If you’re lucky enough to live in New England like us, you know that autumn is arguably the most beautiful time of year. The shortened days and chilly nights paint the landscape in vibrant scarlet, blazing orange and sunshine yellow.
And it’s about this time when “pumpkin spice” finds its way into pretty much everything, from coffee to muffins to…well, pretty much everything Dunkin’ Donuts sells.
So I guess it was inevitable that pumpkin would eventually find its way into beer. And when we first saw an early pumpkin beer a few years ago, we were skeptical.
But it turns out that not only does pumpkin have a place in the brewing world, it’s actually carving itself quite a following.
Visit the renowned Eastern States Exposition fall fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts — fondly known as “The Big E” — and you’ll find several stands selling pumpkin beers in plastic cups with rims that have been dipped first in caramel, and then in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
And before you recoil in disgust, we need to tell you that not only is it absolutely delicious, it’s becoming so commonplace that ordering a beer “with a rimmer” is something you can know say aloud without receiving uncomfortable, suspicious glares.
Pumpkin is now in everything from ales to shandies to imperial stouts. We tasted a handful of the styles to offer you some guidance as you traverse the pumpkin beer landscape.
So, happy autumn, everyone, and enjoy our collection of pumpkin beer ratings below. Maybe you’ll find something you like, so you too can get rimmed this fall. Wait, that didn’t come out right.
Pumpkin Beer Reviews
Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale (85 points)
Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin (82 points)
Southern Tier Warlock (81 points)
Jack-O Traveler (78 points)
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (73 points)
Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin (72 points)
Shipyard Pumpkin (71 points)