Top 10 Best Pumpkin Beers of 2013

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1394446_10151645730937016_922085658_nWe’re almost through October, and by now you’re either fully entrenched in the pumpkin movement or absolutely disgusted by it and it’s overexposure this time of year. Me? I’m a fan, and usually will find a way to eat or drink something pumpkin-y every day. McDonald’s pumpkin pies, Dunkin Donuts pumpkin donuts/bagel/coffee, and even Publix brand Pumpkin Ice cream all find their way into my house. What usually DOESN’T, occupy my kitchen space however, is pumpkin beer. I’m just not a huge fan. I try every year to sample a different style, but i’m usually left taking a few sips and pouring out the rest. I know, blasphemy right? Still, I try and be fair, and with the explosion of pumpkin beers in the market, I wanted to talk about it. I wont pretend to be an expert, and the debates on which pumpkin beer is king is pretty controversial, but that being said we wanted to list the top 10 best pumpkin beers on the market. We took in opinions experts, consumers, and even the retailers that push the stuff to market. What we didn’t do is rank them in any particular order, because well, we don’t want a bunch of hate mail sent our way. Check out our Top 10 Best Pumpkin Beers of 2013 and let us know what you think. 

*Note – To assist you in your pumpkin beer shopping experience, we’ve provided the level of pumpkin flavor, and alcohol percentage in each brand. Your welcome.

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 8%
Pumpkin flavor: Medium

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
ABV: 7%
Pumpkin flavor: High

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin
ABV: 8.5%
Pumpkin flavor: Low

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.6%
Pumpkin flavor: High

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.9%
Tastes like: Gingerbread
Pumpkin flavor: Low

Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus
ABV: 4%
Pumpkin flavor: High

Terrapin Pumpkinfest

ABV: 6.1%
Pumpkin flavor: High

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking
ABV: 8.6%
Pumpkin flavor: Very high

Shipyard Pumpkinhead
ABV: 5.1%
Pumpkin flavor: Medium

Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.2%
Pumpkin flavor: Medium

So what do you think? We missing something? Is something on our list over rated? Feel free to email us or connect with us on social media and let us know YOUR thoughts.


Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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