are on this list.

I kind of don’t even want to talk about the election here because I am so out-of-my-mind terrified of the thought of Voldemort Orange destroying my queer community at every single vector of our intersections (POC, trans, poor, undocumented, disabled, women, non-binary), so please read this article about this disaster and join me in voting early and drinking heavily. #imwithher

The Winner

Pumpkin Pie De Brettaville | Almanac Beer Company
ABV: 7.3%
Rating 5/5
This farmhouse pumpkin ale has a big pumpkin flavor that complements the sour farmhouse style.

The Runners Up

Jacked Be Nimble | Uinta Brewing
ABV: 11%
4.75/5
An imperial black pumpkin ale. Rich, deep flavor with pumpkin, warm spices, and bourbon.

Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Co.
ABV: 8%
4.75/5
Rich, smooth pumpkin porter with cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.

Pumpkin Ale | Anacortes Brewery
ABV: 8.9%
4.75/5
Mace nose; mace, allspice, and nutmeg with fruity sour pumpkin and a bitter finish.

Remember the Maine | Cloudburst Brewing
ABV: 6%
4.25/5
Cinnamon pumpkin porter. Very warm.

Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout | Belching Beaver Brewery
ABV: 5.3%
4.25/5
Creamy cinnamon stout; smooth and full-bodied.

Emma’s Pumpkin Saison | Trinity Brewing Co.
ABV: 9.5%
3.75/5
Competing saison and pumpkin flavors. Dark.

Hollow Jack | 2 Towns Ciderhouse
ABV: 6.4%
3.75/5
Sweet; notes of honey and tartness from the apples. Not getting a lot of pumpkin, but it tastes like mulled apple cider.

Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
ABV: 7%
3.5/5
Brown ale with brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Pumpking | Southern Tier Brewing
ABV 8.6%
3.25/5
On the sweeter side.

Pumpkin Spice Belgian | Peddler Brewing Company
ABV: 5%
3/5
This blond is a smoky pumpkin ale with a hint of mace.

 

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