Pumpkin Beer 2015

View & sort all 80+ pumpkin beer reviews

Pumpkin Ale – Alaskan Brewing: 6/10 

Average pumpkin beer. But sweeter than the norm!

Sour Pumpkin 2015 – Almanac: 7/10
(Draft.) Toasty flavors with a nice sour kick. Not particularly pumpkiny or spicy, but very drinkable (for a high proof sour).

Pumpkin Falls Ale – American River: 6/10
Great paired with a fall-ish quinoa bowl. A little sweetness, a little spice – solid.

Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale – Ballast Point: 3/10
This is BP’s Piper Down Scottish Ale brewed with pumpkins. Maybe the regular Scottish ale tastes good but this tastes like cough syrup. No pumpkin flavor at all. Hardly drinkable.

Funky Pumpkin Sour – Boulevard Brewing Co.: 2/10
Strangely tastes like ginger ale to start, then on the finish shifts to a lackluster nothingness of flavor.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale – Brooklyn Brewery: 4/10
Below average. Gets worse as you drink it.

Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout – Buffalo Bill’s Brewery: 7/10
Surprisingly good for Buffalo Bill’s! We all liked it.

The Dapper Skeleton – Burnside Brewing Co: 6/10
Smoky like mezcal, but not particularly pumpkiny. Nice spice/heat level if you’re into that. (Max abstains from rating.)

Red Betty Spiced Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewers + Distillers: 6/10
Nicely spiced. Drinkable. Creamy.

Patrick O’ Pumpkin – Central City Brewers + Distillers: 4/10
Dark and heavy – good if you’re into that. (Serious bonus: Hilarious comic back story on their website!)

Punk’ In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Coronado Brewing Company: 3/10
Malty, somewhat bitter. Not pumpkin. Didn’t want to drink it.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing Company: 5/10
Overwhelming cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Drinkable.

Pumpkin Lager Beer – Lakefront Brewery: 7/10
Pumpkin flavor, somewhat sweet.

Pumpkin Ale – Laurelwood: 4/10
Your average pumpkin beer.

Barking Pumpkin – Magnolia: 5/10
Drinkable brown ale. No trace of pumpkin.

Engine 45 – Mendocino Brewing: 4/10
Boring. Not enthused.

Pumpkin Ale Seasonal – Mendocino Brewing Company: 5/10
Our 50th pumpkin beer! Unfortunately, this starts nicer than it finishes. Some pumpkin spice flavor, but the finish is medicinal / cleaning products. Probably the cocoa nibs?

Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r – Ninkasi: 4/10
Dark. Strong. Not worth drinking.

Schadenfreude – Parallel 49: 4/10
Some say this tastes like cherry cough syrup. Others beg to differ and think it’s a decent malty pumpkin ale.

Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale – Phillips Brewing Company: 6/10  Lovely pumpkin flavor

Crooked’er Tooth Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale – Phillips Brewing Company: 5/10
Heavy ginger notes – good, but too big of a flavor.

Pumpkin Batch – Samuel Adams: 5/10
Drinkable, hoppy on the finish. Not much pumpkin flavor.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin – Shipyard: 5/10
We were skeptical about trying this because we’ve been sadly disappointed by Shipyard’s two other pumpkin offerings. As a pumpkin beer, it’s over the top and just too much at 12%. But the incredible bourbon notes and high proof make great sparkling cocktails. (Just add a little bourbon, fresh apple juice and lemon juice – woo!)

Pumpkin Pedaler – Stormbreaker: 7/10
Solid pumpkin beer, with a sweet finish.

Pumpkin Lambicus – Timmermans: 7/10
Our first European pumpkin beer comes from Belgium! It tastes great, like a slightly sour cider. Very drinkable. No pumpkin at all.



Great Punkin Ale – Renaissance Brewing: 8/10
Accidentally bought this ale again because we thought there was no way we’d had a pumpkin beer from New Zealand. (What an incredible find in 2013, no less.) Nice and dark with great pumpkin flavors, we upped our rating by 1 to an 8 this time around!


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