Pumpkin beer review

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for some pumpkin beer! This article reviews six pumpkin ales and lists them in order from worst to best. The reviewer is not kind to the four worst.

6. Post Road Pumpkin Ale — The most robust of the gourd grogs, the rust-hued Post Road doesn’t taste much better than tap water after a hydrant flushing. With an extremely bitter initiation that finishes with a pumpkin-like aftertaste, this brew leaves your mouth in a state of confusion.

5. Wachusetts Octoberfest — A shoddy imitation of Sammy’s seasonal brew, Wachusetts has that sweet fragrant aroma without the smoothness. It lacks any pumpkin punch, but does produce a great head that tingles your lips….

1. Shipyard PumkinHead Ale — Shipyard takes the cake by resembling a liquid pumpkin pie. All that’s missing is the whip cream and a fork. The spicy strawberry blond beverage has distinct nutmeg undertones and lacks that bitter beer aftertaste. Great for the light or occasional beer drinker with a sweet tooth.

Also, check out my pumpkin ale recipe, or see all pumpkin-related Brew Site content.


  1. I have actually had a pumpkin ale that was quite tasty – although one was plenty due to the richness. I believe it was Rogue Ales.

  2. The Trader Joe’s near my house is currently carrying a pumpkin ale by Sea Dog Brewing – I’ve just had my first taste. I’ve found it a medium-light wheaty beer, with a little of the pumpkin sweetness and a soft pumpkin spice aftertaste. Much better than the worst review above; better, too, I think, than the best reviews above, as they sound a little to sweet for my taste!

  3. I probably should not be letting the cat out of the bag on this one, but my friends and I have stumbled upon something that may change your fall forever. The "Cincinati Bengal" is the only way to enjoy pumpkin beer. Think "Black and Tan," except get rid of the Bass and cut the Guiness with a pumpkin ale. Perhaps the best way to get in touch with your inner pumpkin….

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