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America’s Best Pumpkin Beers, Ranked

America’s Best Pumpkin Beers, Ranked: Brooklyn Brewery

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Pumpkin is everywhere. It’s unavoidable. It started in our pies, moved into our lattes and now has colonized our beer. Some have screamed out in resistance to pumpkin spice creep, but we’re not so quick to dismiss the whole trend out of hand, especially when it’s an invitation to drink. In that vein, we gathered pumpkin beers from breweries across the country for an epic taste testing here at Playboy headquarters. We decided who would make the cut, gathered the comments of our taste testers, then ranked our favorite 14.

14. Nebraska Brewing Company Wick for Brains
Papillion, Nebraska
“Really smooth and nice.”
“I could drink a lot of these in one sitting.”

13. Uinta Punk’N
Salt Lake City, Utah
“A great spicy finish.”
“Delicious tastes of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.”

Courtesy of Buffalo Bill

Courtesy of Buffalo Bill’s Brewery

12. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
Hayward, California
“Very light, delicious pumpkin taste.”
“If you’re a fan of Blue Moons, you’ll be a fan of these.”

11. Red Hook Pumpkin Porter
Seattle, Washington
“Tastes like a good porter, toasty, just a hint of pumpkin.”
“Spiced, really smoky.”
“This isn’t for average beer drinkers, but people who like porters will like this.”

Courtesy of Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Courtesy of Griffin Claw Brewing Company

10. Griffin Claw Screamin Pumpkin Ale
Birmingham, Michigan
“Fresh. Tastes light and not too pumpkin-y. Pleasant pumpkin scent.”
“Subtle hints of pumpkin, perfect balance.”
“Hint of pumpkin and bitter spice, but it works well.”

9. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
St. Louis, Missouri
“Sweet ale taste, very modest pumpkin flavor.”
“Hints of citrus but the pumpkin still leads.”
“Very smooth. I’d say this is better than regular Shock Top.”

8. Terrapin Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter
Athens, Georgia
“Strong aroma with great balance.”
“Good porter taste with light pumpkin spice.”
“Fans of porters will want to drink these.”

Courtesy of Blue Point Brewing Company

Courtesy of Blue Point Brewing Company

7. Blue Point Pumpkin Ale
Patchogue, New York
“Appropriately spicy.”
“Doesn’t overwhelm with its spice and pumpkin.”

Courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

Courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

6. Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn, New York
“Smooth, like a pumpkin’s bottom.”
“Good ale with very little pumpkin taste.”

5. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Milton, Delaware
“Heavier taste. Pumpkin blends well.”
“Perfect medium between dark and light.”

Courtesy of Upslope Brewing Company

Courtesy of Upslope Brewing Company

4. Upslope Pumpkin Ale
Boulder, Colorado
“Sweet with a hint of pumpkin. Nice spice to it.”
“Nicely balanced, not sure I would even know this is a pumpkin beer though.”

3. Elysian The Great Pumpkin
Seattle, Washington
“Great choice for dark beer lovers.”
“Bright, fall taste. Spicy, slightly citrusy taste.”

Courtesy of the Saint Louis Brewery

Courtesy of the Saint Louis Brewery

2. Schlafy Pumpkin Ale
St. Louis, Missouri
“Right amount of pumpkin. Perfect amount of sweet.”
“Unique cinnamon-y sweet taste. Can really taste the spice.”

Courtesy of Stevens Point Brewery

Courtesy of Stevens Point Brewery

1. Stevens Point Pumpkin Ale
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
“Manage the delicate balance of pumpkin and malt.”
“Delicious pumpkin taste elevates the beer.”
“Would be welcome on any holiday table. I’d happily get pumpkin drunk on this.”

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