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The Top 10 Pumpkin Ales: Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher & Elysian

Southern Tier Pumpk The Top 10 Pumpkin Ales: Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher & Elysian By Tim Rodgers, Don Corino, Pat Smith, Jeremy Tompson, Kevin Hussey, Matt Goldstein and Sommelier Tom Pittakas

The Best Pumpkin Ales of the Season

In honor of the Season, Whiskey Goldmine’s finest have compiled their list of favorite pumpkin ales.  We’ve even thrown in our favorite yam beer.  Yes, yams.  Well, there might be only one yam beer so of course it’s our favorite, but if you like pumpkin pie, we’re pretty sure you’ll pumpkin beer.

 1. Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 9.0% ABV, Lakewood, NY.

2. Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, 7.0% ABV, Milton, DE.

3. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8.0% ABV, Easton, PA.

4. Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, 6.1% ABV, Seattle, WA.

5. Elysian Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8.0% ABV, Seattle, WA.

6. New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, 5.5% ABV, Holland, MI.

7. Elysian Dark ‘O the Moon Pumpkin Stout, 6.5% ABV, Seattle, WA.

8. Rock Art Pumpkin Imperial Stout, 8.0% ABV, Morrisville, VT.

9. Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, 6.0% ABV, Potsmouth, NH.

10. Post Road Pumpkin Ale, 5.0% ABV, Brooklyn, NY.

11. O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale, 5.5% ABV, O’Fallon, MO.

12. Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Head Ale, 9.0% ABV, Portland, ME.

13. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, 8.0% ABV, St. Louis, MO.

14. Cambridge Great Pumpkin Ale, 4.2% ABV, Cambridge, MA

15. Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin, 8.0% ABV, Baltimore, MD.

Honorable Mentions:

Bruery Autumn Maple Yams Beer, 10.5% ABV, Placentia, CA. Made from Yams. “Yam Mean?”

Pittakas Headless Horseman Trick or Wheat Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8.0% ABV, Ambler, PA. Coming October 31st, 2010

If our fans have any Pumpkin Ale suggestions, please post some comments…


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9 comments to The Top 10 Pumpkin Ales: Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher & Elysian

  • Andy Jacobson

    I’ve tried several over the past few weeks, including Dogfish Head and Southampton and a couple of others on this list. Must say that the Tyranena pumpkin ale stood out as the very best. Surprised to not see it on this list.


    Tim Rodgers Reply:

    Where can I get that?


  • Jason Harless

    Great list, number one is number one by far, Dogfish is great but Southern tier takes it. There are a few missing form the list from much smaller breweries but the list is pretty accurate. If only there was one place I could find all these.


  • Kevin

    Although not an ale, I’m glad that Rock Art’s Pumpkin imperial stout is recognized because it’s totally underrated and is well deserved to be on a list! With just a hint of pumpkin that curbs the sweetness which I’m not a huge fan of, Rock Art has more spices enabling it to add to the complexity of this beer. Even if you’re not a fan of pumpkin beers you’ll like this Imperial stout!


  • JT

    Smuttynose is one word.


  • Nick Wittwer

    I think the list is pretty good, but TREAT from Midnight Sun I feel should be on the list. I know it isn’t a traditional pumpkin beer, but it truly is fantastic.


    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Forget traditional. Traditional is boring. We will try some Treat if we can find it.


  • Tim Rodgers

    I think Southern Tier and Dogfish really need to fight each other in the steel cage on these. It’s that close!!!!


    Matt Golstein Reply:

    I think the Rock Art might kick them both in the balls!


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